The Backblaze Leadership Team combines a dedicated team of founders with talented security, technology, and business experts to make storing and using data astonishingly easy.



The Backblaze Leadership Team
Gleb Budman CEO

Gleb Budman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by [email protected], and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies. Gleb earned a M.B.A. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian Wilson CTO

Brian Wilson, Chief Technology Officer and Director

Brian Wilson is one of our co-founders and has served as our chief technology officer since 2007. Brian’s inspiration that safeguarding data shouldn’t be hard lit the spark for Backblaze, and his code provides the original foundations of the Backblaze Computer Backup client. Brian has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2007. Prior to his time at Backblaze, Brian was a co-founder and the chief technology officer of MailFrontier, which was subsequently sold to SonicWall. Brian also served in senior positions at Kendara, Silicon Graphics, and Apple. He earned his M.S. in computer science from Stanford University and a B.S. in engineering physics and B.S. in computer science from Oregon State University.
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Frank P. Patchel, Chief Financial Officer

Frank P. Patchel has served as our chief financial officer since early 2020. Frank brings a wealth of public company financial leadership to the team. Prior to joining Backblaze, Frank was chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Wintec Industries and chief financial officer of ABBYY USA. He began his career with Ernst & Young and has served as financial planning consultant for Kaiser Permanente and in various roles with ADP, including divisional chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Frank earned his B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia.
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Tom MacMitchell, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Tom MacMitchell has served as our general counsel and chief compliance officer since early 2020. Prior to joining Backblaze, Tom led legal matters at Quantenna Communications. At Quantenna, Tom also helped lead the company's initial public offering, and its subsequent sale to a Fortune 500 company. Prior to Quantenna, Tom was at Intematix Corporation and Brocade Communications. Tom began his legal career at a prominent law firm in Silicon Valley. He brings 20+ years of experience in law, including heading the legal function for both private and public companies, to his role at Backblaze. Tom earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a J.D. in law from the University of California, Davis.
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Tim Nufire, Chief Cloud Officer and Director

Tim Nufire is a co-founder and has served as our chief cloud officer since January 2008 and as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2009. Tim developed, built, and laid the first building blocks of the Backblaze Storage Cloud, and remains responsible for its continued scaling today. Prior to his time at Backblaze, Tim was the vice president of engineering at Aplia, which was acquired by the Thompson Corporation. He was also a director at MailFrontier and SearchFox, and held senior engineering positions at Apple, Adobe, and others. Tim earned his B.S. in mathematics with the highest distinction from the University of Kansas.
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Tina Cessna, Vice President, Engineering

Tina Cessna has served as our vice president, Engineering since 2018. In her role, she has guided our engineering efforts to open Backblaze’s services to ever broadening audiences, including the launch of the Backblaze S3 Compatible APIs. Prior to joining Backblaze, Tina led engineering and QA at Salesforce, Cisco, Linksys, and Oracle. She brings 25 years of software development experience to the role, building complex enterprise and consumer applications, as well as a blend of technology experience in PaaS, SaaS, embedded systems, and network routing. Tina earned a B.S.E.E in electronic and computer engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
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Mark Potter, Chief Information Security Officer

Mark Potter has served as our chief information security officer since early 2021. He brings experience from over 29 years working in information security, governance, risk management, regulatory compliance, and data protection and privacy program design and implementation. Mark previously served as the chief information security officer for both NewWave Telecom & Technologies and Danya International, where he was responsible for the security and privacy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Head Start, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid federal systems. He is an IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy and holds over 30 security, privacy, and risk management certifications.
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Nilay Patel, Vice President, Sales

Nilay has served as our vice president, Sales since 2009. Nilay was part of the founding team at Backblaze and launched Backblaze Business Backup and the partner programs. In early 2011, Nilay left to co-found Selligy, which was acquired by Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV) in mid-2015. Soon thereafter, Nilay returned to bring his unique background in development and sales back to Backblaze. In addition to Selligy, Nilay was the first employee in Europe for both Electric Cloud and MailFrontier. He opened up the territories by selling products to Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens Medical, Bertelsmann, and other large enterprises. Nilay earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Nick Tran, Vice President, Marketing

Nick Tran has served as our vice president, Marketing since early 2021. Prior to joining Backblaze, Nick served as vice president, marketing at Postman, Akamai Technologies, and Salesforce. He brings 22 years of experience in marketing and software development. In past leadership roles, he was responsible for global marketing, end-to-end developer marketing strategy, and cross-functional developer experience initiatives. Nick earned a B.A. in molecular and cell biology with an emphasis in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Natalie Cook, Senior Director, HR and Recruiting

Natalie Cook has served as senior director, HR and Recruiting since early 2021 and has led HR at Backblaze since 2016, guiding the growth of our staff and managing a quadrupling of our workforce. Prior to joining Backblaze, Natalie held training and store management positions at Equinox, All Saints UK Ltd., and other major retailers. She brings 17 years of HR leadership experience to the role. Natalie earned a B.A. in communications from Simmons University.

Casey Jones, Vice President, Design

Casey Jones is one of our co-founders and has served as our vice president, Design since 2007. Casey’s design sensibility and user interface experience have informed the customer experience from our launch onward. Prior to Backblaze, Casey was the design lead for SonicWall’s products, where he developed designs that are deployed in over one million businesses worldwide. He led user interface and web design and development at MailFrontier and at Kendara through its acquisition by [email protected] Starting in design in the early days of the web, Casey developed event sites for companies, including Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, and PeopleSoft. Casey earned a B.S. in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Billy Ng, Full Stack Architect

Billy Ng is a co-founder and has served as our full stack architect since 2007. He designed and built the original software layer that runs the network infrastructure for the Backblaze data centers and serves as a mentor for the Engineering team. Prior to joining Backblaze, Billy was a lead engineer at SonicWall, MailFrontier, and [email protected] Billy earned a B.S. in computer information systems from Hawaii Pacific University.
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Damon Uyeda, Mac Architect

Damon has served as Mac architect since 2008. Prior to joining Backblaze, Damon held senior technical positions at three startups as well as Excite and Oracle. Damon's technical vision, passion, and dedication to detail of development for Mac operating systems allowed Backblaze to be instantly accepted by the highly critical Mac community as a product worthy of their loyalty.
Board of Directors
Gleb Budman CEO

Gleb Budman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board

Jocelyn Carter-Miller

Jocelyn Carter-Miller

Jocelyn Carter-Miller brings invaluable go-to-market scaling knowledge and deep board experience, having previously served as a board member for NETGEAR (over nine years), and currently on the boards of Principal Financial Group, Interpublic Group, and most recently, Arlo Technologies, in roles including chair of the Finance Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee. Previously, Carter-Miller was executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Office Depot, Inc. Carter-Miller is a NACD Directorship 100 recipient. She will serve on various committees at Backblaze, including as chair of the Compensation Committee.
Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson is an experienced storage industry executive, with over 15 years of GM and P&L leadership in cloud services, SaaS businesses, and over $3 billion divisions at companies including Western Digital and Quantum. Nelson held the role of CEO twice, for Element Labs and NeoScale Systems, and has served on four corporate boards. She will serve on various committees at Backblaze, including as chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee.
Tim Nufire VP

Tim Nufire, Chief Cloud Officer and Director

Brian Wilson CTO

Brian Wilson, Chief Technology Officer and Director