Pavilion brings together experienced technology professionals with expertise in storage system architecture, network switch design, dense micro-server architectures, and solid state storage technology to deliver a ground-breaking storage system design that is purpose-built to take advantage of memory-class media available both today and in the future.




Gurpreet Singh


Gurpreet has over 20 years of broad cross-functional leadership experience in the technology industry in roles ranging from strategic business planning and management, business development, product development, management and marketing.

Gurpreet was the first Product Manager on board at Pure Storage as the company went from near zero revenue to more than $500 million in annual revenues during the three and half years that he was there. During his time there, he built out the product management and technical marketing functions at Pure Storage and was responsible for overall Product Strategy, Roadmap and Core Positioning, Strategic Business Planning, Business Models and GTM Programs amongst other things.

Prior to that he has served in various capacities at companies like Riverbed, Brocade, Microsoft and Cisco amongst others.

Gurpreet holds a MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and an MSEE from UCLA.


Dan Heydenfeldt

VP of Global Sales

With 28 years building high performing sales, marketing, consulting and product delivery teams, Dan Heydenfeldt has held leadership roles at Pure Storage, Gartner, Symantec, Limelight Networks and others.

Prior to Pavilion, Dan served as VP Global Field Operations at Pure Storage as the company grew from $70M to over $650M in sales over 3 years and a successful IPO in Oct 2015. During his time there, he scaled Sales Operations globally, built out global Inside Sales and was responsible for Field Training and Enablement, amongst other responsibilities.

Prior to Pure Storage, Dan served as Vice President, North American Solutions at Gartner, and played a key role in scaling the organization from $250M to nearly $1B in sales. Dan developed his sales expertise early in his career at Xerox where he was responsible for district sales operations, and training. Dan also served as GVP Sales at Limelight Networks, CMO for The Hackett Group, VP Americas Professional Services for Symantec, and President of Nextiva, an emerging VoIP service provider based in Arizona.


Kiran Malwankar

Founder and VP of Hardware Engineering

Kiran Malwankar is the Founder of Pavilion Data Systems and brings extensive experience in
flash memory systems, PCI express architectures, as well as storage area networking. Prior to
Pavilion Data, Kiran was Director of Hardware Engineering at Violin Memory, where he led the
team responsible for the development of Violin’s next-generation flash controller
architecture. Prior to Violin, Kiran led the hardware engineering team at Aprius, a provider of
PCIe-based I/O virtualization systems which was acquired by FusionIO. Kiran was also part of
the founding team of Andiamo, a spin-off that Cisco created to disrupt the storage
networking market, and also held senior engineering roles at Nishan Systems, Stoke, and

Kiran holds a degree in MSEE from IIT Bombay (now Mumbai).


VR Satish

Chief Technical Officer

VR Satish is the Chief Technology Officer at Pavilion Data Systems and brings more than 20
years of experience in enterprise storage software products. Prior to joining Pavilion Data, he
was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Artiman Ventures. Satish was an early employee of
Veritas and later served as the Vice President and the Chief Technology Officer for the
Information & Availability Group at Symantec Corporation prior to joining Artiman. His
current areas of interest include distributed computing, information-centric storage
architectures and virtualization. Satish holds multiple patents in storage management, and
earned his Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Florida.


Sundar Kanthadai

Founder and VP of Software Engineering

Sundar is the Co-founder of Pavilion Data Systems and brings more than 15 years of
enterprise data center and software development expertise to the company. Prior to Pavilion
Data, he was a founding engineer and Director of Engineering at SeaMicro (AMD) where he
led the software development of the industry leading converged appliance products
SM10000 and SM15000. Prior to SeaMicro, he held key engineering positions at successful
startups Aruba Wireless Networks & ONI Systems.

He holds a MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and a
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Trichy.


Jeff Sosa

Head of Products

Jeff is in charge of Product Marketing and Management at Pavilion Data Systems, and brings
over a decade of enterprise storage product experience to Pavilion. Jeff comes from Western
Digital, where he ran the HGST PCIe/NVMe SSD business. In this role, along with his prior
roles at Virident (Western Digital) and Fusion-io, Jeff focused on low latency storage products
that powered some of the largest scale-out database deployments in the world. Jeff also
held Senior Product Management and Marketing roles at DataDomain (EMC), PathScale
(QLogic), NetApp, and Brocade. Jeff spent many years in engineering prior to transitioning
to Marketing, including eleven years at Tandem Computers (HP NonStop).

He has a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Engineering from the California State
University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.