Kirk is Senior Vice President of Research and Development. In his 30+ years of experience, Kirk has led development teams in both startups and larger corporations. Prior to Cohesity, Kirk was Senior Vice President of Development at Tableau Software, helping people see and understand their data. Before joining Tableau, he was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Primary Data, developing intelligent automation software for enterprise data management. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering at SanDisk. He also spent over 12 years at NetApp in several engineering leadership roles, and more than 14 years at Silicon Graphics.
Kirk is on the Board of Directors for the national non-profit organization Raising a Reader, and holds memberships with the following organizations: the Executive Leadership Council, Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Eta Kappa Nu, the Purdue EE Honor Society.
Kirk holds both a BSEE and MSEE degree from Purdue University.