Big Switch Networks Appoints Mitch Breen as Chief Revenue Officer
Industry Veteran to Lead Go-to-Market Efforts in Support of Continued Hypergrowth
Santa Clara, Calif – April 23, 2019 – Big Switch Networks®, the Cloud-First Networking company, today announced it has appointed Mitch Breen as Chief Revenue Officer, effective immediately.
Breen brings to Big Switch a history of results-driven sales and sales leadership experience. He will be responsible for the company’s global go-to-market, as the company continues a period of hypergrowth, with a CAGR of nearly 80% (FY’15-FY’18).
“As Big Switch continues to experience tremendous growth, our sales organization needs a strong leader with a proven track record. I am thrilled to partner with Mitch as we enter the next phase of growth,” said Douglas Murray, President and CEO, Big Switch Networks. “Mitch checks all of the boxes for me; his breadth of expertise across all sales functions, and in leadership roles during his storied career. He is the ideal fit for Big Switch.”
Breen began his career at then start-up, EMC Corporation (now Dell EMC), and spent 25 years in numerous roles, moving from sales management to leadership roles, including SVP of Mid-Range Storage, and SVP of Global Channel Sales, where he guided the organization through a series of business transitions. During his tenure at EMC Corporation, Breen played an integral role in scaling the company from $30MM to over $20BN in annual revenue, and he led sales, pre-sales and professional services teams that ranged from 300 to 5,000.
Prior to joining Big Switch, Breen helped define the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market, at Plexxi Networks and Simplivity (both acquired by HPE). At Plexxi, Breen oversaw all sales and marketing functions, where he grew the business at a multiplier of 5x during the first 12 months. At SimpliVity, Breen oversaw go-to-market strategy, where he grew its annual revenue from less than $10MM to almost $100M in less than two years, and recruited, hired and enabled 230 sales professionals. Breen has also held executive positions at Oracle, SVP of Sales for North America, and Progress Software, where he served as CRO, managing all customer facing initiatives.
“In my experience, there are four criteria that determine the success of a company – technology, TAM, timing, and team. Big Switch’s differentiated technology, its team of experienced leaders, combined with a multi-billion dollar TAM make it a perfect time to join,” said Mitch Breen, Chief Revenue Officer, Big Switch Networks. “Data center networking is the last bastion of complexity after compute and storage. Big Switch's innovative technology provides customers a public cloud user experience for their on-premises workloads. I am excited to join the company, and to lead the dedicated, passionate sales organization.”
About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the Cloud-First Networking company, bringing public cloud-style networking and hybrid cloud consistency to organizations around the world. The company provides data center switching, monitoring, visibility and security solutions for on-premises enterprise clouds, public clouds and multi-cloud environments that enable companies of all sizes to increase operational efficiency and business agility, while reducing networking costs. Big Switch was founded in 2010, with roots in the original Stanford research team that invented software-defined networking. Big Switch has strategic partnerships with Dell EMC and Edgecore, delivering innovative software on industry-standard open networking hardware. Since its founding the company has been an active member and contributor to multiple open source communities. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with a dedicated presence in four continents. The company is funded from leading venture capital firms, including: Dell Technologies Capital, Index Ventures, Intel Capital, Khosla Ventures, MSD Capital, Morgenthaler Ventures, Redpoint and Silverlake Waterman.