Driving disruption through innovation.
Founded by security and network industry veterans, Versa Networks is an innovative leader in SASE, security, networking, SD-WAN, cloud, and analytics. Versa enables Service Providers and large Enterprises to transform wide area networks and branch networks to achieve unprecedented business advantages.
Versa Enterprise-class carrier-grade VOS™ provides unmatched agility, cost savings, and flexibility compared to traditional security and networking solutions.
Versa Networks is the leader in SASE delivering integrated security, networking, and cloud services. Versa has an unrivaled depth of features and capabilities which enables Enterprises to transition from legacy WANs to achieve business agility, network modernization, and TCO advantages.
The company has thousands of customers and hundreds of thousands of sites sold through Service Providers, partners, and Enterprises globally.
Kelly Ahuja is a seasoned industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in networking and telecommunications. He currently serves on the board of directors for two startups in Silicon Valley.
Kelly spent 18 years at Cisco rooted in the design and deployment of telecommunications networks. He was most recently SVP of Service Provider Business, Products and Solutions at Cisco where he was responsible for developing and managing the service provider segment strategy and portfolio. Kelly held several other senior executive roles at Cisco, including SVP and GM of the Mobility Business Group, Chief Architect for the Service Provider business, and SVP and GM of the Service Provider Routing Technology Group.
Earlier in his career, Kelly served as VP of Marketing at optical networking startup BlueLeaf Networks and product management leader at Stratacom. He also managed the design and deployment of data and voice networks for AT&T Canada, Bank of Canada and Telesat Canada.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary.
Founder and CDO
Kumar brings a proven track record of leading mega-projects at startups as well as publicly traded companies. His vision, work ethic, and leadership as VP of Engineering at Juniper Networks resulted in multiple blockbuster product deliveries, including the market-leading Metro and Carrier Ethernet solution, the MX series.
His leadership in design, development, and delivery of differentiated solutions resulted in huge and continuing revenue streams for the company and brought Kumar the prestigious CEO Excellence Award. Prior to Juniper, Kumar held engineering management positions at Riverstone Networks and Yago Systems.
Kumar is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Founder and CTO
Apurva brings technical leadership with over two decades of experience leading complex development products creating billion dollar revenue streams. Prior to Versa, he was CTO and Chief Architect for Juniper Networks Mobility Business Unit where he led and delivered the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) product line. Apurva was also the Chief Architect for the MX series, one of the most successful products in Juniper’s history and establishing the company as the market leader in Metro and Carrier Ethernet solutions. For his contributions, Apurva was awarded Juniper Network’s prestigious Founder’s Award for technical leadership.
Before Juniper, Apurva was the Chief Architect and Director of Software at Riverstone Networks and YAGO Systems. Prior to YAGO, Apurva was Architect for all ATM software at Centillion Networks. Apurva has a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.
Martin leads the Versa global sales organization and overall go-to-market. He has a track record driving growth in security, networking and SaaS enterprise software. Prior to joining Versa, Martin has held senior leadership positions with Proofpoint, CA Technologies, Verisign, NorthgateArinso and PeopleSoft and has lived and worked in multiple countries.
Martin holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University and is based in London.
Lalit Kumar leads the Versa finance organization and drives the company’s financial infrastructure, teams, and processes. Lalit is a seasoned SaaS growth finance leader with more than 20 years of experience leading the growth of companies including several successful exits. Most recently, he was at Medallia (NYSE:MDLA) where he was part of a successful IPO and robust growth doubling revenue in his three years there. Prior to Medallia, he was with NetSuite through transformative growth with annual reccurring revenue doubling to more than $1B, and ultimately to a successful buyout by Oracle in one of the largest enterprise software deals at that time.
Lalit holds an Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Chief Marketing Officer
Dan leads Versa’s global marketing organization including market strategy and positioning, branding, demand generation, digital marketing, product marketing, and channel and partner marketing. He brings more than two decades of experience in executive leadership roles at emerging growth companies in cybersecurity, SaaS and AI. Prior to joining Versa, Dan served as VP of Marketing at internet scanner intelligence company GreyNoise, CMO of threat intelligence platform leader Anomali, and VP of Marketing at IoT security company Zingbox (acquired by Palo Alto Networks). He has also held senior marketing and strategy roles at Cyren, Zscaler, Tumbleweed Communications, and ABB. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA.
Vice President, Service Provider Worldwide Sales
Tony Fallows leads global service provider sales at Versa Networks. Tony has launched and grown innovative networking companies and product lines for over twenty-five years in a range of roles from system engineer to CEO. Tony worked at industry leaders Shell, Ericsson, Riverstone and Marconi, and founded the start-up Aria Networks.
Vice President Products
Dogu is a seasoned product management leader with 20+ years of experience with various technology and product management leadership roles. Prior to Versa Networks, Dogu served as the overall Product Mgmt leader for various areas for Juniper Networks; most recently for the NFV, vCPE/uCPE and Cloud domains and associated products, and prior to that for Data Center, Routing Services, Application and Subscription Aware Services for wireline and wireless technologies and products. His background also includes Nortel Networks and several international companies.
Dogu holds B.Sc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and MBA Degree from Santa Clara University.
Vice President, EMEA Sales
Hector Avalos leads sales operations in EMEA and Russia. He joined Versa Networks in 2013 as VP of Business Development and in 2015 led the sales operations for Service Providers in EMEA.
Hector is a veteran with 32 years of experience in the computing, networking and telecommunications industries. Prior to Versa, he worked at Ericsson, Juniper, 3Com and Proteon. Hector holds a Master of Computing Science from UDLA Mexico.
Vice President, Sales and Carrier Relations, North America
Hemen Mehta joined Versa in early 2017 and is responsible for Service Providers in North America. As Vice President of Service Provider Channel, Hemen is responsible to drive growth and partner with the executive leadership team for overall strategic planning, business operations and the management of key functions including sales, marketing, services and support.
Hemen brings nearly 20 years of IT industry experience. Prior to Versa, Hemen spent 13 years at CenturyLink, where he held several roles from global account management, sales management to Director of Sales for the Western Region for Banking and Financial services customers to help them capitalize on the digital transformation opportunities. He was responsible for sales and pre-sales engineering. Until 2003, Hemen spent 10 years in the telecom industry driving sales for fortune 2000 clients.
Hemen holds a BS in electrical engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, India and MS in computer engineering from California State University.