Management Team

Douglas Murray

CEO

Doug guides Big Switch as its bare metal SDN products take mindshare and marketshare in a rapidly growing market. A seasoned general manager with broad networking expertise, Doug was most recently at Juniper Networks where he was SVP of Juniper’s $1B business across Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China.  Before APAC, he served as SVP & GM of Juniper’s Security BU.  Prior to Juniper, Doug held executive positions at Extreme Networks, Sun Microsystems and AT&T.  In board roles, he has helped guide early stage companies to success including Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper in 2010) and FireEye (IPO in 2013). He holds a BA in History from Colgate University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has completed Executive Education in Leadership at Columbia University.

Kyle Forster

Vice President of Marketing / Co-Founder

Kyle has been with Big Switch since inception and has worn many hats as the company has evolved. As VP of Marketing, his focus is on brand and demand generation. Prior to Big Switch, Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco, initially as the technical assistant to SVP Mike Volpi and later as a Product Manager in the cellular and wifi business units. He launched three v1.0 products in wireless and security and finished his time there managing a ~$100 million portfolio of Cisco’s WLAN Controllers. In between Cisco and Big Switch Networks, he was VP of Product Management at Joost, a peer-to-peer TV-over-the-Internet company from the founders of Skype. He started his career at eBusiness consulting company Scient, first as a java developer and later engineering manager and co-founder of the wireless practice. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton, a MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Prashant Gandhi

Vice President of Product Management & Strategy

Prashant leads Product Management, Strategy and Technology Alliances for Big Switch. He joined from Cisco where he was responsible for driving product strategy and management of the Cisco ONE Controller, Nexus 1000V virtual switch, VXLAN-based network virtualization as well as Cisco’s SDN and cloud network services product and go-to-market strategy.  He came to Cisco in 2009 through the acquisition of Rohati Systems where he was CEO and co-founder. At Big Switch, he oversees the company’s complete Open SDN Suite, which includes Cloud Fabric, Big Tap Monitoring Fabric and Switch Light, as well as Project Floodlight open source projects, including the Floodlight controller, Indigo and other applications contained with the project. He holds a PhD. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Shaun Page

Shaun Page, VP of WW Sales
Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Shaun is a veteran sales leader, with a diverse background of geographies and verticals.  Prior to Big Switch, he was Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Juniper Networks.  During his thirteen years at Juniper, he established and led teams in the US, Asia and Europe, and covered Enterprise, Hyper-scale and Service Provider accounts. Shaun has the distinction of managing the highest growth teams at the company several years in the row, and led geographies and verticals where Juniper grew to a #1 market share position. He joined Juniper via the acquisition of Unisphere Networks in 2002, where he was the country manager for Australia/New Zealand.  Shaun has been a board member and advisor to multiple companies in his native Australia, including Demain International.  He holds a BS in Industrial and Computer Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne.

Joe Palazola

Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Customer Support

Joe has more than 25 years of experience helping businesses scale by reducing operating friction and improving customer satisfaction. At Big Switch, he is responsible for Business Operations, HR, Finance, IT, Legal and Customer Support. Most recently, he was Vice President of Operations and Customer Escalations at Juniper Networks he managed operations teams spanning all key functions of the Security Business Unit in addition to customer engineering teams responsible for solving the most complex customer cases. Before Juniper, he held leadership and key operational roles at Extreme Networks, Sun Microsystems and AT&T Business Services.  Joe has a BA in computer hardware from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Masters in computer hardware from Northeastern University.

Rob Sherwood

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.

Jeffrey Wang

Vice President of Engineering

Jeffrey is a seasoned engineering leader who has been instrumental in driving and delivering some of the networking industry's most important innovations. He has held a variety of engineering leadership positions in data center compute infrastructure, switch software, physical switching fabrics and hypervisor virtual switching. With a 15-year career at Cisco, he was most recently Vice President of Engineering in the Data Center Group with responsibilities ranging from Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) software to hypervisor switching and I/O technologies such as the Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) and the Nexus 1000v vSwitch. Earlier in his career, he managed the software development team of the Cisco Catalyst 6500, the most widely used data center switch in the industry, and drove the popular Virtual Switching System (VSS). He was an engineering leader at Nuova Systems, and most recently, he was Vice President at Brocade responsible for software development of Data Center IP Fabric solutions (VCS/VDX).