Chairman & President
As head of hardware engineering, Mark is responsible for the building, scaling and innovation of the infrastructure necessary to support Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Facebook builds efficient and flexible infrastructure to support over two billion people from around the world using Facebook’s family of apps and services.
Prior to Facebook, Mark was the COO at Rackspace, where he managed the global infrastructure and associated services such as data center engineering & operations, hardware design, networking, infrastructure services, supply chain, procurement, facilities, physical & cyber security and enterprise IT. Mark began his career as an engineer at Compaq before moving into management, and has held senior leadership roles at Microsoft, Intuit, Sirius XM, and eBay/PayPal. Mark is an influential change agent and has helped lead some of the world’s best technology companies as they have grown from small enterprises to hyperscale in just a matter of years.
Mark is a founding board member of the Open Compute Foundation that was created in 2011 by Facebook, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Intel. Mark is a strong proponent of open standards as they increase the pace of innovation and make technology available to all.
Mark has been a strong supporter of charities dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities. He is on the Board of Directors of Taelor’s House Foundation, Morgan’s Wonderland and supports the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He previously served as technology advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mark holds a BBA degree in management from Texas A&M University.
Rocky has more than 40 years of experience in the technology industry with expertise in professional services, systems integration, product design, new product introductions, technology development, sales, operations, manufacturing and logistics. He has held executive and senior manager positions at Dell, IBM, Digital Equipment, Pitney Bowes, Arvato, Quanta, Gateway, Sony OAI as well as several start-up and growth companies.
Rocky ran Dell’s Enterprise Operations in the 1990’s when Dell entered the enterprise business. He grewthe business from $2M/yr and 30 employees to $3B/yr and 1,000 employees, in less than 3 years. He also built Dell’s award winning PN1 factory and expanded operations internationally, into the EMEA and APAC theatres. After leaving Dell, Rocky was the COO of a custom logistics company where he was responsible for ramping Dell’s first consolidated SLC, COO of a professional services company, President of an asset recovery company and CEO of a hyper-converged systems appliance company. Additionally, he has assisted several clients in supply chain improvements, including Dell, Google, Apple, GENCO, Zebra and Gateway. He also currently serves as advisor to multiple start up companies.
Rocky has served as CFO of OCP since early 2012 and took over as CEO in 2015.
Andreas Bechtolsheim is a Founder and Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks, a high-speed datacenter and cloud networking company. Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.
From 1995 to 1996, Andy was CEO and President of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet Switching startup company he founded that Cisco acquired in September of 1996. From 1996 to 2003 Andy was General Manager for the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco System that developed the Cat-4K Switch family, which became the highest volume modular switching platform in the industry.
As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, Brocade, and Magma Design. He has served on the Board of Directors of 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired.
Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German National Merit Foundation scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Jim Hawkins is the vice president of global data center operations and engineering at Rackspace, where he oversees the company’s worldwide network of data centers, hardware engineering, and other critical infrastructure and operations.
Jim joined Rackspace in 2008, initially serving as director of operational excellence. Since then, he has held several positions, including director of U.S. data centers and senior director of global data center operations.
Jim has brought a number of strengths to these roles, including a specialized knowledge of Lean Six Sigma methodology and operational discipline. While serving in each of his roles at Rackspace, he incorporated his knowledge of these principles into the design and daily operation of Rackspace’s critical infrastructure and teams transforming their performance.
Before he joined Rackspace, Jim was a plant manager and North American fiberglass fabrics manager at Owens Corning, where he turned a struggling $40 million division into a very profitable business by leveraging his knowledge of Lean Six Sigma methodology. He earned his BS in marketing at Westminster College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and received his MBA, with high honors, at Purdue University.
Parthasarathy (Partha) Ranganathan is currently a distinguished engineer at Google where he is the area technical lead for systems hardware and datacenters. Before this, he was a HP Fellow and Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs where he led their research on systems and datacenters. Dr. Ranganathan's research interests are in systems architecture and manageability, energy-efficiency, and systems modeling and evaluation. He has done extensive work in these areas including key contributions around energy-aware user interfaces, heterogeneous multi-core processors, power capping and power-aware server designs, federated enterprise power management, energy modeling and benchmarking, disaggregated blade server architectures, and most recently, storage hierarchy and systems redesign for non-volatile memory. He was also one of the primary developers of the publicly distributed Rice Simulator for ILP Multiprocessors (RSIM).
Dr. Ranganathan's work has led to broad impact on both academia and industry including several
commercial products such as Power Capping and HP Moonshot servers. He holds more than 50
patents (with another 45 pending) and has published extensively, including several award-winning
papers. He also teaches regularly (including, most recently, at Stanford) and has contributed to
several popular computer architecture textbooks. Dr. Ranganathan and his work have been featured on numerous occasions in the press including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, San Francisco Chronicle, Times of India, Slashdot, and Youtube. Dr. Ranganathan has been named one of the world's top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and has been recognized with several other awards including the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes award and Rice University's Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni award.
Dr. Ranganathan received his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Rice University, Houston. He is also an IEEE Fellow.
Kushagra Vaid is GM and Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft’s Azure Division, and is responsible for the architecture and design for cloud hardware infrastructure hosting Azure's global scale services. Kushagra has been instrumental in driving Microsoft’s success as a leading hyperscale public cloud operator and is a recognized industry leader on infrastructure innovation and Open Source hardware. In this role, Kushagra also works closely with industry executives, VC firms and startups to shape the future of cloud infrastructure and is an influential change agent driving innovative disruption for new technologies and business models. Kushagra has been actively engaged with OCP since 2014 and has previously been on the OCP Incubation Committee for several years. Kushagra is a strategic advisor to the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and also to several infrastructure startups, and is a sought after keynote speaker at top tier conferences and industry events. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, Kushagra was a Principal Engineer at Intel where his responsibilities included technology strategy, architecture and design for Intel’s Enterprise and Cloud CPU/Platforms. Kushagra has published over 25+ research papers in international conferences, and is also the holder of 30+ patents in computer architecture and systems design. Kushagra holds a MS in Computer Science (SUNY Binghamton) and BE in Computer Engineering (VJTI Mumbai).
Jason P. Waxman is a corporate vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Data Center Solutions Group (DSG). DSG’s mission is to create higher customer value by delivering data center system innovation through the integration of Intel’s silicon portfolio. Current focus areas include Rackscale architecture and software defined infrastructure.
Waxman joined Intel in 1997 and has held several roles in cloud, enterprise and data center computing. Before leading the DSG, Waxman was general manager of the Cloud Platforms Group, where he managed Intel’s business, products and technologies for cloud service providers. Prior to that, Waxman was general manager of high-density computing and led the definition and introduction in enterprise of Intel Xeon platforms. Before coming to Intel, Waxman worked in strategic planning and manufacturing for Emerson Electric.
Waxman is an industry advocate for standards in data center computing, including board roles in the Open Compute Foundation and the Server System Infrastructure Forum. He initiated Intel's role as technical advisor to the Open Data Center Alliance. He is involved in non-profit charities and acts as a trustee to the Oregon Health and Sciences University and a board member for the Boys and Girls Club.
Waxman holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in operations research, and an MBA degree, all from Cornell University.