Embrane’s mission is to accelerate network agility and security through application-centric networking solutions

Board of Directors

Dave Kresse
Chief Executive Officer, Coraid

Dave Kresse is a seasoned executive with a proven track record for driving profitable revenue growth for businesses of all sizes. Most recently Dave was the president and CEO of Mu Dynamics where he was responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the company. Under Dave’s leadership, the company experienced significant growth by delivering differentiated value to customers in the cloud application and network infrastructure performance testing markets. This growth led to Mu’s successful acquisition by Spirent, the market leader in network performance testing.

Prior to Mu Dynamics, he was the vice president and general manager of the storage management and application integration business unit at NetApp [NASDAQ: NTAP], where he led the company’s rapidly growing application integration and data/storage management software business. Before joining NetApp, Dave led product marketing at Leapfrog Enterprises, where he managed the development and introduction of eight new product lines. He was also part of the executive team at PowerSchool, Inc. (acquired by Apple Computer), growing its revenue and customer base nearly 10-fold over a two year period, and served as a case team leader and consultant at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting firm.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human biology from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Santinelli
North Bridge Venture Partners

Paul Santinelli joined the team at North Bridge Venture Partners in 2005, focusing on investments in Open Source, software, security, internet applications and infrastructure and communications.  Previously, he served as director of Red Hat Network and was responsible for product definition, strategy, engineering, product management, marketing and lifecycle management for the company’s flagship software services offering.  Paul also served as the director of global information systems and technology during his tenure at Red Hat.

Prior to Red Hat, Paul was founder and CEO of NOCpulse, Inc., a Silicon Valley software startup focused on delivering the next generation enterprise systems management platform.  NOCpulse was acquired by Red Hat in October 2002.  While at NOCpulse, Paul was nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002.  Before founding NOCpulse, Paul was chief technology officer of Global Center and VP of technology for Global Crossing, a telecommunications company that built and operated the world’s first independent global fiber optic network.  During the past twelve years, Paul has held various engineering, product management and marketing positions in companies including Red Hat, IBM, Lotus Development and Compuware.

Prior to North Bridge, Paul served on the advisory boards of Arrowpoint Communications (acquired by Cisco), Inflow, Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape), (acquired by and One Secure (acquired by Netscreen).

Paul received a B.S. from Emerson College in Boston.

Peter Sonsini

Pete joined NEA in 2005 and is the co-lead of the firm’s Enterprise, Infrastructure & Services (EIS) practice group. His current investments include Apprenda, BeachMint, BuzzMedia, Conviva, Engine Yard, Eucalyptus Systems, MapR, Splashtop and Tintri. Previous boards include Xensource (acquired by Citrix Systems) and Teracent (acquired by Google). Pete also serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Forum (

Prior to joining NEA, Pete was Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at VMware where he struck the company's OEM deals and grew annual sales through OEMs from $0 to $40 million in four years. Prior to VMware, Pete was one of the first hires on the business side at Mirapoint, where he ran product management. Pete also served in various sales and marketing positions in Hewlett-Packard’s server division, including Worldwide Product Manager for the mid-range server business. Pete began his career at Montgomery Securities where he was an Associate in the firm’s Technology Corporate Finance group. Pete received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his BA in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he lettered in varsity rugby and was a member of the national championship team.

John Vrionis
Lightspeed Venture Partners

John Vrionis joined Lightspeed in 2006 and focuses primarily on Information Technology Infrastructure. His specific areas of interest include cloud computing, datacenter virtualization, next generation storage, and datacenter scalability.  He is currently actively involved or a Board Member with AppDynamics, Cirtas, Delphix, Embrane, Evolv On Demand, MapR Technologies, Nimble Storage, and Pliant.
Prior to Lightspeed, John worked as an entrepreneur and operating executive.  John helped lead product management and marketing with Determina (acquired by VMware) and was an initial member of the management team at Freedom Financial Network.     
John holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a BA from Harvard University.

Bill Burns
President and CEO, Embrane

Bill Burns is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Embrane, responsible for leading the team as they capitalize on their position as the leader in delivering application-centric network services and virtual appliance lifecycle management. Bill leverages his nearly three decades of experience to turn Embrane’s vision into market reality by driving overall execution, growing Embrane’s existing customer base, and accelerating the development of its ecosystem of partners to leverage Embrane’s products and solutions.

Prior to joining Embrane, Bill was CEO of Spirent Communications plc, a global leader in test and measurement solutions within development labs, communications networks and IT organizations.  At Spirent, he was responsible for the overall direction of the company, including its strategy, financial performance, investments, acquisitions, and leveraging Spirent’s breadth and depth of technology. Under his leadership, Spirent grew revenue and profitability, and became a market share leader across each of its market segments.

Bill holds an Associate degree in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from College Misericordia and a Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University.

Dante Malagrinò
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer, Embrane

Dante’s experience in the high-tech industry goes from engineering to marketing and sales.  He joined Cisco in 1999 as a software architect and then moved into technical marketing and product management roles when he became part of the founding team of Andiamo Systems, a spin-off that Cisco created in 2001 to enter the storage networking market and which delivered the Cisco MDS product line.

When Cisco completed the acquisition of Andiamo, Dante moved to Europe, where he led Cisco’s data center marketing and business development. In 2007, he was summoned back to San Jose to lead the data center infrastructure marketing campaign in the Central Marketing Organization (CMO.)  Before leaving Cisco to start Embrane Software, Dante was a Director in the office of the CTO of the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit (formerly Nuova Systems.)

Dante holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and several patents in the areas of networking, storage and data center infrastructure.  He also has experience as spokesperson with press, analysts and investors and he represented Cisco in several official industry organizations, such as SNIA Europe.

Marco Di Benedetto
Co-Founder, CTO, Embrane

Marco has over 13 years of experience in the networking industry. He spent 8 years in software development, starting at Cisco with the Catalyst 6000 product line, where he architected the software infrastructure for high availability and created enhancements to the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) that are now considered table stakes of any implementation (among others, IEEE 802.1s, Root Guard and Loop Guard.)

As a member of the founding team of Andiamo Systems, he architected SAN-OS, the Operating System for the MDS platform, now re-branded as NX-OS and used as the primary data center operating system on Cisco Nexus devices.

After one year as Network Consulting Engineer for Cisco in the Asia Pacific region, based in Beijing, he joined Nuova Systems in 2007 as a senior member of the Technical Marketing team. In his role at Nuova and later at Cisco, Marco focused on the definition of a Cisco-wide technology roadmap for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), as well as on solutions for designing 10Gb/s Ethernet networks in the data center.

Marco has a portfolio of 20 patents.