Donal Byrne, CEO
Donal Byrne is the CEO of Corvil, and has over twenty five years experience working in the field of high performance computer and network communication systems. Donal joined Corvil in 2000 as the non-executive Chairman and since 2002 he has served as CEO driving the company to a leading position in latency management for high performance trading systems.
Prior to Corvil, Donal was the Chief Marketing Officer of FirstMark Communications, an alternate broadband service provider in Europe. In 1996, Donal co-founded Berkeley Networks in Silicon Valley, which was acquired in 1998 by Fore Systems, a leader in Internet switching. He was senior vice president of marketing at Fore Systems until the company was acquired a year later by GEC. Between 1993 and 1996, he was director of architecture and product management at Bay Networks (formerly Synoptics and Wellfleet), responsible for development of next-generation routers and switches. Donal joined Synoptics from Digital Equipment Corporation in Boston, where he led hardware and software engineering development on a wide range of data switching and Internet routing products. Donal holds a B.E. and M.Eng.Sc. degrees from University College, Dublin.
Zenas Hutcheson, Vesbridge
Zenas has been involved with high-tech venture companies since 1981 as an investor, board member, CEO and consultant. Before forming Vesbridge, Zenas was SPVC’s Co-Managing General Partner and the Managing General Partner of the NITI group within SPVC. Zenas joined SPVC in 1997.
Some of Zenas’ representative investments include: Vivo Software (acquired by Real Networks, 41x return), GeoTrust (acquired by VeriSign), Granite Systems (acquired by Telcordia), Acopia Networks and Chosen Security (spun-out of GeoTrust upon acquisition).
Prior to joining SPVC, Zenas was an independent consultant and turnaround specialist in the high-tech arena for nearly 20 years, serving as a senior advisor, board member, chairman or CEO to over 35 companies and taking the role of CEO at CAECO, Vivo Software, and Control Automation and board member at Natural Microsystems, PictureTel, and Concord Data Systems, all of which had extremely successful exits. He started his career at Bain & Co (1979-81) and BoNY (1975-78).
John Flynn, ACT Venture Capital
John Flynn has been with ACT Venture Capital since 1996 and focuses on early stage technology investments with a particular interest on Semiconductor, Communications and Software companies. Prior to joining ACT Venture Capital, John worked with EDS Group, the international IT Services and Consultancy company.
Jim is one of the leading figures in the highly successful Irish software sector. He was founder and CEO of Euristix, a 150 strong company that developed world-class solutions in Telecommunications Network Management and Signalling. Euristix was acquired by Fore Systems in 1999.
Anthony Finbow, Azini Capital Partners
Anthony is a graduate of Cambridge University ( M.A. Law) and Reading University (B.Sc. Cybernetics and Control Engineering).
Between 2006 and 2011, Anthony served as Chairman and CEO of Psytechnics. During his tenure he changed the company’s business model from that of a commodity algorithm vendor to supplier of strategic communications management solutions, achieving a tenfold improvement in average deal size and the successful exit to US based acquirer NetScout Systems.
Between 2000 and 2003, Anthony served in various roles at Orchestream Holdings plc, including CFO and latterly CEO. The company was acquired by Metasolv Software where Anthony served until 2005, prior to the sale of that company to Oracle, as Managing Director with responsibility for operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
From 1994 to 2000 he worked with WestLB and HypoVereinsbank in corporate finance, focusing on mergers & acquisitions, privatization and corporate restructuring. Anthony previously trained as a corporate lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna after having spent his early career as an engineer (communications and electro-optics) at IBM, Rofin Sinar Laser and British Airways.
Tom Rowbotham, Vesbridge
Tom spent much of his career in British Telecommunications, culminating in running BT Laboratories.
Tom founded KCC, which produced the world’s first 3D microwave circuit design software. He has served on the Boards of over fifteen early stage technology companies as well as Flomerics plc (sold to Mentor Graphics), ERA Technology (sold to Cobham), Fulcrum (sold to Fujitsu), and the IEEE.
Most recently Tom has been a Venture Partner in St Paul Venture Capital, and Vesbridge Partners.
In addition to Corvil, Tom is currently a Director of Irisys (Northampton) and chairman of Diamond Microwave Devices (Leeds)
Tom qualified in Microwave Physics from Belfast, Surrey and Nottingham Universities, and has been a visiting Professor at Nottingham and Kings College London Universities. Tom is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was awarded the Frederik Philips Prize by the IEEE.