Charles Giancarlo is Chairman and CEO of Pure
Storage. He has a three-decade track record of driving
growth and innovation at leading global technology
Before joining Pure, Charlie served as Senior Advisor at
Silver Lake Partners until 2015, and previously,
Managing Director and Head of Value Creation. In these
capacities, he focused on investment opportunities and
business improvements across Silver Lake’s portfolio
companies. Among other activities, he was a leader in
Silver Lake’s acquisition and management of Skype.
Prior to Silver Lake, Charlie served in expanding senior executive roles at Cisco Systems,
including Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. During his 14 years at Cisco,
Charlie was a leader of Cisco’s multi-product, multi-market growth, driving entry into new
markets, including Ethernet switching, WiFi, IP Telephony, and TelePresence.
He currently serves on the boards of Arista Networks and Zscaler, is a Trustee of Brown
University, and an advisor to the UC Berkeley School of Engineering. He is a former board
member of Accenture, Avaya, Imperva, Netflix, and ServiceNow.
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Brown University, a Master of Science in
electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Business
Administration from Harvard Business School.