Senior Vice President, Acting President, Ixia Solutions Group
Mark Pierpoint is senior vice president of Keysight Technologies, and acting president of Keysight's Ixia Solutions Group which provides network test and visibility solutions for validating, optimizing and securing networks.
Before being named acting ISG President, Pierpoint served as vice president and general manager of the Internet Infrastructure business within the Communications Solutions Group at Keysight Technologies, where he was responsible for developing and delivering solutions across the commercial communications network from network access points to data centers and the cloud. Prior to this, he led Keysight's move in modular products, growing the business to over $150 million in FY15.
Pierpoint joined the company in 1987, when it was still part of Hewlett-Packard. He has held multiple management positions in R&D, sales, marketing, and operations across various businesses within Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies in both the United States and Europe.
Pierpoint holds a Ph.D. in Microwave Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds in the UK.
Chief Innovation Officer
Errol leads Ixia Labs and is Ixia’s chief innovation officer, where he focuses on engineering advances aimed at encouraging organic growth in new product areas. He also works closely with the Ixia management team in evaluating new market opportunities and potential acquisitions and performing early due diligence on potential acquisitions.
Errol brings more than 20 years' experience in the communications industry, with broad expertise in the design, development, and successful commercial marketing of technologies for the Internet and distributed networking community.
Errol Ginsberg founded Ixia in 1997, and took it from a startup to a multi-million dollar company that is a recognized leader in network testing. He served as its president from 1997 to 2000, and its president and CEO from 2000 to 2007. From the early days of Ixia's founding, Errol Ginsberg has helped shape the IP communications testing industry. A visionary leader, Errol has overseen many of Ixia's innovations, including multiuser high-density platforms, CPU per-port interface modules, and high-productivity, test-specific applications. His drive and vision helped forge Ixia into its current position as a market leader.
Before Ixia, he served as vice president of Engineering at NetVantage, a network equipment manufacturer. From November 1994 to February 1996, he served as an engineering consultant to Netcom Systems, a test equipment manufacturer.
Errol holds a BSEE from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Chief Operating Officer
Alex Pepe joined Ixia through the acquisition of Anue Systems, where he most recently served as President and CEO. Alex was responsible for leading the Anue organization to the industry-recognized network visibility solution provider that attracted Ixia’s notice. He has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, with 15 years in executive leadership roles.
Prior to joining Anue, he spent six years as a senior vice president with Freescale Semiconductor where he led global operations. His role there included all manufacturing, procurement, and supply chain systems. Previous to this, Alex served as general manager of one of Motorola’s embedded microcontroller business segments. Alex has held executive level positions in strategy and business development, factory operations, and engineering.
Alex earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Brent Novak serves as Ixia’s Chief Financial Officer overseeing the company's worldwide finance, accounting, and tax functions. Brent joined Ixia in 2004 as the company’s Senior Director of Finance, and prior to his appointment to Chief Financial Officer, Brent served as our Acting Chief Financial Officer beginning in March 2014, and as our Vice President, Finance responsible for the company’s planning, reporting, and tax functions since 2006.
Brent's experience with corporate finance stretches over 20 years. Prior to joining Ixia, Brent served as the Director of Finance and Corporate Development at Idealab, a creator and operator of small to mid-sized start-up technology companies, for four years. Brent began his career in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he became a manager and served both public and private companies mostly in the technology industry for five and a half years.
Brent is a certified public accountant and graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Summa Cum Laude.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jeff Harris is chief marketing officer (CMO) responsible for Ixia’s brand and global marketing efforts, including product and solutions marketing, corporate marketing, field marketing, corporate communications and partner marketing. He drives Ixia’s corporate positioning, messaging and communications to both internal and external audiences. Jeff has more than 20 years of marketing leadership experience spanning security, wireless networking and semiconductor markets.
Before joining Ixia, Jeff was a senior consultant at Check Point Software Technologies where he led the solution marketing team creating thought leadership campaigns that positioned Check Point for significant growth. He also consulted at Cisco driving go-to-market programs for the networking and security business units. Prior to that, he was Vice President at TrellisWare Technologies, a ViaSat Company, where he led the company’s entrance and leadership in the mobile ad hoc networked communications market. Jeff also worked at General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, and UUNET in senior product management and product marketing capacities.
Jeff received his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Matt Alexander leads Ixia’s legal department, which oversees all legal matters related to Ixia's business and operations worldwide. From 2004 to 2007, and from 2009 through 2014, Matt served in various positions in the department, including as Senior Corporate Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, and Deputy General Counsel. He was appointed as our Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary in 2015. From 2007 until returning to Ixia in 2009, Matt served as the Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of DataDirect Networks.
Matt began his legal career in 1998 as a corporate and intellectual property attorney with Irell & Manella LLP. He received his bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from the University of California, San Diego, and his Juris Doctor degree (Order of the Coif) from Stanford Law School.
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
Patti is the leader of Ixia’s worldwide sales organization. Patti has over 20 years of technology sales experience and has been a valued member of the Ixia team since 2008. Since August 2014, Patti has served as our Vice President, Sales, Americas. In that role, and prior to assuming leadership of our worldwide sales organization, Patti was responsible for the company’s largest multi-national sales region. From February 2008 to August 2014, Patti served as our Vice President, Sales, East. Each Ixia sales region lead by Patti has experienced double digit sales growth over the course of her tenure.
Prior to Ixia, Patti held several sales and marketing roles with Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard.
Patti graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and has been awarded two patents.
Senior Vice President, Support
Walker Colston is Ixia's vice president of global customer delight, a position that manages Ixia's global technical support services. With a motto of “relentless commitment to your success,” his vision is making customers successful executing their projects using Ixia solutions. Walker joined Ixia in June of 2003 and has worked in Ixia engineering operations and converged monitoring solutions.
Walker brings more than 20 years' experience to Ixia, ranging from engineering, to technology management, to operations. An adept executive, Walker draws on experience from both startups and Fortune 500 companies in the test and measurement, computer-aided engineering, and Internet industries, including Hewlett Packard, Parametric Technology Corporation, and AllAdvantage.com.
Walker holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Chris is responsible for global Human Resources at Ixia. As a leader, Chris is known for being a highly collaborative and results-driven executive, striving to align business strategy, culture, and values.
Joining in August 2008, Chris brings a diverse background in wireless communications, and Internet media, services, software, and bio-pharmaceuticals to Ixia. His broad functional expertise and management acumen were honed while working for public companies such as Yahoo!, Overture, Kinko's, Dassault Systeme, and Pinkerton.
Chris holds a Masters in Human Resources and undergraduate degrees in Management and Finance from the University of Utah.
Chief Technology Officer
As Ixia’s CTO, Matt sets the technology vision across the Ixia business and portfolio of products, including responsibility for guiding Ixia’s global research and development activities. He engages with key customers and across a wide range of technology standards to identify key trends and drive the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
Matt has over 16 years of technology experience, most recently as a senior architect in the Ixia Labs team and technology evangelist. Prior to Ixia, Matt serves as a senior hardware architect at DataDirect Networks, where he led the company’s first product launch into the enterprise market. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his master’s degree in EE from UCLA. He holds 14 pending and issued U.S. patents.