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New President and Appointments to 2016 Board of Directors Announced by SCSI Trade Association

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Rick Kutcipal of Broadcom assumes role of President to oversee data storage standards organization dedicated to promoting SCSI technology

SAN FRANCISCO, February 24, 2016 — Coinciding with the consolidations and changes in the storage industry, the SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, today announced a new President and a new officer along with three new members to its Board of Directors for 2016.

“The board would like to thank former President Marty Czekalski for his decades of service, technical expertise and dedication,” said Kutcipal. “We also extend a warm welcome to our new board members and look forward to working with them to vigorously promote SAS as the proven platform of innovation for storage professionals seeking fast, flexible and reliable data access.”

The STA’s executive officers and board of directors serve in a governance and fiduciary role by representing the interests of the organization’s strategic planning and on-going operations. This translates into topnotch ideas and wisdom that turn into executable programs that benefit all STA members and the storage industry at-large.

The Board elected:

  • Rick Kutcipal, Product Planning, Data Center Storage Group, Broadcom, STA President
  • Mike James, Director, Engineering, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk, STA Secretary

Newly elected Board Members-at-Large include:

  • Mike Miller, Executive Director, Advanced Development, Seagate Technology
  • Jeremiah Tussey, Sr. Product Marketing Manager (Alliances), Scalable Storage Business Unit, Microsemi Corporation
  • Paul Wassenberg, Director, Storage Marketing, Marvell Semiconductor

The following were re-elected to the Board:

  • Vice President: Greg McSorley, Technical Business Development Manager, Amphenol
  • Treasurer: Chet Mercado, Technical Marketing Engineer/Third Party Alliance, HGST, a Western Digital Company
  • Board Member-at-Large: Cameron Brett, Director of SSD Product Marketing, Toshiba America Electronic Components
  • Board Member-at-Large: Gary McCulley, Product Line Manager, Storage Group, Intel Corporation
  • Board Member-at-Large: Jay Neer, Industry Standards Manager, Molex

“In 2015, the industry witnessed dramatic changes and consolidation in the enterprise storage market,” said Michael T. LoBue, executive director, STA. “With change and disruption come fresh perspectives, which is reflected in the 2016 STA board of directors. STA’s leadership will continue to evolve its strategies to ensure that SAS remains the data storage interface of choice as it has for three generations.”

2015 was notable for new 12Gb/s SAS innovations and the continued growth of 12Gb/s SAS products in the marketplace. In addition, planning for the next generation 24Gb/s SAS moved forward with the expectation of commercial devices becoming available in 2018.

“Proven over three generations, SAS provides robust error handling and mechanisms in place within the protocol to protect data from corruption,” said Dennis Martin, Founder and President, Demartek, a computer industry analyst organization. “The capability of SAS to scale to thousands of devices is another one of its many features that makes it attractive as an enterprise-class storage solution.”

The current STA Membership roster:



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ConnPro Industries
FCI Electronics
Foxconn Interconnect
Fujikura Ltd./DDK
Intel Corporation
Marvell Semiconductor
Microsemi Corporation
Samsung Semiconductor
Seagate Technology
TE Connectivity
Teledyne LeCroy
Toshiba America Electronic
UNH (Honorary)
Western Digital
Wieson Technologies

About STA
The SCSI Trade Association (STA) was established in 1996 to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of SCSI to the industry. STA promotes the understanding and use of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology and influences the evolution of SCSI standards to meet future industry needs. The Association has a ten-member Board of Directors, which oversees the Marketing Communications and Technology Committees and all STA activities. For more information, please visit the STA web site at, send an email to or call the STA office at (415) 561-6273.

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