Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick C.S. Lo is the co-founder of NETGEAR and has been the Chairman and CEO since 2002. Patrick founded NETGEAR with Mark Merrill with the singular vision of providing the appliances to enable everyone in the world to connect to the high speed Internet for information, communication, business transactions, education, and entertainment. From 1983 until 1995, Mr. Lo worked at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in various management positions in sales, technical support, product management, and marketing in the US and Asia. Mr. Lo received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Brown University.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Michael F. Falcon is Senior Vice President of Operations, having joined NETGEAR in November 2002 as Vice President of Operations. From September 1999 to November 2002, Mr. Falcon worked at Quantum Corporation, a data technology company, where he served as Vice President of Operations and supply chain management. From April 1999 to September 1999, Mr. Falcon was at Meridian Data, a storage company acquired by Quantum Corporation, where he served as Vice President of Operations.
From February 1989 to April 1999, Mr. Falcon was at Silicon Valley Group, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, where he served as Director of Operations, Strategic Planning and Supply Chain Management. Prior to that, he served in management positions at SCI Systems, an electronics manufacturer, Xerox Imaging Systems, a provider of scanning and text recognition solutions, and Plantronics, Inc., a provider of lightweight communication headsets. Mr. Falcon received a B.A. degree with Honors in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has completed coursework in the M.B.A. program at Santa Clara University.
Christine M. Gorjanc
Chief Financial Officer
Christine M. Gorjanc serves as our Chief Financial Officer, and joined NETGEAR as our Vice President, Finance in November 2005. From September 1996 through November 2005, Ms. Gorjanc served as Vice President, Controller, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for Aspect Communications Corporation, a provider of workforce and customer management solutions. From October 1988 through September 1996, she served as the Manager of Tax for Tandem Computers, Inc., a provider of fault-tolerant computer systems.
From June 1987 through October 1988, Ms. Gorjanc served as the Manager of Tax Operations for Xidex Corporation, a manufacturer of storage devices. Prior to that, Ms. Gorjanc worked in public accounting for eight years with a number of accounting firms. Ms. Gorjanc holds a B.A. in Accounting (with honors) from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Vice President of Legal and Corporate Development and Company Secretary
Andrew Kim serves as our Vice President of Legal and Corporate Development and Company Secretary. Prior to joining NETGEAR, Mr. Kim served as Special Counsel in the Corporate and Securities Department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represented public and private technology companies in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing arrangements, securities law compliance and corporate governance. In between two terms at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he served as Partner in the Business and Finance Department of Schwartz Cooper Chartered in Chicago, Illinois, and was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mr. Kim began practicing law with the New York firms Thacher Proffitt & Wood and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, advising clients on all aspects of corporate and securities law. Mr. Kim holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and received a B.A. degree in history from Yale University.
Chief Technology Officer
Mark G. Merrill has served as our Chief Technology Officer since January 2003. From September 1999 to January 2003, he served as Vice President of Engineering and served as Director of Engineering from September 1995 to September 1999.
From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Merrill worked at SynOptics Communications, a local area networking company, which later merged with Wellfleet to become Bay Networks, where his responsibilities included system design and analog implementations for SynOptic's first 10BASE-T products. Mr. Merrill received both a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Senior Vice President Engineering
Charles T. Olson serves as Senior Vice President of Engineering. He joined NETGEAR in January 2003 as Vice President of Engineering. From July 1978 to January 2003, Mr. Olson worked at Hewlett-Packard Company, a computer and test equipment company, where he served as Director of Research and Development for ProCurve Networking from 1998 to 2003, as Research and Development Manager for the Enterprise Netserver division from 1997 to 1998, and, prior to that, in various other engineering management roles in Hewlett-Packard's Unix server and personal computer product divisions. Mr. Olson received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Senior Vice President, World Wide Sales & SMB Business
David Soares serves as NETGEAR's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Support. Most recently he was NETGEAR's Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Sales starting in December 2003. From January 1998 to December 2003, Mr. Soares served NETGEAR first as the U.K. country manager and later as the managing director of Europe.
Prior to that, Mr. Soares worked at Hayes Microcomputer Products, a modem and data communications manufacturer, initiating and developing direct marketing and retail channel relationships. He also assisted with product marketing and created Hayes' first Internet starter kits for retail stores.
Vice President of Americas Sales
Michael Werdann has served as our Vice President of Americas Sales since December 2003. From October 1998 to December 2003, Mr. Werdann worked at NETGEAR starting as Regional Sales Director, later becoming the Director of Sales, E-commerce & DMR for the U.S. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Werdann worked at Iomega Corporation, a global leader in data storage, as the U.S. Sales Director for value-added resellers (VARs). Prior to that, Mr. Werdann held positions in sales and management with several nationally recognized VARs. Mr. Werdann received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
Vice President, Human Resources
Tamesa Rogers serves as Vice President, Human Resources. Most recently, she was NETGEAR's Director of Worldwide Human Resources starting in September 2006. From December 2003 to September 2006, Ms. Rogers served as NETGEAR’s Senior HR Manager. From March 2000 to December 2003, Ms. Rogers worked at TriNet Employer Group, a professional employer organization, as a Human Resources Manager, providing HR consulting to technology companies throughout Silicon Valley. Prior to TriNet, Ms. Rogers served in various human resources functions in several Northern California companies. Ms. Rogers received a BA in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara and an MS in Counseling from California State University, Hayward.