Avere Systems Management Team

Ronald Bianchini, Jr.
President and CEO

Ron Bianchini

As president and chief executive officer of Avere Systems, co-founder Ron Bianchini has a long record of accomplishment in building and leading successful companies that deliver breakthrough technologies. Prior to Avere, Ron was a senior vice president at NetApp, where he served as the leader of the NetApp Pittsburgh Technology Center. Before NetApp, he was CEO and co-founder of Spinnaker Networks, which developed the Storage Grid architecture acquired by NetApp. Ron also served as vice president of product architecture of FORE Systems, where he was responsible for ATM products. Previously, he co-founded Scalable Networks [acquired by FORE], which designed and implemented a large-scale Gigabit Ethernet switch, and earlier in his career, he was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ron received an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds numerous patents in fault-tolerant distributed systems and high-speed network design and has published extensively in technical journals.


Chris Bowen
Vice President of Sales

Chris Bowen

Chris Bowen has over 20 years of experience sales growth and team management in storage technology. Chris joined Avere Systems in 2010 and has been a key force in the company's growth as a regional sales director, regional vice president, and now as vice president of sales. Prior to Avere, he assisted in growing start-up Storwize to the point of acquisition by IBM. Chris also has managed large financial accounts while selling complex route-to-market including direct, OEMs and VARs for StorageTek. Earlier he held several account and management positions at TEKsystems.

Chris holds a B.A. in Business from Susquehanna University.




Jeff Butler
Vice President Customer Operations

Jeff Butler

With more than fifteen years of experience with scale-out storage systems, Jeff is responsible for both pre-sales and post-sales support, performance analysis and field logistics. Prior to this role, he served as a member of Avere's technical staff focused on system performance and filesystem development. Jeff led Avere's posting of its record-breaking SPECsfs2008 posting in 2011. Before joining the Avere team, Jeff held various management and software development positions at Panasas, where he was one of the first engineers who designed and implemented its core architectural components. Jeff was a Carnegie Mellon, Parallel Data Lab (PDL) graduate student that contributed to the Network Attached Secure Disk (NASD) project which was the underlying Panasas architecture.

Jeff holds an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


John Dean
Chief Financial Officer

John Dean

In his role of chief financial officer, John leads the company's finance, operations and business development functions. Before joining Avere, John was chief financial officer of Vivisimo, a market-leading enterprise search vendor. At Vivisimo, John led the effort to successfully raise the company's first round of outside capital. Prior to Vivisimo, John was senior director of corporate development at NetApp, where he led the company's OEM relationship with IBM and the company's annual strategy planning process. John served as vice president of finance at Spinnaker Networks where he led the company's finance, accounting and legal functions. John also held various management positions at The Procter & Gamble Company, including associate director of corporate development where he was responsible for M&A activity in the Asia, Paper and Food/Beverage business units.

John holds an M.B.A. from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a B.A. from Denison University.


Michael Kazar
Chief Technology Officer

Mike Kazar

As CTO and co-founder of Avere Systems and an acknowledged expert in network file system architectures, Mike is responsible for driving Avere's technology vision and architecture. Previously Mike was vice president and chief architect at NetApp working on Data ONTAP GX, the technology Mike developed while co-founder and chief technology officer at Spinnaker Networks. Before Spinnaker, he was a distinguished engineer at FORE Systems working on LAN Emulation for ATM and several Ethernet to ATM bridge products. Prior to FORE, he co-founded and served as chief file system architect at Transarc Corporation [now part of IBM]. Earlier in his career, Mike was one of the original contributors to versions of Carnegie Mellon University's Andrew File System as well as the Andrew Toolkit, an OLE-like windowing toolkit.

He was named the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award for his outstanding contributions to information storage systems.

Mike received an S.B. in Mathematics and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science.


Mike McMahon
Vice President Business Development

Mike McMahon

With over twenty years of sales, business development and product management experience, Mike leads the Business Development organization focusing on business expansion through strategic relationships with large global partners. Previously, Mike held various leadership positions with CommVault Systems, culminating as vice president of worldwide OEM sales, where he built and ran the global OEM business, growing worldwide OEM/Partner annual revenue to over $100 million in just eight years. Earlier in his career, Mike was a senior product manager with Dell Corporation where he was responsible for the enterprise storage software business focused on data management and archiving capabilities.

Mike holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University.


Dave Stephenson
Vice President Engineering

Dave Stephenson

With more than twenty years of storage industry experience in both engineering and executive management, Dave leads Avere’s engineering team in the development of Avere’s market leading FXT Edge filers. Prior to Avere Systems, Dave was director of network attached storage engineering at HP with overall responsibility for scale-out NAS solutions based on its IBRIX technology and the integration of scale-out solutions. Before joining HP, Dave was vice president of engineering at Panasas, responsible for the development and delivery of the first and subsequent releases of the ActiveScale parallel storage solution. Earlier in his career, Dave held engineering and management roles in several companies including Transarc, Westinghouse Electric, and MCS.

Dave holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.



Rebecca Thompson
Vice President Marketing

Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca brings more than twenty years of marketing and product management expertise to Avere Systems from technology companies that range from large public entities to small privately held firms. Prior to Avere, she was vice president of marketing at Vivisimo [now part of IBM], where she successfully positioned the software company from a niche player to a market leader in enterprise search by focusing on the development and promotion of Web 2.0 functionality. Before Vivisimo, Rebecca was vice president of marketing at FreeMarkets [now part of SAP], a pioneer in global spend management, and responsible for managing and developing the company's product lines and worldwide marketing initiatives after its successful IPO. Before FreeMarkets, she was director of corporate marketing at FORE Systems until its acquisition by Marconi. Prior to FORE, she built the highest-rated analyst relations program in the industry at Cisco Systems and was an industry analyst for Dataquest [Gartner Group], both in San Jose, CA.

Rebecca has a B.A. from the University of North Dakota.