Versa Networks, a networking and security startup providing next-generation WAN and branch solutions for service providers and enterprises, announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named CEO Kumar Mehta to its 2016 list of Top 100 Executives in the category of “Disruptors”. This annual list recognizes leaders from the technology industry who have played an integral role in shaping today’s IT channel, whether by driving huge cultural shifts, creating rich new opportunities or forging innovative new routes to success.
This years’ CRN annual Top 100 Executives list singles out Kumar as one of the IT channel’s most effective CEOs. Kumar has been recognized by CRN for founding and leading the next generation networking startup Versa Networks and delivering a software platform that increases business agility and shrinks operational costs for both service providers operating managed services and enterprises managing large, unwieldy WANs.
“There has been minimal disruption in the WAN for nearly twenty years. We founded Versa Networks to disrupt and improve the WAN using the growing capabilities possible with today’s software innovation and commodity hardware,” said Kumar Mehta, CEO at Versa Networks. “The resulting Versa solution has created a robust and thriving channel partner ecosystem critical to our global go-to-market strategy. We remain dedicated to providing our partners with hands-on collaboration, best-in-class support, training and tools that will position them for success.”
“The executives on our 2016 Top 100 list have led their companies to extraordinary achievements, both technological and entrepreneurial,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “We congratulate each of this year’s Top 100 Executives and celebrate their trailblazing contributions to the advancement of the IT channel.”
Versa is leveraging a “180 degree channel strategy,” selling through both resellers and service providers. Since its launch in November 2015, Versa Networks has rapidly established and scaled its channel network globally, forging strategic partnerships and distribution agreements across the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Additionally, in May, Versa Networks was named a 2016 “Cool Vendor” in Communications Service Provider Infrastructure by Gartner.
The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2016 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/top100.
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Versa Networks, the leader in SASE, combines extensive security, advanced networking, industry leading SD-WAN, genuine multitenancy, and sophisticated analytics via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both to meet SASE requirements for small to extremely large enterprises and Service Providers, and via the simplified Versa Titan cloud service designed for Lean IT. Thousands of customers globally with hundreds of thousands of sites trust Versa with their networks, security, and clouds. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Liberty Global Ventures, Princeville Capital, RPS Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners. For more information, visit https://www.versa-networks.com or follow Versa Networks on Twitter @versanetworks.
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