Petri Oksanen, Francisco Partners
Lead Outside Director
Petri Oksanen is a Principal with Francisco Partners and focuses primarily on investments in the software industry, with a specific emphasis on enterprise application software. Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2005, Petri worked at Morgan Stanley in their Technology Investment Banking group in Menlo Park, California. Earlier in his career, Petri held a variety of roles at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.
Petri serves on the board of directors of Aconex and Plex Systems. He formerly served on the board of directors of AdvancedMD (acquired by ADP), API Healthcare (acquired by GE Healthcare), Healthland, Source Photonics, and T-System, and was also previously involved with FP’s investments in Ex Libris (acquired by a financial sponsor), LYNX Medical Systems (acquired by Picis), Specific Media, and Webtrends.
Petri has a B.A.Sc. with Joint Honors in Computer Engineering and Economics with Distinction from the University of Waterloo.
Dipanjan (DJ) Deb, Francisco Partners
Dipanjan (DJ) Deb is a Founding Partner and the Managing Partner of Francisco Partners. Prior to founding Francisco Partners in 1999, DJ was a Principal with Texas Pacific Group. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Semiconductor Banking at Robertson, Stephens & Company and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. DJ currently serves on the boards of Barracuda, Ichor Systems, and Plex Systems. He formerly served on the board of directors of AMI Semiconductor (AMIS), CBA Group, Cross Match Technologies, Legerity, MagnaChip, Metrologic, NPTest/Credence (CMOS), Numonyx, SMART Modular Technologies (SMOD), Ultra Clean Technology (UCTT), Conexant (CNXT), Globespan (GSPN), and ON Semiconductor (ONNN).
Brian Decker, Francisco Partners
Brian Decker is a Vice President with Francisco Partners. Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2008, Brian was a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company where he focused on engagements in the semiconductor, telecommunications and hardware sectors. Earlier in his career he worked at Mindspeed Technologies and Skyworks Solutions in a variety of product and strategic marketing roles. Brian serves on the board of directors of Grass Valley and Plex Systems.
Sameer Gandhi, Accel Partners
Sameer joined Accel in 2008 and focuses on consumer Internet, software and services investments. He is responsible for investments such as Bonobos, Collective, Crowdstrike, Dropbox, Dropcam, Flipkart, Hailo, Opower, Plex Systems, Quidsi (parent of diapers.com and soap.com; acquired by Amazon.com), ScaleArc, Sonatype, Spotify, StumbleUpon, Venmo (acquired by Braintree/eBay), and Yapstone.
Prior to joining Accel, Sameer was a Partner with Sequoia Capital, where he led investments such as Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA), Dropbox, eHarmony, Gracenote (acquired by Sony), Sourcefire (NASDAQ: FIRE), and Trulia (NYSE: TRLA). Sameer previously worked at Broadview, an investment banking firm specializing in technology mergers and acquisitions, and at Oracle.
Sameer is the former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and has been named to the Forbes Midas List for Top Tech Investors. Sameer has a BSEE and MSEE from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford.
Mark Hawkins is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Autodesk, Inc. He is responsible for Autodesk’s global finance, information technology and procurement organizations. Prior to joining Autodesk in April 2009, Hawkins was CFO and senior vice president of finance & IT at Logitech International SA, where he had global financial duties and was also responsible for global information technology solutions.
Before joining Logitech in early 2006, Hawkins worked with Dell, Inc., in Austin, Texas. At Dell, he served as vice president of finance for the company’s multibillion-dollar Worldwide Procurement and Logistics organization, as well as vice president of finance for the U.S. Home Segment. He joined Dell in early 2000, after working with Hewlett-Packard for almost 19 years. Hawkins’s extensive global executive experience includes serving on the Board of Directors for HP’s Japan and Shanghai Analytical Joint Ventures and living in Europe.
Hawkins served on the Board of Directors for BMC Software from 2010 through 2013, until BMC was taken private. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Colorado, earned a BA from Michigan State University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Joe Payne is an executive and board member with more than 20 years of leadership experience and a proven track record as CEO of high growth software companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of public companies Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) and DealerTrack (NASDAQ: TRAK). He also serves on the board of Plex Systems and TrackMaven, as well as the advisory board of Mintigo. Joe also serves on not-for-profit boards First Focus Campaign for Children and St. Columba’s Nursery School.
Joe’s most recent full time executive role was as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eloqua. He joined Eloqua in 2007 when it was a $11M company. He assembled and led a world-class management team that grew Eloqua into a $125M revenue SaaS business in six years. Joe led Eloqua to a successful IPO in 2012 and a sale to Oracle in 2013. Prior to Eloqua, Joe held executive positions at iDefense, eSecurity, eGrail, MicroStrategy, and InteliData. Joe began his career in brand management where he worked on the Coca-Cola brand and the Mr. Clean brand.
Joe received his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he was a Fuqua Scholar. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Duke University.
Jason Blessing, Plex Systems
Jason Blessing serves as CEO of Plex Systems and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and growth. He is an experienced software executive with previous executive positions at Oracle, Taleo, PeopleSoft and Price Waterhouse. Blessing is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.