Ralph Schmitt - Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Schmitt has served as a director of OCZ since April 2011 and was appointed as the CEO in October 2012. Prior to joining OCZ, Mr. Schmitt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PLX Technology, Inc., a global provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets since 2008. He has also chaired the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Emerging Company Council from 2010 thru 2012 and was on the 2012 GSA board of directors. During 2008, he consulted with a variety of venture capitalists, and acted as Chief Executive Officer of Legend Silicon, a privately funded Chinese terrestrial digital TV semiconductor company. From 2005 through 2007, Mr. Schmitt was Chief Executive Officer of Sipex, an analog semiconductor company that merged with Exar in 2007, where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Schmitt was executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Cypress Semiconductor where he led sales growth to more than $1 billion while also overseeing the acquisition and integration of numerous companies. Mr. Schmitt serves on the board of PLX Technology, Inc. and has served on the boards at Cypress subsidiaries and other privately-held semiconductor and systems companies. Mr. Schmitt holds a B.S. of Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.
Rafael Torres - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Torres joined OCZ with over 15 years of experience as a senior leader in finance and over 10 years serving as CFO. Prior to joining OCZ, Mr. Torres served as CFO and Vice President of Finance for Capella Photonics, a privately-held firm selling optical switching subsystems, where he successfully raised new capital and developed a financial infrastructure to support a fast-growing start-up. From 2006 to 2008, Torres was the CFO and Vice President of Finance for Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage analog integrated circuits for power conversion, where he led a financial turnaround that he successfully achieved. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Torres was CFO and Vice President of Finance for PLX Technology, a provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets, where he returned the company to profitability. Mr. Torres currently serves on the board of Ubiquiti Networks and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).
Alex Mei - Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Mei is the executive vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at OCZ Storage Solutions and is responsible for multiple functions including the Company’s client and enterprise marketing strategy, and oversees marketing communication, branding and corporate marketing initiatives. Mr. Mei has more than 15 years of experience in leading marketing and product marketing for PC component products and complete systems targeting the OEM and consumer channel, as well as marketing enterprise storage hardware and software solutions. Mr. Mei has held multiple senior level marketing management positions in high-tech firms, including serving for over 5 years as Global Marketing Manager for First International Computer Inc. Mr. Mei holds a B.S. in Marketing Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo University.
Gene Schaeffer - Senior Vice President of Global Sales
Mr. Schaeffer joined OCZ Storage Solutions, A Toshiba Group Company, in January 2015 as SVP Global Sales. His primary responsibility is the development and execution of the company’s global sales strategy. Mr. Schaeffer has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership positions, with a proven track record in developing multiple strategic accounts in the enterprise and consumer markets. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Schaeffer served as EVP Global Sales at PLX Technology, which was acquired by Avago Technologies, a global provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets. Additionally, he has held various senior sales management positions at other high technology companies including Exar Corporation and Cypress Semiconductor. He attended Saint Joseph’s University.
Daryl Lang - Senior Vice President of Product Management
Mr. Lang is responsible for developing and executing the company's product management strategy as well as building and strengthening the company's world-class FAE team. Prior to joining OCZ in 2009, Mr. Lang served for eight years at AMD as the Strategic Alliance Manager focused on storage technology. In addition, he has held high level positions at other hi-tech companies including Aureal Semiconductor and Diamond Multimedia. Mr. Lang studied Electrical Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo University.
Jason Ruppert - Senior Vice President of Operations
Mr. Ruppert is responsible for operations at OCZ including overseeing the supply chain, implementing processes, product engineering, and manufacturing. Mr. Ruppert most recently served as the Vice President of Manufacturing Operations and Engineering at Harmonic and has held multiple senior management positions at other hi-tech firms including Ciena, Nortel Networks, Broadband Technologies, and possesses over 20 years of R&D, manufacturing and operations experience. Mr. Ruppert holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a M.S. in Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University.
James Tout - Senior Vice President of Worldwide Engineering
Mr. Tout has over 20 years experience in firmware and silicon architecture and is responsible for leading multi-discipline and multi-location teams that develop next generation SoCs and firmware for OCZ solid state drives. Mr. Tout joined OCZ in 2011 through the acquisition of PLX Technology's UK Storage Division and has previously held senior engineering and management positions at other technology companies including Oxford Semiconductor, Madge Networks and Racal Research. Mr. Tout holds a MA in Engineering from Cambridge University.