Douglas Murray

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CEO
Doug was appointed CEO of Big Switch in 2013 to lead the company on its mission to provide modern cloud and data center networking solutions capable of disrupting the stronghold by legacy vendors. Under his guidance, Big Switch has experienced 30+% average QoQ growth for the last 16 quarters; more than quadrupled headcount; successfully shifted to a software-only and subscription-based recurring revenue model; solidified key partnerships with Accton/Edgecore, Dell EMC, HPE, Nutanix, RedHat and VMware; developed Open Network Linux, an open source NOS foundational component designed in partnership with Facebook and Google; and he played an integral role in raising two-thirds of the company’s $120MM of funding. Prior to Big Switch, Doug was SVP & GM of Juniper Networks $1BN business across Asia-Pacific, Japan and Greater China, and he began his time at Juniper as SVP & GM of its Security business unit. Previously, Doug held executive positions at Extreme Networks, Sun Microsystems and AT&T. In board roles, he helped guide early stage companies to success including Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper in 2010) and FireEye (IPO in 2013). Under his leadership, Big Switch became the first software-only vendor to be included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking (2017); was named a Glassdoor Best Place to Work (2018); and along with Kyle, Doug was named Finalist, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Northern California (2017). Doug 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

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Co-Founder
Kyle Forster founded Big Switch Networks in 2010 along with the key members of Stanford’s “Clean Slate” networking research team, the inventors of Software Defined Networking. Observing how these inventions were being embraced by the hyperscale data center community, and noting their approach to separating networking hardware and software suppliers, Forster saw an opportunity to combine a disruptive core technology with a disruptive business model to address the stagnating $54B networking industry. Prior to Big Switch, Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco, initially as the technical assistant to SVP Mike Volpi and later on the Product Management teams of the wireless LAN and cellular networking business units. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton, an MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Seamus Hennessy

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Chief Financial Officer
Seamus has more than 20 years of financial management experience at both public and private technology companies, including eight years as CFO at the wireless network infrastructure category leader Ruckus Wireless, where he led that company from early-stage startup in 2009, through a successful IPO in 2012, and sale to Brocade Communications Systems in 2016. He has also served in CFO roles at Cohesity, Aerohive Networks and Bubble Motion, as well as VP of Finance at NetScaler. His experience includes strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, corporate finance, and treasury. Seamus holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Dana Aiken

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Vice President of Worldwide Sales Enablement Strategy and Operations
Dana brings to Big Switch more than twenty years of expertise developing and leading global sales enablement strategy and operations at start-up and mid-sized companies experiencing exceptional growth, including IPO and M&A activity. Having began her career as a sales representative, Dana understands firsthand the importance of enablement and operations for a sales organization. Dana is well-versed with sales enablement strategy required to successfully introduce category creating technologies to the market, and is proficient in creating, communicating and executing programs and infrastructure for maximum sales effectiveness and meaningful revenue generation. Prior to joining Big Switch, Dana held VP Sales Operations roles at Gigamon (IPO, 2013), and ForgeRock. Earlier in her career she worked at leading EdTech companies, Blackboard and Connect-Ed (acquired by Blackboard, 2004) in sales, operations and enablement roles. Dana holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s College, and an undergraduate degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Susheel Chitre

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Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Alliances

Susheel leverages his more than 20 years of business development and sales experience in the networking and data center industry to build Big Switch's ecosystem of OEM, Channel and Technology partnerships. Most recently, Susheel was the VP of Business Development at Embrane, acquired by Cisco in 2015. Before that, as Director of WW channels at Cisco he was responsible for Cisco's global OEM business development and their Cloud Go To Market partner strategy and programs. Prior to Cisco, Susheel was at Andiamo Systems driving their partnership and business development efforts with all major storage vendors and technology and ISV partners. He has held various roles from systems engineering, sales and strategic alliances in the data center space with Cray Research, Silicon Graphics and Brocade. Susheel holds MBA from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business, an M.S  in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.S in mechanical engineering from the MS University of Baroda, India.

Prashant Gandhi

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Vice President & Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Prashant is responsible for Big Switch's Cloud-First Networking portfolio and strategy, including: product management, product marketing, technology partnerships/solutions and technical marketing. Prashant has been instrumental in the product strategy and development of Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric products. Additionally, Prashant is responsible for Big Switch led open-source initiative, Open Network Linux (ONL), to accelerate adoption of open networking and HW vendor choice. Prior to Big Switch, Prashant was at Cisco where he was responsible for driving product strategy and management of the Cisco ONE Controller, Nexus 1000V virtual switch, VXLAN-based network virtualization, Catalyst 6500 VSS and Nexus 7K as well as Cisco’s SDN and cloud network services, product and go-to-market strategy. Prashant was CEO and co-founder of Rohati Systems, a Data Center security startup acquired by Cisco.  Earlier in his career, he was on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty at Villanova University. Prashant holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, has published 60 papers, authored 20 patents, and co-branded VXLAN.

Alan Hase

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Vice President of Engineering & Chief Development Officer
Alan Hase is Vice President of Engineering and Chief Development Officer at Big Switch. Alan has more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry and leading global engineering teams which have delivered industry leading innovation in high end routing, security, fabric and wireless technologies. Alan joined Big Switch from Extreme Networks where he was responsible for product strategy for its secure campus switching, intelligent mobility and campus orchestration products. Prior to Extreme Networks, Alan was the Vice President of Avaya’s Intelligent Edge engineering and product management teams. Alan spent 15 years at Cisco where he held various leadership roles. Alan joined Cisco in 1996 to lead its High-End Router software engineering team. In 2001, Alan became a Director of Engineering, responsible for Cisco’s IPsec VPN product development and strategic direction. In 2006, Alan became the Vice President of Engineering for its Wireless Networking Business Unit where he led a global engineering team that delivered innovative, industry leading, award winning products and technologies. Alan has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and an M.B.A from Santa Clara University.

Gregg Holzrichter

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Vice President of Marketing & Chief Marketing Officer

Gregg is an enterprise B2B marketing veteran who has worked in multiple data center infrastructure categories, and brings to Big Switch nearly 25 years of deep domain expertise across marketing disciplines. Prior to joining Big Switch, Gregg held tenures at leading Silicon Valley companies, including Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, and VMware, where he was responsible for scaling its Americas marketing organization from 2005 - 2009, where revenue increased from $100MM to over $1BN. During his time at Virsto, he was instrumental in positioning the company as an early leader in software-defined storage, which led to a successful acquisition by VMware in 2013. At Big Switch, Gregg oversees Big Switch's global marketing organization, which has positioned Big Switch as a Visionary in the Gartner Datacenter Magic Quadrant in 2017, established Big Switch as the leading provider of next-generation datacenter networking solutions, and delivers outbound programs to help fuel the company's growth of over 100% yearly.

Brant Kennedy

Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Brant Kennedy brings 30 years of sales and sales leadership experience running world-class teams within networking, which spans software, hardware, cybersecurity, mobile and cloud solutions. He has a proven track record of building and scaling global sales organizations at industry leaders including Cabletron, Nokia and Sybase, as well as at startups including ForeScout, Orchestria and Avanan. Brant has extensive experience leading teams that serve customers across commercial, enterprise, government and Telco/service provider segments. Brant attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a degree in Consumer Science.

Joe Palazola

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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, IT, 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.