Jim MorrisroeChief Executive Officer
Cloud computing and open source industry veteran Jim Morrisroe has over 20 years of leadership experience at high-growth companies. Prior to joining Piston Cloud as CEO, Jim spent seven years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Zimbra, leading the company through its successful spin out from Yahoo! and acquisition and integration by VMware. As a major VMware product division, Jim was responsible for Zimbra strategy, product, and engineering. Previously, Jim served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Cemaphore Systems, and led sales efforts at several leading enterprise technology companies, including Cabletron Systems and Lucent Technologies.
Christopher MacGownCo-founder & Chief Technology Officer
Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Christopher was an early employee of Slicehost before its acquisition by Rackspace in 2008. From there he became a team lead in the development of Cloud Servers Windows. Christopher is an originating member of OpenStack's Nova-core development team. Recent projects include serving as senior engineer on the Global Earthquake Model project, driving the development of a highly scalable earthquake modeling engine. In his spare time Christopher enjoys playing the ukulele, drawing and reading 16th and 17th century philosophy.
Gretchen CurtisCo-founder & Chief Marketing Officer
Gretchen has been working with tech companies and start-ups in the Bay area for 15 years. Prior to co-founding Piston, she was the Director of PR and Communications for the CTO for IT at NASA, and Communications Manager for NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing project (the thing that became OpenStack). Before her work at NASA, she ran business operations at Flock, Inc., and helped build engineering teams at several companies including AOL, Fujitsu and TechTV. In her spare time, Gretchen promotes marketersagainstwaste.com, runs, recycles, obsesses over tiny homes, drinks a lot of coffee and dabbles in several creative pursuits, including photography, writing, film, and graphic design. Tweet her at @gretcurtis.
Steve BagbyChief Operating Officer
Steve brings more than 25 years of experience leading development of IT Infrastructure products. Before joining Piston, Steve was a co-founder, CTO and VP of Engineering for SimpliVity, a pioneer and leader in hyper-converged infrastructure platforms for the software-defined datacenter. Prior to SimpliVity, Steve led product development efforts for several startups in storage virtualization and data deduplication including Sepaton, Diligent Technologies, Falconstor, and Neartek.
John SpencerVP, Business Development
John is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in Software Sales, Channel Development and Technology Licensing. Prior to joining Piston, he served in a variety of roles at Actional Corporation and served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Teknowledge. John started his career with The Boeing Company and Boeing Computer Services.
Joe RussellVP, Finance & Operations
Mr. Russell has over fifteen years experience working with technology companies in enterprise software and consumer internet companies. Most recently, Joe spent five years at VMware working on their Emerging Products portfolio of acquired companies doing finance, operations and strategy. Joe also spent time doing product marketing for VMware’s Big Data and Storage portfolios of products. Previously, Joe held Corporate Development and Business Operations roles at Yahoo! and, in a prior life, was a technology M&A investment banker with GCA Savvian and Credit Suisse First Boston.
Brian ReedDirector of Engineering
Brian is a veteran of the nuclear power industry where he learned the art of project management during his 20+ years with Bechtel Corporation. Since then, Brian has spent time at various internet ventures, as well as at NASA working with Joshua McKenty and Gretchen Curtis on what was to become OpenStack. Brian is a pilot, photographer, and gardener.
Scott HartzelDirector of Customer Care
Scott brings to Piston more than 15 years of experience deploying and managing media and online gaming infrastructures. He's fixated on creating sane, stable and scalable infrastructures, and automating away prosaic operational difficulties. In his free time you can find him outdoors, probably cycling, hiking or climbing.