Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Ahuja is a seasoned industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in networking and telecommunications. 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. .
Roopa is our Chief Software Architect for Versa Analytics. Versa has been lucky to have Roopa on the Versa team for the past seven years. Prior to Versa, Roopa was a distinguished engineer at Juniper.
Director, Enterprise Sales
Clint leads and manages Versa’s global Enterprise Accounts and he has worked on some of Versa’s largest enterprise deployments. Prior to Versa, Clint ran the West Region business for Ruckus Wireless. Clint started in networking when 10BaseT hubs were ‘the cool new’ technology. Clint has BS in Computer Science.
Srinivasa Chaganti leads Versa orchestration platforms Versa Director and Concerto. He brings technical leadership with more than two decades of experience in building complex networking and orchestration products. Prior to Versa, he has played key architecture and development roles in delivering Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and MX product lines at Juniper Networks. Srinivasa holds a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.
Sr. Director Products
Nikhil is responsible for building CSG/CSX platforms powered by VOS™. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in networking semiconductors & systems, for SP, Enterprise and Datacenter markets. Nikhil earned his Engineering degree from Gujarat University (Electronics and Communications), MS diploma (Information systems) from City University, London and MBA (Marketing) from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Srinivas leads the Versa engineering organization in India. He has 20 years of experience in engineering and product development at companies such as Motorola, Juniper and Versa. He holds a Master of Science degree in Networking and Telecommunication and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science.
Global Network Manager
Maged Elmenshawy is Global Network Manager for SLB, where he has worked for more almost 30 years. He is responsible for connecting 2,000 facilities and remote field units, with global and regional data center and multiple cloud providers through private and public networks. He has held positions in Network Engineering, Information Security, and IT Operations Management. He has a B.S. in Engineering from MIT, and a Master of Science in Engineering & Engineering Management from Stanford University.
VP 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.
SVP North America Sales
Evan Fromberg is the SVP Sales for North America. He has worked in the computing networking and cyber security market for over 20 years, helping to bring emerging technologies to market. His previous work experience includes sales leadership roles at Pulse Secure, Veracode, Fortinet, and 3Com, where he helped scale their GTM operation and increase revenues and customer satisfaction. He is also a recognized as a Channel Chief by The Channel Company (CRN.com).
Director, Starlink Sales
Nick holds dual managing roles of Integrated Hardware Initiatives and Composites Build Reliability Engineering teams at SpaceX. In these 2 leadership roles, he manages two teams with varied charters. Prior to SpaceX, he spent four years as a Design Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
Senior Infrastructure Manager
Alex Heidenreich has led multiple global teams within both the Support and the Infrastructure/Architecture Engineering spaces. He has managed globally distributed WAN deployments with traditional carriers and managed services. More recently, he helped manage the architecture and deployment of over 2,500 global SD-WAN sites in just over a year. He has wide-ranging passions in various activities from participating in Digital Ocean’s Hacktoberfest to working on his family farm with his parents, wife, and three kids.
Principal Networking Specialist Solutions Architect
Amazon Web Services
Alexandra Huides is a Principal Networking Specialist Solutions Architect within Strategic Accounts at Amazon Web Services. She focuses on helping customers with building and developing networking architectures for highly scalable and resilient AWS environments. Alex is also a public speaker for AWS, and she focuses on helping customers adopt IPv6 and design highly scalable network architectures. Outside work, she loves sailing, especially catamarans, traveling, discovering new cultures, and reading.
Sridhar leads the Machine learning and AI team at Versa Networks. He is also the architect of Quality-of-Service infrastructure on Versa OS. Sridhar is a versatile technologist and holds 8 patents at Versa Networks. Prior to Versa Networks, he was with Cisco Systems. Sridhar holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University.
Naveen is a QA Engineer and has been with Versa for eight years. He is involved in the design, development, and testing of Versa products. He also helps manage deploying solutions for customer production.
Sr. SE Manager
Matthew is an SE and has been with Versa for four years. He is involved with large customers, product architecture enhancement, documentation and educational materials development. Matthew created and maintains POC and DEMO environments for Versa projects. He also helps manage deploying solutions for customer production.
Principal Solutions Architect
Booz Allen Hamilton
Michael Lundberg is a Principal Solutions Architect within Booz Allen Hamilton’s National Security Sector. Over the past 17 years, Michael has been architecting and designing networks, unified communication systems, and cybersecurity solutions. He leads a team of developers, network engineers, and cybersecurity subject matter experts in the modernization of cybersecurity architectures across the DoD, Civil Government, and Commercial markets. Michael received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State.
Chief Revenue Officer
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 held senior leadership positions with Proofpoint, CA Technologies, Verisign, NorthgateArinso, PeopleSoft, and has lived and worked in multiple countries.
Site IT Services, ExxonMobil IT, Malaysia
Yoga is employed by ExxonMobil Business Support Center (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and is based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has been in the IT industry focused on enterprise networking for the last 27 years. In the 2-3 years he has been actively involved in leading the SDWAN design and rollout for his enterprise. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Founder and CTO
Apurva is the Chief Technology Officer at Versa Networks. He 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, including the MX series, one of the most successful products in Juniper’s history. 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.
Founder and CDO
Kumar is the founder and Chief Development Officer at Versa Networks. His vision, work ethic, and leadership resulted in multiple blockbuster product deliveries, including the market-leading Metro and Carrier Ethernet solution, the MX series. 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.
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.
Verónica Jiménez Pontaza
Telecommunications Master Engineer
Verónica Jiménez Pontaza is a Telecommunications Master Engineer by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her professional path has been strongly influenced by the seeking of the best innovative and sustainable technologies for telecommunications. She has specialized in SD-WAN and her work has left a positive footprint in the industry globally as she has been the Leader of the best network deployment projects of Calculus worldwide.
Ramasamy Ramanathan is the engineering lead and chief architect of ZTLAN technology at Versa Networks. He is also one of the key architects of SDWAN. Prior to Versa, he was with Juniper Networks as a key architect and engineering leader in MX PFE team. He holds several patents in enterprise and data center switching/routing, SDWAN and IKE/IPSec areas.
As Chief Security Architect at Versa Networks, Sunil performs multiple roles contributing to the overall security of the products and services delivered by Versa Networks. He has been a key contributor to the architecture of Versa software that provides deep integration of various network and security functions of the Versa Secure SDWAN and SASE solution.
Global Lead for Multicloud Networking
Rohan has enabled several Fortune-500 organizations to accelerate their digital transformation to cloud first and mobility first architectures. Within Versa, he is the go-to lead for key SASE and multi-cloud deployments around the globe.
Hardware Initiatives Leader
In his role, he leads hardware initiatives at Versa and is an accomplished professional with a successful broad-based career defining and guiding the implementation of best practices and standards to strengthen and drive expedited and competitive growth. He has a demonstrated track record of expertise in building and leading transition and transformation programs and has brought his extensive expertise to bear in leading cross-functional teams to achieve transformational solutions. He is a skilled trouble-shooter with a continual focus on identifying technical issues while simultaneously aligning end-user needs with long-term resolutions to complex challenges. His career spans tenures at Synoptics, Cisco, Juniper, Force10 and ONI networks.
Sr. Infrastructure Manager
Eston Stiles has been in the network and security infrastructure space for over 20 years with successful stops at various manufacturers, partners, and customers. He spent 10 years at Cisco and as Solutions Architect, he helped lead the US West Security Services team. While at Cisco, Easton led product improvement for Anyconnect and Identity Services Engine. Recently he led the rollout of over 720 Versa appliances across a fleet of locations for Nordstrom stores, corporate, and fulfillment locations.
Director, Network Services
Don Sutton is the Director of Network Services at Enbridge with accountability for Enbridge’s Network Modernization program, and all network related services including routing, switching, firewalls, load balancers, and enterprise monitoring. He oversees the enterprise network which serves >15,000 users across North America plus six isolated Industrial Control networks that are responsible for controlling and operating the organizations energy delivery assets. Don has held many different roles during his 23-year tenure with Enbridge; primarily leading teams in the areas of OT (Operational Technology), Infrastructure, and Applications
Dr. Daniel Walden
Victor Valley College (VVC)
Dan assumed his role as Superintendent/President at Victor Valley College (VVC) in January 2019. Among his many accomplishments during his time at VVC he has overseen the construction of a new “one-stop” student services facility, led the college to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, broke ground on a new stadium and Event Center, and inspired college employees to reach for Aspen Prize recognition. He has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University.
Network Planning Manager
Mike leads the Network Planning group in Enbridge. Enbridge moves 30% of the crude oil produced in North America, transports nearly 20% of the natural gas consumed in the United States, operates North America’s third-largest natural gas utility by consumer count, and was an early investor in renewable energy. Mike’s team supports business and operational demand for this vast network that spans from the Northwest Territories to Offshore Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Enbridge’s Network team is critical in ensuring safe and reliable operations for the community and environment.
Director Network Architecture
Michael Wynston is the Director of Global Network Architecture for Fiserv. Fiserv is one of the world’s largest Fintech Enterprises. Michael’s team at Fiserv has architects in every region of the globe delivering value driven, flexible, leading edge network infrastructure that enables Fiserv to drive the network as a revenue accelerator not just a cost. Michael Wynston has been in the infrastructure space for more than 30 years starting with as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in 1993, and his CCIE in January of 2000. Michael has worked for multiple Fortune 500 enterprises over his career including Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, Credit Suisse, New York University in Shanghai, Cisco, and Fiserv. With a strong focus on delivering value focused infrastructure Michael has led the development and deployment of multiple leading-edge technologies at these Enterprise companies. Michael is a regular speaker at WAN Summit, ONUG, and other industry events.