Board of Directors

Patrick C.S. Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


Patrick C.S. Lo is our co-founder and has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since March 2002. Mr. Lo founded NETGEAR with Mark G. Merrill with the singular vision of providing the appliances to enable everyone in the world to connect to the high speed internet for information, communication, business transactions, education, and entertainment. From 1983 until 1995, Mr. Lo worked at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in various management positions in sales, technical support, product management, and marketing in the U.S. and Asia. Mr. Lo was named the Ernst & Young National Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Mr. Lo received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Brown University. Mr. Lo's experience as a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Company gives him unique insights into the Company's challenges, opportunities and operations.

Jef T. Graham, Director

Jef T. Graham has served as one of our directors since July 2005. Since September 2016, Mr. Graham has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Console Connect Inc., a provider of global direct connect solutions. From February 2015 to August 2016, Mr. Graham was a private investor. From January 2006 to January 2015, Mr. Graham served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RGB Networks, Inc., a provider of video and bandwidth management products. From July 2005 until January 2006, Mr. Graham served as the Executive Vice President, Application Products Group, of Juniper Networks, Inc., a provider of IP networking and security products. From October 2001 to July 2005, Mr. Graham served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peribit Networks Inc., a provider of wide area network optimization appliances, which was acquired by Juniper Networks. Before Peribit, Mr. Graham served as the Senior Vice President of the commercial and consumer business units for 3Com Corporation, where he managed networking and connectivity product offerings. From 1993 to 1995, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Trident Systems, a document management systems integrator. Mr. Graham also worked for Hewlett-Packard Company for 15 years, including ten years in sales and marketing around the world and as general manager of both a hardware and a software division. Mr. Graham holds a B.A. with Honors in Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. Mr. Graham has in-depth understanding of networking technology products as well as our markets and channels. He also has rich contacts and relationships in the Silicon Valley technology community, which assists the Company in cultivating business relationships and recruiting.

Brad Maiorino , Director


Brad Maiorino has served as one of our directors since July 2018. Since April 2017, Mr. Maiorino has served as an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., a management and technology consulting firm. From June 2014 to April 2017, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Target Corporation, the second largest general merchandise retailer in the United States. From July 2012 to June 2014, Mr. Maiorino was the Chief Information Security and Technology Risk Officer at General Motors Company, an automotive manufacturing and financing services company. Prior to that, from April 2001 to July 2012, he held various leadership roles in the technology organization of General Electric Company, a global digital industrial company, ultimately serving as Chief Information Security Officer for the company. Mr. Maiorino holds a B.S. degree in professional computer studies from Pace University. Mr. Maiorino brings more than 25 years of experience, with diverse business experience and a track record of building and leading global teams within Fortune 50 firms. He has a deep understanding of technology, security and risk management, and also has significant contacts and relationships in the technology and security community.

Janice M. Roberts, Director


Janice M. Roberts has served as one of our directors since February 2019. Ms. Roberts is an experienced global technology executive and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley, where her board experience spans public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Since April 2014, she has been a partner at Benhamou Global Ventures, where she invests in early stage “cross-border” companies including SaaS, AI-powered platforms, collaboration and IoT solutions. Ms. Roberts currently serves on the boards of RealNetworks, Inc., Zebra Technologies, Inc. and Zynga Inc., and was most recently a director of ARM Holdings Plc until its acquisition by the SoftBank Group in 2016. From 2000 to 2013, Ms. Roberts served as Managing Director of Mayfield Fund, where she continued as a venture advisor until 2014, investing in wireless, mobile, enterprise and consumer technology companies. From 1992 to 2000, Ms. Roberts was employed by 3Com Corporation (later acquired by Hewlett Packard), where she held various executive positions, including Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development, President of 3Com Ventures and President of the Palm Computing Business Unit. She also serves on the advisory board of Illuminate Ventures and is Co-Chair of GBx, a curated network of British entrepreneurs and senior technology executives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (honors) from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. Ms. Roberts provides our Board with a valuable perspective based on her extensive executive and board-level experience with technology companies in multiple product areas and sectors, including networking and communications products, software, microprocessor technology, gaming and applications, spanning consumer, business and service provider markets.


Gregory J. Rossmann has served as one of our directors since February 2002. Since April 2016, Mr. Rossmann has served as a General Partner at Oak Investment Management, a late stage growth and private equity investor. From February 2009 to March 2016, Mr. Rossmann was a private investor. From November 2007 to January 2009, Mr. Rossmann served as a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm. From April 2000 to November 2007, Mr. Rossmann served as a Managing Director of Pequot Capital Management, Inc., a private equity firm. From April 1994 to April 2000, Mr. Rossmann served as Managing Director and partner at Broadview International, an investment banking firm. From June 1991 to April 1994, he worked at Dynatech Corporation, a technology holding company, where he served as manager of new business development. Prior to that, he was a co-founder of Telemaster Corporation. Mr. Rossmann is a director of several private companies. Mr. Rossmann received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. Mr. Rossmann's extensive technology, private equity, and investment banking experience allows him to provide the Company with unique perspectives and advice on global markets, corporate development, and acquisition initiatives.

Barbara V. Scherer, Director


Barbara V. Scherer has served as one of our directors since August 2011. Ms. Scherer is the former Senior Vice President, finance and administration and chief financial officer of Plantronics, Inc. (now known as Poly), a global leader in audio communication devices for businesses and consumers. She served in this position from 1998 to 2012 and was responsible for all aspects of the company's financial management, as well as information technology, legal and investor relations. She was Vice President, finance and administration and chief financial officer of Plantronics from 1997 to 1998. Prior to Plantronics, Ms. Scherer held various executive management positions spanning eleven years in the disk drive industry, was an associate with The Boston Consulting Group, and was a member of the corporate finance team at ARCO in Los Angeles. Ms. Scherer currently serves on the Board of Directors of ANSYS, Inc., a publicly traded engineering simulation software and services company, as well as the Board of Directors of Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded developer and supplier of systems for the semiconductor capital equipment, flat panel, medical, energy and research industries. From 2004 through 2010, she served as a director of Keithley Instruments, Inc., a publicly traded test and measurement company, until its acquisition by Danaher Corporation. Ms. Scherer received B.A. degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her M.B.A. from the School of Management at Yale University. With extensive hands-on experience in senior management roles with technology growth companies as well as public company board, committee and Audit Chair service, Ms. Scherer provides the Company with practical and strategic insight into complex financial reporting and management issues as well as significant operational expertise.

Thomas H. Waechter, Lead Independent Director


Thomas H. Waechter has served as one of our directors since December 2014. Mr. Waechter currently is a private investor. From January 2009 to August 2015, Mr. Waechter served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of JDS Uniphase Corporation (now Viavi Solutions Inc.), a leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical products. He previously served as Executive Vice President and President of the Communications Test & Measurement Group of JDS Uniphase Corp. from 2007 until becoming Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Waechter held a wide variety of executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer at Harris Stratex Networks (now Aviat Networks, Inc.), President and Chief Executive Officer at Stratex Networks, President and Chief Executive Officer at REMEC Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrian Corporation. Additionally, he held a number of global executive-level positions during his 14-year career with Schlumberger Ltd. Mr. Waechter also serves as an Executive Advisor to Tensility Venture Partners and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary. As a recent chief executive officer of a public company and as a prior senior executive in a variety of highly relevant technology companies and international industries, Mr. Waechter provides the Company with extensive operational, strategic and executive management experience.