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Sam Blackman

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
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Sam brings extensive management experience and technical expertise to the Elemental team as chief executive officer. He has grown Elemental into the leading provider of multiscreen video processing solutions. Prior to co-founding Elemental in 2006, Sam designed integrated circuit products for Pixelworks. Before joining Pixelworks, Sam held engineering positions at Silicon Graphics and Intel Corporation. He earned an M.B.A. from University of Oregon, an M.S. in electrical engineering from University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Brown University. Sam is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and passionate about protecting Oregon’s environment and strengthening the state’s education system. He has been recognized by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters as a Volunteer of the Year, by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of “35 Innovators Under 35" and by the Portland Business Journal as the most admired CEO in technology and one of forty outstanding leaders under forty. Sam is also the recipient of the Tom Holce Award for Individual Achievement from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and was named startup CEO of the year award by GeekWire. Sam and his wife Adriane are the proud parents of two boys who love soccer, animals and Little House on the Prairie books.

Aslam Khader

Chief Product Officer
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Aslam brings more than 25 years of experience with large and mid-size companies to his role as chief product officer at Elemental. Over the course of his career, Aslam has lived and worked in India, Japan and the United States. Prior to joining Elemental, Aslam was chief technology and product officer at Ensequence, where he spent more than ten years working with service providers and content programmers formulating, developing and delivering interactive TV products, services and platforms. Prior to Ensequence, Aslam was at Intertrust Technologies as VP of product marketing setting direction and requirements for new video DRM products. He also worked at Sequent prior to its acquisition by IBM in various product management and marketing roles in both Japan and the US. Aslam graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering. When he’s not driving product strategy at Elemental, Aslam enjoys times with his wife and two daughters and aspires to be an accomplished cyclist.

Brian Lewis

Chief Architect, Vice President of Engineering and Co-founder
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Brian has nearly two decades of experience with complex real-time software development, spanning the entire development cycle from requirements capture through deployment and support. He brings his obsession with video compression, image processing and real-time control systems to his work at Elemental. As director of software engineering at Pixelworks, Brian led development of a next-generation Software Development Kit (SDK) for ImageProcessor ICs. Prior to Pixelworks, he worked as an engineer and team leader at Rockwell Collins developing navigation, guidance and sensor control software for military transport aircraft. Brian earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Left to his own devices Brian would probably think about video compression in his spare time too, but for the sake of balance he goes hiking once in a while.

Daniel Marshall

Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales
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Dan brings more than 25 years of experience building and driving sales and service in the enterprise storage, media and broadcast markets to his role at Elemental. As senior vice president of worldwide sales and service, he develops and directs the company's worldwide sales and service strategy and is responsible for a global sales and service team. Prior to joining Elemental, Dan managed sales, marketing and service divisions at companies working directly with enterprise IT organizations in the broadcast, storage, and SAAS markets. In his most recent role as head of sales at Omneon Inc., Dan helped the company establish a global footprint and achieve profitability two years ahead of schedule. Prior to his work at Omneon, Dan held executive sales positions at MTI Corporation and Mylex Corporation. He also co-founded and served in an executive role at Storageway. He is on the board of directors of Multimek, Inc. and earned a B.S. in business administration and economics from San Jose State University. Dan is also an accomplished guitarist, a passion he continues to pursue in his free time.

Lyman Potts

Chief Operating Officer
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Lyman has more than 25 years of business and financial management experience in a variety of industries. As chief operating officer of Elemental, he guides the operations, finance, and administrative functions of the company. Prior to joining Elemental, Lyman spent seven years with Fios, Inc., an electronic evidence discovery management company, as COO and CFO. Prior to Fios, Lyman was CFO and then CEO of LaCie, Ltd. U.S., a manufacturer and supplier of desktop storage devices, where he was responsible for management of the U.S. division as well as the processes and systems for worldwide operations in twelve countries throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S., and Australia. Prior to LaCie, Lyman spent ten years at Bear Creek Corp., the parent company for Harry & David and Jackson & Perkins mail order, overseeing the company’s accounting and financial systems. Lyman received his Certified Public Accountant license in the state of Oregon. He is an avid racquetball player and sailor, having recently spent three years with his wife on their sailboat as they cruised from Portland to the Caribbean.

Jesse Rosenzweig

Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder
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Jesse brings a deep background in video systems and software to Elemental where he leads the software and applications developments teams. As a software applications engineer at Pixelworks, he played a critical role in bringing numerous complex customer designs into production. Jesse was a core architect for the clean-slate development of Pixelworks' next-generation System Development Kit (SDK), the real-time operating system that powers all Pixelworks ImageProcessor ICs. He managed and contributed to many successful products at Pixelworks, including the digital television SDK that drives all Pixelworks-based digital televisions today. Prior to Pixelworks, Jesse held software engineering positions at Qualcomm and Ericsson. He earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of forty outstanding leaders under forty. Jesse enjoys spending his free time exploring rivers and mountains and is at home in the elements.

Keith Wymbs

Chief Marketing Officer
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Keith possesses 20 years of business leadership experience in the video, IPTV and telecommunications industries. As chief marketing officer, Keith leads the development and implementation of Elemental’s worldwide marketing strategy and oversees the company’s marketing functions, ranging from product marketing to outbound communications. Prior to joining Elemental, Keith led the marketing team of IPTV pioneer Tut Systems (acquired by Motorola), the business development efforts of Viagate Technologies (acquired by Tut Systems), and most recently, a wellness product company as CEO. Earlier in his career, Keith managed a variety of growth businesses for AT&T and was a strategy consultant for wireline and wireless communications companies at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He currently serves on the board of directors of Coherence Resources. Keith earned a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from New York University. Keith is an ironman "not-so-wanna-be" and chooses to train for less exhausting sprint triathlons in his free time when he is not coaching his kids' sports teams.

Greg Zwart

Vice President of Global Services
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With 15 years of experience in service management and enterprise solutions design, Greg brings a passion and proven track record of managing teams that identify innovative solutions to deliver customer success. As VP of Global Services, Greg oversees Elemental's Solutions, Support, Education, and Field Services teams. Prior to Elemental, he spent ten years at Hewlett-Packard, where his previous roles included technical leadership of teams supporting software development, solutions architecture, project management and IT service management. Greg graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and, as a native Oregonian, is proud to be working for an entrepreneurial media company in Portland. When not working around the clock to keep customers happy, he is usually found on a soccer field, skiing the slopes of Mount Hood, hiking the trails of the Columbia River Gorge or planning his next international adventure.

Board of Directors

Erik Benson

Director
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Erik Benson is a managing director with Voyager Capital where he focuses on large, market-changing information technologies and disruptive business models. In addition to Elemental, he is a board member of Act-On Software, Chirpify, Covario, Lighter Capital, Lytics and Zettics. Erik was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies) and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts).

Prior to Voyager, Erik was an investor for WRF Capital (Washington Research Foundation) after leadership roles at Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the area of motion capture and animation software for the gaming industry. Erik started his career in New York for a predecessor to JPMorgan Chase. Erik earned an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University.

Sam Blackman

Director
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Sam brings extensive management experience and technical expertise to the Elemental team as chief executive officer. He has grown Elemental into the leading provider of multiscreen video processing solutions. Prior to co-founding Elemental in 2006, Sam designed integrated circuit products for Pixelworks. Before joining Pixelworks, Sam held engineering positions at Silicon Graphics and Intel Corporation. He earned an M.B.A. from University of Oregon, an M.S. in electrical engineering from University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Brown University. Sam is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and passionate about protecting Oregon’s environment and strengthening the state’s education system. He has been recognized by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters as a Volunteer of the Year, by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of “35 Innovators Under 35" and by the Portland Business Journal as the most admired CEO in technology and one of forty outstanding leaders under forty. Sam is also the recipient of the Tom Holce Award for Individual Achievement from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and was named startup CEO of the year award by GeekWire. Sam and his wife Adriane are the proud parents of two boys who love soccer, animals and Little House on the Prairie books.

Bruce Chizen

Director
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As the former CEO of Adobe systems, Inc. Bruce transformed the firm into one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. As CEO from 2000 to 2007, he tripled Adobe's revenue and turned a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry. During his tenure, Adobe consistently ranked near the top of Fortune Magazine's annual report on the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

In 1987, Bruce joined Claris Corporation, a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc., as a founding senior manager and later held positions as vice president of sales and worldwide marketing before becoming vice president and general manager of Claris Clear Choice. Before Claris, he joined Microsoft Corporation in 1983, eventually becoming the company’s eastern region sales director. From 1980 to 1983, he worked in Mattel Electronics’ merchandising group, helping grow it to a $500 million business. Bruce holds a B.S. from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He currently serves on the boards of Oracle, NDS and Synopsys, Inc. as well as a number of not-for-profit boards.

Scott Hilleboe

Director
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Scott Hilleboe is with Revolution Growth, which invests in disruptive consumer technology businesses. Prior to joining Revolution Growth, Scott was a Managing Director with Steamboat Ventures and continues to represent Steamboat's interests in Elemental and EdgeCast Networks. While at Steamboat Scott led investments in Fastclick (IPO and then acquired by ValueClick), Greystripe (acquired by ValueClick), Kyte (acquired by KIT Digital), MerchantCircle (acquired by Reply.com), MediaBank (merged to become MediaOcean), Move Networks (acquired by EchoStar), PopularMedia (acquired by StrongMail) and Quigo (acquired by AOL).

Prior to joining Steamboat Ventures, Scott was an investment professional with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He co-lead investments in Jareva Technologies (acquired by Symantec), Yosemite Technologies (acquired by Barracuda Networks), Cenzic, and Voltage Security. Previously, Scott worked at industry leading enterprises IBM, LaSalle Partners and Synopsys, as well as a number of early stage technology companies.

Scott received a BS in Mechanical Engineering, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Washington, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was born and raised in Montana, and now is based in Washington D.C.

Kevin O'Hara

Chairman
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Kevin O'Hara is the chief executive officer at Integra Telecom, a provider of fiber-based, business-grade networking, communication and cloud solutions. Kevin has also served as executive chairman for Troppus Software, a provider of customer care and technical support solutions for service providers. Prior to Troppus, Kevin co-founded Level 3 Communications, a leading international provider of fiber-based communication services.

While at Level 3, Kevin served as the company’s chief operating officer from March 1998 to March 2008 and its president from July 2000 to March 2008. During his tenure, Level 3 grew to approximately $4.3 billion in annual revenue. Before co-founding Level 3, Kevin served as president and chief executive officer of Metropolitan Fiber Systems (MFS) Global Network Services, Inc., from 1995 to 1997; as senior vice president of MFS and president of MFS Development Inc., from October 1992 to August 1995; and as a vice president of MFS Telecom, Inc., from 1990 to 1992. Under his leadership at MFS, annual revenue grew to more than $2 billion. Kevin left MFS after it was sold to WorldCom for approximately $14.5 billion.

Kevin currently serves on the boards of Integra Telecom, a privately held communications company based in Portland, Ore., and RigNet, Inc., a communications service provider primarily targeting the oil and gas industry in over 30 countries. Kevin holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Drexel University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Sujal Patel

Director
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Sujal Patel is a successful technology entrepreneur and executive. He founded Isilon Systems in 2001 with the vision that the rapid proliferation of unstructured, file-based data would necessitate a shift away from traditional storage architectures and toward a new, scale-out paradigm. Today, Patel’s vision has not only become a reality validated by leading research firms IDC and Gartner, but has also created the fastest-growing category within the enterprise storage market.

As CEO, Patel guided Isilon’s (Nasdaq: ISLN) acquisition by EMC in December, 2010 for $2.5 billion. Patel served as the President of EMC’s Isilon Storage Division from the acquisition until November, 2012, driving significant revenue growth, market expansion and organizational scale. He remains a strategic advisor to EMC.

Prior to EMC and Isilon, Patel served in various engineering roles at RealNetworks, Inc., in part as chief architect behind the company's second-generation core media delivery system. Sujal holds a number of patents and pending patents, including those for the Isilon OneFS distributed file system.

Patel is a sought-after speaker and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs. He is also a board member at Extrahop Networks, a Seattle-based startup that supplies network-based application performance management solutions. Patel graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1996 with a degree in computer science.

Neil Sequeira

Director
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Neil invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include Internet and new media, software, consumer services, and network infrastructure. He is currently a board member of DECA, Eons, Highwinds Network Group, Visible Measures, ViTrue, and ScanScout. He is a board observer for Brightcove, rPath and Qumas and is actively involved with BlackDuck, ITA Software and Maven.

Neil joined General Catalyst Partners from Time Warner where he was most recently managing director, technology for Time Warner Investments, formerly AOL Time Warner Ventures. During his four years at Time Warner, he worked closely with various operating groups including AOL, HBO, Time, Inc., Time Warner Cable, Turner and Warner Bros. to identify investment opportunities. Neil sourced, led and was actively involved with the boards of several of the companies within the Time Warner Investments portfolio including Arroyo Video Solutions (Cisco), BigBand Networks, Entropic, Goldpocket Interactive (Tandberg), N2Broadband (Tandberg), and Waterfront Media. He holds a B.A. in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.