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Executive Team

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 PhotoBurney Barker
Sr. VP of Worldwide Sales

Burney Barker is Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales. He is a career sales leader with over 25 years of sales, management and leadership experience in well- known technology brands. Prior to Gigamon, Burney spent seven years at Dell EMC in roles of increasing impact, ranging from Vice President of Partners and Alliances to his most recent role as Senior Vice President of Global Sales for the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division. Previously he held global account management roles at EMC and sales management roles at AT&T. Burney received an MBA and B.S. in Management Information Systems from Kennesaw State 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 PhotoKim DeCarlis
Chief Marketing Officer

Kim DeCarlis is the Chief Marketing Officer at Gigamon with responsibility for all marketing activities, including communications, corporate marketing, demand generation, field marketing, channel marketing, product marketing, product management and marketing operations. Prior to joining Gigamon, Kim served as CMO at Imperva; VP of Worldwide Marketing at BMC; VP of Corporate Marketing at Citrix; and SVP of Product Marketing at Information Resources, Inc. With more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, sales, and management, Kim has also held positions at Saba, Documentum, IBM and Xerox. Currently, she serves on the Boards of Directors for the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, and Girls in Tech, as well as the Advisory Board of Entytle, Inc. Kim holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. 
Biography PhotoRich Jacquet
Chief People Officer

As Chief People Officer, 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. 
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 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 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.