Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, US


Big Data, Cloud Computing


Mark Lewis is Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Systems. Formation is a venture-backed software company developing a revolutionary hyper-scale enterprise storage solution. From 2002 to 2012, Mark was an Executive Vice President for EMC corporation reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO. From 2010-2012 he was Chief Strategy Officer as well as Founder/Managing Director of EMC Ventures. From 2007 to 2010, Mark was President of EMC Documentum. During that time, Mark took the organization from unprofitability to record profit and cash flow. Prior to this, Mark held key roles at EMC including Chief Technology Officer, President of the EMC Software Group and Chief Development Officer.  He led and drove over 31 acquisitions for EMC including VMware, Documentum, Legato, and RSA. Mark was instrumental in moving EMC from being a single-product hardware company to a mainstream IT player.

Mark joined EMC in July 2002 from Hewlett-Packard/Compaq/Digital, where he was Vice President and General Manager of Compaq’s $2.5B Enterprise Storage Group, which at the time was the largest storage organization in the world. Mark was the youngest person to achieve the GM role in the history of the company. From 1998 to 1999, he led Compaq’s Storage Software Business, which he grew from zero to over $250M in revenue in just two years. Prior to that role he was the Director of Engineering for Multi Vendor Online Storage. Before that, he spent thirteen years in storage-related business, engineering and product development roles at Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mark holds eight U.S. patents and has over ten additional patents pending. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1984 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He also studied Business Law, Marketing, and Accounting towards an MBA at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and he attended the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School. Mark also served from 2010 to 2015 on the Board of Riverbed Systems in various roles including Lead Director. He is currently a senior advisor to SilverLake LLC, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, and is the co-founder of TekRocket LLC, an angel investing and incubation firm. He also is a board nominee (member) at Ciber Corp, a billion dollar public company in the IT services sector. 

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