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Fall 2014 Speakers

Below is a sampling of speakers from ONUG Fall 2014, hosted by Credit Suisse. 


guido_appenzellerGuido Appenzeller 
VMware – Chief technology Strategy Officer, NSBU

Guido Appenzeller is CTSO for the networking and security business unit at VMware, where he is responsible for driving technology strategy and thought leadership and go-to-market for the organization. Prior to VMware, Guido was co-founder of Big Switch Networks, and a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and head of the Clean Slate Lab where he led the research team that developed the OpenFlow v1.0 standard and the reference switch and controller implementations. Guido also served as CTO of Voltage Security, an enterprise software company that he co-founded and grew from zero to profitability and more than 1,000 enterprise customers. He was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a MS in Physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

DaveChandlerHeadshotDavid Chandler
WWT – Practice Lead, Enterprise Networking Solutions

David graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Zoology and began his career in Ophthalmology research.  Changing careers from research to information technology  in 1992, he worked as a system administrator for the Cardiology department at  Duke University Medical Center. He then spent several years at a start-up company as a manager of software development, and moved into Network engineering at GTE and then 3Com before joining Cisco in 2000

David has over eleven years’ experience at Cisco Systems as a Systems Engineer and in 2006 was asked to become one of the first Data Center Technical Solutions Architects at Cisco.  He covered the Southeastern Area of the US, providing Data Center vision for customers during the advent and explosion of cloud computing.

In 2011, after retiring from Cisco, David joined WWT as a TSA in the Data Center group and then moved into the Practice Lead role for Routing and Switching, which has now evolved into the Enterprise Networking Solutions practice.

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Mike Cohen

Cisco Systems – Director of Product Marketing

Mike Cohen is Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems.  Mike began his career as an early engineer on VMware’s hypervisor team and subsequently worked in infrastructure product management on Google and Big Switch Networks.  Mike holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Comer_photoDr. Douglas Comer
Purdue University – Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Arista Networks – CTO & SVP Software Engineering 

Kenneth Duda is a pioneer of advanced networking software and is the lead architect of Arista Networks EOS, a stateful modular operating system for all Arista Networks products.  He is also co-author of the IETF’s VXLAN specification. From 2005 to 2008, Ken was also the Acting President of Arista Networks.
Prior to joining Arista Networks, Ken was the CTO at, where he played a lead role in designing a real-time 3-D distributed system that scaled to thousands of simultaneous users.  Ken was also the first employee of Granite Systems and led the software development effort for the Catalyst 4000 product line after the acquisition by Cisco.
Ken holds three engineering degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Cisco – Chief Technology Officer, Cisco’s Insieme Business Unit

Tom Edsall is the Chief Technology Officer of Cisco’s Insieme Business Unit, a Cisco Fellow and a co-founder of Insieme Networks, a developer of application-centric infrastructure products, where he is responsible for system architecture and product evangelism.  Insieme Networks was described in Network World as “one of the most anticipated events in the networking industry over the past 18 months or so, ever since word leaked that Cisco was funding the spin-in as its response to the software-defined networking trend.”   At Insieme (recently spun back into Cisco), Edsall has led the development of the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which includes a new line of Nexus 9000 switches that form an application-aware switching fabric along with a centralized controller that manages both virtual and physical network infrastructures.

Edsall has been with Cisco since 1993, except for a stint as CTO and co-founder of spin-in Andiamo Systems (building SAN switches). One of Cisco’s leading switch architects, he has been responsible for the MDS, Nexus 7000, and Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines.  Two of his products, the Catalyst 6000 and Nexus 7000, have been the recipients of the prestigious Cisco Pioneer Award. During this time he has been awarded more than 70 patents in the networking industry and was recently an author of “CONGA: Distributed Congestion-Aware Load Balancing for Data Centers” that won the prestigious Sigcomm 2014 best paper award.

Before joining Cisco, he was a co-founder and a member of the senior engineering management team at Crescendo Communications, Cisco’s first acquisition.  Edsall holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford, where he has also been a Visiting Scholar and occasional lecturer.

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Mike Elmore

Cigna – IT Senior Director, Enterprise Network Engineering

Mike Elmore leads the Global Enterprise Network Engineering organization at Cigna – a Global Health Insurance and Health Services Company. In this capacity, he is accountable for all data networking, voice/unified communications, video, contact center, and instrumentation supporting 35,000+ employee’s operating in 30 countries, with $32B+ in revenue.

With over 14 years of experience in telecommunications architecture, engineering and operations, Mike has driven insourcing and outsourcing initiatives, managed large enterprise data and voice networks, contact center technologies and network security infrastructures. He has developed and led numerous large strategic initiatives, as a dynamic leader with a proven track record building and managing effective organizations, leveraging innovative technologies and approaches to drive quality up and cost down in large enterprises.

Prior to Cigna, Mike worked as a Solution Architect for Cisco, where he supported a large Fortune 10 financial institution and led the technical sales strategy across multiple technology domains.

In 2003, Mike joined United Health Care Group (a Fortune 25 Health Insurance Company), where he architected the next generation data network and led the Global Network Design and Planning team. He executed a three year strategic roadmap for network services yielding $100M in annual run rate savings, leveraging elastic IP technologies, convergence and insourced the engineering and operations components. Mike also built an offshore capability, driving operational efficiencies for the network support organization.

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Pablo Espinosa

Gap, Inc. – Director, Network Infrastructure

Pablo Espinosa is responsible for Network Architecture, engineering and design across a global footprint of production, non-production and test environments at Gap Inc. He’s responsible for developing a network infrastructure roadmap, enterprise network strategy and network technology adoption plans. His organization leverages convergence of voice/video, security and data into a unified network infrastructure that enables the Brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Outlet, GID (e-commerce), Athleta and Piperlime to explore new technologies, scale and adapt to future privacy and security requirements.

Mr. Espinosa partners with Capacity and Performance engineering peers for network resource optimization, resolution of production issues and on-going maintenance of application and systems. His group works closely with infrastructure service delivery to delegate and prioritize portfolio initiatives. His group is responsible for design and delivery of network infrastructure disaster recovery that meet Tier 1 conforming requirements and network security infrastructure services that meet all security and privacy requirements.

Mr. Espinosa is responsible for the management of Network Infrastructure Fiscal Planning portfolio, Operating Costs and Capital expenditures and decisions of Network Infrastructure and services for outsourcing providers and vendor management.

nate fosterNate Foster
Cornell University – Assistant Professor of Computer Science 

Nate Foster is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on developing language

abstractions and tools for building reliable systems. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University in 2008, and a BA in Computer Science from Williams College in 2001. His awards include a Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Tien ’72 Teaching Award, a Yahoo! Academic Career Enhancement Award, and the Morris and Dorothy Rubinoff Award.

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UMass Amherst – Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Arjun Guha is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UMass Amherst. He enjoys tackling practical problems, while adhering to the mathematical foundations of programming languages. For example, his dissertation on JavaScript semantics and type-checking, from Brown University, is used by several other researchers as a foundation for their own work. As a postdoc at Cornell University, he developed a model of software-defined networking (SDN) in the Coq Proof Assistant, which is the foundation for a verified runtime and other SDN tools. For his research, he has developed and contributed to several software systems, such as LambdaJS, Frenetic, and Flapjax.

Rod Hall HeadshotRod Hall
JPMorgan Chase – Senior Analyst, Data Networking & Wireline Equipment/Telecom Equipment/Wireless

Rod Hall joined JPMorgan in September 2006 and covers Communications Equipment, Handset and Data Networking stocks. Rod was top 3 ranked by Institutional Investor for his coverage of communications equipment stocks in Europe. Before joining JPMorgan, he worked for eight years at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as a Director on the #1 ranked Telecoms Equity Research team there. Rod began his career at AT&T, where he worked for 8 years in the US and Europe in both the business services and consumer services business units. Rod studied Electrical Engineering as an undergrad and got his MBA at INSEAD in France. He is interested in the economics of new technologies and speaks regularly on the subject at industry events.

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Silver Peak – CEO

David Hughes launched Silver Peak in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM equipment which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 40 patents in areas including data acceleration, packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.

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Viptela – Co-founder and CEO

Amir Khan is a 20+ year veteran of the networking industry with a strong track record of driving multi-billion dollar product lines in both enterprise and service provider segments. Prior to Viptela, Amir led the enterprise routing business & product management for MX and M series routers at Juniper. Before Juniper he served as Director of Product Management at Cisco, leading the critical components of IOS like MPLS, routing, QoS and multicast technologies for switching and routing products. He was also responsible for product strategy of the next generation campus solutions for wired and wireless product lines with over $10 Billion in revenues. Prior to that, he was Director of Product Management at Procket Networks, and Bay Networks. Amir holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Andre-KindnessAndre Kindness
Forrester Research – Principal Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

Andre serves enterprise IT Infrastructure & Operations Professionals within the networking area. His research focuses on layer 2 through 7 wireless and wired networking technology, architecture and strategy for the enterprise. He helps Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy around infrastructure investment and optimization. His analysis balances technology with business strategy to monetize the network, optimize operations, and improve financial efficiency.

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Aryo Kresnadi

FedEx – Chief Engineer/Principal

Aryo Kresnadi is Chief Engineer for FedEx Enterprise Network Architecture, responsible for setting network architecture guideline, future and solution for FedEx Global Enterprise Network supporting all FedEx information movement to ensure on time delivery for all FedEx packages. In the last 8 years, Aryo has been focusing in the Data Center Architecture, including designing and building FedEx Enterprise Data Center.

Joining FedEx in 1998, Aryo has been involved in Network Operation Center, network management system and architecture, network compliance (SOX/PCI) area, ITIL process and Network WAN/LAN/DC design, deployment and architecture.

Aryo holds Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from The Ohio State University and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from University of Pittsburgh. Aryo currently based in Collierville, TN, the home of FedEx World Technology Center.

Andy Executive PhotoAndrew Kulawiak
Bank of America – SVP, IT Architecture Executive 

Andy Kulawiak has over 19 years working in the banking and financial services industry.   He joined Bank of America in July of 2014 and is responsible for global architecture and engineering of the firms Data Network and Cyber Security infrastructure. Andy came to Bank of America from Morgan Stanley where he served as Global Head of Voice and Data Architecture and successfully led the banks global network transformation program and Data Center consolidation strategy.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Andy held Senior Technical Leadership roles at Goldman Sachs, Cantor Fitzgerald and Bankers Trust.

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U.S. Government – Technical Director for Enterprise Connectivity & Specialized IT Services

As Technical Director for Enterprise Connectivity & Specialized IT Services at a U.S. Government organization, Bryan Larish is responsible for setting the technical direction of the development and operation of a global network infrastructure.
Previously, Bryan worked in the Chief Engineer’s office at the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).  In that role, he was responsible for implementing engineering techniques used to manage, architect, and plan the U.S. Navy’s communications/IT systems portfolio.  Bryan’s other experience includes Technical Director for Navy engineering policy and various engineering roles at SPAWAR.
Bryan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

Greg LavenderGreg Lavender
Citigroup – CTO, Citigroup Cloud Architecture and Infrastructure Engineering

Greg Lavender came to Citi from Cisco Systems, where he was the Corporate VP of Network Software Engineering. Greg led Cisco’s global engineering organization in several key efforts, including their platform independent networking protocol software and next generation virtualized embedding network OS.

Prior to Cisco, Greg spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems and then Oracle, serving as Senior Director of Software Engineering and then as Vice President of Engineering for Solaris. He was responsible for development of OpenSolaris and the Solaris 11 Operating System, including the Solaris Kernel, Networking, Infiniband, Virtualization, application runtime environment, as well as high performance computing technologies, cloud computing, and low latency high bandwidth data center networking and storage technology. He also served as CTO for the Network Identity, Messaging and Portal Software Division for the Sun Open Networking Environment.

Prior to Sun, Greg cofounded two successful Internet software venture, ISODE Inc, and Critical Angle, Inc. At ISODE and Critical Angle, Greg pioneered the X.500 and LDAP directory protocols and implemented high-end multiprocessor network servers using Internet and OSI protocols. As Chief Scientist, he commercialized early LDAPv3 directory servers, proxy servers, and SDKs. Critical Angle was acquired by Innosoft International, which in turn was acquired by Sun Microsystems.

Greg has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He has also worked as a Networking Research Scientist and Computer Science Professor conducting advanced R&D on virtual machine architectures, network protocols, and distributed systems. He began his career in the early 1980s implementing TCP/IP and other early Internet protocols on IBM VM/CMS and MVS mainframes, BSD Unix minicomputers, Sun/DEC workstations, and specialized network processors.

Ernest LefnerErnest Lefner
ONUG – Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
Bank of America – SVP Architecture & Engineering Executive

Ernest is responsible for building internal infrastructure at Bank of America to deliver greater flexibility and optimize the company’s data center enabling IT to better support the company’s business goals.

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Nick LippisNick Lippis
ONUG – Co-founder and Co-chairman

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments. At Lippis Enterprises, Inc., Nick works with entrepreneurs evaluating new business opportunities in enterprise networking and serves as an independent investor and advisor.

Darrell Long
Versa Networks – VP Products

Darrell Long, VP Products  – Darrell is responsible for Product, Strategy & Marketing at Versa. Darrell brings a strong background in guiding teams in the delivery of industry leading solutions in high growth technology markets. Prior to Versa, he led Aerohive Network’s Cloud & Applications products. Darrell was also the GM for Blue Coat Systems Security and Carrier Infrastructure Products, where he led the definition, development, and delivery of the company’s main revenue generating enterprise security solutions and carrier/service provider web caching products. Before Blue Coat, Darrell held management positions in Systems Engineering and Business Development with Novell and was a senior consultant/analyst for Accenture. Darrell has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Conrad Menezes
Bank of America – SVP Architecture and Engineering Executive

Conrad Menezes brings over 20 years of global experience to Bank of America where he is Senior Vice President, Architecture & Engineering Executive. Conrad has successfully engineered and led large scale voice & data network transformations helping companies achieve significant operational cost savings and business competitiveness; leading with vision and innovative design, open standards systems/protocols, re-engineering and strategic sourcing. He has a proven track record of developing and executing on business focused IT strategies, eliminating traditional and converged network complexities, simplifying and securing networks commensurate with high levels of efficiency, scalability, availability, performance, breach resistance and information security/regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Conrad served as Vice President, Network & Information Security at Sears Holdings, where he led the network & information security program and practice, modernizing and transforming the company wide telecom, network & information security infrastructure. In this position, he led strategic planning, engineering, operations support and compliance across all sears retail formats and subsidiaries. Prior to Sears, he provided data center, network and information security consulting to Fortune 1000 and private firms. Conrad has held a number of IT leadership positions over the years, in his last position at American Express he was Vice President, Technologies Integrator with the Technology Strategy & Operations Group, leading the global network strategy, architecture, standards and engineering for voice, data, and information security across all bank, card and travel business units.

Conrad holds a B.E. degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, India and a M.S.E.E. degree from The University of Toledo, Ohio, and is the author and co-author of several engineering and research publications. He has presented at several industry leading CIO/CISO networking and security conferences and serves on the advisory board at a number of technology firms.

Dave MeyerDavid Meyer
Brocade Communications – CTO and Chief Scientist 

David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He is currently the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF ( and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG ( program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T.

Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oregon.

Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

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Nominum – Chairman and Chief Scientist

Universite de Pierre et Marie Curie – Visiting Scholar

Paul Mockapetris is an Internet advocate and investor, with interests ranging from cloud computing to optical networking. He is best known as the creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), used for the Internet’s email and web addresses, and wrote the first implementation of SMTP, the Internet’s email system.

At present, he is a visiting scholar at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, and is Chairman and Chief Scientist for Nominum. In the past he was CTO at Urban Media, Siara, Fiberlane, and director of engineering at @Home. He has been IETF chair, program manager at ARPA, and did 15 years of research at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, and 10 years at UC Irvine with the DCS project.

He received his learner’s permits in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971, and his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 1982. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2003 Internet award and the ACM 2005 Sigcomm award, and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering as well as the Internet Hall of Fame.


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Moor Insights & Strategy – Founder, President, and Principal Analyst

Patrick Moorhead is Founder, President and Principal Analyst at boutique technology analyst firm Moor Insights & Strategy, founded in 2011.  He was the most cited industry technology analyst in the U.S. and European press in January, 2014, and is routinely quoted in the highest quality publications, and also appears on numerous business TV shows.  Moor Insights & Strategy has analyst practices in cloud services, servers, storage, networking and client devices like phones, tablets and personal computers. The firm also extensively researches IoT.

Patrick has served on numerous boards, including the American Electronics Association (AEA), Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and served as board chair at Saint David’s Medical Center, a Reuter’s Top 100 hospital. Previously, Patrick was a product, strategy, and marketing executive at AMD, AltaVista, and Compaq and also worked at AT&T and NCR.

Moor Insights & Strategy’s offices are located in Austin, TX, USA.

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Robert W. Baird & Co. – CFA, Senior Research Analyst, IT Systems and Networking

Jayson Noland is Baird’s senior analyst covering IT Systems and Networking. Prior to joining Baird in 2005, he worked for technology firms in the Silicon Valley in engineering and business development roles. In both 2008 and 2009, he was included in The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” analyst rankings – Computers and Office Equipment. In 2009, he was designated as an Institutional Investor “Best Up and Comer” – IT Hardware. Jayson received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago.

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ADP – Vice President, Global Network Services and Distributed Database Services

Vincent is the Head of Global Network Services and Distributed Database Services at ADP. ADP is one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing and human capital management (HCM) services for over 600,000 organizations in 125 countries. Vincent is responsible for all technologies and services associated with Data Networks, Unified Communications, Contact Centers, and Databases. He is focused on enabling ADP’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model by driving innovation and a service focused mindset across the IT organization.

Over 20 years of engineering and technology integration experience, with an extensive background in networking and market data technologies. Vincent held leadership roles for various technology organizations. Most recently as global Head of Market Data Services for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was named Inside Market Data’s Executive of the year in 2009. He was responsible for engineering, support and vendor management of the firm’s low latency Market Data distribution platforms.

Previously, Vincent was head of Global Network Engineering at Merrill Lynch responsible for all voice and data network technologies. Merrill Lynch’s world class enterprise network was architected, designed and implemented under his leadership and direction.

Graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Symantec – VP of Global Network

After serving in many roles in telecom and Internet companies, Lane Patterson joined Symantec in 2014 and is currently Vice President of Global Network. Prior to joining Symantec, Lane was Chief Network Architect at Equinix. Before that, Lane was Director of IP Network Management Systems for Global Crossing, Inc. where he supported a global IP backbone and first generation content distribution centers. At Metropolitan Fiber Systems, he lead operations of mid-Atlantic Frame Relay, ATM, and related data networking services, as well as the MAE-East Internet exchange point during the first wave of commercial ISP growth. Lane has a deep background in the technologies related to telecommunications, Internet routing, and data center computing infrastructure.

Lane received a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Michael PayneMichael Payne
JPMorgan Chase – Executive Director and Engineer Lead

Michael Payne leads the Network Strategy team for the Global Network Services organization at JPMorgan Chase. In this role, he evaluates emerging technologies and companies in the software defined networking, network virtualization, data center and cloud networking and unified communication areas. He works closely with teams in the Investment Bank and Chief Information Office in driving the innovation agenda within JPMorgan Chase.

Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Payne joined Cisco Systems in 2000 to develop financial services solutions for the Asia Pacific region. He transitioned to the U.S. market in early 2003 and assumed global responsibility in 2004 as the Financial Services Segment Executive for global industry solutions in Worldwide Enterprise Marketing.

Before joining Cisco, he was a manager in Andersen Consulting’s Internet and Media Technologies practice. During his five years with Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture), Mr. Payne developed and implemented several Internet and e-commerce systems for large global financial institutions in Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business majoring in marketing from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Payne is based in California, United States.

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Vesko Pehlivanov

Credit Suisse – Vice President, Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy Team

Vesko Pehlivanov is a Vice President in the Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy team at Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse Group is a leading financial services company, advising companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland, in all aspects of finance across the globe.

Vesko joined Credit Suisse in July 2010 as an Infrastructure Architect responsible for network and network security strategy and architecture across a global footprint of production, non-production and test environments. In this role, he evaluates emerging technologies and companies in the software defined networking, network virtualization, data center and cloud networking and unified communication areas.

In addition to working closely with Credit Suisse’s engineering and operations teams, Vesko also serves as technical advisor to the Technology Investment Banking, Equity Research, and Prime Investments business units.

Vesko has an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University with concentration in Network Systems and Network Security. He is currently based in New York City.

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Whirlpool – Director, Global Network and Telecommunications Services

Alex Petrov is Director, Global Network and Telecommunications Services, at Whirlpool Corporation. Whirlpool is the world’s leader in home appliances, with $19 billion of sales and operations in 130 countries. Prior to joining Whirlpool in 2005, Alex was at FedEx, technology startups, and in academia; he is a proud alumnus of Penn State’s and Pepperdine University’s graduate programs.

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Cisco – Vice President, Network Transformation, Enterprise Network Segment

Jeff Reed is Vice President of Network Transformation for Cisco’s Enterprise Networking segment.  In this role, Reed leads product management and oversees product strategy, requirements and go-to-market activities for SDN controllers and applications, network management and new SDN-based solutions and architectures for Cisco’s enterprise customers.

Formerly Reed was the GM for Cisco’s Unified Access Group, Cisco’s largest switching business unit. Jeff joined Cisco from Symantec Corporation, where he held senior positions in product development and alliances and business development.  Jeff led product management for the Storage Foundation business unit, ran Strategic Alliances and Business Development for Symantec’s Enterprise Product Group and was general manager for Symantec’s Clustered Storage product line. Prior to Symantec, Reed was President and Co-founder of an e-commerce venture and was a strategy consultant for the Monitor Group.

Reed holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering (with distinction) and an M.B.A, both from Stanford University.

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Intel – Senior Director, Market Development

Sandra Rivera has held marketing and business development roles for 14 years at Intel, focused on communications networking markets and products, with responsibility for product marketing, segment marketing, channel and ecosystem marketing.  Currently Ms. Rivera drives TEM, OEM and End User Market Development for Intel’s Communications & Storage Infrastructure Group. She is also responsible for communications and storage infrastructure solutions integration and optimizations, ecosystem enabling and overall industry marketing.

Ms. Rivera is also on the board of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) Linux Foundation collaborative project and serves as Marketing Chair of OPNFV.

Prior to Intel, Ms. Rivera co-founded The CTI Authority, a computer telephony distributor, served as president of Catalyst Telecom’s CT division and had responsibility for the Dialogic sales organization in the eastern US and Canada.  Ms. Rivera holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University.

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SDN Hub – Founder

Srini Seetharaman is the Founder of SDN Hub, where he spear-heads several open-source SDN projects. Previously he was the Technical Lead for SDN at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Center and an early member of the OpenFlow/SDN team at Stanford, where he lead the SDN deployments in several nation-wide campus enterprise networks. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

Rob SherwoodRob Sherwood
Big Switch Networks – Chief Technology Officer

Rob serves as the CTO for Big Switch Networks, where he spends his time internally leading software architecture and externally evangelizing SDN to customers and partners. Rob is an active contributor to open source projects such as Switch Light and Floodlight as well as the Open Compute Project. He was the former Chair of the ONF’s Architecture & Framework Working Group as well as vice-chair of the ONF’s Testing & Interoperability Working Group. Rob prototyped the first OpenFlow-based network hypervisor, the “FlowVisor”, allowing production and experimental traffic to safely co-exist on the same physical network and is involved in various standards efforts and partner and customer engagements. Rob holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Cowen and Company – Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst

Paul Silverstein is a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Cowen And Company covering data networking and wireline equipment.  Prior to joining Cowen in January 2013, Mr. Silverstein was a senior analyst in Credit Suisse’s equity research department, covering the communications infrastructure industry.  Prior to that, he was a senior analyst in equity research at Robertson Stephens and at Needham & Co.  Prior to becoming a securities analyst, Mr. Silverstein practiced corporate and securities law as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges and at Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn.  He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.  Institutional Investor, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine and Thomson Reuters StarMine have ranked Mr. Silverstein as one of the top U.S. networking and communication equipment analysts.

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Nuage Networks – Founder and Chief Architect

Dimitri is leading the technology and architecture of the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform. Before starting Nuage Networks, Dimitri was the CTO of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures and he led the Alcatel-Lucent strategy in cloud computing and NFV. He was also the CTO of the OmniAccess Nonstop Laptop Guardian, a security and compliance solution for IT organizations.

Dimitri brings a multi-disciplinary background in distributed systems, security, and networking. He has held several leading roles in Bell Labs Research, where he led a series of research programs with fundamental contributions in packet classification, traffic management, router architectures, and asset management, and was instrumental in the commercialization of these technologies.


Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan
The Juda Group – Senior Managing Director and Lead Research Analyst

Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan, CFA is a Senior Managing Director and lead research analyst for communications equipment companies at The Juda Group, a division of Concept Capital Markets.  Mr. Subrahmanyan’s research focuses on leading data and optical networking companies.  He has been featured on the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Street Analyst List, and was named the best up-and-comer in telecom equipment in the Institutional Investor polls.

Mr. Subrahmanyan joined The Juda Group in January 2003 prior to which he was lead research analyst for data and optical networking companies at Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Subrahmanyan holds an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University and a B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Madras, India.

Gene Sun

Gene Sun
FedEx – Vice President, Global Network and Communication Services

Gene Sun joined FedEx in 1997 as a System Analyst, focusing on the design and implementation of large-scale eCommerce and Data Warehouse applications.

In 2000, he entered into management and assumed leadership roles including Manager, Managing Director, and Vice President responsible for the creation of the first-generation FedEx pricing system that supported the global FedEx sales force as well as the entire customer base. He also led FedEx’s global Information Security and Risk Management program for four years ensuring security, brand protection, and regulatory compliance.

In his current role as Vice President of Global Network and Communication Services, Gene is accountable for:

  • Long term strategic vision and business plan for Global Network and Communication program
  • Multi-hundred million dollar budget and globally diverse organization
  • Architecture, implementation and operation of global data, voice, video, customer service/call centers and telecom infrastructure as well as social/collaboration tools/solutions

In May 2008, The ComputerWorld magazine named Gene to the “40 under 40 IT Innovators” list of the most promising IT leaders under 40 years old.

Prior to his studying and working in the United States, Gene was employed for two years in China as a sales engineer for Hewlett-Packard, China, LTD.

Gene holds both a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The University of Memphis.

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CohesiveFT – Chief Technology Officer

Chris Swan is CTO at CohesiveFT, where he focuses on product development and product delivery. Chris was previously at UBS where he was CTO for Client Experience working on strategy and architecture for web and mobile offerings across all regions and business divisions. At UBS Chris was also co-head of Security CTO focussing on identity management, access control and data security. Chris represented UBS as a Director on the Steering Committee of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an industry association focussed on enterprise adoption of cloud computing.

Before joining UBS he was CTO at a London based technology investment banking boutique, which operated a cloud only IT platform. Chris previously held various senior R&D, architecture and engineering positions at Credit Suisse, which included networks, security, data centre automation and introduction of new application platforms. Prior to the world of financial services Chris was a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy. He has an MBA from OUBS and a BEng in Electronics Engineering from the University of York.

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Pfizer Inc. – Senior Manager, Hosting and Connectivity Services

Nelson Tai is a Network Engineering and Strategy lead for the Hosting and Connectivity Services group at Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company. His responsibilities have included developing and leading global initiatives for Network Technologies, WAN Optimization, Data Center and Load Balancing to meet business requirements. Nelson also held technical leadership roles in Pfizer Operations and Global Engineering and is an IT business leader and CCIE with over twenty years of experience leading or managing teams in Network Operations, Engineering and Architecture. He has worked across multiple industries including Financial Services, Service Providers, Networking and Pharmaceutical. Prior to Pfizer, Nelson held senior technical Sales positions at Cisco Systems and Predictive Systems. Nelson lives in NY with his wife and twin boys.

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Citigroup – Senior Vice President, Strategy and Emerging Technologies Team

Harmen van der Linde is a Senior Vice President in Citigroup’s Strategy and Emerging Technologies team, focused on networking and storage. In this role, Harmen is driving the vendor interlock for emerging networking and storage technologies. One of his key focus areas is Software Defined Networking (SDN), which is being targeted as strategic building block for Citigroup’s new data center networking infrastructure.

In addition to working closely with Citigroup network and storage engineering, Harmen also serves as technical advisor to Citi Technology Investment Banking, Equity Research, and CitiVentures.

Prior to Citi Harmen worked a Cisco Systems for 7 years where was a senior manager, leading the product management team responsible for Cisco’s Service Provider software strategy and technology roadmap. Together with his team, he covered a wide range of technologies supporting carrier network transport and services supported by the various software product lines offered by Cisco.

Prior to Cisco, Harmen worked at AT&T for 6 years where he was a district manager leading the team responsible for network management and operations planning for AT&T’s global business services network infrastructure. Before joining AT&T, Harmen worked at Bellcore for 4 years where he was a consultant focusing on network and operations management.

Harmen has an MBA in Economics and Finance from Stern NYU and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Twente University in the Netherlands. He is currently based in New York City.

Picture 12Dan Vaught 
Cardinal Health – Director of Infrastructure Architecture

Cardinal Health is a Fortune 21 company that serves as the business behind healthcare, helping pharmacies, hospitals, and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiencies and quality, and increasing profitability.  As Cardinal’s Director of Infrastructure Architecture, Dan leads a global team of architects responsible for the development of Cardinal’s long-term strategy, roadmap, and reference architecture across compute, storage, networking, ITSM, cloud, contact center, and international domains, in support of Cardinal Health’s business goals.

Dan has held various technical, managerial, and architecture roles with progressive levels of responsibility at Limited Stores, Perficient Inc., Safelite Auto Glass, Qwest Communications, Northrup Grumman, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House Communications Agency.

Dan has a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

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MWH Global – Infrastructure Solutions Architect

Eric drives technology strategy for the network, telecom and datacenter environments at MWH Global, the “wet” infrastructure leader. He leads the transformation, design, development and quality assurance of MWH’s IT infrastructure and has delivered an agile, higher bandwidth, high performance Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SDWAN) with hundreds of routers connecting 135 branch offices, in 21 countries across six continents.

MWH Global specializes in strategic consulting, technical engineering, environmental and construction services for clients in multiple industries, focusing on water, energy and environmental services. The MWH business is project driven so speed, agility and a dynamic global WAN are critical to scale the business. The company achieved efficiencies and cost savings through simplified deployment and management of its WAN infrastructure. MWH migrated from a lower performance, inflexible MPLS network that often required 3+ months to provision a new site’s MPLS connection, to a highly resilient broadband network that can quickly connect remote sites worldwide in minutes.

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Viptela – Vice President of Sales

James Winebrenner has more than 12 years experience in global sales management, business development and technical marketing in both the security and networking industry. Most recently, he was director of sales in the financial-services division for Cisco, leading top-tier financial accounts, where he was recognized for consistently beating aggressive sales targets. Earlier, for Siegeworks, he managed the Major Accounts team serving Fortune 200 customers, and he led the transition of sales and business-development teams in the company’s merger with Fishnet Security. Before that, as vice president of consulting services for Network Presence, James played a critical role in bringing significant improvements in profitability of the security practice. Earlier, he held leadership roles in sales, business development, technical marketing with Check Point Software Technologies. He also holds a professional certification as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Philip Winslow
Credit Suisse – Managing Director, Investment Banking Division

Philip Winslow is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. Coordinating a team of nine research professionals across the United States and Europe, Mr. Winslow serves as the global head of the software team in the Equity Research department at Credit Suisse. He originally joined the Technology Group of Credit Suisse First Boston in June 2002 as an associate, covering the Internet infrastructure software sector. Mr. Winslow has been ranked runner-up or higher in Intuitional Investor magazine’s All-America Research Team since 2010 and has also been recognized in Bloomberg Markets magazine’s Top U.S. Analysts survey. Mr. Winslow graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Born in Colorado Springs, CO, he currently lives in New York, NY with his wife, Anya.

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UBS – Director, Infrastructure Research and Development

James Younan works within UBS’s CTO organization in the IT Research and Development group. He currently runs an engineering lab where his role is the evaluation of strategic technologies spanning multiple disciplines including network, compute, and storage. His current focus is in enterprise utility or “cloud” space including system and network virtualization, monitoring, storage. His expertise spans advanced systems architecture, network architecture, network applications and development in a wide range of sectors including financial services, brokerage, hedge funds and telecoms. He has cutting-edge, hands-on experience in high-speed low-latency networking. He is also an expert in HPC environments used for financial modeling and advanced mathematical systems.

Prior to joining UBS, Jim worked as a Senior Architect/Engineer in the Research and Strategy team in Bank of America / Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for defining the firm’s internal cloud architecture, contributing to the firm’s overall storage strategy, and engineering the firm’s electronic trading platform. James also designed a branch architecture for Merrill’s International Private Client group including branches distributed throughout the world. He has also worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at JP Morgan Chase, Smith Barney, AT&T Wireless Services, ADP and Goldman Sachs.

James studied at DeVry Institute, Woodbridge, New Jersey.