By Barbara Wenger
Pure Storage, a flash storage company based in Mountain View, CA, appointed the founding Facebook engineer and large Facebook shareholder Jeff Rothschild to its board.
From 2005 to 2015, Rothschild was vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook, and established a number of functional organizations within the company including user operations, site integrity, data analytics and infrastructure engineering.
In a recent article, Forbes called Rothschild the "Engineer Who Saved Facebook From Crashing."
Before Facebook, he was the cofounder of Veritas Software, which became the leading storage management software company.
He has been an advisor and venture partner at Accel Partners since 1999, contributing to the development of many portfolio companies including Rhapsody Networks, Walmart.com, and Hearme.com.
"He’s kind of this über architect and he has this ability to understand how everything comes together," said Accel partner Ping Li in the Forbes article. "If building a product is like building a car, you have to understand all the different layers: computing, storage networking, data center infrastructure... It's not just the carburetor but also how the air conditioning hooks up to this and that."
Pointing to Rothschild's experience, Pure Storage CEO Charles Giancarlo in a statement, that "Jeff’s insights will be valuable during this exciting time at Pure. Jeff is an accomplished business and technology leader, with insights into hyperscale cloud infrastructure, and we are thrilled to have him on our board of directors.”
Rothschild said of his appointment: “Pure has the right team, technology, and strategy to continue to grow and thrive. I am honored to serve on the board alongside a talented team of advisors.”