Management Team

Robert A. Clyde

Board Member and CEO

A recognized industry leader, Rob has over twenty-five years’ experience as an enterprise software executive with demonstrated leadership success at startup companies to large companies, including Symantec and Axent Technologies. An internet security pioneer and innovator, he is credited with the creation of the first commercial intrusion detection system and led the business unit that developed and brought to market the first security compliance product. As CTO at Symantec, Rob defined Symantec’s technology strategy and was a key part of the management team that drove the company to grow from slightly under $1B in revenue to over $5B in five years. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for Telligent and PasswordBank.

David B. Jackson

Founder and CTO

David Jackson is an established thought leader in adaptive enterprise data centers, cloud, and HPC environments. Over a period of sixteen years, David worked for several HPC centers, providing resource management and scheduling services to such leadership-class organizations as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, San Diego Supercomputer Center, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Maui High Performance Computing Center, and the Center for High Performance Computing. He also worked as a consultant at IBM’s AIX System Center. David is a founding member of the Global Grid Forum and a member of the Department of Energy’s Scalable System Software Initiative.

Michael A. Jackson

Board Member, Co-founder and President

Michael Jackson is a co-founder of Adaptive Computing and helped to drive the first nine years of profitable growth. Michael drives Adaptive Computing’s strategic planning and cross company coordination, with an added focus on business and partner development. Prior to joining Adaptive Computing Enterprises, Michael was product manager of Internet and security products at Novell Inc.—the current developer of SUSE Linux. He also served as Novell’s channel business development manager. Prior to Novell, Michael was with Dorian International, the second largest import–export management company in the United States.

Alan Taylor

Chief Financial Officer

Alan Taylor is the CFO of Adaptive Computing. Mr. Taylor brings more than twenty years of management and operating experience to his role as CFO. His prior experience was as the CFO and then CEO ofDirectPointe, a managed IT services provider. Prior to that he was the CFO of Helius, Inc. which was acquired by Hughes Network Systems. Mr. Taylor also served as the Director of Finance and Group Controller for the Product Development Organization at Novell, where he worked extensively in the product planning process. He has in-depth merger and acquisition experience combined with significant operational and international experience in finance and business development. Prior to Novell, he held analyst and senior level positions in finance and international business development with Boeing, Ford Motor Company, and Honeywell. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science in finance and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Marty Smuin

SVP, WW Sales and Business Development

Marty Smuin has more than 20 years of management experience in business development, sales and marketing. Most recently, Marty served as the President of Aircom International, Inc. Under his leadership, Aircom International, Inc. consistently exceeded financial projections and substantially grew revenue year over year. Prior to Aircom, Marty worked as the GM for the Americas at Bytemobile, Inc., which was acquired by Citrix. Previously, Marty held senior executive, sales, business development and marketing positions at Openwave Systems, ACCESS, i-drive, USA, Inc., and QVC. Marty has also worked extensively with start-ups, from concept to raising tens of millions of dollars from angel investors, VC’s and private equity firms.

Benjamin Schmuhl

Vice President of Engineering

Benjamin Schmuhl is responsible for Adaptive Computing software engineering including development, devops, quality assurance and documentation. He has over 14 years of leadership experience delivering mobile, web, enterprise, and mission-critical systems. Prior to joining Adaptive Computing, Ben led product delivery at MoneyDesktop from start-up to acquisition. Prior to that Ben played a key role in the growth, acquisition and transition of MingleMatch to Spark Networks. Ben has also served in client acquisition and management roles, specializing in growth-focused process management and evangelism.

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Vice President, Marketing

Jill King is responsible for driving market awareness and demand for Adaptive Computing’s products and services. With a professional background that spans over 20 years in Telecom, Networking and IT, Jill King brings a wealth of marketing and leadership experience to her Adaptive Computing role. Prior to Adaptive Computing, Jill has held several senior management positions, including, CMO for Cierra, VP of Marketing for Asita, Director of Marketing for CAIS and Marcom roles for Nuera and others where her efforts significantly contributed to sizable revenue growth. As a portfolio entrepreneur, Jill has launched several startups, raised substantial capital and has been on the leadership team during 3 acquisitions including the acquisition of CAIS by Cisco. Jill has also launched new industries such as VoIP and VPN. It is her plan to do this a third time with the launch of Big Workflow, an industry term coined by Adaptive Computing to describe the acceleration of insights for IT professionals through more efficient processing of intense simulations and big data analysis.

Lane Franks

Vice President, Strategy & Operations

Lane Franks is responsible for Adaptive Computing strategy enablement and operations including product management, business infrastructure, IT, HR and legal. He brings 18 years of senior operational management and management consulting experience in the high-tech industry to his Adaptive Computing role. Prior to joining Adaptive Computing, Lane was Senior Director of Advertiser Product Strategy and Operations at Yahoo. Prior to Yahoo, Lane led Capgemini/Ernst & Young’s High Growth Middle Market practice for the High Tech industry. As such, Lane worked with numerous small to mid-sized high growth tech companies to help them transform their rapid growth into long-term sustainable business operations. As part of these efforts, Lane led multiple strategy and M&A efforts for high tech companies such as Overture, Brio, Hyperion, Cybersource, Yahoo, and Nokia.

Thomas Isaacson

Legal Counsel

Thomas Isaacson manages Adaptive Computing’s international IP portfolio, protecting the company’s intellectual property through patent and trademark applications. Thomas practices strategic patent prosecution, assertion, and licensing and has extensive experience working with a variety of high-tech global enterprises, including AT&T, PalmSource, and Apple Computer. He has also focused on strategic patent prosecution and licensing of industry standards-based technologies such as MPEG-4 and MPEG-7 and has negotiated and asserted IP rights in Finland, France, Germany, Taiwan, and South Korea.