Our Incredible Team


Trilio is led by sought-after industry vets with experience at some of the world’s fastest-growing and largest data protection and copy data virtualization companies — including EMC, Actifio, and StorageNetworks. Collectively, our team has had a role in creating industry-standard data protection tools, defining and reporting on market-defining industry trends, and building new ventures through leadership and investment.

Led by veteran CEO David Safaii, we’re pushing to develop technology that challenges the status quo and actually helps deliver scalable data protection through cloud-native tools and software.

David Safaii

Chief Executive Officer

With more than 15 years of business management and executive leadership expertise, David is responsible for the strategic direction, operations, and growth of the company.

Prior to leading Trilio, David founded and served as SVP of BurstPoint Networks. During his tenure with the company, he successfully raised venture funding, grew revenues, and exited with an acquisition by Avaya. Previously, David was a Principal at Windspeed Ventures, focused on investing in and working with portfolio companies in infrastructure software as it relates to the digital media, communications, mobile, security, storage, internet of things, and software-as-a-service markets. He helped manage one of the largest venture portfolios in the US. Prior to his tenure at Windspeed, David served with the Technology Investment Banking Group at CIBC World Markets. With a B.A in Computer Information Processing from Boston College, David has been recognized by Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s “40 Under 40” and a “New Leader” award recipient from Banker & Tradesmen.

Outside of Trilio, David enjoys tennis, FIFA soccer, and seeking out live music. David is an advocate for volunteerism. He founded the New England Venture Network (NEVN), the largest networking group of young venture capital professionals on the East Coast. He served as Board Director at the United Way and as a Techstars mentor, and is the founding City Director for House of Genius.

Murali Balcha

Founder and CTO

Murali Balcha, Founder and CTO of Trilio, is a seasoned technical leader with more than 15 years of experience delivering breakthrough technologies to market. Prior to joining Trilio, he served as an engineering leader at EMC, where he led the development of numerous storage, virtualization and cloud computing innovations and established EMC’s leadership in disaster recovery, and VMware integration.

Murali is actively involved with OpenStack community, particularly in the areas of storage and data protection. He has a Masters in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Bachelors from Andhra University, Hyderabad.

In his spare time, Murali enjoys mountain biking and hiking with his family.

Tom Lahive

GM for Sales and Alliance Partners

A key member of the Trilio leadership team, Tom is focused on building and managing the team that is responsible for sales, enablement, and marketing to OpenStack service providers and technology alliance partners. He is also focused on developing processes, procedures, and tools to support and streamline the company’s sales efforts.

Lahive joined Trilio from copy data virtualization company, Actifio, where he served as global director for the service provider program. While at Actifio he initiated the Service Provider program and brokered and managed key relationships with Verizon, IBM, and SunGard. He also held previous roles at market-making technology suppliers EMC/Avamar and StorageNetworks, and was an industry analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, Gartner Group, and IDC.

Dave Centauro

Chief Financial Officer

Dave has over thirty years of operational and executive experience with high technology software, telecommunications, manufacturing, life science and service companies. During Dave’s career, he was instrumental in building and managing accounting and financial operations, both domestic and international, to support the rapid growth of these companies and was involved in multiple major financial transactions including venture-backed equity funding transactions, public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions. In June 2004, Dave started CentauroCFO LLC, a Boston-based CFO consulting practice, and has engaged with over 70 clients. Dave and his staff provide consulting services to several clients simultaneously. CentauroCFO assists or drives the fundraising process, builds the accounting and financial infrastructure, and operates all financial aspects of the business. Dave earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bentley University and his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Dave sits on the Board of XOR Media, Inc., and GraniteIO, Inc., and is a Partner and Owner of BFTG Resources, LLC.

William Field

Director of Solutions Architecture and Customer Success

William Field is a key member of the Trilio leadership team, where he oversees all pre-sales, post-sales, and customer success engagement actives. Field focuses end users, channel partners, OEMs, and MSPs to ensure successful planning, implementation, and support for cloud data protection.

Field joined the Trilio Data from Actifio, bringing with him more than a decade of experience in software engineering, system engineering, support and services, and presale solution architecture. While at Actifio, Field served as a Principal Solutions Architect, and was a core component to the Northeast Sales team. He also held previous roles at EMC Corporation and Doyenz.

Boaz Michaely

Director of Product Management

Boaz Michaely, Trilio's Director of Product Management, is a seasoned technology and product leader with more than 15 years of experience in developing and bringing new products to market. Prior to joining Trilio, Boaz held multiple product management roles at EMC's Data Protection division, spanning the entire portfolio of business continuity, disaster recovery, backup and recovery systems, continuous data protection and copy data management products. He was instrumental in defining new hybrid-cloud data protection solutions while guiding customers and partners along their journey to the cloud.

Boaz previously focused on mobile telecom technologies, specializing in IP telephony where he was deeply involved in the definition and standardization of 3G and 4G technologies. At Trilio, he now closes the loop by building telco-grade, data protection products to help service providers adopt NFV and OpenStack.

For leisure, Boaz plays the guitar and tries to sing in tune with his band.

Katie Lyon

Director of Marketing

At Trilio, Katie’s focused on sharing our mission—to give everyone total control over their cloud—with the world. She’s using her 10 years of experience in branding, product marketing, and digital strategy to appeal to cloud and backup professionals while finding non-intrusive ways to let them know about our tools and services.

Prior to Trilio, Katie led the marketing team at Codiscope (acquired by Synopsys), where she built and grew the fledgling brand and focused on empowering software engineers to build security into the software they create. Earlier in her career, she was part of a spin-out at GenArts (acquired by BorisFX) and their Vivoom consumer division.

Katie fills her weekends with art and world history, day trips around New England, and tiring out her new pup, Bodie.

Board of Directors

David Safaii

CEO, Trilio

Murali Balcha

Founder and CTO, Trilio

John R. Egan

Founder, Egan-Managed Capital

Greg Dracon

Partner, .406 Ventures

Rob Scott

CEO, Bradford Networks


Randy Seidl

Chief Executive Officer, Revenue Acceleration

Dan Phillips

Co-founder & Chairman, CloudHealth Technologies

Hernan Alvarez

President & Chief Product Officer, Imageous