ONUG Spring 2014 Speakers
Harvard University – University Technology Security Officer
Scott Bradner has been involved in the design, operation and use of data networks at Harvard University since the early days of the ARPANET. He was involved in the design of the original Harvard data networks, the Longwood Medical Area network (LMAnet) and New England Academic and Research Network (NEARnet). He was founding chair of the technical committees of LMAnet, NEARnet and the Corporation for Research and Enterprise Network (CoREN).
Mr. Bradner served in a number of roles in the IETF. He was the co-director of the Operational Requirements Area (1993-1997), IPng Area (1993-1996), Transport Area (1997-2003) and Sub-IP Area (2001-2003). He was a member of the IESG (1993-2003) and was an elected trustee of the Internet Society (1993-1999), where he currently serves as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Scott is also a member of the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA) as well as a trustee of the IETF Trust.
Mr. Bradner is a Senior Technical Consultant in the Office of the Harvard University CTO. His job includes work in the area of identity management as well as exploring, developing and upgrading technology at Harvard, monitoring changing technology trends and exploring their potential for use at Harvard. He founded the Harvard Network Device Test Lab, is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, a weekly columnist for Network World, and does a bit of independent consulting on the side.
JPMorgan Chase – Chief Architect, Global Network Services
John is responsible for network architecture at JP Morgan Chase, accountable for data networking and unified voice communications across the global network of data centers, corporate offices and thousands of ATM machines and branch locations. Formerly, he was at Cisco, serving for 18 years, leaving as a Distinguished Engineer in the Advanced Services group.
At Cisco, he played an instrumental role in the network architecture of top-tier financial institutions worldwide. He implemented scores of projects for WAN, campus, branch and data centers – and was renowned for his expertise on high-availability designs.
He was awarded the highest level of accreditation within Cisco – the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) – and he holds US patents in routing scalability, QoS, and security. He was also the principal Cisco representative on the design of Internet2’s Abilene Network, and he worked extensively on high-performance networks within the research and education communities.
Cavanaugh holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computing Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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.
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. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.
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.
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.
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.
Citigroup – Managing Director and US Head of Technology Research
Ehud Gelblum, Ph.D. is a Managing Director and US Head of Technology Research. Ehud heads the US Tech Research team while covering the Communications Equipment, Data Networking and Wireless Equipment industries. He joined Citigroup in October 2013 following four years at Morgan Stanley and seven years at JP Morgan, where he covered the same sectors. Prior to JP Morgan, Ehud worked at Andor Capital on the buy side, where he covered global telecom services. From 1998-2001, he covered telecom at Merrill Lynch and then at CSFB. Ehud is currently ranked number one by Institutional Investor magazine in both of the sectors he covers as well as ranked number one in the Greenwich poll. He has been the number one ranked analyst 14 times in Institutional Investor magazine over the course of his career and was the only analyst ranked number one in two sectors for 5 of the past 6 years as well as being top ranked in other investor polls. Prior to joining Wall Street, Ehud was a researcher at AT&T Bell Labs from 1993-1998 where he received six patents in the fields of digital communications and information theory. Ehud holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees in economics from The Wharton School and electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Chief Analyst – 451 Research
Eric is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive, hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. He coordinates industry analysis across the broad portfolio of 451 research disciplines. The confluence of the forces of mobile device growth and cloud computing is creating tectonic shifts in the industry, including the move to converged infrastructure and software-defined networking. Eric helps 451 Research’s clients navigate these turbulent waters and determine their impacts and how they can best capitalize on them.
For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered networking security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.
Eric holds a patent in image compression systems. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry events.
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.
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.
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.
Lucera – Co-founder and CEO
Jacob Loveless is a proven technology innovator with almost 15 years’ experience in automated trading and advanced systems design. As co-founder and CEO of Lucera, Jake is focused on introducing radical innovation in engineering that will change the future of financial computing.
Prior to Lucera, Jake served as head of High Frequency Trading for Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment bank and brokerage known for its innovation in computer-based bond brokerage, where he lead a group of engineers and mathematicians to optimize electronic trading capabilities. Jake’s career spans both high frequency trading groups and exchanges, and covers nearly every electronic asset. Prior to his tenure at Cantor Fitzgerald, he was a special contractor for the US Department of Defense with a focus on heuristic analysis, and earlier in his career, CTO and a founder of Data Scientific, a pioneer in distributed systems analysis. Jake is also a guest lecturer at New York University, where he often speaks on big data issues and their impact on the financial services industry, as well as trends and challenges in high-frequency trading, low latency technology and system architecture.
Global IT and Information Security Leader
Conrad Menezes brings over 20 years of global experience helping companies successfully transform and 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.
Conrad joined Sears Holdings in 2010 as Vice President, Information & Technology, where he established, elevated and matured the network and information security program while modernizing and transforming the company wide telecom, network and information security infrastructure. In this position, he led strategic planning, engineering, operations support and compliance across all sears retail formats and subsidiaries. Prior to this position, 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.
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.
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.
ADP – Senior Data Architecture, GNS
Rajiv is the Head of Data Network Architecture & Strategy 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. Rajiv is responsible for all technologies and service strategy associated with Data Networks. He is focused on enabling ADP’s vision of Simplify, Innovate & Grow.
20+ years of engineering, technology integration and support experience, with an extensive background in networking and IP services technologies. Rajiv held leadership roles for various technology organizations. Most recently as Head of Perimeter Security for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he was responsible for architecture, engineering and support for various perimeter technologies such as Firewall/IDS/IPS.
Previously, Rajiv was head of Head of Product engineering for IP SERVICES which included Proxy, DNS, Load Balancing, IDS/IPS, Firewall, Wireless & VPN at Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch’s IP SERVICES was architected, designed and implemented under his leadership and direction.
Graduate of RV College of Engineering, India with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.
Credit Suisse – Assistant Vice President, Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy Team
Vesko Pehlivanov is an Assistant 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.
Deutsche Telekom – Technical Lead for Software-Defined Networking
Srini Seetharaman is the Technical Lead for Software-defined Networking (SDN) at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Center. He is also a partner at SDN Hub, where he spear-heads several open-source SDN projects. Previously he was a member of the OpenFlow/SDN team at Stanford, between 2008-2011, where he lead the SDN deployments in several nation-wide campus enterprise networks, including Stanford. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Fidelity Investments – SVP Wholesale IT, Fidelity Technology Group
Keith Shinn is Senior Vice President, Wholesale IT of Fidelity Technology Group (FTG), a division of Fidelity Inv States estments, the largest mutual fund company in the United, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Mr. Shinn joined Fidelity in Nov 1987 and is currently responsible for Wholesale IT Architecture and Strategic Services which responsibilities includes IT Strategy Network, Server, Storage, Middleware, Database, Cloud, Big Data, and development of “Click2Compute” the Cloud services offering for Fidelity IT departments.
Mr. Shinn has over 25 years of experience in the IT and has held leadership roles at First Data Corporation, Neiman Marcus and RepublicBank. He began his technology career in 1981 with RepublicBank.
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.
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.
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.
WWT – Vice President of Information Technology
In his current role as Vice President of Information Technology, Mike Taylor is responsible for all information technology functions that include Business Applications, IT Governance, Architecture, Infrastructure and Core Advanced Technology Center Operations at WWT. In his role, Mike helps define and execute the IT strategy in line with the overall business strategy. Mike is focused on fostering a culture of innovation and positioning IT as a differentiator for WWT’s business and go-to-market strategy. Mike has been with WWT since 2000 and has held leadership roles across Applications, Infrastructure and Architecture. Throughout his various roles in IT, Mike has been a driver of Business Value, Architecture Best Practices and IT Service Management Principles. Mike holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Columbia College in Columbia, MO.
NT Advisors LLC – Founder
Nikos Theodosopoulos has 30 years of experience in the communications and finance industries. Nikos currently runs his own advisory and consulting practice, NT Advisors LLC, which provides corporate strategy, M&A vetting and investor positioning consulting services to companies in the technology, private equity and venture capital industries. Nikos founded NT Advisors LLC in August of 2012. Previously, Nikos was a Managing Director at UBS Investment Research for 17 years where he served a leading Wall Street research analyst in the communications and data networking industries, Global Technology Strategist and U.S. Technology Sector Head. Nikos began his career at Bell Laboratories and AT&T where he held roles in engineering, project management and sales. Nikos also serves on the Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Nikos holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business.
UST Global – Chief Information Officer
Tony Velleca is Chief Information Officer of UST Global, responsible for information technology, communications and security services for global operations spanning more than 26 countries. Tony was selected by ComputerWorld as one of 2010’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for driving positive change and innovation through technology.
In addition to his role as CIO, Tony is responsible for strategic partnerships. The most successful partners are new, innovative technology that offer potentially disruptive capabilities. To be in a position to recommend these capabilities to clients, UST Global often implements their technology before recommending them to clients.
Prior to his role as CIO, Tony was responsible for Global Services. In this role, he implemented the “Think, Plan, Build, Verify and Run” service framework and aligned the major service offerings to this framework.
He also pioneered an innovative leadership development program called the personal brand and thought leadership project. As a result of this program, many innovative service offerings were created ahead of their time giving UST Global a first mover advantage around mobile, social, “software as a service” and advanced analytics.
Prior to his role as VP of Global Services, Tony was responsible for creating Global Relationship Management. A key part of UST Global’s differentiation is to be a strategic partner to our clients. This team of former CIOs and senior Consultants ensures that UST Global is consistently offering value to our clients and has been a key contributor to UST Global’s perfect client retention and industry-leading growth.
Tony has been with UST Global since 2000. Prior to joining UST Global, Tony was a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer at huddle247.com, which PC Magazine had rated among the top virtual workspace solutions in 2000.
Prior to huddle247.com, he worked for Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) and Rolls-Royce, Inc. where he spent most of his career in conceptual design and optimization of propulsion systems for next generation commercial and military aircraft.
Tony holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA (Honors) from University of California, Irvine.
UBS – Director, 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.
Gap Inc. – VP Technology
Naveen is responsible for online and enterprise infrastructure, operations and information security for GAP. He leads an organization that focuses on development of modern, agile infrastructure, advanced threat management, data visualization, Chef automation, Nagios-based pervasive monitoring, Open Stack development, Linux system engineering and storage architecture, etc. Under Naveen’s leadership GAP has simplified open standards and migrated 50% of the entire landscape to these standards and a modern data center in 18 months. Prior to GAP, Naveen was VP Technology and Operations at Encover, and held IT positions at Cisco and Walmart.
Georgia Tech – Associate Professor, College of Computing
Nick Feamster is an associate professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 “Top Young Innovators Under 35” award, the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize, and award papers at the SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (measuring Web performance bottlenecks), SIGCOMM (network-level behavior of spammers), the NSDI conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security (web cookie analysis).
Storiant – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Jeff Flowers is a seasoned technology executive with deep IT and technical expertise. Jeff co-founded Sonexis, FaxNet, Pilot Software and more recently, Carbonite with David Friend, Chairman of Storiant’s Board. At Sonexis and FaxNet, he also served as CTO. In 2009, while at Carbonite, he was named CTO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council. Carbonite went public in the Fall of 2011. Jeff left Carbonite in April 2012 yet remains an active member of the Board of Directors.
In addition to the three companies he co-founded, Jeff served as VP of Engineering at Computer Pictures. He also served as VP of Development at ON Technology Corporation, a software vendor that provided groupware and utility products for Apple and Novell Netware operating environments. During Jeff’s tenure, ON Technology completed its IPO.
Jeff holds a B.S. and M.S. in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and attended the Northeastern University School of Business.
Cleversafe – Founder and Vice Chairman
Chris Gladwin founded Cleversafe in 2004, bringing to the company the same innovative and entrepreneurial approach that has signified his executive leadership throughout his career. Chris, who was previously the creator of the first workgroup storage server at Zenith Data Systems and was a Manager of Corporate Storage Standards at Lockheed Martin, also created and managed a number of successful new technology start-ups, including MusicNow, which was acquired by Circuit City. Chris has been the creative force behind the development of the first Dispersed Storage system to solve the growing global problem of Big Data storage.
Years ahead of the market, Chris understood the growing issues surrounding unstructured data and the inability of traditional technology solutions to accommodate the explosive growth of digital assets such as audio, video and imaging. Using advances in dispersed information technology, he applied that to storage to create a reliable, cost effective, secure solution with a limitless ability to scale. Chris then led Cleversafe to securing and deploying many of the largest data storage systems in the world.
Chris Gladwin has created over 1,000 issued and pending patents related to Dispersed Storage technology. Cleversafe, inspired by Chris, continues to be one of the most patenting U.S. companies per employee.
Chris Gladwin holds a degree in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chris is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as the Board of Directors of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, SmartBet Charities, the Chicago Innovation Awards and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
Sequoia Capital – Managing Partner
Michael L. Goguen has been a Managing Partner at Sequoia Capital for over 17 years, where he focuses on infrastructure and technology investments. He is a Director of Cellworks, Click Security, Clickatell, Infoblox (BLOX), OpenDNS, Quantenna, R2 Semiconductor, ThinkCash, Tula Technologies, Versa, and vIPtela. Michael led Sequoia’s investments in Ardent (CSCO), Avanex (AVNX), LitePoint (TER), LogLogic (TIBX), MaxComm (CSCO), Monterey Networks (CSCO), Navini (CSCO), Netiverse (CSCO), NetScreen (JNPR), Pipelinks (CSCO), Redback Networks (RBAK), Spatial Wireless (ALU), Springbank (CacheFlow), Versatile (VTSS), Virident (WDC), VitalSigns (ALU), Yago Systems (Cabletron), and many others. Before joining Sequoia Capital in 1996, Michael spent 10 years in various engineering, research and product management roles at DEC, SynOptics and Centillion and was a director of Engineering at Bay Networks (Nortel). Michael also served as a Technical Chairman of the ATM Forum. Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Glue Networks – Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Gray is a thought leader in the field of Next-Gen Cloud Based Networking. His mission is to help customers do more with less while positively touching the lives of others around him. Jeff has helped numerous companies develop and execute their strategic vision. Jeff has worked closely with Cisco Systems, VMware, HP, and Panduit on next-generation data center and cloud computing initiatives. Jeff was the former VP Business Development of Yelofin Networks, a hybrid Virtual Network Operator where he was responsible for US operations. A former executive of networking and telecom spin-offs of Cisco Systems and E.ON Energie, he also worked on strategic network initiatives of power utilities throughout the US and Europe developing network and smart grid strategies and architectures. Jeff developed Deutsche Bank’s global e-Commerce strategy for the transaction bank and helped design and build several Deutsche Bank funded technology companies. Jeff has lived and worked in California, New York, Germany, Sweden, Norway, the UK, and holds a BA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Leaders of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership of John F. Kennedy University. Jeff enjoys ski racing Far West Masters on weekends, surfing, golf, weight lifting, running, and backpacking.
Pertino – CTO & Co-Founder
Scott Hankins has spent 20 years developing mission-critical and high performance network technology. Prior to founding Pertino, he was a senior engineer and architect at Packeteer (acquired by Blue Coat) where he lead the advanced technology and deep packet inspection teams. Previously, he developed real-time, distributed simulation platforms for the Space Shuttle program while an engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Hankins holds several patents on advanced packet inspection, handling, and analysis, and has a BSCE from University of Texas at Arlington and MSEE from Stanford University.
VMware – Engineering Architect
Brad Hedlund is an Engineering Architect with the CTO Office of VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit (NSBU), focused on network & security virtualization (NSX) and the software-defined data center. Brad’s background in data center networking begins in the mid-1990s with a variety of experience in roles such as IT customer, value added reseller, and vendor, including Cisco and Dell. Brad also authors a popular data center networking blog at http://bradhedlund.com. CCIE Emeritus #5530.
Cisco – Principal Engineer
Viptela – CTO and Co-Founder
Khalid is the CTO and Co-Founder of Viptela – a Sequoia-funded SDN startup that is revolutionizing WAN technology. Widely regarded as a visionary in routing protocols, and a former Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, he is among an elite group who have earned the pinnacle of Cisco certifications: Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) and Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE). In a career spanning over 20 years, Khalid has played an instrumental role in architecting networks for Global Tier-1 carriers and Fortune 100 companies. He also led a team of Senior Cisco architects in defining innovative grid solutions for the healthcare industry.
Most recently, at Hewlett-Packard, he was honored as Distinguished Technologist, and he created the vision for the company’s Next-Generation Datacenter and Wide Area Network architectures.
Raza holds patents in Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and is the author of a book titled “Large-Scale IP Network Solutions.” He is a regular speaker at NANOG, IPv6 Forum, SANOG and Cisco Live.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from NED and a Master of Science degree from Wichita State University.
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.
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.
Dimitri received a PhD and an MsC in computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1996 and 1994 respectively. He is the author for more than 50 papers in international conferences and journals, holds more than 20 patents, and was the co-recipient of the 1998 IEEE Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award.
Intel Corporation – Director of Strategic Planning, SW Defined Network Division
Sean Varley leads strategic planning and marketing for Intel’s Software Defined Networking Division. His group is responsible for painting in the horizon on strategic business relationships, business planning and platform definition in the rapidly evolving SDN and NFV space for Intel. The group’s charter is to provide building blocks to the industry that showcase the advantages of using Intel Architecture, IO products like switches and NIC’s as well as software components in elegantly designed reference platforms for SDN and NFV use models.
Prior to working with the SDN division, Sean has spent most of his 25 years in the networking industry working with systems, software, silicon and broad solutions in both engineering architecture and strategic marketing capacities. During a span of 20 years at Intel, his work has helped to net the first Intel branded network systems in the late nineties; to the first high density switching ASICs built on Intel processes; to foundational IO technologies surrounding the CPU such as DDIO & IOAT; to industry leading IO virtualization technologies such as SR-IOV & VMDq. More recently, Sean has focused on Open Networking technology and has lead Intel’s latest forays into networking and communications driving initiatives such as the Open Network Platform, and the acquisition of Fulcrum Microsystems, various SW investments and the expansion of DPDK into the NFV ecosystem.
Sean is a leading figure and spokesperson for Intel at many industry working groups and an advocate for open networking technology in many forums such as the ONF, OCP, Open Daylight, the Linux community and many other industry forums and events.