Board of Directors
Guy Gecht is Chief Executive Officer of EFI (NASDAQ: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. As CEO, Guy is focused on leading EFI to achieve greater growth in revenue and profitability. His key initiatives include increasing EFI's market penetration, diversifying the company's product offerings, and introducing new services that will drive demand for digital printing worldwide.
Since joining the company in 1995, Guy has risen through the ranks at EFI, serving in a variety of management and engineering roles. Prior to being named EFI's CEO in January 2000, he served as President of the company. In this role, he spearheaded the launch of EFI's first suite of print workflow software, which leverages EFI's industry-leading color printing technology, while providing EFI with new and expanded markets. Since becoming CEO, he has also guided EFI through many acquisitions, including the acquisition of VUTEk, the world leader in superwide digital inkjet printing.
From January 1996 until July 1999, Guy led EFI's engineering efforts for the company's largest product line, culminating in his position as Vice President, General Manager of EFI's Fiery Servers Division. He led his team to dramatically expand the depth and breadth of EFI's server product line, with over 35 products launched in 1998 alone. Today's Fiery servers can process more than 4000 full color variable data pages per minute, making it the industry's fastest digital server.
Before joining EFI, Guy was Director of Engineering at Interro Systems and held software management positions at ASP and Apple Israel. Between 1985 to 1990, he served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), managing an engineering development team and later, was an Acting Manager of one of the IDF's high-tech divisions.
Guy was a member of the Israeli National Bridge Team and as a young player placed second in Europe and fifth globally in the World Junior Bridge Championships.
Guy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Ben Gurion University in Israel.
Gill Cogan is a founding partner of Opus Capital, bringing more than 20 years of venture capital investing experience as well as experience building and leading venture capital firms. Gill is also a founding General Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and continues to serve as Managing Partner of the Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners Funds. Prior to joining Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners in 1990, Gill managed the West Coast venture capital operations of Adler & Company. In 1985, he was one of three general partners who formed the first independent Israeli venture fund.Gill's operating experience includes his tenure as CEO of Formtek, Inc. a systems company based on technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University which was subsequently acquired by Lockheed Corporation. Gill holds an MBA from UCLA.
Dr. Maydan has been President Emeritus of Applied Materials, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturing equipment company, since April 2003 and a member of that company's Board of Directors since June 1992. Prior to that, he had been President of Applied Materials since January 1994. From March 1990 to January 1994, Dr. Maydan served as Applied Materials' Executive Vice President, with responsibility for all product lines and new product development. Before joining Applied Materials in September 1980, Dr. Maydan spent thirteen years managing new technology development at Bell Laboratories during which time he pioneered laser recording of data on thin-metal films and made significant advances in photolithography and vapor deposition technology for semiconductor manufacturing. In 1998, Dr. Maydan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Maydan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Edinburgh University in Scotland.
Dr.Maydan serves on the company's compensation committee and nominating and governance committee.
Richard A. Kashnow served as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Raychem, a publicly-traded, $1.8 billion technology company specializing in electronic components and engineered materials. After Raychem was acquired by Tyco International in 1999, Dr. Kashnow established and became president of Tyco Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm. Before Raychem, Dr. Kashnow held executive positions with Manville Corporation, where he became president of its $1 billion building products and engineered materials subsidiary, Schuller Corporation.
Dr. Kashnow has served on the boards of several public companies, including for nine years on the board of Ariba, Inc., where he was on the audit committee and compensation committee, until it was acquired by SAP, and Komag Inc., where he was chairman and on the compensation committee and the nominating and governance committee until it was acquired by Western Digital Corp.
Dr. Kashnow began his business career as a physicist at General Electric's corporate R&D center. During his seventeen years at GE, he held technical and general management positions, including corporate technology consultant, manager of GE Aerospace's electronics laboratory, and general manager of GE Lighting's quartz and chemical products business. Dr. Kashnow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1963) and a Ph.D. in solid-state physics from Tufts University. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army (1968-1970).
Dr. Kashnow joined the EFI board in April 2008, and he currently serves on the board’s audit committee and its nominating and governance committee.
From April 2014 to May 2015, Tom Georgens served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NetApp, Inc.
Previously, from August 2009 until April 2014, Mr. Georgens served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of NetApp. Prior to becoming its Chief Executive Officer, from February 2008 to August 2009, Mr. Georgens was President and Chief Operating Officer of NetApp, responsible for all product operations and field operations worldwide.
Georgens joined NetApp in October 2005 and served as the company's executive vice president of Product Operations from January 2007 until February 2008. Previously he served as NetApp's executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Storage Systems.
Mr. Brown served Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Tanium Inc., a Berkeley-based systems and security management enterprise software company, from April 2014 to March 2017. Previously, Mr. Brown served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice President of Polycom, Inc. from February 2012 to March 2014.
Prior to that Mr. Brown served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Electronic Arts, Inc., an interactive entertainment software company, from April 2008 to February 2012. From January 2005 until March 2008, Mr. Brown worked at McAfee, Inc., a security technology company, serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer from March 2006 until March 2008 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2005 until March 2006.
Mr. Brown was the President and Chief Financial Officer of Micro Strategy Incorporated, a business intelligence software provider, from 2000 until 2004. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Brown worked at Electronic Arts as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Arts Redwood Shores (California) studio division. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Brown was co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Datasage, Inc., a Boston-based enterprise technology company.
Mr. Brown received a B.S. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.B.A from the MIT Sloan School of Management.