Board of Directors
Our leadership team shares a commitment to building an even stronger company
Independent Chairman of the Board
General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds
Stephen Domenik has been a general partner at Sevin Rosen Funds, a venture capital firm, since 1995, and brings considerable experience from both established and small companies in the semiconductor and software industries to the Meru Board of Directors. Domenik has also served as a director of Emcore Corporation, a public traded provider of compound semiconductor based components and subsystems, since December 2013; a director of PLX Technology, Inc., a publicly traded semiconductor company, since December 2013; a director of Pixelworks, Inc., a publicly traded designer, developer and marketer of video and pixel processing semiconductors, since August 2010; and director of MoSys, Inc., a publicly-traded, IP-rich, fabless semiconductor company, since June 2012.
He served on the board of directors of NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a publicly-traded fabless semiconductor company, from January 2001 until it was acquired in February 2012.
Domenik was previously CEO of two high-technology companies in the RFID and software domains. He was also vice president of marketing at Cyrix, an SRF portfolio company, where he worked from its early days until after its IPO. Prior to Cyrix, Domenik was the vice president of marketing at Weitek, a venture-backed startup company that also went public.
Domenik holds an M.S. in electrical engineering (M.S.E.E.) and a B.S. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Bami Bastani
President and CEO Meru Networks
Dr. Bami Bastani was appointed Meru CEO and president and member of the Board of Directors in March 2012. Prior to joining Meru, he was CEO and president of Trident Microsystems Inc., a semiconductor company, from June 2011 through May 2012.
Prior to joining Trident, Dr. Bastani was chairman and CEO of B2 Global Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm, from 2008 until 2011. From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Bastani was president and CEO of ANADIGICS Inc., a semiconductor company providing RF solutions for the wireless and broadband communications equipment markets. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Bastani was executive vice president of Fujitsu Microelectronics, where he led the Systems LSI Group, including ASIC System-On-Chip, local area networks, SPARC processors, and RFICs. Previously, he served for more than a decade at National Semiconductor, where he held several key executive positions, most recently as vice president and general manager of the Embedded Technologies Division. He has a PhD and MSEE from Ohio State University and a BSEE from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Bastani’s prior experience as a chief executive officer and his role as Meru’s CEO give him unique insights into the day-to-day operations of the company, and his membership on the board allows him to share these insights with the board. He also brings to the board his strong background in senior management at technology companies.
Independent Venture Capital and Private Equity Investor
Harold (Harry) Copperman is an independent venture capital and private equity investor and serves as president and CEO at HDC Ventures Inc., a management and investment group focusing on enterprise systems, software, and services. Prior to that, Mr. Copperman was a consultant and private investor, as well as senior vice president and group executive at Digital Equipment Corp.
Mr. Copperman has also held executive positions as CEO of JWP Information Services, president and COO of Commodore Business Machines Inc. and vice president and general manager at Apple Computer Inc. Additionally, he spent 20 years at IBM Corporation, where he held a variety of sales, marketing, and executive positions. Mr. Copperman also serves on the Board of Directors of ID Systems Inc., a provider of RFID wireless solutions for tracking high-value assets.
He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and served as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Chairman, Aviat Networks
Chuck Kissner serves as the Chairman of Aviat Networks, the world’s largest independent supplier of wireless transmission systems. Mr. Kissner also serves as Chairman of ShoreTel Inc., a business communications systems company, and is on the board of Rambus, Inc., a technology licensing company focusing on the development of technologies that enrich the end-user experience of electronic systems.
From 2010 to 2011, he was Chairman and CEO of Aviat Networks. From 1995 to 2006, he served as Chairman and CEO of Stratex Networks, which became one of the world’s leading innovators of wireless transmission systems and which operated in over 140 countries. Mr. Kissner then merged Stratex with Harris Corporation’s Microwave Division to create Aviat Networks in 2007.
Mr. Kissner previously was Vice President and General Manager of M/A-COM, Inc., a manufacturer of radio and microwave communications products, President and CEO of Aristacom International, a communications software company, Executive Vice President of Fujitsu Network Switching, Inc., and held a number of executive positions at AT&T (now Alcatel-Lucent).
He has also served on a number of other public and private boards, as well as not-for-profit boards such as the NPR Foundation and Angel Flight, Inc. He currently serves on the board of non-profit KQED Public Media.
Mr. Kissner has a BS from California State Polytechnic University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Mr. Kissner holds several aviation records.
Managing Director Clearstone Venture Partners
William Quigley focuses on Clearstone's communications investments. His areas of investment interest include broadband wireless enabling technologies, operational support systems, and communications service innovators. Quigley joined Clearstone Venture Partners from Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds (MAVF), where he focused on early-stage communications companies targeting the software, equipment, and service sectors.
At MAVF, he was responsible for investments in Integrated Chipware, a real-time embedded OS developer; Wisor Telecom, an OSS vendor to the CLEC and ISP industry; and NexTone Communications, a manufacturer of broadband integrated access devices for small and medium enterprises. Prior to MAVF, Quigley spent six years in a variety of operational roles at The Walt Disney Company. His work at Disney included designing field operation and sales support systems for several of the company's largest divisions. Quigley also comanaged Disney's merchant banking group, where he negotiated and structured equity positions in the company's strategic licensees.
Prior to Disney, Quigley was a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen's Financial Services Group, where he developed financial and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the media and communications and financial services industries.
Quigley received his MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School, and holds a BS, with honors, from the University of Southern California. He is a Kauffman Fellow.
Quigley represents Clearstone Venture Partners' interests in its investments in AOptix, Frontera, PeopleSupport, Phasebridge, and Xcelerate.
Sr. Vice President and General Manager Enterprise and Service Provider Division
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Sudhakar Ramakrishna leads the Enterprise and Service Provider Division of Citrix, a cloud company that enables mobile workstyles, as senior vice president and general manager. Mr. Ramakrishna oversees Citrix's strategy and execution for its virtualization, networking and cloud solutions. With more than 20 years of experience across the mobility, networking, security and collaboration markets, Mr. Ramakrishna joined Citrix from Polycom, where he was president of products and services.
Before Polycom, he was corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's wireless broadband business, responsible for building and scaling their 4G and LTE mobile product initiatives. Previously he ran global software operations at Motorola, developing innovative and collaborative teams focused on a wide range of customers, technologies and solutions. Mr. Ramakrishna has also held senior leadership roles at Stoke Networks, 3COM and US Robotics, and brings to Citrix a wealth of experience working with enterprise, carrier/operator customers and ecosystem partners.
Mr. Ramakrishna earned his master's degree in Computer Science from Kansas State, and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Ramakrishna holds and has filed several patents in the areas of IP telephony, soft switching and load balancing.