Board Members

The SATA-IO Board of Directors currently consists of up to nine representatives, as specified by SATA bylaws. Board member duties include establishing policies and procedures and overseeing the activities of each Work Group. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held bi-weekly.

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Board Members
Jim Hatfield, Seagate Technology
Board of Directors and President

Jim Hatfield, Sr. Staff Firmware Engineer for Seagate Technology, is an active leader in storage standards development. For SATA-IO, he currently chairs the Digital and Technical Integration working groups. Jim is vice-chair of T13 and is the chair of a TCG working group. Jim is an active and vocal participant in T10 (SAT), IEEE 1667 and other industry forums. Jim joined Seagate in 2002, to develop firmware and to promote and extend industry standards.

After earning a B.A in Math and Computer Science from the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1977, Jim has mainly worked in the storage industry. He began with writing a standalone OS on a mini-computer to emulate an IBM mainframe, and device drivers to go with it (printer, clock, CRT, card reader, etc.) and tests for mainframe disk drives. Jim pioneered the development of firmware and register- and bus-level hardware simulations of mainframe SSD, disk and RAID controllers. In addition, he wrote general applications for management and created a functional DBMS before they were common-place. He and a partner created an OS that emulated a major IBM OS that ran in a mainframe OS virtual machine and controlled a mainframe automated tape library. With the dawn of PCs, Jim transitioned to translating one *NIX flavor to others, and translating one SQL dialect to others. After longing to return to the storage industry, Jim found a new career writing firmware for ATAPI and SCSI tape drives before joining Seagate to write ATA disk firmware.

Kevin Marks, Dell
Board of Directors and Vice President

Kevin Marks is a member of SATA-IO Board of Directors and participates in SATA-IO’s Digital and Cable and Connector technical working groups. Kevin is a Technology Strategist in the Office of the CTO at Dell, where he is responsible for technology strategy in the area of enterprise storage. Kevin has been in the storage industry for over 15 years. His work at Dell has focused on a number of technologies and standards including SAS/SATA, object storage and SSD. Kevin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Jeremiah Tussey, Microsemi – a Microchip company
Board of Directors and Treasurer

Jeremiah Tussey
Microchip Technology Inc.
Sr. Product Marketing Manager (Alliances)
Enterprise Storage and Communications (ESC) Group

Jeremiah Tussey is the Alliances Manager, Product Marketing for Data Center Solutions at Microsemi – a Microchip company. Jeremiah manages hardware and OS vendor alliances for SATA, SAS, and PCIe based products, and associated involvement in industry standards and events related to OpenPower, OpenCompute, PCI-SIG, NVMe, SAS, and SATA-IO, as well as key ecosystem-enabling platform vendors. He is also Vice President of the SCSI Trade Association.

In May of 2018, Microchip completed the acquisition of Microsemi as a wholly owned subsidiary. Prior to joining Microsemi, Jeremiah worked as a senior hardware applications engineer, transitioning into the senior alliance marketing manager at PMC-Sierra up until the acquisition by Microsemi in early 2016. Previously, Jeremiah also worked as a senior hardware applications engineer at Maxim Integrated and Vitesse Semiconductor (also separately acquired by Microsemi), before subsequent acquisitions. In total, he has nearly 20 years of experience in the storage industry, with focuses on SCSI, SATA, PCIe, and Fibre Channel products.

Jeremiah received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado.


John Schadegg, Marvell
Director and Secretary

Bio and picture coming soon!

Rahman Ismail, Intel
Board of Directors

Bio and picture coming soon!

Dave Landsman, Western Digital
Board of Directors

Dave is Director of Industry Standards at Western Digital and has been active in storage standards development since 2008. Dave has over 25 years in the semiconductor industry, with roles in software development, product/platform definition, business development and product management. Dave holds a US patent in storage security. He is active in the SATA-IO Digital and CabCon WG’s, and was a principal contributor to the SATA uSSD and DevSleep specifications. Dave holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of California San Diego.