Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hammerhead Systems Appoints Rob Keil President and CEO

Hammerhead Systems announced the appointment of Rob Keil as President and CEO, replacing Peter Savage, who is leaving the company.

Hammerhead offers a Layer 2.5 solution supporting multiservice MPLS and Carrier Ethernet in a single box. The HSX 6000 provides dense Ethernet aggregation for E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree Services, MPLS Pseudowire termination, VPLS, Leased Line IP Aggregation, Multilink PPP/Frame Relay/ATM support, Any-to-Any Service Interworking, and a PBB-TE Service Gateway.

Rob Keil co-founded Hammerhead in 2002, raised the Series A, served as VP of Marketing and Business Development and took the HSX 6000 from visionary concept, through development and testing with tier 1 service providers, and into general availability and network deployment. Rob replaces

Prior to founding Hammerhead Systems, Rob was the Vice President of Marketing at optical networking company Zaffire, spent 4 years at Cisco as a Senior Group Manager in product management where he launched the MGX 8800 series, and was a Group Manager, Product Planning at StrataCom.

Hammerhead also announced the appointment of Houman Modarres as VP of Marketing. Houman was most recently VP of Product Management at Hammerhead Systems. Prior to Hammerhead, Houman was Director of the Softswitch and IP Telephony business line at 3Com Corporation. I

  • In July 2007, Hammerhead Systems secured $18 million Series D round of funding for its traffic aggregation and switching platform. Hammerhead said its HSX 6000 answers the need for traffic aggregation in a market in which Ethernet services are taking off and in which legacy services are also continuing to grow. Its single box solution offers dense Ethernet aggregation for both E-Line and E-LAN services, MPLS Pseudowire termination, VPLS, Leased Line IP Aggregation, Frame Relay and ATM/IMA support, and Any-to-Any Service Inter-working. The new funding round was led by Foundation Capital and joined by all existing investors including Mayfield Fund, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, Pequot Ventures, Silver Creek Ventures and Apex Venture Partners. Hammerhead Systems has raised $98 million in total capital to date.