Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Arjun Gupta, Executive Chairman

Founder and Managing Partner, TeleSoft Partners

Arjun Gupta is the Executive Chairman of Nexant, and the founder and chief believer at TeleSoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Over the last three decades, he has overseen investing in and helping build over 60 technology companies, of which over 40 companies have been acquired or gone public to date. At TeleSoft, Arjun manages capital commitments of $625+ million and has established corporate partnerships with Alltel/Verizon, Bechtel, and Deutsche Telekom's T-ventures. He was ranked by Forbes Magazine in the Top-100 technology venture investors on the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Midas Lists. Arjun serves on the boards of Nexant, Calient, Education.com, L&T, Infotech, L&T Technology Services, the Aspen Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He is a co-founder and co-chair of YPO Aspen Chapter. Earlier in his career, Arjun was a technology industry specialist with McKinsey & Company, where his clients included Apple, PacBell/AT&T, and PacTel/Verizon Wireless. Prior graduate school, Arjun was a software design engineer, applications engineer and product specialist at Tektronix, Inc. Arjun has an MBA from Stanford University, MS and BS in Computer Science from WSC, and a BA in Economics with honors from St Stephen's College. He is an Advanced Leadership Fellow from Harvard University and Henry Crown Fellow from the Aspen Institute. Arjun is a passionate outdoorsman and lives in San Francisco and Aspen.

Basem Y. Sarandah, Vice Chairman

Founder, Nexant

Mr. Sarandah is the founder and former CEO of Nexant, Inc., and has over 33 years of experience in managing consulting and technology development organizations. He founded Nexant, Inc., in 2000 and grew it into a premier provider of technology enabled services and software to the Utility, Energy and Chemicals industries. Prior to Nexant, Mr. Sarandah was a principal vice president of Bechtel Group, Inc., and general manager of Bechtel's Technology and Consulting (BTeC) unit and Bechtel Software, Inc (BSI). During his tenure, BTeC emerged as a leading provider of technology commercialization and consulting services, and BSI became a leading developer of engineering and work-process software products. Mr. Sarandah started his career as a strategy analyst at the Institute of Asian Pacific Studies and as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little in San Francisco. He has an MBA from San Francisco State University and an MA in economics and BS in physics from the University of San Francisco.

John Gustafson

CEO, Nexant

Mr. Gustafson is a recognized leader in the Utility and Energy Industry who has consistently delivered transformative growth in previous roles building businesses up to $500M in revenue. Mr. Gustafson has experience leading all aspects of strategy, operations, delivery, and sales and marketing.  He brings a strong customer centric focus to creating growth and developing and delivering solutions to meet industry needs. He has significant experience in building a strong ecosystem of key strategic partners, advisors, and analysts to build awareness and drive growth in the market. He has worked closely with partners such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, IBM, GE, ABB, and other leading solution providers as well as leading advisors and analysts such as ISG, Everest, HfS, Avasant, IDC, Gartner, Ovum, and others. Prior to joining Nexant, Mr. Gustafson led the Energy and Utility Business Unit at Cognizant and has held similar leadership roles at other leading Professional Service and Solution Providers. Mr. Gustafson holds a BS in Industrial Management and an MS in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. 

Brian Frank

Former Vice President, Global Sales Operations, LinkedIn

Brian Frank was one of the principal architects of the LinkedIn Sales Organization, helping grow revenues from $75M to over $6B during a 10 year period. During that time, Brian was responsible for the leadership of multiple diverse organizations with a cumulative size of over 1300 professionals, ranging from Sales Strategy, Sales Enablement, Sales Development, New Hire Graduate Programs, Lead Generation, Advertising Operations, Channels and Partners, Events and EBC, Sales Systems and Tools, Insights and Analytics, and Sales Operations. In addition, Brian helped launch the LinkedIn Sales Solutions line of business in 2012---one of the fastest growing SAAS businesses of all time.

Prior to LinkedIn, Mr. Frank spent ten years at Ariba, an enterprise software company and one of the most successful companies from the dot.com era. Mr. Frank began his career at Ariba as Associate General Counsel, managing teams of lawyers working on commercial and strategic transactions. Over his tenure, he led functions ranging from Alliances and Business Development to Real Estate and Facilities, and 2005 was promoted to Regional Chief Financial Officer of the Americas Business Unit. Subsequently, Mr. Frank took on the role of General Manager, Contract Management Solutions, navigating the successful launching a new line of business within the large company.

In addition, Mr. Frank founded the Juniper Fund, a Real Estate Investment Corporation, which had a successful liquidation in 2015 resulting in ARR of over 20%. Mr. Frank is also on the advisory boards of several prominent technology companies, including DocuSign (eSignature), Bluejeans (video conferencing), and Reali (consumer real estate). Mr. Frank holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, magna cum laude, and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, holding the distinctions of both Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in California.

John Hamm

Founding Partner, Soda Rock Partners

John Hamm has a diverse background as a technology CEO, a venture investor, and a leadership coach/advisor and Board member. He has been an investor and Board member at Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD), Ironport (acquired by Cisco), SiliconStor (acquired by LSI Logic), Documentum (acquired by EMC), Truveo (acquired by AOL), and Webify (acquired by IBM). John has excelled in senior leadership/operating roles at several high-growth companies, including Whistle Communications, where he served four years as president and CEO. He held several executive positions at Western Digital in the U.S. and Europe.  John is also an established writer and contributor on leadership, including his popular leadership book, "Unusually Excellent." John has been published in Fast Company, Business 2.0, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, and The WSJ.

Preston R. Miller

Partner, The Tremont Group

Preston Miller is a founding partner of The Tremont Group, a private investment and strategic advisory firm specializing in energy and the environment. Previously, he was a founding partner of The Beacon Group, a private equity and advisory partnership which was acquired by the Chase Manhattan Corporation in 2000 (now J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.). He was also a partner and co-head of The Beacon Group Energy Funds (an affiliate of J.P. Morgan Partners) which holds a portfolio of investments in companies throughout the energy industry, from upstream to power generation and energy technology. Prior to the formation of The Beacon Group, Mr. Miller spent 14 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was a Vice President in the Structured Finance Group with global responsibility for the independent power industry, asset-backed power generation, and oil and gas financing.

Gregory J. Rossman

General Partner, Oak Investment Partners

Greg J. Rossmann joined Oak Investment Partners in 2016.  Greg focuses on investments in hardware, complex software, defense, and energy related companies. Prior to joining OAK, Greg was the Senior Managing Director at GJR Capital Management, a firm focusing on public market investments in companies requiring operational, structural, or financial improvement. Prior to GJR Capital, Greg was a Managing Director with the Carlyle Growth Buyout fund, executing mid-market buyout transactions and Growth Equity investments in operating companies. Before joining Carlyle Greg was with Pequot Capital, where he focused on growth equity investments in information technology companies. Previously, Greg was a Managing Director at Broadview International where he managed the firm's global merger and acquisition practice in Hardware, Semiconductor, and Communications Equipment.  Greg holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of NETGEAR (NTGR), Sleep Science Partner, and Nexant.

Jim Steele

President & Chief Revenue Officer, Yext

Jim Steele serves as Yext’s Chief Revenue Officer and President. Previously he served as President and Chief Revenue Officer of InsideSales.com, the industry’s first AI-powered predictive sales acceleration platform. Prior to joining InsideSales, Steele served at Salesforce for 12 years as Chief Customer Officer and President of Worldwide Sales and Operations where he helped grow the company from $25 million to more than $5 billion in revenue. Steele brings more than 35 years of business experience with some of the B2B tech sector’s biggest players, including Ariba and IBM. Steele holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.

Paul Unruh

Senior Advisor, TeleSoft Partners

Paul Unruh has more than 30 years of senior level professional experience in accounting, finance, and management. He is the former vice chairman of Bechtel Group, Inc., where he also served as manager of financial systems development, treasurer, and controller. While president of Bechtel Enterprises, he was responsible for investments in internet infrastructure and privatized power, airports, water, rail, and telecommunications. Mr. Unruh currently serves on the boards of Knowledge Adventure, HomeStore, Symantec, Genuity, and InterGen N.V.