Leadership Team

Storage Expertise. Customer Centricity.

We believe in safe guarding your data. With over 30 years of expertise gained from delivering award winning prosumer, SMB and enterprise grade storage products, we have a solution for your application. Our innovation is centered around our customers and their specific data requirements. We deliver quality solutions with unprecedented flexibility, data protection and expandability. Take your storage experience to the next level

Mihir Shah

CEO/Board Member



Mihir is a Co-Founder and the CEO of StorCentric.
Mihir has over 20 years of leadership experience in M&A, finance and technology. He has previously served as VP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Brocade and held sales and corporate development roles at IBM. Mihir earned a Bachelor’s from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and Post Grad Degree from Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Surya Varanasi

Chief Technology Officer



Prior to joining StorCentric, Surya co-founded Vexata and has served as Vice President of R&D at EMC where he was responsible for the VIPR data platform, SRM (storage resource manager), AppSync (snapshot management), UIM (VCE) and Smarts network management. Before EMC, Surya was VP of R&D at VMware where he managed ESXi, vCenter and the Graphics teams. He has 30+ patents in the fields of networking, storage and video stream processing. Surya has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Surya Turaga

Chief Operations Officer



Surya has over 25 years of Engineering and Operational leadership experience. He previously served as the COO at Vexata and has held executive roles at Hitachi Data Systems, Brocade, Sun Microsystems, Hal Computers (now Fujitsu) and Digital Equipment Corporation. Surya holds a Masters in Engineering Management from USC, MSEE from SIUE, a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University, India.

John Coughlan




John has over 15 years of experience leading finance organizations in the technology industry with vertical experience in SaaS, Media and Telecom. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of CoreBTS, a value-added reseller of Cisco and Microsoft-centric software, security services and related IT infrastructure. John began his career in investment banking, first at Goldman Sachs and then at Morgan Stanley. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Accounting and Finance, and a BA from Wesleyan University.

Read Fenner

VP, Global Sales



Read has over 20 years of sales and operations experience and previously served as VP Sales, Americas for Buffalo Technology, helping them grow revenue and expand gross margins. Read has also integrated several acquisitions. Read holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science, UC San Diego, and a Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State.

Samina Subedar

VP Marketing & Communications



Samina has over 15 years of experience working in B2B and B2C technology product markets and has held senior level marketing & sales roles at Drobo, ATP Electronics and OpenText. Samina is also a recipient of Women in Channel Award by CRN and holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations and a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of California, Davis.

Dave Bartizal

VP, Service and Support



Along with 15 years of engineering and technical leadership experience including manufacturing, product development, sustaining engineering, quality assurance and regulatory compliance, David brings 18 years of Customer Service and Support experience to the Nexsan leadership team. Having held senior support management roles at Imation, IronKey and most recently as Director of Nexsan Global Support Operations, David has broad experience in customer service delivery, operational excellence and a focused, sensible approach to customer satisfaction.David is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a BSEE from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.