Technology Professional, Board Member, Venture Advisor | Director

Frank Fanzilli

Frank has been a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse’s NEXT Fund since 2015. He is an information technology professional with 30+ years of executive leadership and hands-on experience, in both financial services and the technology community at large. Through his work with technology companies, the venture capital community, and private equity firms, Frank has been involved in many notable tech-related transactions, and has helped a number of technology companies achieve significant growth. His board tenure includes PeopleSoft, Avaya, Interwoven (where he was Chairman of the Board), nLayers (where he was a co-founder), Calypso Software (where he was Lead Director) and many other software companies. Frank currently serves as a corporate director of CommVault, Sapience Analytics (a NEXT investment), iBoss, and Skytap. He is also an active member of the Open Source Community, and is an independent board member for the Linux Foundation, where Frank is also Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance committee.

Prior to becoming involved directly with the technology community, Frank served as the Global Chief Information Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was a Managing Director and a member of the Operating Committee and the IT Executive Board. During his tenure of nearly 20 years in an operating role at CSFB and CS, Frank led the firm’s growth in and use of technology, building the firm’s first global IT organization and integrating all aspects of infrastructure, applications and services. Prior to joining CSFB, Frank began his career in technology as an engineer with IBM, involved in operating system development and systems engineering.

Frank is an occasional speaker and author on a variety of technology topics, and his articles have been featured in BusinessWeek Magazine, the FT, the Washington Post, and CIO Magazine, and at speaking engagements for Forrester, Gartner, and other research firms. He was named one of the top five most influential IT security thinkers by SC Magazine, and was previously a CIO of the Year for CIO magazine.

Frank holds a B.S. degree in management from Fairfield University, where he serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Engineering, and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, where he graduated with distinction and was the Marcus Nadler Scholar.