Douglas Murray

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

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.

Dana Aiken

Vice President of Worldwide Sales Enablement Strategy and Operations
Aiken 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, Aiken understands firsthand the importance of enablement and operations for a sales organization. Aiken 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, Aiken 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. Aiken holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s College, and an undergraduate degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Susheel Chitre

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

Vice President of Product Management & Chief Product Officer

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 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.

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

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.

Wendell Laidley

Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Wendell is responsible for the company's Finance and Legal functions and brings considerable strategic and operational experience to support Big Switch Neworks' rapid growth.  During his previous role as VP Finance at AppDynamics, Wendell had responsibility for FP&A, Treasury, Investor Relations during a multi-year period of hyper growth for this SaaS leader.  Prior to working as a software executive, Wendell spent 15 years on Wall Street, first as a sell-side Equity Research analyst focused on the infrastructure software industry during which time he was involved in IPO and M&A activity worth >$40 BB and was named to Institutional Investor magazine's All-America Equity Research team. Subsequently he was a Principal and Portfolio Manager for an SF-based asset management firm focused on growth-oriented public market technology investments.  Having founded two companies, Wendell understands the challenges associated with scaling a business and is excited about applying his entrepreneurial spirit to support Big Switch Networks continued growth. 

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, 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.

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).