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Convey Board of Directors


Philip "Flip" Gianos, Chairman

InterWest Partners

Gianos has been with InterWest Partners for almost 25 years. With a background in engineering, Gianos has invested in multiple areas of information technology, including semiconductors, commercial and telecom systems, infrastructure and application software. He serves on the board of directors at Xilinx Inc., a leading programmable logic device company, and is on the advisory boards of Storm Ventures and the Global Semiconductor Alliance. Before joining InterWest, Gianos was with IBM Corp. for eight years in engineering management. He managed both chip design and systems integration for several IBM office-automation products. Gianos earned his master's of business administration degree from Harvard University and bachelor's and master's of science degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.


Dr. Jiong Ma, Director

Braemar Energy Ventures

Jiong Ma has more than 10 years of research, operating and venture capital experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Braemar, she was with 3i, a global private equity firm with $11B in assets. At 3i, Jiong was responsible for investment in the information technology and cleantech sectors. Prior to 3i, Jiong held several senior positions at Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs. Her responsibilities included lead roles in product portfolio strategy, new product launches for optical and data networking, and research and product development.

Jiong received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MS in electrical engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and a BS in Physics from Lanzhou University, China. She is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program. Jiong has published or co-authored 15 technical papers, and holds one U.S. patent.


Robert Paluck, Director

CenterPoint Ventures

Paluck is a managing director of CenterPoint Ventures of Dallas, Texas. He was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Convex Computer Corp., a venture-funded startup that created a new class of supercomputer and achieved annual revenues of nearly $250 million. Convex merged with Hewlett-Packard in 1995. Paluck was vice president of product development and marketing at Mostek Corp., one of the 1970's fastest growing semiconductor companies. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's of business administration from Southern Methodist University. In 1990, he was a southwest winner of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award given by Ernst and Young. He has also won awards from Inc. magazine, Merrill Lynch and The Dallas Morning News; the University of Illinois' Distinguished Alumnus Award and Southern Methodist University's Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award.


Joshua Ruch, Director

Rho Capital Partners

Joshua Ruch is managing partner and founder of Rho Capital Partners. Previously he was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in New York. His current and former board seats include: Enerkem, GenVec, Verenium, Sionex, Yantra, Inotek, Vidyo, Fractal, Ciris Energy and WiNetworks. Mr. Ruch received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Bruce Toal, Director

Convey Computer

Toal is a founder of Convey Computer Corporation and a member of the board of directors. Previously, Toal was director of marketing and solutions for the high-performance computing business at Hewlett-Packard Co., where he captured top market share at 33 percent of an $11 billion market, according to IDC. Toal won many awards from industry publications for most innovative and cost-effective HPC solutions, and was frequently acknowledged as the best industry partner by independent software vendors in HPC. Toal served as director of segment marketing and director of strategic business development at Convex Computer Corporation. When Convex merged with HP in 1995, he assumed the lead marketing role. Toal was the CEO and a founder of a startup, Talon Technology Corporation, which sold communications and computer equipment for rugged environments. Toal has a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.


Steve Wallach, Director

Convey Computer

Wallach is a founder of Convey Computer Corporation and is an adviser to venture capital firms CenterPoint Ventures, Sevin-Rosen and InterWest Partners. Previously, he served as vice president of technology for Chiaro Networks Ltd., and as co-founder, chief technology officer and senior vice president of development of Convex Computer Corporation. After Hewlett-Packard Co. bought Convex, Wallach became chief technology officer of HP's Enterprise Systems Group. Wallach served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1998 to 2007. He was also a visiting professor at Rice University in 1998 and 1999, and was manager of advanced development for Data General Corporation. His efforts on the MV/8000 are chronicled in Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Soul of a New Machine." Wallach, who has 33 patents, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, and was a founding member of the Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is the 2008 recipient of IEEE's prestigious Seymour Cray Award.

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