Board of Directors



Jeff Thermond
Chairman of the Board

An independent advisor to several startups, Jeff's 30-year career encompasses an impressive track record in leading and growing large organizations in global broadband and data networking markets. Formerly President and CEO of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching vendor Woven Systems, he had previously led the team that established Broadcom's first foray into wireless products, which grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in five quarters. Before becoming a part of Broadcom, Jeff was the CEO of Epigram which pioneered the high speed home networking marketplace for semiconductors, which has grown into a multi-hundred million dollar market today. He later architected the sale of Epigram to Broadcom for what was the largest amount ever paid for a pre-revenue semiconductor start-up. He also served as vice president and general manager of 3Com's enterprise router business, growing it from $60 million to $350 million during his tenure. Jeff holds an MBA in marketing from Indiana University and a BA in psychology and philosophy from Yale University.
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Emerick Woods
President & CEO

Emerick has led and founded a number of early stage high-technology companies as well as completed two initial public offerings. Before joining Talari Networks, he served most recently as CEO of Global IP Solutions (GIPS), a publicly listed company focused on voice and video media processing for IP networks, which he sold to Google after increasing revenue by 400 percent within 18 months. Previously, Emerick served as chief executive officer and completed the initial public offering for Vicinity Corporation, a publicly traded company—subsequently acquired by Microsoft—providing a location-based services platform to many of the world’s leading brands. He has also been chief executive at several other venture-backed companies—a number of which were acquired—focused on the mobile carrier, location-based services, and network infrastructure markets and has held a variety of general management and executive positions at Quarterdeck, Symantec, Central Point and Microcom. He began his career in consulting where he held positions at McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen & Hamilton. Emerick holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BSc computer science degree from Yale University.
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H. DuBose Montgomery
Managing Director, Menlo Ventures

DuBose was a founder of Menlo Ventures in 1976, and has been an active director in many of the Firm's portfolio companies over the past 35 years. At Menlo, DuBose focuses on investments in leading companies in the information technology sector. Some of his current investments and board seats include: Entone, Firetide, freightquote.com, Mr. Number, NComputing. His prior investments include: Asthmatx, acquired by Boston Scientific (BSX); EndoVascular Technologies, acquired by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ); Frame Technology Corporation, acquired by Adobe Systems (ADBE); Gilead Sciences (GILD); Infoseek Corporation, acquired by the Walt Disney Co. (DIS); LSI Logic Corporation (LSI); Valid Logic Systems, acquired by Cadence Design Systems (CDNS) and VNUS Medical Technologies (VNUS), acquired by Covidien (COV). DuBose is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Management Science) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration (M.B.A.). He previously served as a trustee of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on the MIT visiting committees for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and for Sponsored Research.
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Mark Masur
General Partner, Silver Creek Ventures

Mark Masur has served as general partner of Dallas-based Silver Creek Ventures since founding the firm in 1995 to focus exclusively on early-stage investments in information technology. Mark's venture investment experience spans three decades beginning with InterFirst Venture Corporation in 1982 where he managed their technology investments. Some of Mark's previous investments include Xlinx, Inc., Alteon WebSystems (Nortel), ONI Systems (Ciena) and MetroPCS. In addition to Talari Networks, he is currently a director of Cellfire, Inc. and Bivio Networks. Mark is a graduate of Weber State College (BS) and the University of Denver (MBA).
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Andy Gottlieb

A leading expert in WAN/LAN switching and routing, Andy founded Talari Networks and served as its first CEO after previously serving in executive roles in both startups and public corporations. He was Vice President of Marketing at RouteScience, a route optimization startup, and before that led marketing at MMC Networks, the pioneering Network Processor developer, through its $4.5B acquisition by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in 2000. Andy also served on the board of LVL7 Systems, a network processing software company. Previously, he spent more than a dozen years at 3Com Corporation, highlighted by his leadership of the Switching Systems business unit through its development and introduction of the CoreBuilder 9000 enterprise switching platform. He also served as 3Com's Vice President of Marketing for Large Enterprise Markets and held a number of other senior marketing, product management, and engineering roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.
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