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 companies. 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.
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