The SNIA Europe Board of Directors executes and oversees the strategic and tactical operations of SNIA Europe. The directors are elected by the membership every two years; the current Board term runs through October 2015.
Chief Technology Officer - EMEA
Hitachi Data Systems, UK
Bob Plumridge is the Chief Technology Officer for Hitachi Data Systems in Europe Middle East & Africa. In this role Bob is responsible for aligning technology vision with business strategy and evangelising this vision to the press, analysts and existing and potential customers.
With over 30 years experience in storage, Bob’s expertise is both wide and deep having worked in many roles in the industry from Field Engineering to Technical Product Support through to his present CTO role.
Bob has worked for a variety of companies including ICL, Memorex Telex and EMC prior to joining HDS in 1988.
Bob is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for EMEA.
Chief Technical Officer EMEA
EMC Corporation, Germany
Dr. Markus Pleier was elected to serve on the Board of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Europe in 2011. In industry, after serving as Managing Director of a German IT enterprise, he joined EMC in 2000, at a time when storage networking became a new standard. His responsibilities at that time were very strongly connected with the growth of large SAN infrastructures and focused on the professional services area of EMC in Germany. More recently he was appointed one of the technical leads for EMC in EMEA in line with its broader strategy. Since 2009 he has served EMC a the Chief Presales Office leading the technical presales on a world-wide basis. EMC honoured him as a Distinguished Engineer in 2009 to take credit of his contribution leadership of the EMC technical community in the field and he was named EMEA CTO for EMC in 2010 help customers to transform into private cloud and advise and guide the executive sales management in EMEA in the technology side.
Dr. Markus Pleier has a degree in Computer Science and holds a PhD. in Medicine for Image Handling and Manipulation Algorithms.
Storage Product Manager
Terry was elected to the SNIA Europe Board of Directors in 2013. In his career, he has held various roles within Storage as Field Engineer, Storage Consultant at HP, Compaq and Digital. In his current role as UK&I Storage Product Marketing Manager, he is responsible for storage product lifecycle management within both HP and its Channel Partners. This also includes storage education to both entities. Terry also serves as the Vice Chairman for SNIA Europe UK Committee having been re-elected for a third time. I left Croydon College in 1976 after gaining ONC Engineering qualification in Mechanical Engineering and completing a 5-year apprenticeship as an Optical Instrument Toolmaker.
IBM Storage Solutions IOT Europe
Daniel Sazbon is currently a Storage Sales leader for IBM Europe , and has held several responsibilities within the Storage Sales and the Networking Sales organizations with more than 20 years experience.
He is a founding member of SNIA Europe, member since 2000 and the Treasurer since 2009.
Principal Systems Engineer
Bruno Guiet is a Principal Data Center Architect at Brocade Communications. In his role Bruno mainly focuses on Ethernet Fabrics, Storage Networking solutions, Server Virtualization and DataCenter extension technologies. He has a deep expertise in designing highly available Data Centers for Cloud optimized applications.
With more than 20 years of experience in Server, Storage and Networking, Bruno has worked for several companies like IBM/Sequent and Hitachi Data Systems; holding positions such as Unix & Database Administrator, Benchmark Engineer, Server Consultant, Storage Presales up to his current role of Data Center Architect.
Shortly before Storage Networking emerged in 2000, Bruno joined Brocade as a Fibre Channel Networking Consultant. Since 2007 he is working for the Principal Systems Engineering Department based out of Brocade’s EMEA Headquarter Geneva, Switzerland.
Storage Marketing Director EMEA
Robin Kuepers is Dell’s Storage Marketing Director for Europe, Middle East & Africa and a Senior Management Team member at Dell’s Enterprise Solutions & Services marketing organization.
As Thought Leader he is tasked with evangelizing Dell’s Storage strategy and vision through influencer communities like Analysts and Press.
He is a certified Social Media and Community professional
Robin has worked at Dell since July 1997.
Robin worked in various Marketing and Enterprise Solutions roles within Dell and he served various Senior Management Teams as a people manager.
Before Dell he worked for seven years at Getronics’ distribution division as a Datacenter Product & Marketing Manager.
From 1988 to 1990, Robin was with Royal Dutch Telecom (KPN) as a Sr. Project Manager for advanced high bandwidth data connection deployments.
Robin has a technical background, he studied Electronics.
NetApp Industry Forums & Standards, CTO Office
Alex has been active in the Storage Networking Industry Association since joining member company NetApp in 2005 after more than 30 years in a variety of roles in the software industry. With a background in software development, support, sales and a period as an independent consultant, Alex is now part of NetApp’s Office of the CTO that supports industry activities and promotes technology & standards based solutions, and is co-chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative, and co-chair of the SNIA NFS Special Interest Group.
Storage Products Manager and Sales Business Development Manager, South Europe
With over 15 years' experience in the high technology and storage networking industry, Walter is responsible for Oracle's storage product management and sales business development in South Europe.
Walter started his career as an IT instructor in 1995 as an IT Instructor and joined Sun Microsystems in 2000 as a Storage Product Manager, where he developed and launched the newly built storage division in Italy. During this time, he was responsible for defining and implementing the product management and marketing strategies to drive growth of direct and partner sales of storage products.
Walter joined the SNIA Europe Board of Directors in June 2010 and has been active participant in the SNIA Europe Italy Committee for 8 years.
Senior Consultant Systems Engineer
Cisco Systems, Italy
Dr. Fausto S. Vaninetti is a senior Technical Consultant for Datacenter technologies at Cisco Systems. With over 20 year experience in the ICT sector, he primarily focuses on storage networking, Datacenter interconnection, unified computing and application acceleration solutions.
Before joining Cisco in the technical sales organization back in 2000, he was a Research and Development engineer on optical components and DWDM platforms at Pirelli Optical Systems. During his tenure at Cisco, Fausto expanded his technology coverage from telecommunication systems into storage networking, unified computing, virtualization and application acceleration.
Fausto holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Milan. He is part of Cisco Systems’ EMEAR Datacenter organization and based off the Milan office, Italy.