Chairman, President and CEO
Leading Egenera as President and CEO, Pete Manca brings over 25 years’ experience in enterprise computing and business development, with expertise in a wide range of mission-critical enterprise data center technologies. Previously as CTO and EVP of Engineering, Manca led product planning by working directly with customers to understand their most difficult challenges and guide Egenera’s engineering teams to translate those requirements into solutions. In particular, his leadership and experience in virtualization technologies has led to the continued progression of Egenera’s advanced PAN (Processing Area Network) architecture and was instrumental in setting the strategy for Egenera’s software business, acting as general manager for this business unit for the past 2 years.
Prior to Egenera, Manca served as Vice President of Engineering at Hitachi Computer Products America with responsibility for operating systems and enterprise middleware products—contributing to the development of the world’s then-fastest commercial supercomputer. While a Software Engineer with Encore Computer, he began cultivating his specialty in distributed operating systems as a member of the team that built the first commercial system based on MACH technology. He has also held senior engineering and management positions with Prime Computer and Racal Interlan.
Manca holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where he has taught operating systems and networking at the graduate level.
Vern Brownell founded Egenera in March 2000 based on his experiences as the chief technology officer at Goldman Sachs, where he and his staff of 1,300 were responsible for worldwide technology infrastructure including data centers, data networking, telecommunications and trading-floor operations. During his 11 years with the Wall Street leader, Brownell developed a keen appreciation for how the complexity of legacy server deployments both increased costs and compromised agility
Prior to his tenure at Goldman, Brownell served as manager of engineering at Stratus Computer and Ztel Corporation. He began his career as a principal engineer at Digital Equipment. Brownell’s background as both a developer and user of technology gives Egenera the ideal perspective for building the next generation of data center infrastructure. He holds a master of business administration degree from Anna Maria College as well as a bachelor of engineering degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Bob Crants has been directly involved in private equity investments for fifteen years. He was previously with Goldman Sachs, where he was a founding member of the Special Investments Group, and was active in the development and marketing of proprietary equity derivative products, equity private placements, exchange funds and merchant banking funds totaling over $6.0 billion in gross funds raised. As a result of his work, in 1993 he received the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division Innovation Award. Mr. Crants is a founder of Pharos Capital Group. He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B., summa cum laude, in Economics.
Jim Phillips is a Partner of Pharos Capital Group, LLC. Prior to joining Pharos and its predecessor entities in 1996, Mr. Phillips was with Goldman Sachs, serving in both its Equities Management Division and in Private Client Services. Mr. Phillips graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Management and from the University of Miami with an M.B.A. He has more than eleven years of private equity experience.
Prior to joining Kodiak, Lou was President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of ArrowPoint Communications where he was responsible for all of ArrowPoint’s functional organizations and focused on managing worldwide operations to achieve company growth objectives. ArrowPoint had a successful IPO in March 2000 and was acquired by Cisco Systems for $5.5 billion in June 2000.
Prior to joining ArrowPoint, Lou was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing and a member of the Board of GeoTel Communications, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in June 1999. He joined GeoTel early in its developmental stage and was a major contributor in building its worldwide sales and marketing presence. He was also instrumental in guiding the company through its IPO and eventual $2 billion acquisition. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Parametric Technology Corporation from 1989 to 1994. Before Parametric, he was an executive at Prime Computer. Lou has been an active investor and board member of a number of companies including Atria (acquired by Pure) and Softdesk (acquired by Autodesk).
Volpe holds a master of business administration degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of IMlogic and RulesPower and is also on the boards of Azimuth Systems, CXO Systems, Egenera, GTESS, IE-Engine, and sentitO Networks.