ABOUT US Advisory Board

Glenn P. Lim
Vice President
Oracle Corporation

Glenn Lim is the vice president of Oracle On Demand for Oracle Corporation. Now well into his second decade with Oracle Corporation, Mr. Lim brings in depth industry and product knowledge along with countless customer experiences to Oracle's On Demand business. Over the past two years he has contributed to the definition and execution of Oracle's On Demand strategy, primarily focused on business development and the implementation of a global partner model. During his tenure with Oracle, Mr. Lim has been involved with the introduction of many of Oracle's technology products and applications and has contributed directly to the Company's growth and industry leadership.

Prior to his appointment to Oracle On Demand, Mr. Lim was responsible for Oracle Alliances where he managed partner strategies, programs and relationships on a global basis. Mr. Lim has also held various management positions in the areas of product management, Oracle Consulting, field sales, and sales consulting where he was recognized as Oracle's Sales Consultant of the year for the Vertical Sales Division in 1991. Mr. Lim is also a frequent speaker at numerous industry conferences and has been broadly interviewed, quoted, and cited in the technical, popular, and business media.

Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Lim held various positions in the technology and financial services sectors and currently serves on numerous advisory boards throughout the technology industry.

William Ryan
Founding Partner

When Steve Jobs re-took Apple's helm, he called on Bill Ryan and his team to manage Apple's turnaround and to launch the iMac. When two Internet entrepreneurs at Stanford with a little-known enterprise called Yahoo! wanted to burst onto the national scene, they too turned to Ryan.

For more than 20 years, Ryan continues to create, shape and evangelize breakthrough ideas that define market landscapes and drive demand. Executives seek out Ryan as a strategic catalyst to:

  • Help clarify their vision and strategy;
  • Out-maneuver competitors;
  • Re-craft their company's story;
  • Transform their market presence.

Today, Ryan is among a handful of global strategists with a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Market-entry strategies for building brand presence and operations in China;
  • Technologies, applications and services driving Fortune Global 500 IT;
  • Digital technologies shaping consumer experience, communications and the media.

Ryan's firm, MANDALA, helps Executive Teams:

  • Achieve breakthroughs by thinking through critical issues in unique, unconventional ways;
  • Align corporate vision and strategy with the core story driving the business - enabling their company to communicate with employees, customers, regulators, and influencers in ways that are compelling, concise an credible;
  • Achieve competitive advantage by redefining market criteria, dynamics and positioning;
  • Develop brand strategies for marketing products/services in China.

In their role as strategic catalysts for startups through multi-national corporations, MANDADLA maintains a proactive, hands-on work style - keeping in daily contact with clients and their markets.

A true industry insider, Ryan sits on the Boards of several companies and foundations, such as Craigslist Foundation. He regularly writes for international marketing publications and is working on several books on his unique Mandala MethodT approach to consulting, including: Marketectures: Business Pictures That Tell a Thousand Words, Architecture of Identity and Mastering the Art of Business Prevention: A User's Guide for Driving Your Company Out of Business - segments of which will soon be available at www.mandala-vss.com/pov.htm.

In his free time, Ryan collects contemporary art with little concern for available wall space, loves landscape design and horticulture, studies yoga and the martial arts, listens to jazz and electronica, enjoys anything Asian and regrets not being able to squeeze more movies into Web time.

Michael Dunn
Vice President
Hearst Interactive Media

Michael Dunn joined Hearst Interactive Media as a vice president in July 2003.

Previously, he was chief technology officer and executive vice president of Encoda Systems, Inc., a global supplier of sales, traffic, programming and financial systems for the broadcast industry.

Dunn brings to Hearst Interactive Media a wealth of experience in real world technology and product development. He has held senior positions with major companies in media and entertainment, advertising, and computer industries. In his current role, Dunn directs many of Hearst Interactive Media’s efforts to support and lead technology-driven corporate operational improvement initiatives. In addition, he is actively involved in Hearst’s strategic investment activity—identifying new investment opportunities and supporting the companies within the Hearst portfolio.

Prior to his role at Encoda Systems, Inc., Dunn served as corporate chief technology officer for Time Warner Inc. While at Time Warner, he held both operational and strategic responsibilities, providing enterprise-wide leadership for technology research and development, architecture and infrastructure design. Dunn was also the lead technologist for Time Warner Digital Media’s Investment Fund, overseeing the technical due diligence of prospective companies.

Dunn started his career in development, moved into IT management, and has since spent most of the last decade in CTO-type roles, where he has focused primarily on bridging business and technology objectives. Prior to his service with Time Warner, he was chief technology officer of Dell Computer Corporation’s online unit. In that role, Dunn had global responsibility for Internet and Web technologies, investment governance, day-to-day site operations management, architecture and partnerships. Before joining Dell, he held chief Internet and IT technologist positions at Americast, a closely held joint venture of Walt Disney Co. and several other companies focused on broadband interactive TV and Internet access, and at True North Communications, a global advertising agency. Earlier in his career, Dunn worked at Turner Broadcasting, where he was responsible for technology efforts on the West Coast and in the Asia-Pacific region.

He serves on the advisory boards of the Internet Capital Group, a global business-to-business-focused company, and Advisen, an insurance industry information portal. In addition, Dunn is one of the founding members of InfoWorld’s CTO Advisory Council.

Susan Kane
Vice President, Product Marketing of Financial Management Solutions

As Vice President of Product Marketing for PeopleSoft's Financial Management Solutions, Susan is responsible for crafting the go to market strategy and creating a leadership position for PeopleSoft's financial management products. Prior to joining PeopleSoft, Susan was Sr. VP of Alliances and Marketing for Alphablox, a visionary player in the integrated analytics application space. She has over eighteen years of experience in product management, strategy and marketing with financial, operational and enterprise application software providers, including Oracle and Baan. Susan holds an A.B. degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A from the Haas School at UC. Berkeley.

Kevin Chao
Vice President of Engineering

Kevin Chao, co-founder of Datasweep, serves as the company's vice president of Engineering. Chao is responsible for research and development and engineering services including quality assurance, publications and computer operations. Chao manages the development of all Datasweep technology and develops the strategy for all Datasweep products.

Prior to Datasweep, Chao served as director of Engineering for KLA-Tencor Corporation. In this position Chao was responsible for the database architecture across all analysis products in the yield analysis business unit. Chao directed all aspects of application development and prototyping of data warehousing technologies, including the design of a multi-tiered Oracle data warehouse with Web-based interfaces.

Prior to his work at KLA-Tencor Corporation, Chao spent five years with EnaTec Software Systems as an engineering manager before moving into the director of Engineering position in 1995 when EnaTec merged with Wonderware Corporation. While at Wonderware, Chao directed all planning and execution of the engineering organization. Chao's career began with IBM as a lead programmer before joining Measurex Automation Systems as its technical manager.

Chao received his B.S. in Computer Science from Chico State University and attended the Executive Education Program at Stanford Business School.