Roger was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1978 and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1978, both from Washington University in St Louis. He completed his M.B.A. at the University of Chicago in 1986 and has studied at the London School of Economics. From 1988 to 1996, he worked for Intel Corporation in marketing and currently is Product Marketing Manager for NetApp in Sunnyvale, California.