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Dr. Ritesh Mukherjee

Vice President of Product Management, 128 Technology

128 Technology

Ritesh Mukherjee leads routing and technology strategy development at 128 Technology. His expertise includes SD-WAN, data center, cloud, SDN/NFV, and IoT. Prior to 128 Technology, Ritesh was Director, Network Solutions at Huawei leading the technical solutions team and Manager, Product Management at Cisco leading the software operating systems group. Ritesh holds a PhD in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal.

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Vik Verma

CEO, 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.

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John Trainor

CIO, Aaron's

Aaron's

John Trainor is chief information officer and senior vice president of digital products at Aaron’s Inc. Since 1999, he has helped lead technology and innovation efforts at the Atlanta-based specialty retailer. John leads a team that’s creating the future for Aaron’s by connecting its products and services with the modern, digitally focused consumer. His team is injecting digital innovation practices into the way we all work to help accelerate the company’s transformation.

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Bernard Breton

CEO, Adaptiv Networks

Adaptiv Networks

Bernard is an experienced executive in the field of telecommunication software, with international experience in marketing, sales, product management, research & development, business operations and mergers and acquisitions. Bernard has led start-ups and spin-offs; and held leadership positions in large international companies including Ericsson and InfoVista. Bernard is an Electrical Engineer by education and a customer focused business executive by inclination.

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David Ginsburg

VP of Product and Solutions Marketing, Aryaka Networks

Aryaka Networks

Dave Ginsburg is currently VP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Aryaka Networks. His background includes leading marketing and product management organizations spanning networking, the cloud, SaaS, security, and SDN, at companies including Teridion, Pluribus, Extreme, Riverstone Networks, Nortel, and Cisco. He is a published author and thought leader focusing on the convergence of these different technologies in driving business outcomes. Dave holds an electrical engineering degree from RPI.

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Ashwath Nagaraj

Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, Aryaka Networks

Aryaka Networks

As part of the founding team, Ashwath has been responsible for building Aryaka’s vision and technology since its inception in 2009. Ashwath has previously been part of three successful San Francisco Bay Area companies. He was Founder, CTO and VP of Engineering at Allegro Systems, a security startup. Allegro Systems was acquired by Cisco Systems in September 2001 for $185M. At Cisco, Ashwath held senior management positions in the Security Technology Group, and the Internet Switching Business Unit. Prior to Allegro, Ashwath was part of the founding team at Assured Access Technologies, which developed WAN access and aggregation products. Assured Access was acquired by Alcatel in 1999 for $350M. Before Assured Access, Ashwath was one of the principal architects and Director (Engineering) at Mylex, a leading RAID/storage company in the SF Bay Area. He has also held management positions at Schlumberger, Tata Elxsi and PSI Data Systems. He holds 17 patents in storage, security, architecture and networking.Ashwath received his undergraduate degree in electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

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Ming Yow

Chief Customer Officer and Executive Director, China Broadband Communications

China Broadband Communications

Ming is a telecommunications and ICT industry veteran with more than 21 years of experience in the IT industry. Internationally exposed, culturally savvy and well known for her swift execution, she has created a name for herself within the community. Prior to joining CBC, Ming was leading sales function roles in Tata Communications, Vodafone (previously known as C&W Worldwide), British Telecom, Infonet Services Corporation, Sprint, Verizon Business (previously known as Worldcom) and Singtel. In 2015, Ming incorporated CBC Singapore and has been managing CBC global operations from Singapore. She has been building and managing a highly performing Global Sales team and Global Sales Support team. In early 2019, Ming was appointed as CBC Chief Customer Officer. She is currently fully responsible for all customer fronting functions and team in CBC from Sales, Solution Architect, Marketing, Product, Program Management, Service Management, Business Development, Channel Sales and Sales Support.She is constantly on the go and love bringing people together. She is passionate about paying it forward, diversity and inclusion. She is investing time in coaching, development and mentoring people from all walks of life to be our future generations leaders. A sneak peek into her team, you will find a melting pot with a good mix of global professionals geographically dispersed based in Singapore, China (Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou), Hong Kong, and still growing and expanding globally.

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Ryan Tan

Head of Sales, Global Enterprise, China Broadband Communications

China Broadband Communications

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Andy Yeo

Head of Sales, International, China Broadband Communications

China Broadband Communications

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Sri Srinivasan

SVP & GM, Team Collaboration Group, Cisco

Cisco

Sri Srinivasan is Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Team Collaboration Group at Cisco. Sri is responsible for the Cisco Webex that includes Meetings, Teams, Calling and Devices, as well as a portfolio of on-premises and hybrid collaboration tools. Under Sris leadership, Cisco is creating a collaboration canvas to empower teams to perform at their best. This open canvas brings collaboration tools together with productivity tools and business processes for a simple, unified experience.Sri joined Cisco from Microsoft where he was GM for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise Apps business in the C+E/Azure Group. Throughout his tenure at Microsoft, Sri primarily focused on the business solutions division, bringing thought leadership to help build a partner-based business model for an upper mid-market on-premises ERP and eventually its transition to Hybrid and Cloud SaaS.Sri was responsible for Research & Development of the ERP Enterprise Edition for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly known as AX) and Common Data Service (CDS), the data substrate for the Azure Business Application Platform. Sri drove the successful transformation of an on-premises business to Cloud SaaS, a first of its kind on Azure, with an industry acclaimed offering as part of Dynamics 365. Previously Sri was the Engineering Director for Microsoft Dynamics AX through 2013. Prior to that, Sri was the General Manager for the Dynamics AX Customer Success Team where he built the team for the division, enabling the Solution Architect role, and the incubation of Life Cycle Services (SaaS Service for customer/partner driven ALM), which is now a mainstream offering for Dynamics implementations and rollouts.Prior to Microsoft, Sri was one of eleven Distinguished Engineers at Peoplesoft. Sri worked on the initial web transformation of business applications, with focus on performance and scale. Sri also worked on acquisition diligence, specifically on the merger of JD Edwards into Peoplesoft.Sri has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology, India.

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Andres Mosquera

Vice President Corporate Strategy, Claro

Claro

Andres is a results-focused professional with extensive experience in the telecommunications industry, including +20 years leading international sales, product development and corporate strategy. His areas of expertise include managing challenging multicultural and multifunctional environments, building alliances and developing corporate strategies involving sales, product development and operations. Throughout his career, he has consistently executed initiatives that increase revenue share and market penetration. Andres is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Aaron Edwards

Field CTO, CloudGenix

CloudGenix

Aaron Edwards is a founding employee at CloudGenix and serves as its Field Chief Technology Officer. Aaron has led technical marketing and solution architecture for the company since inception while also providing thought leadership, guidance, and direction on industry trends. Aaron ha a decorated career spanning more than two decades in networking, including Cisco Systems, Big Switch Networks, L4-L7 startups, and ISPs.

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Jeff Lewis

Vice President of Connectivity Solutions, Comcast Business

Comcast Business

Jeff Lewis is the Vice President of Connectivity Solutions for Comcast Business. He has responsibility for a wide range of Data Products and Services, spanning next generation Internet Access solutions, Ethernet based networking and Internet solutions, Wi-Fi, Data Center and Cloud access, and especially Comcast Business’s efforts in Software Defined Networking.Jeff has been with Comcast for 10 yrs, previously holding roles in the area of Product Development focused on delivering Comcast’s Broadband, Video, Voice and Home Security CPE.Jeff has over 27 years of experience in telecommunications, coming to Comcast after 12+ yrs at BellSouth/AT&T, where he worked in the Product Management team focused on Business Services Products and Solutions. Chief among his accomplishments included the development of both Hosted VoIP and SIP Trunking solutions, as well as, a nationwide Layer 3 VPN and Metro Ethernet solutions.Jeff earned an MBA from Babson College, as well as, both an MS and BS in Engineering from Boston University. He is married to a wonderful (and understanding) wife Jennifer and has three children, Abigail, Cooper and Aubrey.

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Kelly Brazil

Sr. Director of Systems Engineering - GSI, Fortinet

Fortinet

Kelly Brazil is Sr. Director of Systems Engineering, GSI Group at Fortinet. Kelly has dedicated his career to enterprise security and has spent the last twenty years introducing F500 and G2000 customers world-wide to emerging security technologies. He has held positions at startups, top-tier networking vendors, and service providers including UUNET, Juniper Networks, and Palo Alto Networks.

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Scott Irwin

Sr Director, Product Management, Frontier

Frontier

Scott has over twenty years of telecom experience across companies in IT and Telecom. He joins Frontier most recently from Nuage Networks, an SDN Division within Nokia where he operated as a Director of Business Development for North America. Prior to Nuage, Scott led the Solution Architects over Enterprise and Carrier Networks for US West at IBM. Scott brings a wealth of knowledge in Datacenter and Cloud Virtualization, Networking and Software-Defined Environments. Currently, Scott leads the SD-WAN Product Team at Frontier Communications providing insight and leadership around next-generation integration with Frontier’s Managed SD-WAN offering. Scott served eight years in the Marines early on as a leader over port operations before moving into Telecom. When he is not spending time with his wife and two children, he enjoys running, sports and the art of Music. Scott is based in Dallas, TX.

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Arshad Khan

Manager, Solution Architecture & Software Integration, Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Arshad Khan is manager of solution architects for SDN/NFV/SD-WAN/XaaS at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. His team is responsible for new service introductions, operationalizing new services, pre-sale support initiatives and working with customers to design custom software solutions. During his 20 year tenure at Fujitsu, Arshad has held several positions in product planning working with EMS, NFV, NMS, SDN controllers, MANO, SD-WAN and XaaS. He has more than 25 years of experience developing and supporting network optimization software and products. Arshad received his degree in computer science from the University of North Texas.

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Ralph Santitoro

Head of Digital Services, Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Ralph Santitoro created and leads the Digital Services Practice at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. The practice assesses, advises, designs, develops, integrates, and manages multi-vendor Cloud, SD-WAN, Edge Computing and open source products to create agile, on-demand virtual network services that facilitate the enterprise digital transformation. Ralph and his team developed and is delivering Fujitsu’s SD-WAN-as-a-Service (SD-WANaaS), a subscription-based SD-WAN managed service, and Fujitsu’s Edge Computing managed service.Ralph has developed B2B and B2C technology products and services at Nortel Networks, IBM and four technology startups – three of which he was a founder. Ralph has published over 30 papers and regularly lectures at industry events covering SD-WAN, Edge Computing, Virtual Network Services, XaaS, NFV, SDN, Network Virtualization, and Application Security.Ralph is also a founding member, distinguished fellow and director at MEF Forum. He co-developed MEF 70, the industry’s first SD-WAN Service standard, and is currently co-developing the next version of MEF 70 plus new MEF standards on Application Security and Service Activation Testing/SOAM for SD-WAN Services.

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Kate Matsudaira

Director, Google Tech Engineering, Google

Google

Kate Matsudaira joined Google just over a year ago and is a Director in Google Tech Engineering. Her teams help build the infrastructure that powers Google. Prior to coming to Google, Kate helped build several successful startups that have gone on to get acquired by companies like eBay, O’Reilly Media and Limelight. Kate started her career as a software engineer and lead at Microsoft, and Amazon. She is a keynote speaker, published author, and has been honored with recognition like NCWIT Symons Innovator Award and Seattles Top 40 under 40.

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Brian O'Connor

Director of Solutions Engineering, Granite

Granite

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Mark Palmer

Director Strategic Development, Granite Telecommunications

Granite Telecommunications

Mark Palmer is Senior Director of Relationship Development at Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team promoting non-POTS service to partners nationwide. Mark previously worked at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in 1995 - 1996 as a service splice technician upgrading phone services at older facilities. In 1999, Mark moved his career to direct sales, working for Network Plus. By 2001, Mark was helped launch a new Network Plus office in Philadelphia, PA. Mark joined the Granite Telecommunications team shortly after its founding in 2002, selling analog phone lines. In 2011, he was asked to help start the data team at Granite to sell non-POTS service to our customer base. In 2015 Mark was named one of the first directors in the Relationship Development team, which was more proactive in understanding customer goals and ensuring that we were helping to meet them. In 2017, Mark hit his 15th year with Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team continuing to work and develop programs introducing current clients and agents to next generation products Granite delivers today. Mark lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children. He is currently the Vice President of the non-profit, Burrillville Junior Hockey League and very much enjoys coaching his children’s’ hockey teams.

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Nick Coval

Sr Network Architect, HughesON

HughesON

Nick is an seasoned Enterprise Architect who has, for over 17 years, been building complex enterprise-class network solutions for large organizations with distributed locations and workforces. He is a passionate technologist with a progressive vision for developing solutions with the customer and end-user objectives in mind. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of roles, including engineering management, product line management, marketing and business development. In his current role at Hughes, he is the Chief Architect for the Enterprise Solutions division focusing on emerging technologies in Cloud, SDN, SD-WAN, Application Assurance, NFV, WAN Optimization and network security. Nick also leads the product and service development for the HughesON™ Managed SD-WAN solution.

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Marie Douglas

Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers, IBM

IBM

Marie Douglas is Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers (CSPs, MSPs, ISVs) Sales for IBM. She is responsible for and leads her team to work with Technology Service Providers, a NextGen segment that builds solutions for Customers based on solving a business problem with technology which include one or more IBM offerings.

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Frank Puranik

Product Director, iTrinegy

iTrinegy

Frank Puranik is a co-founder of iTrinegy, whose virtual test networks enable users to conduct realistic proof-of-concept testing before deploying applications into new network environments. In his role as one of the company’s Senior Technical Specialists, Frank regularly provides expertise to both vendor and end-user organizations, across all industry sectors, helping them to understand and assess the potential impact of networks on application deployments & migrations including transitions to SD-WAN, NFV and virtualized environments. A graduate in Pure Mathematics, Frank has worked in IT for over 25 years in roles as diverse as software development, systems design, sales and technical support.

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Chris Miller

Head of Product Management, Martello Technologies

Martello Technologies

Chris Miller has been in telecommunications for the past 28 years. During that time period Chris spent many years working for carriers supporting voice and data networks including MPLS, SIP trunking, data center and cloud services, security products and for the last five years has focused on SDN, link balancing, and SD-WAN technologies. Chris holds a Master’s in Business Administration with an Information Technology and Project Management concentrations and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. Chris specializes in customer needing high availability and customers that are wanting to improve their user empierce using application optimization tools.

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Narayana Indukuri

Architect, Northforge Innovations Inc.

Northforge Innovations Inc.

Narayana is an Architect at Northforge Innovations and has 18 years of experience in design and development of carrier grade routers and switches. Narayanas area of expertise is on routing and switching protocols, MPLS, SDN, NFV, 1588v2 PTP, and SyncE. He also worked on cable networking products including DOCSIS 3.1 DAA Switch and R-PHY / R-MACPHY. In his current role at Northforge, he is the solution architect for uCPE and Cell site gateway router design and development. Prior to Northforge, Narayana worked with Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia). Narayana holds a Master of Computer Applications degree from the Osmania University.

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Brian Kracik

Senior Director, Product Marketing Enterprise Solutions, Oracle

Oracle

As senior director of product marketing for enterprise and cloud solutions at Oracle, Brian Kracik is responsible for establishing and executing cross industry strategies. He serves as the lead for developing and delivering network solutions which help enterprises and government: deploy failsafe SD-WAN, create new and interesting customer engagements, secure and manage IP Networks, enable employees to collaborate more effectively, and transform and monetize their digital business. With more than 25 years of technology experience, Mr. Kracik has exhibited great business acumen in developing new products and solutions to meet customer needs. He has driven adoption of communications infrastructure, SD-WAN, collaboration services, customer experience solutions, IoT, M2M, Smart City, public cloud deployments, and order management systems.Mr. Kracik holds an MBA from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Illinois.Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Kracik held various lead positions focused on business development and marketing for BEA Systems and Sun Microsystems. He also held director roles with wireless and wireline operators including McLeod USA, Sprint Cellular, 360 Communications and Alltel managing teams of engineers in the financial planning, design, build-out and optimization of the operators’ markets. Mr. Kracik holds an MBA from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Illinois and a Bachelor of General Studies from Armstrong State University.

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Rajat Gopal

Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle

Oracle

Rajat is Senior Director of product management and strategy at the Oracle Communications Global Business Unit, with focus on enterprise networking, security and data analytics. He has 20 years of industry experience in the networking and communications applications in both the enterprise and the service provider space. Prior to joining Oracle, Rajat has held various engineering and product management leadership roles at Radisys, Avaya, Tatara Systems and Lucent. He is currently based in Bedford, Massachusetts.

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Mark Morgan

EVP of Strategy, ScanSource

ScanSource

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Kevin Lau

Solutions Manager, Singtel

Singtel

Kevin Lau has more than 15 years’ experience as an IT professional in networks and IT infrastructure for multinational companies. He is currently a Solutions Manager at Singtel USA in the heart of Silicon Valley. Singtel is Asia’s leading communication group, which is headquartered in Singapore. In his current role, Kevin develops and reviews technical designs and architecture proposals with clients, in the areas of WAN and integrated infocomm solutions that covers voice and data infrastructure, SD-WAN, managed services and cloud computing.

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Paul Congdon

CTO, PhD, Tallac Networks

Tallac Networks

Paul Congdon is a co-founder and is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Tallac Networks. He has over 34 years of experience in the networking industry and has become a widely esteemed inventor and leader in the networking industry. Prior to Tallac Networks, Paul was a Fellow at Hewlett Packard Networking and Communications Labs with responsibility for HP’s research for mobility, wireless and SDN network infrastructure. Paul has led, chaired, and is currently contributing widely to industry standards in the IEEE and IETF. Paul has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.

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Pej Roshan

VP Product and Marketing, Teridion

Teridion

Pej Roshan is VP of Products for Teridion with over 20 years of experience in marketing and product management. Prior to joining Teridion, Pej ran product management for the Aruba Networks business unit responsible for delivery of cloud based network management. Previously, he served as the vice president of product management at ShoreTel, which he joined with the acquisition of Agito Networks, where he was the chief marketing officer and co-founder. Before founding Agito, he held various product management and marketing roles in Cisco Systems Wireless Networking Business Unit.Pej’s accomplishments include participation in the IEEE 802.11 task groups responsible for security (802.11i) and QoS (802.11e) and co-authoring ‘802.11 Wireless LAN Fundamentals’, published by Cisco Press in 2004. He is the author of several wireless networking patents. Pej holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) University.

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Rakendu Devdhar

Sr. Product Manager, SDWAN and MNS, Verizon, Verizon

Verizon

Sr. Product Manager, SDWAN and MNS, is responsible for product strategy and roadmap for Verizon Business Group’s SDWAN, SDWLAN, SDN/NFV product portfolio targeted towards enterprise and SMB market. He has extensive experience in virtualization, SaaS, Openstack and related technologies having successfully led transformation of hardware-based networking product portfolio into a cloud-centric and subscription-based business model. Prior to Verizon he was the Sr. Director of Product Management at Dialogic responsible for software based media and load balancer family of products. He has also held product management and technical leadership positions at several leading telecom vendors including: Siemens, Cisco Systems and GENBAND/Ribbon. Over the years he has developed expertise in product strategy, Networking, Real Time voice and video communications, building end to end connectivity and communication solutions for leading enterprise and service providers around the world. He has 4 patents to his name in the areas of media processing, call routing and network security.

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Sanjay Srinivasan

Vice President & Chief Architect, Vonage

Vonage

As Vice President and Chief Architect for Vonage, Sanjay Srinivasan is responsible for the Company’s sales engineering and product research. With more than 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of data networks, voice services and hosted application services, Sanjay’s areas of expertise include network design, SD-WAN, VoIP, software architecture and development, service provider process engineering, product marketing and development, and network and service operations. Sanjay joined Vonage upon the Company’s acquisition of Telesphere in 2015, where he served as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Telesphere, he served in various capacities with leading telecommunications companies such as Hughes Network Systems, AT&T Wireless, Lightedge Solutions and Terabeam Corporation. At AT&T Wireless, Sanjay was one of the leading members of the team that successfully rolled out a fixed wireless residential product and integrated it successfully into AT&Ts operations. With Terabeam, he was a leading member of the team responsible for launching of one of the first, native Ethernet/MPLS backbone networks in the country offering high-bandwidth metro-ethernet services to corporations. With the emergence of VoIP as a disruptive technology in the business communications sector, Sanjay was also instrumental in developing and operating to scale one of the countrys leading Hosted VoIP PBX services.

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Jason Gintert

CTO & Co-founder, WAN Dynamics

WAN Dynamics

Having managed IP/MPLS networks and service provider products for nearly 20 years, Jason co-founded WAN Dynamics based on the belief that SD-WAN will be the way we build wide area networks from now on. Working with networking technologies is not only his profession, but something of a hobby as well. Jasons education consists of hacking on Linux since 97 and surviving the late 90s/early 00s ISP world. He now lives in the woods outside of Cleveland Ohio with his wife, 2 girls, 2 dogs and a rabbit.

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Mike Frane

VP SD-WAN, Windstream

Windstream

Mike Frane is VP Product Management at Windstream, with responsibility for the company’s SD-WAN strategy. Since joining the organization in 2008, he’s overseen the launch and lifecycle of products including LTE wireless, Ethernet and MPLS IPsec access elements, Secure WiFi & Analytics, Application Performance Optimization, IPsec VPN and Unified Communications services and led the company’s Portal and Hybrid Networking strategy. Most recently, Mike and his team launched EarthLink SD-WAN, their most significant such product introduction in over a decade. Mike has a BS in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota and was involved in gene therapy research at the Institute of Human Genetics before entering the telecommunications industry as a business analyst for an investment firm based in the Pacific Northwest.

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Dr. Ray Mota (Moderator)

CEO and Principal Analyst, ACG Research

ACG Research

Ray brings a talent for complex technical and critical thinking and provides strategic direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. As a former CTO, he designed, implemented and supported complex trading floor systems and large WAN Frame Relay, ATM, MPLS SD-WAN networks. He also provided training on Sniffer, HP Advisor protocol analysis tools, and MPLS, 2G, 3G, and 4G architectures. Ray has also developed cloud applications and has a software patent attributed to him.

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Moe Nagle (Moderator)

Managing Editor & SD-WAN Conference Chair, TMC

TMC

Growing up a gamer, the love of tech started for Maurice at a young age. This passion evolved over time and today includes interest in the IoT, UC, digital services, SD-WAN and more. With TMC, Maurice stays at the tip of the innovation spear by reporting on cutting edge solutions extending from the data center to the end user. Maurice is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science and Communications. He previously interned and worked for ESPN Radio where he wrote on-air material, produced programming and covered the Miami area teams (Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers). Maurice has been published on cbssports.com and Bleacher Report.

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