Board of Directors

Jeffry R. Allen, Lead Independent Director

Jeffry Allen has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since June 2007. Prior to his role on the board, Jeffry Allen was the Executive Vice President of Business Operations at NetApp. He managed manufacturing operations and took responsibility for content delivery and NearStore business lines as well as strategic initiatives for the SAN market. Allen joined the company in 1996 as CFO and Vice President of Finance and Operations. From July 1990 through December 1996, Allen was responsible for various operations and manufacturing roles at SynOptics Communications, Inc., a computer communications company, and subsequently at Bay Networks, the company created via the merger of SynOptics and Wellfleet Communications, Inc. Previously, Allen had a 17-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in a variety of financial, information systems, and financial management positions, including controller for the Information Networks Group. Allen holds a B.S. degree in accounting from San Diego State University.

As Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Barracuda, Michael Perone is responsible for worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. He has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and was a pioneer in delivering free Internet access to users worldwide. Perone co-founded and served as President and Board Member for, a leading free email and Internet access service that reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). He also co-founded Spinway Inc. (acquired by Kmart Corporation). Additionally, Perone co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP that powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. He also has held systems engineering positions with GE Aerospace. In 2007, he was named by Ernst & Young a “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California” award recipient and today serves on the Board of Directors of Perch, the first hands-free video communication app designed to bring families together regardless of where they are located.

William "BJ" Jenkins, a 16-year IT industry veteran, has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Barracuda since November 2012. Previously, he served as President of EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems (BRS) Division. Jenkins joined EMC in 1998 and held a wide range of EMC senior leadership roles before becoming President of the BRS Division, including serving as Chief of Staff for the division, where he led the highly successful post-merger integration of Data Domain as the foundation for the newly formed division. Under his leadership, the BRS Division contributed significantly to EMC’s growth. Over the years, he also held the positions of Senior Vice President of Global Marketing; Vice President of Telecom, Media and Entertainment and Outsourcing Sales; Vice President of Global Field Marketing and Director of Operations Global Channels. Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned a B.S. degree in general engineering, and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

John H. Kispert has served as a managing partner of Black Diamond Ventures, a venture capital firm, since March 2016. Prior to Black Diamond Ventures, Mr. Kispert served as president and chief executive officer and a director of Spansion, Inc., a manufacturer of flash memory products, from February 2009 until March 2015. On March 12, 2015 Spansion completed its merger with Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, a semiconductor and electronics manufacturer. Mr. Kispert serves on the board of directors of Extreme Networks, Inc., a network hardware company, Gigamon Inc., a provider of network traffic visibility solutions, and TriNet Group, Inc., a cloud-based professional employer organization for small and medium-sized businesses. Mr. Kispert holds a B.S. degree in political science from Grinnell College and an M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Chet Kapoor has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since April 2017. Kapoor served as chief executive officer of Apigee Corporation, an API management and predictive analytics software company, from January 2007 until its acquisition by Google in October 2016. From May 2005 to December 2006, Kapoor served as vice president of content management and search products at International Business Machines Corporation. From December 2004 to May 2005, Kapoor served as chief executive officer of Gluecode Software, Inc., an open source application infrastructure company. From April 2002 to December 2004, Kapoor served as the vice president and general manager at BEA Systems, Inc., an enterprise infrastructure software company. Kapoor holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from Arizona State University.

Stephen P. Mullaney has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since April 2017. Mullaney served as senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit at VMware, Inc., a cloud and virtualization software and services company, from August 2012 to October 2014. From April 2009 through its acquisition by VMware in August 2012, Mullaney served as chief executive officer at Nicira Networks Inc., a software-defined networking and network virtualization company. From March 2007 to April 2009, Mullaney served as vice president, marketing, and interim chief executive officer at Palo Alto Networks, Inc., a network and enterprise security company. From 2003 to 2007, Mullaney served as vice president, marketing at Blue Coat Systems Inc., a cybersecurity and network management company. Mullaney currently serves on the board of directors of several privately held companies. Mullaney holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

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