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Biography PhotoPaul Hooper
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Paul Hooper is the CEO of Gigamon, and was previously the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. Paul is a networking and high tech industry veteran who joined Gigamon from Extreme Networks where he held numerous executive positions including Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President and General Manager for the Volume Products Group, and Chief Information Officer. Paul has held a broad range of leadership positions in marketing, product development, business management, and information technology within a range of organizations including Extreme Networks, myCFO, Inc., JDS Uniphase, Netscape Communications, and Sun Microsystems. 
Biography PhotoRex S. Jackson
Chief Financial Officer

Rex S. Jackson is the Chief Financial Officer of Gigamon. Mr. Jackson has extensive senior management and executive experience in finance, legal and other corporate functions, having served as CFO and General Counsel for several public and private companies. Most recently he served as CFO at Rocket Fuel, an ad technology company. Before that, Rex held key positions at JDS Uniphase, a provider of optical products for telecommunications, cable networks, enterprise and data centers, including CFO for three years through the separation of JDSU into two separate public companies. Mr. Jackson previously held executive positions at Symyx Technologies, Avago Technologies, Synopsys and Read-Rite. Mr. Jackson holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Duke University and earned his J.D. from Stanford University Law School. 
Biography PhotoShehzad Merchant
Chief Technology Officer

Shehzad Merchant serves as Chief Technology Officer of Gigamon bringing over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Shehzad served as the CTO at Extreme Networks, and is the author of several networking and communications patents. He is a frequent speaker at various industry events including Interop and Open Networking Summit, and has been engaged with many standards bodies including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Prior to Extreme Networks, he was the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems, following on from various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. Shehzad holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai. 
Biography PhotoFred Studer
Chief Marketing Officer

Fred Studer serves as Chief Marketing Officer. He has an innovative and distinguished career in marketing, creative and product management, with more than 20 years in the high tech industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Fred served as CMO at NetSuite. He has held a variety of leadership positions including the General Manager for Microsoft Dynamics and of Microsoft Office at Microsoft and the Group Vice President for Applications Marketing at Oracle. Fred holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Colorado Boulder. 
Biography PhotoHelmut Wilke
Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Helmut Wilke is Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He is a veteran in the information technology market and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in global sales. Prior to Gigamon, Helmut served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales leading sales, partners and operations for Ixia’s Visibility Business. Previously, he was the vice president of the US Western Region Enterprise and Partner Group for Microsoft, where he delivered business critical technology solutions to F1000 customers. In addition, he has also held key leadership roles in sales at Extreme Networks and Sun Microsystems. Helmut received a master's degree and doctor of Social Sciences from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. 
Biography PhotoSachi Sambandan
Sr. Vice President of Engineering

Sachi Sambandan is the Sr. Vice President of Engineering. He brings over 25 years of experience in Cloud, Virtualization and Infrastructure domains at leading technology companies. Prior to joining Gigamon, he served as Vice President for VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services R&D, and before that he was Vice President of engineering at Force10 Networks. Sachi received a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering at Guindy, Chennai and went on to earn a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master's in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. 
Biography PhotoDave Cox
Vice President of Worldwide Operations

Dave Cox is Vice President of Worldwide Operations. Dave brings more than 20 years of experience scaling global operations (manufacturing, supply chain, product fulfillment, services & support, IT, new product introduction, order management) for high growth technology companies. Prior to joining Gigamon, he served as Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations at Lytro. Previously Dave was Senior Vice President of Operations at Blue Coat Systems and has held leadership positions at Cisco, Quantum and Pluris. Dave attained his BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, and he holds an MBA from Santa Clara University. 
Biography PhotoPaul B. Shinn
Chief Legal Officer / Sr. VP of Corporate Development

Paul Shinn is the Chief Legal Officer / Sr. VP of Corporate Development for Gigamon and is charged with managing legal issues that include contracts, governance, compliance, merger & acquisitions, employment, and litigation management. Prior to joining Gigamon, Paul served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of HP’s Enterprise Group, where he was responsible for driving legal strategy and support across multiple disciplines. He has also held senior legal roles in commercial and corporate, securities and mergers & acquisitions at HP. Prior to joining HP, Paul was senior counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law. 
Biography PhotoRich Jacquet
Vice President of Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources Rich is responsible for shaping Gigamon’s Culture and Employee Experiences. Prior to joining Gigamon in 2013, he served as Vice President of HR for Yahoo’s Worldwide Sales Organization. During his career at Yahoo, he also lead the HR functions for International, Global Products, and the North America Business. In addition to Yahoo, Rich has held significant leadership positions at eBay, Packeteer, and Bay Networks. He holds an MBA in Organizational Studies from Notre Dame de Namur University and a BS in Business from California State University at Chico. 
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