The Leadership Team

Leadership

Amit Pandey

Amit Pandey

CEO

Amit is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with a proven track record of leading high-growth and highly innovative organizations. Before joining Avi Networks, he was the CEO of Zenprise which emerged as a market leader in the Enterprise Mobility Management Market and was acquired by Citrix. Prior to Zenprise, Amit served as CEO at TerraCotta, Inc. and helped establish it as the dominant player in the distributed caching space. Terracotta was acquired by the European software giant, Software AG. Before TerraCotta, Amit spent nearly a decade at NetApp in a wide range of executive positions. Amit also worked at McKinsey & Company, focusing on strategy development for high-tech companies. Amit holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.

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Murali Basavaiah

Murali Basavaiah

VP, Engineering / Co-Founder

With over 20 years of expertise in Distributed Systems, Networking, and Storage, Murali was most recently the Vice President of Software Engineering for the Data Center group at Cisco, having joined through the acquisition of Andiamo. Prior to Cisco and Adiamo, Murali was an Architect at Shasta Networks (acquired by Nortel), where he led the architecture for the innovative Shasta Broadband IP Services Platform - a distributed multi-subscriber services platform. Murali has a Master of Science degree in computer science from Arizona State University, a certificate from the Stanford Executive Program, and over 20 patents to date.

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Ranga Rajagopalan

Ranga Rajagopalan

CTO / Co-Founder

Over the last 15 years prior to co-founding Avi Networks, Ranga has been an architect and developer of several high-performance distributed operating systems as well as networking and storage data center products. Before his current role as CTO, he was the Senior Director at Cisco’s Data Center business unit, responsible for platform software on the Nexus 7000 product line. Joining Cisco through the acquisition of Andiamo where he was one of the lead architects for the SAN-OS operating system, Ranga began his career at SGI as an IRIX kernel engineer for the Origin series of ccNUMA servers. Beginning his journey with a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Engineering in EEE from BITS, Pilani, India, he now has several patents in networking and storage.

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Guru Chahal

Guru Chahal

VP, Product

On board with the founding team since the inception of Avi Networks, Guru helped define the product, drove initial customer development, product messaging, and technical partnerships. Prior to joining Avi Networks as the Vice President of Product, Guru was an investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he focused on networking, security, cloud, data analytics, and infrastructure management. Before his work with LSVP, Guru was the Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems for the Unified Computing System product line - a multi-billion dollar business for Cisco. Guru joined the UCS team before it shipped, helped define the product strategy and roadmaps, and was ultimately instrumental in ramping UCS traction. Before his time at Cisco, Guru held operational roles at Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco Systems), and Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB). An alumnus of Harvard Business School and Purdue University, Guru holds several patents in networking.

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Chandra Sekar

Chandra Sekar

VP, Marketing

Chandra Sekar brings many years of experience in marketing, product management, and engineering for enterprise software to his marketing leadership role at Avi Networks. Prior to Avi Networks, he was Head of Product Marketing at Illumio Inc. Before that, he led enterprise mobility marketing efforts at Citrix Systems as Senior Director for the mobile business unit and the XenMobile product line. Prior to Citrix, Chandra held various marketing, product management and engineering leadership positions at Zenprise (acquired by Citrix), McAfee, Align Technology, and Cemax-Icon Inc. Chandra started his career as a software engineer at Talx Corporation where he developed distributed data communications platforms for IVR telephony systems. Chandra holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.

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Edward Sharp

Edward Sharp

Chief Strategy Officer / VP, Alliances

Edward is responsible for developing technology, solution, and go-to- market partnerships to enable rapid adoption of the Avi value proposition by enterprises pursuing cloud architectures, and for the strategic evolution of the company. Before joining Avi, Edward was Chief Strategy & Technology Officer at PMC-Sierra, a public semiconductor; solutions company serving the storage and networking industry, which was acquired by Microsemi. He also served as CEO of Quorum Labs, an instant recover cloud service provider, and held many roles at NetApp, from sales and alliances to product leadership and general management. At NetApp, Edward developed strong partnerships with Microsoft and Symantec, and led their internet proxy business. Early in his career Edward worked at McKinsey & Co. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in engineering, economics and management, and a Masters in electrical engineering from Stanford.

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Ted Ranft

Ted Ranft

VP, Worldwide Sales

Ted’s 25-year software and infrastructure career span a variety of leadership positions in Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Philadelphia, London and New York where he now resides. Before joining Avi Networks, Ted was SVP Americas and WW Global Accounts for ServiceMax. Previously Ted served 10+ years at VMware with responsibilities including VP EMEA Network and Security based in London and VP Worldwide Global Accounts while based in London and New York. Ted was a principal contributor to the development of VMware’s Global Account program and has experience with world’s largest global companies as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Financial Services sector. Before VMware, Ted held leadership positions with RSA Security, Inktomi, and INS. Ted holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University; an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University; a Master in Educational Technology from George Washington University; and a certificate from the Stanford Executive Program.

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Rob Duncan

Rob Duncan

VP of Sales, Americas

Rob brings over 15 years of experience solving complex customer challenges in data center networking. Prior to Avi, he spent the past 10 years at F5 Networks driving strategic business opportunities and building successful sales teams. Throughout his tenure at F5, Rob was tasked with growing and cultivating partnerships with some of F5’s largest customers, directly impacting F5’s unparalleled growth. Most recently, Rob led Strategic and Global account teams in the Midwestern and Western United States, which were responsible for producing a significant percentage of the Americas business. Before joining F5, he held numerous sales and business development roles at Internap and Genuity (now part of Level 3). Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University.

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Dirk Marichal

Dirk Marichal

VP of EMEA & India

Marichal brings over 20 years of experience in the networking, security and datacenter industry. Prior to joining Avi Networks, Dirk was Vice President for EMEA & India at Nutanix. In his three years at Nutanix, Dirk grew business in his territory achieving the fastest growth and a run rate of over $150M. His region contributed over 25% of the global bookings for the company. Prior to Nutanix, Dirk was VP EMEA for Infoblox, where he was responsible for the strategy and development of the entire EMEA business. He helped establish Infoblox as a leader in network infrastructure automation market in EMEA, taking the company from its position as a relatively unknown startup to revenues in excess of 200 million, followed by a successful IPO in 2012. Prior to Infoblox, Dirk served on the management teams of Mobistar, Netscreen and Juniper Networks. Dirk holds a B.A. degree in Economics and International Business Administration from Antwerp University.

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Board of Directors

Amit Pandey

Amit Pandey

CEO

Amit is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with a proven track record of leading high-growth and highly innovative organizations. Before joining Avi Networks, he was the CEO of Zenprise which emerged as a market leader in the Enterprise Mobility Management Market and was acquired by Citrix. Prior to Zenprise, Amit served as CEO at TerraCotta, Inc. and helped establish it as the dominant player in the distributed caching space. Terracotta was acquired by the European software giant, Software AG. Before TerraCotta, Amit spent nearly a decade at NetApp in a wide range of executive positions. Amit also worked at McKinsey & Company, focusing on strategy development for high-tech companies. Amit holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.

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Murali Basavaiah

Murali Basavaiah

VP, Engineering / Co-Founder

With over 20 years of expertise in Distributed Systems, Networking, and Storage, Murali was most recently the Vice President of Software Engineering for the Data Center group at Cisco, having joined through the acquisition of Andiamo. Prior to Cisco and Adiamo, Murali was an Architect at Shasta Networks (acquired by Nortel), where he led the architecture for the innovative Shasta Broadband IP Services Platform - a distributed multi-subscriber services platform. Murali has a Master of Science degree in computer science from Arizona State University, a certificate from the Stanford Executive Program, and over 20 patents to date.

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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

President, Palo Alto Networks

Mark Anderson has served as President at Palo Alto Networks since August 2016, driving sales, go-to-market, support, customer satisfaction, and business and corporate development. Prior to that, Mark was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at Palo Alto Networks since June of 2012. Previously, Mark was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at F5 Networks, where he oversaw all sales activities for the company beginning in 2007. Prior to joining F5 in 2004, he served as Executive Vice President of North American Sales at Lucent Technologies. Mark has also held sales leadership positions at RadioFrame Networks and Comdisco. He served as the Western United States Regional Sales Director for Cisco Systems from 1997 to 2001. Mark is actively involved at the University of Washington: he is a member of the UW Tyee Board of Advisors and is a founding member of the Advisory Board to the Foster School of Business' Sales Certificate Program. Anderson holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from York University in Toronto.

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Asheem Chandna

Asheem Chandna

Partner at Greylock Partners

Asheem Chandna is a Partner at Greylock Partners, where he is focused on helping entrepreneurs create and build the next generation of enterprise IT companies. He has helped create and build multiple technology businesses to market-leading positions - both as a venture capitalist, and as a former product executive. His current company boards include AppDynamics, Aquantia, Avi Networks, Delphix, Palo Alto Networks (PANW), and Skyhigh Networks. Previous company boards and/or investments include Aruba Networks (ARUN), CipherTrust (INTC), Imperva (IMPV), NetBoost (INTC), Sourcefire (FIRE), PortAuthority Technologies (WBSN), Securent (CSCO), Xsigo Systems (ORCL), and Zenprise (CTXS). Asheem joined Greylock in 2003 from Check Point Software (CHKP), where he was vice-president of business development and product management. Born and raised in India, Asheem holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Asheem was included in the 2013 and 2012 Forbes Midas lists of top technology investors, and the 2013 and 2012 AlwaysOn VC 100 lists.

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Venky Ganesan

Venky Ganesan

Managing Director at Menlo Ventures

Venky Ganesan is a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures and focuses on investments in the consumer and enterprise sectors. He currently serves on the board of Avi Networks, BitSight, Gild, Handle, Machine Zone, Takipi and Waterline Data Science. Prior to joining Menlo in 2013, he was a Managing Director at Globespan Capital Partners where he was part of the investment team since the firm's inception. At Globespan, Venky led numerous successful investments including Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Amobee (Acquired by SingTel), Exeros (Acquired by IBM), Jajah (Acquired by Telefonica ), Sendia (Acquired by Salesforce.com) and Trigo (Acquired by IBM). In addition, he also led investments or served on the boards of the following private companies: Bityota, Gild, Kaminario, Marketlive, Nominum, oDesk, Redfin, Rev, SMSGupshup, and Strongmail. Venky was recognized on the 2013 and 2014 Forbes Midas List. Prior to Globespan, Venky was one of the founders of Trigo Technologies and has previously worked at McKinsey & Co. and Microsoft. Venky holds a B.A. in Economics-Math from Reed College and a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science with honors from the California Institute of Technology.

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Barry Eggers

Barry Eggers

Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

Barry Eggers is a Partner of Lightspeed and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure, with a specific interest in cloud computing, big data, storage, consumerization of IT, and networking. He has 15 years of venture capital experience, 10 years of operating experience and has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top 100 investors multiple times. Barry works closely with Avi Networks, MapR Technologies, Nimble Storage, Pertino and youwho. His past investments include Pliant Technology (acquired by Sandisk), Calista Technologies (acquired by MSFT), Arbor Networks (acquired by DHR), Growth Networks (acquired by CSCO), Maker Communications (acquired post-IPO by CNXT), Metasolv Software (acquired post-IPO by ORCL), Sirocco Systems (acquired by SCMR), and Telogy Networks (acquired by TI). Prior to joining Lightspeed, Barry held executive roles in business development and general management at Cisco Systems from 1991-1997. Barry holds a BA in Economics and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Barry is a member of the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors.

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Dan Warmenhoven

Dan Warmenhoven

Board of Director

Dan Warmenhoven is the former executive chairman (2009 – 2014) and CEO (1994 – 2009) of NetApp. Under Dan‘s leadership, NetApp grew to become a multibillion-dollar company and a recognized market leader in networked storage, a concept the company pioneered. Dan led the company's initial public offering in November 1995.

In August 2009, Dan received the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce. He is a director of Bechtel Group, Inc., Big Switch Networks, Cohesity, Palo Alto Networks, and Theranos. Dan is also on the board of the Tech Museum of Innovation as well as a trustee of Bellarmine College Preparatory, both in San Jose, California. In June 2007, Dan received an honorary degree from Santa Clara University for his dedication to global business and technology leadership and in 2006 was named one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Networking" by Network World. In 2004, he won the prestigious "National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year" award, and in 2001 BusinessWeek named Dan one of its "Top 25 Managers" for the year.

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