Riccardo Badalone is one of the Co-Founders of Diablo and has served as a director since the company’s inception in 2003. Mr. Badalone has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2007 and previously served as Chief Technology Officer of the company.
In his previous role at Nortel Networks, Riccardo was pivotal in delivering one of the world’s most advanced Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) technologies for switching and framer applications. He was involved in backplane protocol engineering and developed phase align algorithms for backplane and optical link SerDes macros. Riccardo was also manager of the OEM Hardware design group at Matrox Graphics Inc., where he and his team designed and supported multiple generations of desktop motherboard platforms for all the major PC OEMs including HP, Dell, Compaq, Siemens, and Fujitsu.
Riccardo holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, where he specialized in Microwave and Optical Theory.
As Co-Founder and Vice President, Michael completed a successful 4+ year mandate as VP R&D, which he built and managed Diablo’s ASIC and Analog design teams since inception. Michael now manages critical business relationships and is actively involved in program and product line management activities.
Mike holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University where he specialized in VLSI and ASIC design methodology.
As Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategic Customer Engineering, Franco has built and managed Diablo’s in-house test and validation facilities for system products and works closely with strategic customers and partners to bridge the gap between the technical and business requirements of enterprise eco-systems.
Franco was a founding member of BroadTel Communications, a start-up which was successfully acquired by Unique Broadband Systems. He was involved in system level engineering, where he specified transceivers for wireless modem applications. He was in charge of sourcing, integration, and initial field deployments.
At Canadian Marconi Company he was a test engineer in charge of production integration of wireless military radio transceivers. He was responsible for initial customer deployments and field trials in North America, the Middle East, and Asia.
Franco holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, where he specialized in Network System Engineering.
Maher Amer is Chief Technology Officer at Diablo Technologies Corporation. Maher has over 15 years of experience in the field of ASIC development and system architecture. He has been with Diablo since 2005 starting as Senior ASIC architect. Since then he held a series of technical and management positions. Maher was a key contributor to the ASIC implementation and architecture of Diablo’s Advanced Memory Buffer (AMB). He also led Diablo System Architecture team in defining the only plug-and-play proprietary Load Reduction chipset for DDR3 memory channels. Maher owns the System Engineering effort within Diablo and maintains key technical relationships with forward thinkers involved in the server and storage industry.
Prior to joining Diablo Maher was the Digital Prime at IceFyre semiconductor, responsible for the development of an advanced 802.11a wireless chipset. With strong DSP knowledge and solid theoretical background Maher was essential in the implementation and architecture of the IceFyre wireless chipset. Maher was also part of Extreme Packet Devices; a startup that was successfully acquired by PMC-Sierra. Maher started his career as an analogue designer at Mosaid Technologies designing DRAM and SRAM memory arrays.
Maher holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors from McGill University where he specialized in Communication and VLSI.
Tom is responsible for developing and coordinating Diablo’s sales strategy across market segments, customers and geographies.
Tom brings over 30 years of computer and storage technology sales experience to Diablo Technologies. His previous experience includes developing the Enterprise sales and product strategies for SSD provider Anobit Technologies (recently acquired by Apple). He was also Sales Director for PMC-Sierra and was Vice President of sales at both Dot Hill Systems and Adaptec.
Cédric Paillard is Vice President, Business Development at Diablo Technologies Corporation. Cédric has over 15 years experience in ASIC design and product management. Prior to Diablo Technologies, he held a series of increasingly senior technical and management positions including Director of Business Development at ENQ Semiconductor, Director of Product Line and Founder at IceFyre Semiconductor, and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Philsar Semiconductor, which was acquired by Conexant Systems. Cedric was also a Product Manager and an ASIC designer for Cadence Design Systems and NEC.
Cédric holds a Master of Science in VLSI System Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). As well, he has a Bachelor of Engineering from the École supérieure de technologie électronique (ESTE).