Advisory Board

Our advisory board members specialize in a variety of industry domains, including software, Internet, telecommunications, electronic content, academia, industry analysis, global markets, and executive management.

Robert Abbott
Robert Abbott joined Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California, in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, cloud & IT infrastructure. His current investments and board seats include two of Voyager’s portfolio companies, Act-On Software and Elemental, as well as ClariPhy, ClearDATA, mBlox and Zenverge. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of Brand.net (acquired by Valassis Communications), Covigo (acquired by Symbol Technologies), KACE (acquired by Dell), Mozes (acquired by ePrize), Occam Networks (acquired by Calix), Passif Semiconductor (acquired by Apple), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices) and SideStep (acquired by Kayak). He has also worked with such companies as Embark (acquired by Princeton Review), Escalate (acquired by GERS), Kayak (Nasdaq: KYAK), mPower (acquired by Morningstar) and Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra). Robert has nine years of operational experience in various roles, from engineering to marketing and product management. Before joining NVP, he was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, he worked at IBM-ROLM Systems. Robert holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering and an MBA, all from Stanford University.

Ernest M. Ankrim, Ph.D.
Ernie Ankrim brings over 30 years of academic and institutional experience on markets, portfolio strategies and institutional and individual investor behavior to clients of Ankrim Strategic Insight. Over his career, he has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and PBS and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and major daily newspapers throughout the country. A prominent voice on the markets, Ernie is a popular speaker at industry and client conferences. He has authored numerous research works on topics as diverse as performance attribution, commodities, asset allocation and investor behavior. Many of these articles were subsequently published in investment journals such as The Journal of Investing, The Journal of Portfolio Management, and the Financial Analysts Journal. In 2009 his research was included in the collection Classics in Investment Performance Measurement (Spaulding & Tzitzouris). Ernie spent fifteen years on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University, the last six years of which he chaired the economics department. Ernie joined Russell Investments in 1990, first as a member of the capital markets research group, later as director of portfolio strategy and finally as chief investment strategist for the last six years before retiring prior to 2009. In his nineteen years at Russell, Ernie became known for his ability to offer clear and simple descriptions of complex investment problems, leading to informed strategies. Through Ankrim Strategic Insight, Ernie offers his analysis to investors through his associations with a limited number of wealth advisory organizations with combined client assets of over $5 billion. He continues to serve as an on-call advisor to Russell and serves on Voyager Capital’s Advisory Board.

Jesse Berst
Jesse Berst is currently Managing Director of Global Smart Energy (GSE), one of the pioneering thought leaders of the smart grid, and the Founding Editor of SmartGridNews.com, the Internet’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site. Jesse provides strategic consulting to corporations, startups and investment firms looking to target their smart grid activities. Clients include Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, the U.S. Department of Energy, Global Environment Fund, the GridWise Alliance, Avista Utilities, the State of New Mexico, the Province of British Columbia, Prize Capital and many others. Jesse devotes a portion of his time to efforts to grow the industry. As Acting Executive Director, he was a co-founder of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a nonprofit that unites utilities, vendors, and consumer advocates with the goal of accelerating the adoption of a consumer-friendly smart grid. He serves on the Advisory Council for the Energy and Environment Directorate of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which conducts some of the nation’s most advanced grid research. And he is a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Washington / Washington State University Power Grid Research Center. Jesse was the keynote speaker at the Department of Energy’s original Grid Vision 2030 planning meeting in April, 2003. Since then, he has keynoted dozens of grid-related events in the U.S. and abroad. GSE services include strategic research, white papers, mergers and acquisitions advisory and management of regional and national projects. In the '80s and '90s, Jesse was one of the country's most well-known technology analysts. He was a featured columnist at leading magazines, including Computerworld, Computer Reseller News, InformationWeek and PC Week, authoring more than 700 columns and articles analyzing technology and business trends. He authored or co-authored ten books on personal computing and software, and one on high-tech business concepts, titled The Magnet Effect (McGraw-Hill, 2001). His analysis and commentary were featured widely on national radio and television, including CNNfn, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, CBS Radio News, Business Talk Radio and NorthWest CableNews. During this period, Jesse founded or co-founded three high-tech publishing companies, New Riders Publishing (acquired by Macmillan), Micropublishing (acquired by Cygnus Business Media), and CompuTh!nk (acquired by Ziff-Davis). He then became a Vice President and "intrapraneur" at Ziff-Davis, where he conceived and founded "AnchorDesk," which became the company's most popular and profitable Internet property, reigning for many years as the world’s largest email newsletter with nearly 3,000,000 daily subscribers. Jesse was born in eastern Washington and graduated with highest honors from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in business administration.
 
Ray Bingham
Ray Bingham joined General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, as a Managing Director in 2006 and transitioned to Advisory Director in 2010. His distinguished career of more than 30 years has spanned businesses in high tech, chemical engineering, and real estate development with accomplishments in mergers and acquisitions, global trade and venture capital. He served in executive management roles at Cadence Design Systems; the world's leading electronics design automation (EDA) software company from 1993 to 2005. He was named executive chairman in 2004, after serving as president and chief executive officer since 1999. He joined Cadence in 1993 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Under Mr. Bingham's leadership, Cadence developed from a $360 million company to a $1.3 billion global industry leader. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, the company's industry leadership grew through a series of strategic acquisitions, organic R&D and venture investments. Mr. Bingham also directed Cadence's global expansion into India, China and Russia, a decade ahead of today's focus in those emerging markets. Before joining Cadence, he held senior management roles with the Marriott Corporation, Red Lion Hotels and Inns, Agrico Overseas Investment Company and N-ReN International. He is a director of five public companies: Oracle Corporation, Flextronics International Ltd., Spansion Inc., STMicroelectronics NV, and Dice Holdings. He also helped found and serves as a Director of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and is a board member of the National Parks Conservation Association. Mr. Bingham earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from Weber State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Weber State University.
 
Mike Brochu
Michael Brochu is a seasoned technology executive who brings over 20 years of senior-level experience and operational excellence in the digital media platforms and services area. He most recently served as CEO of GMI, successfully acquired by WPP in 2011. Prior to this, Mike was the President and CEO of Loudeye Corporation, a global leader of digital music platforms and digital media distribution services, which Nokia acquired in 2006. Before Loudeye, Mike was President and CEO of Primus Knowledge Solutions, Inc., an award-winning provider of e-service software solutions. In 1999, Brochu took Primus public, and facilitated the acquisition of the company by Art Technology Group (ATG) in 2004. Previously, Brochu served as the President and COO of Sierra On-Line, Inc., one of the world’s largest publishers of interactive entertainment, educational, and home productivity software. There, he spearheaded efforts that increased sales by more than 300 percent, culminating the sale of Sierra On-Line to CUC International for US$1.1 billion in 1996. Mike currently sits on the board of directors of ATG, Zotec Partners, and the advisory board of Seattle-based venture capital firm Voyager Capital, which is also one of GMI’s early institutional investors. Mike was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000.

Andy Bryant
Andy Bryant brings senior level experience with and access to one of the world’s leading technology companies. He recently was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President of Finance and Enterprise Services & Chief Administrative Officer of Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for the financial operations, human resources, information technology and e-business functions and activities of Intel worldwide. Andy joined Intel in 1981 as controller for the Commercial Memory Systems Operation and in 1983 became Systems Group Controller. In 1987, he was promoted to director of Finance for the corporation, and was appointed vice president and director of Finance of the Intel Products Group in 1990. Andy became CFO in February 1994, and was promoted to senior vice president in January 1999. He expanded his role to Chief Financial and Enterprise Services Officer in December 1999. In October 2007, Andy was named Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Intel, he held positions in finance at Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation. Andy holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Missouri and master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Sportswear, McKesson Corporation and Kryptiq Corporation.

Bruce Chizen
Bruce Chizen serves as a Venture Partner to Voyager and brings his strategic insight and leadership experience to technology entrepreneurs offering innovative solutions in digital media and software. Former Adobe Systems, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bruce Chizen’s customer-focused vision transformed Adobe into one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. As CEO from 2000 to 2007, Chizen tripled Adobe's revenue and turned a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry.Under Chizen’s leadership, Adobe acquired Macromedia, Inc. in 2005, in a transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion. This acquisition brought together some of the industry’s strongest software brands and most ubiquitous technologies, and accelerated Adobe’s strategy to provide a powerful software platform that scales from mobile devices to enterprise servers. With this platform, Adobe gained access to more desktops and end users than any other technology vendor.In addition to growing Adobe’s leadership in design and publishing software, Chizen led the company’s expansion into new markets, including enterprise, knowledge worker and consumer. During Chizen's tenure, Adobe consistently ranked near the top of Fortune Magazine's annual report on the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Prior to becoming CEO, Chizen was executive vice president of worldwide products and marketing. At Adobe since 1994, he was previously vice president and general manager of both the professional graphics division and Adobe's consumer division. From 1980 to 1983, he worked in Mattel Electronics’ merchandising group, helping grow it to a $500 million business. In 1983, Chizen joined Microsoft Corporation eventually becoming the company’s eastern region sales director. In 1987, he joined Claris Corporation, a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc., as a founding senior manager and later held positions as vice president of sales and worldwide marketing before becoming vice president and general manager of Claris Clear Choice. Chizen holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He currently serves on the boards of Elemental Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corporation and Synopsys Inc., as well as a number of non-profit boards. Additionally he holds the position as Senior Adviser to Permira Advisers, LLC.

John DeFeo
President and CEO and a Director of CoCo Communications based in Seattle, Washington. Mr. DeFeo has been a member of the Voyager Advisory Board since its inception. He is a seasoned CEO with more than 28 years of broad senior management experience in strategic planning, marketing, customer care, six Sigma methodologies, manufacturing, and product/business development. Mr. DeFeo’s experience touches nearly every facet of the telecommunications and medical device industries, including start-ups, managing hyper-growth, restructurings, global partnerships, turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience in complex capital financings, having raised more than $1 billion in private, venture, and public markets. Under his leadership, U.S. West NewVector’s cellular business grew from start-up to profitability, with one million subscribers, $1 billion in revenues, and covering over 60 domestic markets with 3,000 employees. NewVector’s market cap was valued at $8.5 billion when it was sold to AirTouch. He has managed negotiations and formed alliances with some of the most recognized global corporate partners, including Ericsson, Fluor Daniels, Harris, Hyundai, Lucent, MCI Corp., Motorola, Nortel, and Sony Corp. Mr. DeFeo has been recognized for his effective management style and leadership skills on multiple occasions, including three U.S. West Chairman Awards. He has both electrical engineering and business degrees from Temple University.

Fran Dramis
F.A. (“Fran”) Dramis is the CEO of F. Dramis LLC, a technology consulting and investment firm. He provides support, advice and capital to businesses providing web services, data security and IT infrastructure management. Mr. Dramis currently serves on the private company boards of Damballa, NanoLumens and Urjanet. In addition, he is on the advisory boards of Virima, Voyager Capital, Diabetech, Zixi LLC and Medify, Inc. He served previously on the private boards of RealOps Inc., US Oncology (Chair of Technology Committee) and IOCOM, as well as on the public boards of WebMethods, Inc., Avocent Corporation (Chair of Nominating & Governance committee, member of Audit committee and member of Strategy & Acquisition committee), Ditech Networks (Chair of Nominating & Governance committee, member of Compensation committee) and Netezza (member of Audit committee). Mr. Dramis was formerly the Chief Information, Ecommerce and Security Officer for BellSouth. He joined BellSouth Corporation in 1998. During his tenure, BellSouth's IT and Security groups were nationally recognized as top organizations in their fields by receiving the following awards: Computerworld's 100 Best Places to Work in IT (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), Top 10 in Diversity category - Computerworld's 100 Best Places to Work in IT (2004), SecurE-Biz Leadership Award, InformationWeek 500 Most Innovative Users of Technology (Ranked #10 in 2005), and CIO Magazine's Enterprise Value Award in 2005. Before joining BellSouth, Mr. Dramis founded CIO Strategy, Inc., an information technology consulting firm. At that firm, Mr. Dramis led technology transformation efforts at Citibank, Coopers & Lybrand, NASD and Bankers Trust. Prior to CIO Strategy, Mr. Dramis was managing director and CIO at Salomon Brothers. Mr. Dramis also served as president and CEO of Network Management Inc., and president and chief operating officer of Telic Corporation. Early in his career, Mr. Dramis worked with AT&T, including Bell Labs, rising to the position of executive director of information product management. As one of the country's top IT leaders, Mr. Dramis has been recognized by a variety of publications as a top CIO. His awards include: CIO Magazine's CIO 100 Award in 1999, CIO Magazine's Top 100 Leaders for the Next Millennium in 2000, and Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2002. Mr. Dramis is also an author of 2 books and a regular speaker at technology and leadership forums.

Frank Gill

Frank Gilla former senior executive from Intel Corporation, joined Voyager’s Advisory Board in early 2004 and is based in Portland, Oregon. He has been instrumental in referring attractive investment opportunities, assisting with due diligence on investment opportunities, and working with several of Voyager’s portfolio companies. Mr. Gill began his career at Intel in 1975, and over the course of 23 years held a variety of sales, marketing, product development, and manufacturing leadership positions, retiring from Intel as an Executive Vice President in 1998. In 1988, he served as the Senior Vice President in charge of worldwide sales and marketing operations and became General Manager of the Intel Systems Group in 1990 and the Internet and Communications Group in 1995. He currently serves on the board of Payless Long Term Care Pharmacy Inc. He formerly served on the boards of Voyager backed Kryptiq, Inktomi, McAfee.com, Sequent Computer Systems and Tektronix. Mr. Gill holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of California at Davis.

Naren Gupta, Ph.D.
Dr. Gupta is currently a Managing Director with Nexus India Capital.  Previously, he served as Vice Chairman and Director for Wind River (NASDAQ: WIND) based in Alameda, California, till its acquisition by Intel Corp. in 2009. Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO) and embedded device operating systems. Prior to becoming Vice Chairman for Wind River, Dr. Gupta co-founded Integrated Systems, Inc. (ISI), where he was President from ISI´s formation in 1980 to 1994, as well as CEO from 1988 to 1994. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in November 1991. Dr. Gupta also serves on the boards TIBCO Software (NASDAQ: TIBX), Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) and a number of privately-held companies and non-profit organizations. Dr. Gupta holds a B.S. degree from IIT, Delhi, an M.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, all in engineering.  He has been named aDistinguished Alumnus by IIT, Delhi as well as Caltech.

Promod Haque, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Norwest Venture Partners, a venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management based in Palo Alto, California. He was named by Forbes magazine as a Midas Investor from 2002 to 2006. Haque focuses on investments in enterprise software and communications technologies. He was an early investor and a board member of Cerent Corporation (acquired by Cisco), Siara Systems (acquired by Redback Networks), OnDisplay (acquired by Vignette), and Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola). He seeded Extreme Networks in 1996. Other notable investments and previous board seats include Tivoli Systems (acquired by IBM), Forte Software (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape Communications), Information Advantage (acquired by Sterling Software), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices), Showcase Corporation (acquired by SPSS) and ZettaCom (acquired by IDT). Prior to Norwest Venture Partners, Haque spent 18 years in various operational roles ranging from product development, marketing, COO and CEO at various public and private companies — Dimensional Medicine, Inc., Emergent Technologies, Siemens International, and Thorn EMI. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delhi, India. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he serves on the advisory board.

Jeremy Jaech
Jeremy Jaech has led market-creating software companies since 1983, including Aldus, Visio, Trumba, Verdiem, and SNUPI Technologies. He was co-founder and technical leader for Aldus, the creator of PageMaker, the first page layout software for personal computers. On the heels of PageMaker's success, Jeremy was appointed Aldus' VicePresident of Engineering and oversaw the development of all Aldus products until leaving the company in 1989 to start Visio. At Visio, he co-founded and served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, developing this breakthrough technology from 1990 until its acquisition by Microsoft Corporation in 2000. Following Visio, Jeremy served as co-founder and CEO of Trumba, which makes calendaring web services for companies to promote their events online. Following Trumba, Jeremy was CEO of Verdiem, an enterprise software company offering energy management tools for IT. Currently, Jeremy serves as CEO of SNUPI Technologies, an early-stage company developing sensor networks for the home. Jeremy serves on the Board of Directors for Mindjet, Trumba, and SNUPI, and has contributed as a scientist at Battelle’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington. 

Keith Krach
After earning his degree in industrial engineering from Purdue as a General Motors Scholar and an MBA from Harvard University as a GM Fellow, Keith Krach worked at GM where he became the youngest-ever vice president at the age of 26. After 10 years with GM, Krach headed out to Silicon Valley to join the founding team of Rasna Corporation. Krach helped lead Rasna to be recognized as #3 on the Inc. 100 list of Fastest-Growing Companies and was sold in 1995 to Parametric Technologies for $500 million.Krach co-founded Ariba in 1996, serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board for 7 years. During his tenure as CEO, Krach took Ariba public, ultimately achieving a market capitalization of $34 billion. In honor of his accomplishments in e-business, Ernst & Young named Krach the 2000 National Entrepreneur of the Year, the same year in which he was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with the Technology Pioneer Award. Keith Krach is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Purdue University, Chairman of the Board at DocuSign Corp and is also CEO of 3Points, Inc., an investment holding company.

Ed Lazowska, Ph.D.
Dr. Lazowksa is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Ed helps advise Voyager on the future direction of technologies and with investment sourcing. Ed joined the UW faculty in 1977. His research and teaching focus on the design, implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication systems, and, more recently, the tools and technologies of data-intensive science. Ed has served as the Chair of Computer Science and Engineering at UW, Chair of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Science and Technology Study Group, Chair of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and co-Chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Microsoft Research, and a board member or technical advisor to a number of other organizations. He received his A.B. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.Our advisory board members specialize in a variety of industry domains, including software, Internet, telecommunications, electronic content, academia, industry analysis, global markets, and executive management.