The Management Team, Board of Directors and Advisors are a diverse group of highly experienced industry professionals with significant domain expertise: video processing, embedded systems development, data storage technology, internet technologies, manufacturing, consumer electronics and the entertainment industry. Several have previously worked together in other companies and have existing relationships with key partners. Rounding off this stellar team is a very connected and supportive Advisory Board and Board of Directors.

Management Team

  • Frank P. Paniagua, Jr., CEO and Chairman
  • Paul Panepinto, EVP Sales and Marketing
  • Kevin Jones PhD, Chief Scientist

Board of Directors

  • Frank Paniagua, Jr. CEO and Chairman
  • Hossein Yassaie PhD, Board Member
  • Greg Robinson, Board Member
  • Harold Mackenzie, Board Member

Board of Advisors

  • Jon Rubinstein, Senior Vice President of the Mobile Graphics Group at Hewlett Packard
  • Dan Vivoli, CMO NVIDIA
  • Harold MacKenzie, Cofounder, NetZero
  • Stacy Haitsuka, Cofounder, NetZero
  • Robert Rodriguez, Former Special Agent in Charge United States Secret Service

Green Plug Management Team

Frank P. Paniagua, Jr., CEO and Chairman
Frank has spent his entire career involved in start-ups. Frank was the co-founder of the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) and was Vice President of Worldwide OEM Sales at RasterOps and VideoLogic (both companies executed successful IPO's), founder of KidWise LearningWare, co-founder of Eskape Labs and AutoNetworks and the president of IXMICRO. (EskapeLabs, IXMICRO and AutoNetworks were acquired.) Frank has a history of success including 23+ years of "solution selling" into the industry's most respected PC and consumer electronics manufacturers (Apple, Compaq, Digital Equipment, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Sun and Sony). Frank's expertise is building and growing new ventures into successful companies. Frank's last tenure was as a partner for Trusted Strategies, an IT Security consulting firm. Frank holds a BA degree in Communications from California State University Hayward.

Paul Panepinto, EVP Sales and Marketing
Panepinto oversees Green Plug’s sales and marketing activities and is active in industry-wide efforts to standardize DC power adapters. With more than two decades of experience working with standards organizations and competing governmental, technology and manufacturing interests to bring positive change to the marketplace, Paul has the background required to lead this important initiative. Prior to joining Green Plug in 2006, Panepinto was chief executive officer of Novatix, a security technology start-up. He also has held positions during his career as director of alliances for Verity, and as vice president of Sales for Black Pearl Software and Lynx Real-time Systems. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a degree in computer science.

Kevin Jones, PhD, Chief Scientist
Kevin has more than 25 years of experience in building and validating complex hardware and software systems. For the last 15 years, he was with Rambus in various management and engineering roles. Most recently, he was Director of Engineering, leading R&D groups developing novel ways to design and validate systems built of digital and analog components. Previously, he managed a number of groups, including those responsible for the verification and delivery of Rambus' IP to partner companies. Prior to Rambus, Kevin held various R&D positions in both industry and academia in the US and the UK, working in the areas of hardware verification, formal methods and software engineering. Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Manchester, a M.Sc. in Computation from Oxford University and a B.Sc. from Reading.

Green Plug Board of Directors

Frank P. Paniagua, Jr., CEO and Chairman
See Management Team Bio above.

Hossein Yassaie, PhD, CEO Imgagination Technologies, Board Member
After attaining his PhD, Hossein was a research fellow at the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining Imagination Technologies in February 1992, he was with STMicroelectronics and Inmos for eight years, where he set up and managed the DSP and digital video developments. Ultimately, he became responsible for the system divisions, including research and development, manufacturing and marketing. Hossein joined the board in 1995. Hossein was Technical Director at Imagination Technologies before becoming Chief Executive Officer in June 1998.

Greg Robinson, Partner Peninsula Ventures, Board Member
Greg Robinson has more than a decade of operating and venture capital experience. Prior to Peninsula, Greg co-founded and was Chief Operating Officer of Cogent Technologies, which was acquired by BrightStar. Greg holds a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Chinese from Arizona State University.

Harold MacKenzie, Partner Westlake Venture Partners, Board Member
Harold MacKenzie is a Partner at Westlake Venture Partners, L.P., where he analyzed investment opportunities and helped portfolio companies with strategy, PR, marketing, management advice, financial modeling and raising capital. Prior to starting Westlake Venture Partners, Mr. MacKenzie was a founder of NetZero (NASDAQ: UNTD) where he served as Vice President of Software Development. Mr. MacKenzie oversaw the rapid development of products, technical architecture and the formation of highly talented engineering teams that enabled NetZero to become one of the fastest growing ISPs. Before NetZero, Mr. MacKenzie was a Partner at Impact Software, a boutique consulting firm that provides off-shore and on-shore software development services to Fortune 500 companies, and was also a Sr. Consultant in a specialized technology group at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Mr. MacKenzie began his career as a software engineer at Seiko Instruments Inc, in the Applied R&D group of their Robotics Division, where he helped to develop a next-generation manufacturing robot controller. Mr. MacKenzie is named on 7 technology patents.

Green Plug Board of Advisors

Jon Rubinstein, Senior Vice President of the Mobile Graphics Group at Hewlett Packard
As CEO and Chairman of Palm, Inc., Jon was the driving force who executed the successful sale of Palm to Hewlett Packard. Jon is now the Senior Vice President of the Mobile Graphics Group at Hewlett Packard chartered with inspiring HP to “Invent” the best in class mobile products available. As Apple's former senior vice president of hardware engineering, Jon Rubinstein, joined Apple in 1997 in tandem with the return of CEO Steve Jobs. Rubinstein is a true hardware visionary that introduced such classics as the flat-panel iMac, the Power Mac G5 and the iPod. Rubinstein has more than 25 years of industry experience. He designed HP's 9000 series and 300 family of workstations and also worked on HP's 9836 design team. Later, he worked with Jobs at NeXT Computer, directing product development. Before joining Apple in 1997, he was executive vice president and COO of FirePower Systems. He has been elected to serve as a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a senior member of the IEEE. Rubinstein received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University and earned a M.S. in computer science from Colorado State University. Rubinstein retired from Apple in April of 2006.

Dan Vivoli, CMO, NVIDIA
Dan Vivoli is Chief Marketing Officer at NVIDIA and is in charge of NVIDIA's GPU businesses, Corporate and Strategic Marketing, and Developer Engagement. From October 1988 to December 1997, Mr. Vivoli held various positions at Silicon Graphics, Inc., and was Vice President of Marketing there before joining NVIDIA in 1997 as Vice President of Product Marketing. From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Vivoli held various marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard Company. Mr. Vivoli holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Stacy Haitsuka, Partner, Westlake Venture Partners, Co-founder, NetZero
Stacy Haitsuka is an entrepreneur and technologist with 15+ years of experience. From March 2005 to October 2006, Mr. Haitsuka was the CIO for Jambo, Inc., a provider of pay-per-call, click-to-call and conference calling services. From August 2001 to July 2002, Haitsuka was a co-founder and SVP of Layer2Networks, Inc. From 1997 to July 2001, Haitsuka was a co-founder of NetZero where he served as Senior Vice President of Technology. During his tenure there, he also served as Chief Technology Officer and as a member of the board of directors. Immediately prior to starting NetZero, he was vice president of IMPACT Software, a software consulting company that he co-founded. Haitsuka has extensive experience creating technology strategies for Fortune 500 companies and large, enterprise-level IT departments, including Southern California Gas Company (Sempra Energy), IBM, Security Pacific Bank (Bank of America), and AirTouch (Verizon). Haitsuka is an inventor on several issued and pending patents related to the Internet and advertising. Haitsuka received his B.S. in computer science from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Robert D. Rodriguez, Former Special Agent in Charge United States Secret Service
Robert D. Rodriguez spent over twenty-two years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During this tenure he held a number of leadership roles with Executive Protection, Protective Intelligence, Team Leader on the Presidential Protective Detail Counter Assault Team and Criminal Investigations. He has had significant success in bringing subject matter experts together to operationally achieve common goals. His 36,000 hours of executive protection experience include 11 years at the White House serving Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle and numerous Heads of State. These assignments led to extensive international travel to over 60 countries with broad experience at both the tactical and strategic levels in executive leadership roles. He has completed over 1,000 physical security assessments of both public and private structures to include; The White House, The Naval Observatory (Vice President's Residence) and large and small venues, both domestically and internationally. His protective and investigative responsibilities led to extensive experience in the strategic deployment of programs, critical problem solving and analytical assessments of vulnerabilities, risks and threats. For the last two and a half years of his career, Mr. Rodriguez managed Secret Service operations for the Northern District of California and spearheaded the development of the Secret Service's public-private partnership initiative in the Bay Area. He was at the forefront of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) effort to establish partnerships with key government, public, private and international stakeholders to create an environment that enables them to better protect their critical infrastructures.