David Murphy is one of the Silicon Valley’s most highly regarded business executives. Over the past 25 years, Murphy has held top leadership roles driving market adoption and disruptive growth. Most recently, Murphy served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Coat Systems, a leader in enterprise security, which was recently acquired by Symantec. Prior to Blue Coat, Murphy served as Senior Vice President for HP’s Laserjet and Enterprise Solutions business unit within the company’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG), responsible for driving IPG’s business imaging, printing and software growth across all customer segments. Murphy joined HP in 2006 through HP’s acquisition of Mercury Interactive, where he was Chief Financial Officer. At Mercury, Murphy led the company’s finance and business operations, and market expansion and acquisition efforts into Mercury’s Business Technology Optimization (BTO) portfolio.
Prior to joining Mercury, Murphy was CEO of Asera, where he led the company’s efforts as a pioneer in delivering real-time collaborative business process applications for the extended enterprise with a web services delivery approach. Prior to Asera, Murphy was president and general manager of IBM Tivoli Systems, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations and drove aggressive expansion into new markets, helping make IBM a major competitor in the software space.
Murphy’s background also includes working as the head of the private equity investments group at Perot Systems and as a partner at McKinsey & Company. Murphy holds an MBA from Stanford and technical degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from the Universities of Louisville and Florida Atlantic.
Rohit De Souza
CEO and President
Rohit De Souza serves as Chief Executive Officer. Rohit brings nearly 25 years of blue chip, strategic technology and change management experience to the role, having driven results at both large enterprise technology companies and smaller, early stage ventures in a global context. Prior to his appointment at Actian, Rohit held the President and acting CEO position at BeyondCore, where he refocused its go-to-market strategy and drove the acquisition of the company by Salesforce. Prior to BeyondCore, Rohit held multiple leadership positions at HP, including Vice President and General Manager for HP Software – Autonomy / IDOL and prior to that Vice President and General Manager for its Retail Publishing division, where he was responsible for the business’ exponential growth and established HP as a leader in worldwide retail photo and publishing. Rohit has held leadership roles at Siebel, Oracle, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Intel, where in each instance he contributed to the accelerated growth and market success of the firm. Rohit holds dual master’s degrees in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Madras University in India.
Prior to forming Garnett & Helfrich Capital with his partner David Helfrich in 2003, Mr. Garnett spent eight years with Venrock Associates where he was an early investor in Siebel, Checkpoint Software, Niku, Neoforma, and Neon Software. He was also actively involved in forming and funding Crossworlds Software with his wife, Katrina Garnett, Crossworlds’ founder and CEO, which went public in 2000 and was acquired by IBM in 2001.
David Helfrich brings more than twenty years of experience investing in and building technology companies. He helped found and build a number of the most successful and innovative networking companies in the industry – Newbridge Networks, Ascend Communications, Centrum Communications/3Com and Copper Mountain Networks.
Ken Goldman is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Yahoo!. In this role, he is responsible for Yahoo!’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations.
Ken brings more than 30 years of experience in financial, operational and business management to Yahoo!. Most recently, he was CFO of Fortinet, a provider of threat management technologies. Ken spent nearly six years as senior vice president of finance and administration and CFO of Siebel Systems and has held CFO positions at several technology companies in his career, including Excite@Home, Sybase, Cypress Semiconductor and VLSI Technology.
Ken also serves on the board of directors of Infinera Inc. and NXP Semiconductor, as well as the board of trustees of Cornell University. He has been named among “America’s 15 Most Connected Capitalists” by Forbes magazine. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Paul Hoffman has a passion for bringing creative strategy and execution ideas to drive hyper growth at companies. Currently, he serves as President for Evergreen Advisory Services. Prior to this role, he was Executive Vice President and President, Worldwide Field Operations at Informatica, where he presided over a four-fold increase in revenues. While in that role, Hoffman won the Global Sales Leader of the Year in the 4th Annual Sales and Customer Service Stevie Awards. Prior to Informatica, Hoffman cofounded and served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Cassatt Corporation and was President of the Americas at SeeBeyond Technology Corporation from 1999 to 2003. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Documentum and spent 10 years at Oracle Corporation, ultimately rising to Vice President of Worldwide Operations.