Michael Oftstedahl joins Solarflare with over 30 years of experience leading and building privately held and publicly traded michael-ofstedahltechnology companies. The companies Ofstedahl has successfully lead have served a wide array of market sectors that include Enterprise Computing, Storage, Networking, PC, and software based Mobile eCommerce platforms. With a strong and proven track record, Ofstedahl, has fulfilled many roles including C-level leadership, WW Sales, Business Development, Finance, Marketing, Engineering and Operations.
In his many roles Ofstedahl has been a key part in delivering innovative and highly differentiated products, influencing system architectures,and securing major design wins. Michael has also established many strategic partnerships that have resulted in market leadership and significant revenue generation providing growth and value worldwide.
Ofstedahl was previously Vice President of Business Development at Avalanche Technology, where his leadership helped position Avalanche as a leading innovator of breakthrough next generation non-volatile magnetic memory technology. Prior to that, he served as President and CEO of SiliconStor Inc. and Velio Communications, where he led strategic acquisitions made by Rambus and LSI. Throughout his accomplished career, Ofstedahl has been a key driver of disrupting the marketplace with innovative technology and strategic partnerships key to each company’s success. He has expanded and driven global brand recognition while generating significant global revenues. Ofstedahl holds dual certificates in Executive Management from the University of California Irvine and the Haas business school at Berkeley, as well as a BS in Marketing from San Jose State University.
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Advisory Board/Consultant, Sept 2010 – Present
President and CEO, July 2007 – Dec 2009
President and CEO, July 2004 – June 2007
Velio Communications Inc. (formerly Chip2Chip)
President and CEO, March 2003 – April 2004
Corporate VP Sales and Business Development, Sept 1999 – March 2003
Corporate Vice President, Worldwide OEM Sales, Jan 1998 – June 1999
Chromatic Research Inc
Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Sales, April 1996 – Dec 1997
Vice President Sales, Worldwide Strategic Accounts & Asia Pacific, Feb 1993 – Mar 1996
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, 1996
Western Digital Corporation
Michael held the following roles between 1987 – 1992:
- Senior Director WW OEM Sales
- Regional Director/GM
- Director – OEM Sales , Europe (Paradise Graphics Products sold through WD sales force)
Since 1999, Ofstedahl has served as one of the founding Board of Directors for the California Community Partners for Youth (CCPY). CCPY is a community based mentoring program for at-risk and under performing youths aged 13 to 17 years old. To learn more please visit the CCPY website.
Certificate – Executive Management Program – University of California – Berkeley, California – 1995
Certificate – Executive Management Program – University of California – Irvine, California – 1990
BS – Marketing – San Jose State University – San Jose, California – 1984