Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick C.S. Lo is the co-founder of NETGEAR and has been the Chairman and CEO since 2002. Patrick founded NETGEAR with Mark Merrill with the singular vision of providing the appliances to enable everyone in the world to connect to the high speed Internet for information, communication, business transactions, education, and entertainment. From 1983 until 1995, Mr. Lo worked at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in various management positions in sales, technical support, product management, and marketing in the US and Asia. Mr. Lo was named the Ernst & Young National Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Mr. Lo received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Brown University.
Christine M. Gorjanc
Chief Financial Officer
Christine M. Gorjanc serves as our Chief Financial Officer, and joined NETGEAR as our Vice President, Finance in November 2005. From September 1996 through November 2005, Ms. Gorjanc served as Vice President, Controller, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for Aspect Communications Corporation, a provider of workforce and customer management solutions. From October 1988 through September 1996, she served as the Manager of Tax for Tandem Computers, Inc., a provider of fault-tolerant computer systems.
From June 1987 through October 1988, Ms. Gorjanc served as the Manager of Tax Operations for Xidex Corporation, a manufacturer of storage devices. Prior to that, Ms. Gorjanc worked in public accounting for eight years with a number of accounting firms. Ms. Gorjanc holds a B.A. in Accounting (with honors) from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Chief Technology Officer
Jeff Capone serves as our Chief Technology Officer and joined NETGEAR as Vice President of engineering through the acquisition of Leaf Networks in 2010. As CEO and co-founder of Leaf Networks, he was involved in all aspects of technology and corporate development including product and engineering management, technology licensing, patent filing and general management of the company. Before Leaf Networks, Jeff co-founded Aligo, Inc. and served as the CTO until 2004 where he lead the company’s technology vision. Prior to Aligo, Jeff was an assistant professor at Arizona State University and Director of the Network Engineering and Wireless Telecom Laboratory. Jeff's distinctions include the National Science Foundation's CAREER award, numerous IEEE Journal and conference publications. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Senior Vice President, Advanced Engineering
Our co-founder Mark Merrill currently serves NETGEAR as Senior Vice President, Advanced Engineering. In this role, Mark continues to guide the emerging market efforts and work closely the RF engineering team to ensure technical leadership of our wireless networking products. Previously, Mr. Merrill served as our Chief Technology Officer from January 2003 to April 2013. From September 1999 to January 2003, he served as Vice President of Engineering and served as Director of Engineering from September 1995 to September 1999.
General Manager & Senior Vice President, Service Provider Business Unit
Michael Clegg serves as our General Manager & Senior VP for our Service Provider Business Unit having joined NETGEAR in August 2005. Mr. Clegg has 20+ years’ experience in bringing innovative products to market that enable broadband networks and services for telecom, cable and mobile, both infrastructure and CPE. He was active in the genesis of DSL access products, Broadband Internet for fixed and Wireless and on-demand services. Mr. Clegg has previously held executive positions at Entrisphere (now part of Ericsson), Virtual Access, Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, Westell Inc. and Scientific Generics (now Sagentia).
Mr. Clegg received both a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Digital Systems Design from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
General Manager & Senior Vice President, Retail Business Unit
David Soares serves as NETGEAR's General Manager & Senior Vice President, Retail Business Unit, a position that he has held since April 2011. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Sales starting in December 2003. From January 1998 to December 2003, Mr. Soares served NETGEAR first as the U.K. country manager and later as the managing director of Europe.
Before starting his career at NETGEAR, Mr. Soares worked at Hayes Microcomputer Products, a modem and data communications manufacturer, initiating and developing direct marketing and retail channel relationships. He also assisted with product marketing and created Hayes' first Internet starter kits for retail stores.
Senior Vice President of Operations and Support
Michael F. Falcon is Senior Vice President of Operations and Support, having joined NETGEAR in November 2002 as Vice President of Operations. From September 1999 to November 2002, Mr. Falcon worked at Quantum Corporation, a data technology company, where he served as Vice President of Operations and supply chain management. From April 1999 to September 1999, Mr. Falcon was at Meridian Data, a storage company acquired by Quantum Corporation, where he served as Vice President of Operations.
From February 1989 to April 1999, Mr. Falcon was at Silicon Valley Group, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, where he served as Director of Operations, Strategic Planning and Supply Chain Management. Prior to that, he served in management positions at SCI Systems, an electronics manufacturer, Xerox Imaging Systems, a provider of scanning and text recognition solutions, and Plantronics, Inc., a provider of lightweight communication headsets. Mr. Falcon received a B.A. degree with Honors in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has completed coursework in the M.B.A. program at Santa Clara University.
Vice President of Legal and Corporate Development and Company Secretary
Andrew Kim serves as our Vice President of Legal and Corporate Development and Company Secretary. Prior to joining NETGEAR, Mr. Kim served as Special Counsel in the Corporate and Securities Department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represented public and private technology companies in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing arrangements, securities law compliance and corporate governance. In between two terms at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he served as Partner in the Business and Finance Department of Schwartz Cooper Chartered in Chicago, Illinois, and was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mr. Kim began practicing law with the New York firms Thacher Proffitt & Wood and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, advising clients on all aspects of corporate and securities law. Mr. Kim holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and received a B.A. degree in history from Yale University.
Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Retail Business Unit
Michael Werdann has served as our Vice President of Americas Sales since December 2003. From October 1998 to December 2003, Mr. Werdann worked at NETGEAR starting as Regional Sales Director, later becoming the Director of Sales, E-commerce & DMR for the U.S. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Werdann worked at Iomega Corporation, a global leader in data storage, as the U.S. Sales Director for value-added resellers (VARs). Prior to that, Mr. Werdann held positions in sales and management with several nationally recognized VARs. Mr. Werdann received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.