We are changing the way customers engage with IT expert resources on a global scale.
Richard Sexton – Chief Executive Officer
Richard is an Australian who worked for ten years in Asia-Pacific for Hyatt International. He learned that it is all about the people and exceeding customer expectations. His technology career started in 2005 with Veritas UK where he led Services and M&A for EMEA and APJ. Following the acquisition of Veritas by Symantec Richard moved to Silicon Valley where he built go-to-market strategies and sales teams. Prior to leaving Symantec Richard was leading Global Insights and driving GTM strategies for the Emerging Product and Technologies Group. In 2013 Richard joined CloudPhysics as VP of World Wide Sales. He became CEO in 2017. His focus is delivering meaningful outcomes for our customers, employees and partners.
3 things you may not know about Richard:
- He does a great guitar rendition of Maroon 5’s She Will be Loved
- He is a keen participant in endurance sports
- He has visited 23 countries and 124 cities
Chris Schin – Chief Product Officer
Chris is an accomplished product leader with consistent track record (15+ years) of bringing new products and services to market, focused predominantly on the design of cloud/SaaS products and services, with a specific expertise in designing solutions for mid-sized-sized IT organizations and the managed service providers that serve them. Prior to CloudPhysics, Chris was Vice President of Product Management at Zetta.net, an enterprise cloud backup, DR, and archiving vendor, responsible for coordinating all product-related initiatives, including all product strategy, direction, and prioritization. Previously, Chris was Senior Director, Product Management & Business Operations for Symantec Protection Network, Symantec’s Software as a Service platform. Earlier in his career, Chris held management positions in several venture-backed technology companies and worked on Wall Street as a financial analyst. Chris earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Philosophy from Dartmouth College.
3 things you may not know about Chris:
- Lucky husband to Tammy and proud father of two great kids
- Avid fantasy baseball player
- Five-time (and growing) CloudPhysics FitBit Challenge champion
John Blumenthal – Founder & Vice President, Strategy
John is an industry veteran with 18+ years of technology experience, including seven years as VMware’s director of product management for the ESX storage stack. While at VMware, John heard the same question from customers week after week: “How many virtual machines can fit on this datastore?” He was determined to find an answer and the idea for CloudPhysics emerged. John’s prior experience comes from VERITAS Software, where he worked in senior roles in product management, sales, and engineering, and @stake as vice president and general manager of product development. Currently, he advises several early-stage companies. His B.A. is from Columbia University.
3 things you may not know about John:
- Related to famous Jewish boxer, Leach Cross aka “The Fighting Dentist” — who engaged in demand gen by punching out the teeth of his opponents, then fixing them up after the fight.
- Spent time post-university living out of a van as a competitive rock climber and boulderer.
- Earned room and board playing chess for money in NYC during university
Mark Spurlock – Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Mark started his IT career in Moscow, Russia, where as Managing Director he built Lucent Technologies into Russia’s market share #1 enterprise, and #2 public telephony solution provider. As Lucent spun off Avaya, Mark moved to Belgium with his family to set up and run their multi-national customer and government solutions operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa. After 17 years abroad, Mark was lucky enough to move his family back to his home town in the SF bay area, running Avaya’s Managed Services Sales, among other sales and operations leadership positions. Most recently before CloudPhysics, Mark managed Enterprise Sales for Empirix through successful sale of company to Thoma Bravo.
3 things you may not know about Mark:
- Lucky husband of Gulnar Spurlock, and father of three
- Drove a jeep on Lake Baikal
- Eagle Scout
Jim Kleckner – Founder, Vice President Analytics
Jim is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of success. Prior to CloudPhysics, he was EVP at Currenex, which was acquired by State Street Bank for more than $563 million. He served as CTO at CATS Software and was a founder of Cadence Design Systems, managing simulation and test areas. He is on the board of Benetech, a technology non-profit serving humanity and also serves on the board of RAF Technology. He holds patents in methods of anti-spam marketing and in digital signatures for settlement of financial transaction workflows. He earned his B.S. from Caltech and Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley.
3 things you may not know about Jim:
- His favorite place to ski is Snowbird in Salt Lake City
- He loves the wilderness and has crossed the Himalayan crest three times in Nepal and India
- He has run the Gulkana river in Alaska in an open canoe during a 99 year flood with class 3 rapids
Xiaojun Liu – Founder, Chief Scientist
Xiaojun (XJ) is a seasoned performance engineer with a career spanning Google, Salesforce.com and Sun Microsystems. He developed stress tests of the OS kernel powering Google’s production server farm, and worked on performance modeling of server processors at Sun. His expertise includes performance modeling, simulation, testing and root cause analysis at many levels of the system stack, from microprocessor architecture to OS kernels to multi-tier web applications. He holds M.Eng. and B.Eng. degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley.
3 things you may not know about XJ:
- Avid runner who has completed the Ohlone Wilderness Run 50K twice and the Paris Marathon once
- Passion for good Vietnamese Pho
- Can distill the essence of a situation and this lets him deliver the occasional spot-on one liner
Robert Jan (‘RJ’) Vissers – Chief Customer Officer
Robert Jan Vissers a.k.a. “RJ” joined the CloudPhysics’ Executive Management Team as Chief Customer Officer (CCO) in September 2017. RJ brings with him a wealth of Go-To-Market Strategy and Sales Operations experience which he accumulated over 20+ years in various roles in the global high technology industry. He has demonstrated success in both nimble startup environments like Coupa, Apttus and Parallels, as well as more established companies such as Shell, Symantec and Saba.
His specialty is to grow and scale business operations across complex internal and external ecosystems, leveraging his background in business process reengineering and the cost-effective application of technology solutions such as CRM and Partner Enablement solutions. RJ will be focused on optimizing the overall customer and partner experience which in his view is the key to product adoption and the main driver of revenue growth, customer retention, and profitability.
- In his free time, RJ enjoys cooking and entertaining friends
- He has a Swedish wife, Anna, 2 beautiful children Stella and Max, and a new puppy Darci
- He is a struggling amateur musician playing bass guitar in a local rock band called “Bucket List”
Board of Directors:
CloudPhysics is one of the market’s fastest growing channel intelligence platforms, designed to enable data-driven collaborations. Our platform ensures customers succeed in their adoption of products and services for next generation IT infrastructure. Combining an agile SaaS platform with a global partner network, CloudPhysics helps customers leverage expert resources to plan and execute public, private, and hybrid cloud migration through analytical assessments and simulations. Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, CloudPhysics serves thousands of users worldwide across major industries and supports a growing partner network.