Gordon Stitt

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Gordon L. Stitt is an American network technology business executive.


Stitt holds a BSEE/BSCS from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked in corporate marketing at Sun Microsystems and was director of marketing and sales at Ven-Tel.[1]

Stitt co-founded Network Peripherals in 1989 and served first as its vice president of marketing, and then as vice president and general manager of the OEM business unit. Network Peripherals was the largest vendor of the Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) technology while it was popular in the 1990s.[2] In 1996, he co-founded Extreme Networks, and served as chief executive officer until 2006 (but continued as chairman of the board of directors). He said the company name referred to extreme skiing.[3] In 2001, Stitt was a national finalists and award recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award.[4]

Mark Canepa became CEO of Extreme in August 2006.[5] In June 2007 he joined the board of directors of Barracuda Networks.[1] In July 2009 he returned to Extreme Networks for a temporary market development role.[6] He was on the board of directors of RGB Networks through 2013,[7] and the board of directors of Skyfire from 2006 to 2014.[8] In 2013 he became chief executive at Nebula.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Gordon L. Stitt". Board of Directors web bio. Barracuda Networks. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  2. ^ FDDI Equipment Vendor Views. p. 6. Republished in White Papers on: FDDI Over Copper Wire by Information Gatekeepers Inc.
  3. ^ "CEO Spotlight: Gordon Stitt". Norwest Venture Partners. 2004. Archived from the original on April 16, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Entrepreneur of The Year 2001." Entrepreneur of the Year Institute 1.6073 (2001): pg 33. Ernst & Young, Fall 2001. Web. <http://kcreativeonline.com/portfolio/2001EOYmagazine.pdf>.
  5. ^ "Extreme Networks names CEO". Silicon Valley Business Journal. August 30, 2006. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "People On the Move". Silicon Valley Business Journal. July 27, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "RGB Board of Directors". Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Termination of appointment of director of an overseas company". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  9. ^ Jordan Novet (September 13, 2013). "Nebula founder steps aside as company hires new CEO Gordon Stitt". Venture Beat. Retrieved September 4, 2016.