Par Botes has more than 25 years of IT experience specializing in large-scale storage systems, online transactional systems, very large databases, networking, storage technologies, and data protection. He is an inventor on nearly 20 issued patents relating to software and data storage design. He served as vice president and CTO for EMC Corporation for Asia Pacific and Japan. He also held roles at Symantec and VERITAS, where he served in a number of management roles in data protection and storage management. Par founded Symantec’s Japan Engineering Center focused on engineering specific to Japanese partners and customers. He has a degree in telecommunications.