Board of Directors
The Saba Board of Directors shares its expertise and experience with the management team as Saba strives to attain our vision of making continuous, personalized learning a reality for business professionals in every extended enterprise around the world.
Bill Russell is the Non-executive Chairman of Saba's Board of Directors. Mr. Russell brings more than 30 years in enterprise technology experience and expertise to the Saba Board. He has held several prestigious board positions at both public and private companies over the last nine years including Cognos, webMethods and other Global 2000 organizations. He has also served in a number of executive management roles in a 23-year career at Hewlett-Packard, including the leadership of HP's multi-billion dollar Enterprise Systems Group, its Software Solutions Group, and its Global Alliances Organization.
Mike Abbott is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures.
Mike led the building of innovative, high-performance applications and services at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before he joined KPCB. Formerly the vice president of engineering at Twitter, Mike led the team to rebuild and solidify Twitter’s infrastructure, growing the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than a year and a half and scaling Twitter’s architecture to support 250 million daily tweets. Before joining Twitter, Mike led the software development team at Palm that created HP/Palm’s next-generation webOS platform. Earlier in his career, Mike was the general manager at Microsoft for .NET online services, which became Azure. He was also co-founder of Passenger Inc. Mike has advised and invested in numerous software companies throughout his career, including Cloudera, Hearsay Labs, Jawbone and Saynow.
Nora Denzel has been on Saba's Board of Directors since September, 2011. Ms. Denzel has over 25 years in high technology with her last position as Senior Vice President Big Data, Marketing and Social product design at Intuit Inc., a provider of cloud financial management software. In this role she led the company's big data, social design initiatives, and the central marketing organization. Previously, Ms. Denzel served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intuit's Employee Management Solutions Business which includes cloud Payroll Services for small businesses. Prior to her experiences at Intuit, Denzel served as the Senior Vice President of Software at HP, Senior Vice President of Operations at Legato Systems (now EMC), and held several engineering, marketing and executive positions at IBM. She also serves on the board of Coinstar.
Michael Fawkes has been a Director of Saba since July 2011. Mr Fawkes also serves as the Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. In addition to serving on the board of Saba, Mr Fawkes is a director at several private companies including Ekso Bionics, Alphabet Energy, Fulham Lighting and Systech International. From 2008 through 2012, he served as an Operating Partner with Vantage Point Capital Partners. While at Vantage Point, he represented the firm on the boards of several companies including Tesla Motors, Klipsch Audio and others. From 1979 through 2007, Michael served in various executive roles in Operations and Finance at HP, including Senior Vice President of Operations for HP's Imaging and Printing Group (IPG). He was also responsible for leading HP's worldwide consumer support, environmental responsibility, supply chain and global logistics functions. Prior to joining HP, Mr Fawkes was a CPA with Arthur Andersen.
William M. Klein has been a Director of Saba since September 2009. Mr. Klein served as Chief Financial Officer of BEA Systems, Inc., a world leader in enterprise application and service infrastructure software, from January 2000 to February 2005 and was in charge of Corporate Development for the company from February 2005 until it was acquired by Oracle Corporation in April 2008. Prior to joining BEA Systems, Mr. Klein held senior management positions with Hewlett-Packard Company from 1986 to 2000 including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Inkjet Imaging business. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Klein was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Klein holds a B.S. in accounting from California State University, Chico and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Klein is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Saba’s Board of Directors. Mr. Klein’s service as both the chief financial officer and vice president of corporate development of a publicly traded, high growth software company has given him expertise in planning, operations, mergers and acquisitions, compliance and finance matters. As a result, Mr. Klein brings to the Board of Directors invaluable financial, business and management expertise.
William N. MacGowan
William N. MacGowan has been a Director of Saba since September 22, 2009. Mr. MacGowan has served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Communication, Newmont Mining since February 2010. Prior to that time, Mr. MacGowan was Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President of People and Places of Sun Microsystems, Inc. ("Sun") since April 2006. He joined Sun in May 2000 and, prior to his appointment to his current position, he served in various executive and senior management human resources positions, including Senior Vice President, Human Resources, from April 2004 to April 2006, Vice President, Human Resources, Global Centers of Expertise, from May 2003 to April 2004, Vice President, Human Resources, Systems, Storage and Operations, from May 2002 to May 2003 and Vice President, Human Resources, Enterprise Services, from May 2000 to May 2002. Prior to joining Sun, Mr. MacGowan held executive and senior management human resources positions at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Allergan, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College.
Dow R. Wilson
Dow R. Wilson has been a Director of Saba since August 2006. Mr. Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Varian Medical Systems, a +$3B in sales NYSE listed medical device manufacturer that designs and manufactures advanced equipment and software products for treating cancer with radiation as well as imaging components used in imaging and security applications. Mr. Wilson joined Varian in 2005, following a 19-year career with General Electric in a variety of senior management positions in both the United States and Europe. Mr. Wilson served as CEO for GE Healthcare-Information and Patient Monitoring Technologies, as well as Global General Manager for a number of GE's imaging businesses, including, X-ray, Functional Imaging and Computed Tomography. He also ran GE's Lexan Sheet business in Europe. Mr. Wilson holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.