- AmpliStor System
Mike joined the Amplidata board on November 2nd 2011, and will be providing strategic insight and guidance to drive the company’s expansion in the market.. He was one of the founding members of the management team that developed Intel’s highly successful storage business He also served as the CEO of DICOM Grid, one of the FASTech 50’s most innovative technology startups and he held a position at Cray Research as the general manager responsible for operations in North America. Mike was CEO at Atempo, where he also held a position on the board of directors for three years.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as a Master in Management Sciences degree from Averill Harriman College for Urban and Policy Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook.
Wim De Wispelaere is a Storage Veteran who has been involved in the development and launch of several innovative products and technologies. Before starting Amplidata, Wim was Director of Product Management at Symantec (Veritas), responsible for the introduction of deduplication (NetBackup PureDisk) and disk backup technologies in the market-leading Veritas NetBackup product. The deduplication technology had been developed at DataCenter Technolgies where Wim was leading product management and pre-sales.
Prior to DCT, Wim has also been involved in bringing Alcatel ADSL to the market during the early years of broadband internet access, and worked at Formus and Broadnet on the product portfolio and business strategy for broadband wireless internet. Wim has a Masters Degree in Civil Electronics Engineering from the Ghent university in Belgium.
Wouter is a datacenter and storage veteran who helped shape and build the success of Symantec’s PureDisk, Dedigate and DataCenter Technologies. He is natural leader, experienced in managing worldwide engineering teams. As co-founder of Amplidata, he built and now manages the agile Amplidata engineering team across Belgium, Germany, Egypt and India.
Wouter, who carries a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the Ghent University has over 15 years of experience in several technology startups and enterprises. He started his career as a Business Consultant at KBC (banking) where he helped redesigning data centers. Between 2000 and 2009 he had an important role in the success of three startups: Dedigate (acquired by Terremark), DataCenter Technologies (sold to Veritas / Symantec) and Q-layer (Sun Microsystems). At Symantec he successfully led software engineering as a Director of Development until he co-founded Amplidata in 2008.
Mitch Underseth – Chief Financial Officer
Mitch Underseth brings more than 25 years of financial experience working with public and pre-IPO high tech companies across multiple product lines and business groups. Over the last 15 years he has focused on venture-backed start-ups, providing CFO services for tier one venture capital firms such as: Dicom Grid, S2 Technologies, Cogency Software, Aptix Corporation, DAS Devices, and Triptych CD.
He has also served as a Director and CFO of Oryx Technology and has held various executive management positions at Dysan International/Magnetic L.P., Xidex, Memorex, and Burroughs. Mitch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and his MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Rik Mussman – Sr. Vice President Worldwide Operations
Rik Mussman is a 30 year veteran in the storage industry running service and sales organizations as well as world wide Operations. As Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Rik built the support organization for Nexsan Technologies into one of the premier support organizations in the industry. Promoted to COO in 1996 he cut operational costs, created a scalable organizational team, launched well over two dozen products. Rik managed a complex supply chain that operated seamlessly from two operational centers (UK and US), ran Strategic Relationships from the Operational side with accounts like Cisco, Apple, Evault, Symantec, GE, AGFA, McKesson, and others.
Previous to Nexsan he ran the Sales team as well as being the lead Account Manager for a Southern California VAR, Lighthouse Technologies. As an Entrepreneur specializing in start up companies Rik has successfully launched four different companies. Rik currently resides in San Diego California with his wife of 31 years LaVonne, he has 22 year old twin sons, loves golf, mountain biking, skiing, Jet skiing and recently started Open Water diving.