Daintree’s Management Team
- Derek Proudian, Chairman & CEO
- Danny Yu, President, Operational Technology Business
- Ben Brown, VP of Operations and Finance
- Dallas Buchanan, VP of Strategic Accounts and Business Development
- Mandeep Khera, VP of Marketing and Channels
- Niall Mai, VP of Engineering and Technology
Derek Proudian, Chairman & CEO
Derek Proudian brings three decades of high-tech finance, marketing and engineering leadership to Daintree Networks. Prior to joining Daintree, Derek has held CEO roles at five venture-capital backed companies, including Zip2 (Elon Musk’s first company) which Derek sold to Compaq for over $300 million. Derek has worked as a general partner at the venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Venture Partner at Morgan Stanley Ventures and an R&D manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs.
A technology industry veteran, Derek holds five U.S. patents and brings a wealth of experience in various areas of technology including IP switches, artificial intelligence, hardware, Internet, mobile, optical, and more.
Derek received undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Cognitive Science, and Master’s degrees in Business and Computer Science all from Stanford University.
Danny Yu, President, Operational Technology business
Danny brings over 20 years of growth company leadership in networked building control, LED lighting, enterprise software, and data communications to his role. From late 2009 until mid 2015, Danny served as Daintree’s CEO, guiding the company’s emergence from wireless test software start-up to industry leader in intelligent building technology and applications. Prior to Daintree, Danny was Vice President of Segment and Strategic Marketing at Philips Lumileds where he led global marketing, business development, and product strategy at the industry leader in high power LEDs. He originally joined Lumileds prior to its acquisition by Philips as Vice President of Global Major Account Sales and Business Development. During his tenure at Lumileds, Danny led multiple start-up businesses that each achieved $70–$100M+ in revenues and market-leading positions.
Earlier, Danny held senior roles in the venture capital industry including Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners and Partner at DynaFund Ventures. He invested in and served as a board member for innovative growth companies spanning enterprise software and systems, data networking, telecommunications, and semiconductors. Danny began his career in technical sales management and engineering roles at Hewlett-Packard and Apple. Danny holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School.
Ben Brown, Vice President Operations and Finance
Ben brings over a decade of general management, operations, strategy and finance experience to his role as VP of Operations and Finance, along with a passion for the cleantech IT sector. Prior to joining Daintree, Ben founded a start-up delivering residential energy management services using smart meter data, and served as an Investment Director with venture capital firm Jolimont Capital. Earlier in his career Ben served as a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group, spent time in GE’s Renewable Energy Leadership Program, and was the Strategic Marketing Manager for the UK operations of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM). He has worked across the US, Australia, Europe and Asia. Ben holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours (Computer Systems) from the University of Queensland.
Dallas Buchanan, Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Business Development
Dallas has over 20 years of experience in both energy management and lighting, with extensive involvement in retrofit applications as a manufacturer, OEM supplier and solutions provider. As a sales and marketing VP at A.L.P. Lighting Components, Dallas served as the organization’s product visionary and an important contributor to the company’s strategic planning and execution during a several year period during which the company more than tripled in size. He was the company’s leading expert in energy efficiency and lighting retrofit, and developed and managed a series of new business initiatives in this arena, from both a project and product standpoint. Dallas was the driver behind the company’s high profile relighting successes in dozens of notable projects across the US, many of which served as a platform for new OEM programs.
Dallas initially gained lighting and energy conservation expertise as general manager of Brayer Lighting and then as VP of Parke Industries as part of an acquired division of Carolina Power and Light. He developed several of the industry’s largest lighting retrofit projects several of which were recognized for leading technology showcases. Beyond application and project implementation, Dallas has worked closely with the utility community to create and utilize unique incentive programs for targeted energy conservation. As the application partner for the ground-breaking Model Energy Community Contra Costa and Marin, as well as PG&E’s first PowerSaving Partners program, Dallas participated in some of the earliest 3rd party DSM programs to emerge in the West. These eventually gave rise to the Standard Performance Contract (SPC) programs being used by much of the utility industry. Dallas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Santa Clara University.
Mandeep Khera, Vice President of Marketing and Channels
Mandeep is responsible for marketing and channel sales functions at Daintree Networks. He brings over two decades of experience in Marketing, Sales, General Management, and other functions in Enterprise Software, SaaS/Cloud, and Managed Services. His experience spans various industries including Big Data Analytics, Mobile Application Development Platform, Security, Web Services, CRM, Asset Management, and Logistics Management. Some of his previous positions included Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of LogLogic, Chief Marketing Officer of Cenzic, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Maaya Corporation, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for UCMS, and Vice President of Marketing and Engineering for Embarcadero Systems Corporation. Previously, Mandeep was with Hewlett-Packard in various functions including as a General Manager of a software/SaaS business unit focused on IT Asset Management. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Leading Product Development program and Northwestern University’s Executive Development Program. He also holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Niall Mai, Vice President of Engineering and Technology
Niall is responsible for all engineering matters at Daintree Networks. Before joining Daintree, he held roles as CTO at Sigtec, and prior to that, Raywood Communications. Niall has strong experience in managing companies through periods of transition such as Acquisitions, VC funding and MBOs. Niall has a deep technical background working largely in the communications and dispatch fields. He has spent many years managing the development of large and complicated dispatch systems, specializing in multiple forms of wireless communication and a variety of mobile devices. His extensive involvement in large development projects has seen him deploy solutions to most regions of the world. Niall originally comes from an embedded background, working on DSP algorithms for voice compression and modems. His formal background includes an Honors Degree in Engineering and an Honors Degree in Computer Science.