Mark Canepa

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Mark Canepa is an American computer technology executive.


Canepa's educational background includes both a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and he completed the University of Pennsylvania's advanced management program at the Wharton School.

Canepa held several manager positions in Hewlett-Packard from 1992 though 1996, including development and marketing. In 1995 he led HP's new workstation division in Chelmsford, Massachusetts formed after the acquisition of Apollo Computer.[1]

He joined Compaq to lead its newly formed workstation division, in October 1996, but left after only a few weeks.[2]

Canepa joined Sun Microsystems in October 1996. He served in multiple vice president and general manager roles, such as general manager of the workgroup server product group. He became executive vice president in April 2001 of a network storage products group, which became a data management group. His storage group leadership included the acquisition of Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek) in 2005.[3] He left Sun on May 15, 2006 and was replaced by David Yen, in a reorganization by Jonathan I. Schwartz.[4] He joined Extreme Networks as CEO on August 30, 2006.[5]

Canepa resigned as chief executive officer and as director of Extreme Networks on October 22, 2009.[6] He joined the board of directors of GreenButton in September 2011.[7] In 2013 he joined DataDirect Networks, including serving as a vice president.[8]


  1. ^ Jean S. Bozman (May 8, 1995). "HP plans to refresh boxes". Computer World. p. 127. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Constant at Compaq: Exec Exodus". Computer World. October 28, 1996. p. 11. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mark Canepa :: Executive Vice President, Data Management Group". Executive bio. Archived from the original on December 14, 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ashlee Vance (May 15, 2006). "Sun's storage boss offloaded in reorg: Server shuffle too". The Register. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Extreme Networks names CEO". Silicon Valley Business Journal. August 30, 2006. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Extreme Completes Reorganization to Streamline Operations: Bob L. Corey Appointed Acting CEO". Press release. October 22, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "GreenButton Opens Offices in USA to Support Increased Demand for High-Performance Cloud Computing Services". Press release. December 15, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. Company Establishes Silicon Valley and Seattle Offices and Names Mark Canepa to Board of Directors 
  8. ^ "Mark Canepa: Vice President of Worldwide Pre-sale, Service and Support". Company web site. Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.