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

VP of Enterprise Sales

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.

William Field

VP 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.

Rich Stoller

Director of Finance and Operations

Rich is responsible for leading Finance and Administration at Trilio. Rich has worked with several venture backed software companies and brings more than 15 years of finance, operating, and M&A experience in enterprise software, SaaS and mobile technology. Prior to Trilio, Rich led finance and operations at application security company Lexumo and digital promotions provider SavingStar, where he served as VP, Finance and Treasurer. Prior to SavingStar, Rich served as Senior Director of Finance at Virtual Computer where he played a key role in the company's acquisition by Citrix Systems. Over his career he has held several senior finance and operating roles at various startups, including Exit41, Pegasus Satellite Television and iBasis, where he helped in the company's IPO. Rich holds an MBA from Babson College and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts.

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