Augie Cruciotti, Chairman of the Board
Dominic Gomez, Director
C. Richard (Dick) Kramlich, Director
Krish Panu, Director
Chairman of the Board
Augie Cruciotti moved from director to chairman of the board in January 2009. He has been a managing director with the Anschutz Investment Company since 2006. Prior to joining Anschutz he was chief operating officer for IP Unity where he was responsible for scaling the company's operational, marketing, development and field support for the global growth anticipated in the next phase of IP Unity's lifecycle. Before IP Unity, Augie was Qwest Communications' executive vice president of network services, where he led the organization that improved customer service performance to a level rated by the FCC as the best in the nation. Augie's leadership and strong record of process improvement led to numerous other accomplishments, including Qwest's VoIP deployment program, which quickly followed its first-in-class commitment to consumer VoIP services.
Augie has a BA from Clermont McKenna College, as well as a BS and an MBA from University of Southern California.
Dominic Gomez has a wealth of knowledge in the telecom industry, as well as an impressive track record of growth and achievement. He was president of Purple Communications, a leading provider of text and video relay and on-site interpreting services. Prior to Purple Communications, Dominic was chief operating officer for Hanaro Telecom, Inc., Korea's second largest carrier and leading integrated telecommunications provider offering a range of broadband Internet, voice, and video services. He led all day-to-day operations and was responsible for $2.0 billion in revenue and more than 4 million customers. Prior to joining Hanaro Telecom, Gomez held senior and executive management positions at Qwest Communications, Pacific Bell and AT&T. Dominic received his Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Program for Management Development.
C. Richard (Dick) Kramlich
Dick has more than 35 years of venture capital investment experience. Dick focuses on a broad range of technically oriented companies. He was fortunate to have been the first person to have invested in the Ethernet with Bob Metcalfe, an early investor in Balloon Angioplasty with John Simpson and also backed the company that originated PowerPoint presentations. Present board memberships include Fabric7 Systems, Financial Engines, Force10 Networks, Foveon, Informative, Visual Edge Technology, Tabula, Nexthop Technologies, Xoom Corporation and Zhone Technologies (NASDAQ: ZHNE). Previous board memberships include among others, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS), Ascend Communications (acquired by Lucent Technologies), Dallas Semiconductor (acquired by Maxim Integrated Products), Healtheon/WedMD (NASDAQ: HLTH), Immunex (acquired by Amgen), InfoGear (acquired by Cisco Systems), Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR), Macromedia (NASDAQ: MACR) acquired by Adobe, NetSolve (NASDAQ: NTSL) acquired by Cisco Systems, Decru (acquired by Network Appliance), Silicon Graphics, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI).
He was recently Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining NEA, Dick was a General Partner of Arthur Rock & Associates and Executive Vice President of Gardner & Preston Moss. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association and the University of California-Haas School of Business. He and his wife Pam are noted collectors of Media Art.
Krish Panu is the Managing Director of PointGuard Ventures. Mr. Panu’s extensive operating experience includes more than two decades of building successful technology businesses which have created multi-billion dollar markets, and he has led companies through explosive revenue growth and global expansion. His investments in private companies, investments of both financing and mentoring, have helped build companies such as Prysm, mBlox, Altierre, Oberon Media, Teknovus (sold to Broadcom), Stratalight (sold to Opnext), Dilithium Networks (sold to OnMobile), ReachLocal (went public in May, 2010), enLighted, PINC Solutions, Silverback Learning Solutions and Sand Hill Finance.
He was Chairman, CEO and President of @Road, Inc., a worldwide leader in Mobile Resource Management solutions. Mr. Panu built the start-up company, raised more than $80 million in venture funding and brought it through a successful IPO and a successful secondary offering . In the years to follow, Mr. Panu successfully acquired and integrated several companies into @Road.
Under his leadership, @Road became one of the first profitable Software As A Service companies (SaaS). @Road developed a rapidly increasing customer base in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, earning number one rankings on the Forbes Midas List and Deloitte & Touche’s Fastest Growing Silicon Valley Technology Companies list, as well as the Frost & Sullivan’s “Mobile Communications Product of the Year.” In February, 2007, Mr. Panu successfully negotiated and completed a merger between @Road and Trimble Navigation Ltd. for almost half a billion dollars.
Prior to @Road, Mr. Panu served as Vice President and General Manager of the Logic Products division of Atmel Corporation, where he directed the engineering, manufacturing, software development and marketing groups. His management of many of Atmel’s strategic and operational initiatives strongly contributed to the $1 billion revenue growth the company saw during his seven-year tenure. Mr. Panu created the flash-based microcontroller business which made the company a leader in the RISC-based microcontroller market. In addition, as a key member of the management team, Mr. Panu helped raise more than $600 million in stock and bond offerings, and initiated development of global operations centers around the world. Previous to Atmel, Mr. Panu held executive sales and marketing roles at Datapoint Corporation and Xicor.
Through his many experiences in building successful technology businesses, Mr. Panu has developed a broad network of relationships in venture capital, investment banking and entrepreneur communities. Additionally, Mr. Panu serves as President of Panu Foundation, a nonprofit corporation which provides grants to educational institutions and supports healthcare research and other charitable activities around the world.
Mr. Panu holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University in Michigan.