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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President of Marketing
Chad Harrington manages Adaptive’s worldwide marketing efforts. Prior to Adaptive, Chad was a strategy consultant, helping companies increase shareholder value. Previously, he was CEO and founder of DataScaler, a database technology company which Oracle acquired in 2010. He has a history of success, holding executive, marketing, and business development roles at companies that were acquired by Symantec, McAfee, Check Point, and Oracle. As an information technology veteran, Chad speaks at industry conferences and in the media about technology trends such as cloud computing, data center architecture, security, and the future of computing. He has appeared on CNN, Marketwatch, Univision, and in other major media outlets. Chad holds a Computer Engineering degree from Brigham Young University.
Vice President of Engineering
Brady Kimball is Vice President of Engineering for Adaptive Computing. Brady is a technology and innovation leader specializing in agile development, user experience, and scalable enterprise architectures. He has played a key role in developing cutting-edge technologies and driving Adaptive’s technology evolution. Brady guides the company’s vision and provides corporate leadership in the strategic areas of technology, research, engineering, and performance excellence. He is responsible for cultivating and developing high-performing teams delivering self-optimizing cloud systems and HPC workload management solutions.
Brady graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
Vice President of Business Development and Alliances
Dick Linville manages all business and partner development activities at Adaptive Computing. He has worldwide experience in sales, business development, corporate development, strategic planning, marketing and partner development across many high technology organizations. Dick brings a proven track record of creating joint go-to-market strategies, providing success for many different types of partners. Dick focuses on maximizing opportunities and revenue through partnerships. Past positions include VP Channel, Alliances and Corporate Development at Linux Networx, Inc; CEO & President at Empire Candle Inc.; VP WW Partner and Industry Marketing at Novelll; WW TransAccess Sales Manager at Microsoft; VP International Sales & Director OEM Sales at Netwise Inc.; and Director of Marketing & Product Management at Unisys CAD/CAM. Dick holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.
Vice President of Worldwide Sales
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.
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.