Since 1999, ZL has been committed to pioneering innovative enterprise software. ZL’s team brings management and technology expertise from a variety of fields, including Fortune 500 companies and successful start-ups on the cutting-edge of software innovation.
PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER
Kon is responsible for managing all aspects of the business, including strategy, finance, sales and marketing. Earlier, Kon was co-founder and president of GigaLabs, a vendor of high speed networking switches. Prior to that, Kon was First Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Deutsche Bank. He was at the General Motors Treasurer’s Office in New York City, where he managed GM’s venture capital investments in high tech. He also spent eight years in various IT engineering and management positions at Burroughs, Philips and Union Bank.
Kon earned an MBA with Distinction from the Wharton School and received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Concordia (Loyola) University, after completing a year at the Indian Institute of Technology.
Dr. Arvind Srinivasan
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER
Arvind is responsible for managing all technical and product development activities. Prior to ZL Technologies, Arvind was a Project Leader at Liberate Technologies, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of a Web-based mail and messaging application. Earlier, Arvind was at Ernst and Young’s Papyrus Technologies where he designed and developed the E&Y Property Tax Information system, a web-based workflow application.
Arvind also co-developed NetProphet, a Java-based Web application for tracking stock and managing portfolios at Neural Applications. Prior to that, Arvind was at Interbold where he developed currency recognition systems using fuzzy logic. Arvind also worked at NASA where he developed real-time applications for embedded controllers.
Arvind has over 14 years of software development experience and has co-authored over 25 publications. He received a PhD in neural networks and two Masters degrees from the University of Akron after completing his undergraduate degree at the Indian Institute of Technology.
Charles advises ZL Technologies on corporate strategy. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Maxtor Corporation since August 1995 (subsequently acquired by Seagate) and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MaxOptix Corporation from October 1998 to July 2001. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dot Hill Systems Corp. since July 2000, and board director at Agilysys, formerly Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc. since July 1997. Previously, Mr. Christ was President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Symbios, Inc. from 1997 to August 1998, until it was acquired by LSI Logic. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Christ was Vice President and General Manager of the Components Division of Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Christ received an MBA from Harvard Business School and completed his undergraduate studies at General Motors Institute, now known as Kettering University.
Masaya Onagi advises ZL Technologies on Japan strategy. Until June 2011, Mr. Onagi was President and CEO of JSOL Corporation. In 2005, he was a corporate advisor at the Japan Research Institute which is an IT subsidiary of Mitsui Sumitomo Financial Group (SMFG). Prior to that, he was a member of the board, an executive director and an executive vice-president at IBM Japan. He had over 35 years of extensive experience in the area of sales, especially in financial industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Keio University.
Gerri Elliott is Juniper Network’s Executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances, where she is responsible for deepening and developing key partnerships and alliances. From 2004 to 2009, Gerri was corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector organization. Under her leadership, Elliott improved customer satisfaction and Microsoft’s image among government elites, grew share across all product lines, and increased revenues from $4.7B in 2004 to $8B in 2008. Building on a long-standing commitment to provide genuine business value to customers, Elliott also led the World Class Selling initiative across the entire company. Gerri joined Microsoft in September 2001 after 22-year tenure at IBM, where she held several senior executive and management positions in strategy development, services and consulting, product management and sales field and headquarter leadership.
Gerri holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from New York University and participated in the Center for Executive Women Senior Leadership Program at the Kellogg School of Management, where she serves on their advisory board.
Lawrence Calof is a retired partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Mr. Calof’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions representing both strategic and financial buyers and sellers. He also had extensive experience in licensing and other high-technology issues, public offerings of debt and equity securities and venture capital investments in private companies. Mr. Calof graduated from Stanford Law School in 1969, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review. He joined the firm in 1970 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable William P. Gray, a Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Calof became a partner of the firm in 1977. Mr. Calof founded the firm’s first Northern California offices in San Jose, Palo Alto and San Francisco and served as the managing partner of the Northern California office until 1995. Mr. Calof has been a director of several companies and has been on a number of panels at business and legal conferences. From 1982 through 1985, Mr. Calof was a partner of Catalyst Technologies, a Silicon Valley high-technology incubator for start-up companies. Mr. Calof is a member of the California Bar.
Pamela advises ZL Technologies on marketing and business strategy. She is currently VP of Marketing at LiveOps, a call-center solutions provider. She is a seasoned technology marketing professional with over 20 years experience that encompasses creating new marketing categories and helping companies take advantage of market changes. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Marketing for Metreo, Inc., a leading supplier of pricing software, which was acquired by Symphony Technology Group. Previously, she was Vice President of Marketing for Arcot Systems, Inc., a provider of authentication security solutions. Pam was a Partner at Regis McKenna, Inc/The McKenna Group for 10 years where she led the teams responsible for defining e-business for IBM, creating the first online travel solutions for United Airlines, USAirways, British Airways and Galileo, launching several successful start-ups and taking companies such as Rightpoint and Eloquent through successful acquisitions. She has addressed several worldwide industry conferences on marketing issues and is a recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Woman and Industry Award. Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French magna cum laude from Harvard College and a MBA from Harvard Business School as well as having attended the University of Paris – Sorbonne.
Carolyn Turbyfill advises ZL Technologies on security and system scalability. She is currently Vice President of R&D at Revive Systems and has 20 years of engineering management and product development experience for start-up technology companies and turnarounds. She was Vice President of Engineering at Immunix (acquired by Novell) and Vice President of Engineering for Counterpane Internet Security (acquired by British Telecom). Prior to that, she was Vice President of Engineering and Operations at First Virtual Holdings, where she managed service operations and development. She then served as Vice President of R&D at PGP, a pioneer in secure e-mail communications. Carolyn spent 8 years with Sun Microsystems, much of that time with Sun’s Internet Commerce Group focusing on security products such as firewalls. Carolyn received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University where she wrote numerous publications and articles on database systems and performance benchmarking.
Mr. Idei is founder and chief executive officer of Quantum Leaps Corporation, an innovation consultancy company, founded in September 2006. It serves to nurture and develop venture companies, help corporate transformation and enhance Japanese competitiveness for the 21st century.
Until his retirement in June 2005, for more than a decade, Mr. Idei held a wide variety of leadership positions at Sony Corporation (including chairman and group chief executive officer from 2000 to 2005, president and chief executive officer from 1999 to 2000, and president and representative director from 1995 to 1999. During his tenure as top management at Sony, he created new IT and networked businesses, such as the VAIO computer, mobile products with Ericsson, Internet service businesses leveraging Sony’s entertainment contents, and others, to transform Sony into a unique networked “AVIT” company. He played a key role in moving Sony Corporation into the digital age and in developing and enhancing Sony’s renowned design and brand image throughout his career.
Mr. Idei currently serves on the boards of directors of Accenture plc, Baidu, Inc., FreeBit Co., Ltd. and Monex Group, Inc. He has also held the position of chairman of Sony’s advisory board since his retirement from an executive position in June 2005. He is also chairman of the National Conference on Fostering Beautiful Forests in Japan since June 2007.
Previously, He served on the boards of Nestlé S.A., Electrolux and General Motors and also served in a number of other advisory positions including as counselor to the Bank of Japan, vice chairman of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) and chairman of the IT Strategy Council, an advisory committee to Japan’s Prime Minister.
Mr. Idei received a B.S. degree in economics and politics from Waseda University in Tokyo in 1960. He also attended L’Institute des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland, and is fluent in English and French besides his native language of Japanese.