Abdus Salam Qureishi
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Qureishi is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and former CEO of the Company from July 2011 to September 2011. He was also the CEO and founder of the predecessor of Sysorex. Mr. Qureishi launched Sysorex Information Systems (SIS) in 1972 establishing the company as a major force in the international computer industry. In less than four years he brought the company to prominence with offices in key cities and clients worldwide. SIS became one of the leading providers of information technology solutions to U.S. Federal Government customers worldwide. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, SIS was awarded and successfully managed multi-year multi-million dollar contracts, before being sold to the Vanstar Corporation in 1997. Qureishi is a veteran of the IT industry and has been as an investor in cutting edge technologies in Silicon Valley since the 1970’s. He is the father-in-law of Nadir Ali, the Company’s CEO.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Nadir Ali was elected CEO and a Director of the Company in September 2011. Prior thereto, from 2001, he served as President of Sysorex Consulting and its subsidiaries. As CEO of the Company, Nadir is responsible for establishing the vision, strategic intent, and the operational aspects of Sysorex. Nadir works with the Sysorex executive team to deliver both operational and strategic leadership and has over 15 years of experience in the consulting and high tech industries. Prior to joining Sysorex, from 1998-2001, Nadir was the co-founder and Managing Director of Tira Capital, an early stage technology fund. Immediately prior thereto, Nadir served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Isadra, Inc., an e-commerce software start-up. Nadir led the company’s capital raising efforts and its eventual sale to VerticalNet. From 1995 through 1998, Nadir was Vice President of Strategic Programs at Sysorex Information Systems (acquired by Vanstar Government Systems in 1997) a leading computer systems integrator. Nadir played a key operations role and was responsible for implementing and managing the company’s $1 billion plus in multi-year contracts. He worked closely with the investment bankers on the sale of Sysorex Information Systems to Vanstar in 1997. This started Mr. Ali’s mergers and acquisitions experience which was enhanced with additional M&A activity totaling $150 million which experience is critical and relevant to Sysorex’s strategy today. Mr. Ali’s extensive experience in Sysorex’ core Government business, as well as extensive contacts and relationships in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. were further considered by the Company in appointing Nadir to the Board of Directors. From 1989 to 1994 he was a management consultant, first with Deloitte & Touche LLC in San Francisco and then independently. Nadir received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Mr. Ali is the son-in-law of Abdus Salam Qureishi, the Company’s Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Lilien is CEO of Lilien Systems and became a member of the Board upon the Company’s acquisition of Lilien on March 20, 2013. Prior thereto, he held the position of Chairman and CEO with Lilien since 1984, when he founded the Company. He has overseen Lilien’s growth from his being the only employee to having five offices in four states with over 50 employees. Geoffrey’s leadership in the reseller community includes his participation on HP Enterprise Council and Avnet Executive Partner Council, and he is regularly quoted in CRN and other trade press. In 2009, he received the VAR 500 Best Partnership Award recognizing nearly two decades of successful partnering with Hewlett-Packard. Geoffrey has a B.S. in Applied Science and Business from the University of San Francisco.
Leonard A. Oppenheim
Mr. Oppenheim has served as a director of the Company since July 29, 2011. Mr. Oppenheim retired from business in 2001 and has since been active as a private investor. From 1999 to 2001, he was a partner in Faxon Research, a company offering independent research to professional investors. From 1983 to 1999, Mr. Oppenheim was a principal in the Investment Banking and Institutional Sales division of Montgomery Securities. Prior to that, he was a practicing attorney. Mr. Oppenheim is a graduate of New York University Law School. Mr. Oppenheim served on the Board of Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: APRI), a publicly held bioscience company, from June 2005 to May 2014. Mr. Oppenheim’s public company board experience is essential to the Company.
Tanveer A. Khader
Mr. Khader has served as a director of the Company since July 8, 2014. Since 2010, Mr. Khader has been the Executive Vice President of Systat Software Inc., a company offering scientific software products for statisticians and researchers. Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice President from 2008-2010, Vice President from 2004-2008, and General Manager from 2002-2004. Mr. Khader holds a BE in Engineering from Bangalore University and a degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s Commerce College. Mr. Khader’s extensive experience with software development, data analytics and strategic planning give him the qualifications and skills to serve as a director of our Company.
Kareem M. Irfan
Mr. Irfan has served as a director of the Company since July 8, 2014. Since 2011, Mr. Irfan has been the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of Cranes Software International, a company offering data analytics and engineering simulation software. From 2005 until 2011, he was General Counsel at Schneider Electric, a company which specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and production of installation components for energy management. Mr. Irfan is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, holds a MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a BS in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University.
Thomas L. Steding
Mr. Steding has served as a director of the Company since July 8, 2014. From April 2011 until March 2013, Mr. Steding was the Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Photonics, a company which offers high performance optoelectronic solutions for harsh environments. From November 2008 until July 2010, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Red Condor, Inc., a managed service provider of email security systems for businesses, government agencies, and education and service providers. Prior to that, Mr. Steding was the Chief Executive Officer of numerous companies, including Liquid Engines, Inc., a tax software company, Stion Corp., a solar photovoltaic company, and Astoria Software, Inc., a complex document management company. Since 2006, Mr. Steding has served as Chairman of the Board for Linguastat, Inc., a company which provides a variety of services related to businesses’ product descriptions and other rich content for the web, mobile and tablet channels. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, California, and a MS in Management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California. He also holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.