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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

SambaNova announces a key hire for its AI team

SambaNova Systems, a Silicon Valley start-up developing AI-driven Dataflow-as-a-Service, announced the appointment of Poonacha Kongetira as Vice President of Hardware.

Kongetira hails from Google where he led a team of engineers developing custom silicon accelerators for machine learning, video transcode, and datacenter infrastructure. He also led NVIDIA’s Bangalore design center for mobile and GPU chips with a team of more than 800 engineers. Kongetira was an early member of the leadership team developing the first Niagara processor at Afara which was acquired by Sun Microsystems and eventually Oracle.

“I am thrilled to join SambaNova working with the best in the industry and to rejoin the familiar faces of a talented team which led the transition from single to multicore processors with Niagara,” said Poonacha Kongetira, VP of Hardware at SambaNova. “Armed with SambaNova’s Reconfigurable Dataflow Architecture and Dataflow-as-a-Service, we have the unique opportunity to establish this unrivaled technology as the industry standard for machine learning and scientific applications just like we did with Niagara and apply the vision of machine learning and AI for enterprises.”

SambaNova raises $676 million for its AI platform

SambaNova Systems, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $676 million in Series D funding for its software, hardware and services to run AI applications.

SambaNova’s flagship offering is Dataflow-as-a-Service (DaaS), a subscription-based, extensible AI services platform designed to jump-start enterprise-level AI initiatives, augmenting organizations’ AI capabilities and accelerating the work of existing data centers, allowing the organization to focus on its business objectives instead of infrastructure.

At the core of DaaS is SambaNova’s DataScale, an integrated software and hardware systems platform with optimized algorithms and next-generation processors delivering unmatched capabilities and efficiency across applications for training, inference, data analytics, and high-performance computing. SambaNova’s software-defined-hardware approach has set world records in AI performance, accuracy, scale, and ease of use.

The funding round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, and included additional new investors Temasek and GIC, plus existing backers including funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Intel Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Walden International and WRVI. This Series D brings SambaNova’s total funding to more than $1 billion and rockets its valuation to more than $5 billion.

SambaNova says it is working "to shatter the computational limits of AI hardware and software currently on the market — all while making AI solutions for private and public sectors more accessible."

“We’re here to revolutionize the AI market, and this round greatly accelerates that mission,” said Rodrigo Liang, SambaNova co-founder and CEO. “Traditional CPU and GPU architectures have reached their computational limits. To truly unleash AI’s potential to solve humanity’s greatest technology challenges, a new approach is needed. We’ve figured out that approach, and it’s exciting to see a wealth of prudent investors validate that.”

Stanford Professors Kunle Olukotun and Chris Ré, along with Liang, founded SambaNova in 2017 and came out of stealth in December 2020. Olukotun is known as the “father of the multi-core processor” and the leader of the Stanford Hydra Chip Multiprocessor (CMP) research project. Ré is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is a MacArthur Genius Award recipient, and is affiliated with the Statistical Machine Learning Group, Pervasive Parallelism Lab, and Stanford AI Lab.

http://www.sambanova.ai

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

HPE names Fidelma Russo as CTO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise named Fidelma Russo as Chief Technology Officer for the company. In this role, Russo will lead the innovation agenda and technology roadmap for HPE and manage the design and development of the HPE Greenlake edge-to-cloud platform.


Russo most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud Services business unit at VMware. She has also held senior leadership positions at Dell EMC, HP, Iron Mountain and Sun Microsystems. She currently serves as a director of SBA Communications and sits on the Audit Committee.

Fidelma holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from University College Cork, a master’s in computer science degree from Boston University, and completed the Internet of Things Executive education program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Altice USA announces resignation of its COO

Altice USA confirmed the resignation of Hakim Boubazine, Chief Operating Officer and President of Telecommunications.

Altice USA Chief Executive Officer Dexter Goei will assume direct responsibilities for the Telecommunications division, effective immediately. Mr. Boubazine will serve as Senior Advisor to the CEO until December 31, 2021.

Mr. Goei commented: “It has been a pleasure to work with Hakim, and I want to thank him for the critical role he has played over the last six years at Altice USA. We appreciate the time he will serve as a senior advisor and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”

Monday, August 30, 2021

Zayo appoints Ginna Raahauge as CIO

Zayo announced the appointment of Ginna Raahauge as Chief Information Officer (CIO), reporting directly to Zayo’s CEO, Steve Smith.

Raahauge brings more than 28 years of experience as a CIO and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for global organizations from pre-IPO to Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, Raahauge served as an executive in solution and sales engineering for Amazon Web Services (AWS), leading teams who work with start-ups to enterprises, covering everything from infrastructure through to application development. She previously served as CTO and SVP of strategy, architecture and mergers and acquisitions for Catholic Health Initiatives.

Raahauge currently serves as a technology advisory board member for Greylock Partners and previously served on the advisory board of Sutter Hill Ventures. She is also the co-founder of an angel investment firm, specializing in bringing capital to demographics that have historically been ignored.

https://zayo.com


Kaloom appoints Marc Tremblay as Chief Sales Officer

Kaloom has appointed Marc Tremblay as Chief Sales Officer.

Tremblay most recently led sales teams at Pivotal (later acquired by VMware), generating significant business results and customer satisfaction during the four years he was there. Prior to that Tremblay concluded a successful 30-year career with IBM that saw him lead numerous teams across multiple industries culminating with his role as Vice-President, Communications Sector where his team grew the business 300 percent over four years. In addition, Tremblay has served on numerous Board of Directors including Averna Technologies, Golf Québec and Groupe Conseil OSI where he also served as President.

https://www.kaloom.com/

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Infinera announces four executive appointments

Infinera announced four executive appointments in newly created positions:

  • Ron Johnson, General Manager of Optical Systems & Network Solutions Group – responsible for driving Infinera’s growth in open optical systems and software as networks move to 800G in the core, 400G in the metro, and 100G coherent to the edge. Most recently, Ron served as head of Product Management at Cisco’s Optical Transport Business Unit.
  • Tom Burns, General Manager of Optical Modules & Coherent Solutions Group – responsible for Infinera’s optical modules and coherent solutions, including the company’s ICE optical engines and its recently announced suite of ICE-XR optical pluggables. Tom previously served at Dell Technologies, where he managed a multi-billion-dollar networking and solutions business. He will partner with co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer Dave Welch to capitalize on the growth opportunity of game-changing XR optics point-to-multipoint optical connectivity.
  • Azmina Somani, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Optical Modules & Coherent Solutions Group – responsible for optical modules and coherent solutions engineering. Azmina brings to her role over 30 years of experience and expertise in the optical components industry, with executive leadership positions at industry leaders that include Jabil, Lumentum, JDSU, and Nortel. In addition to her deep technical knowledge and exceptional leadership skills, Azmina has a proven track record of developing and delivering state-of-the-art subsystems and modules to the market at high volume, critical to Infinera’s pluggables strategy.
  • Russ Esmacher, Senior Vice President of Strategy – responsible for strategy, marketing, and corporate development in leading the company’s strategic planning processes and executing plans to achieve market share gains and the company’s target business model. Russ brings to his role over 20 years of experience in go-to-market programs, sales leadership, business development, and technical marketing, including prior executive positions at Nokia and Cisco.

 

“The shift to open optical networks represents an unprecedented opportunity for Infinera with our differentiated, high-performance solutions and vertically integrated capabilities,” said David Heard, Infinera CEO. “I’m thrilled to welcome these talented industry veterans to our team as we strategically align the organization to scale and accelerate toward the next phase of Infinera’s growth and innovation.”

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/infinera-strengthens-executive-leadership-team


Adam Crozier appointed as Chairman of BT

Adam Crozier will succeed Jan du Plessis as Chairman of BT Group plc with effect from 1 December 2021 when Jan will retire from the BT Board.

Crozier is currently Chairman of Whitbread plc, ASOS plc, Kantar Group Limited, as well as a non-executive director of Sony Corporation. Earlier in his career and for over 20 years he was a CEO across four different sectors, most recently as the CEO of ITV plc and before that as CEO of Royal Mail Holdings plc, where he led its modernisation and transformation.


Iain Conn, BT's Senior Independent Director, said: “After a thorough and comprehensive process to ensure we identified the very best candidate to lead BT, Adam is the unanimous choice of the Board. He has significant experience in leading public company boards, developing teams and managing stakeholders and brings a strong transformational and operational track record in large-scale executive roles.”


Monday, August 16, 2021

Nokia hires Oracle exec to head its SaaS business

Nokia has appointed Mark Bunn as Vice President, SaaS Business Operations, Cloud and Network Services. He is responsible for the business model, and operational and commercial strategy to drive Nokia’s shift to an ‘as a Service’ provider.

Bunn joins Nokia from Oracle, where he was Vice President of Monetization and Orchestration Applications in its Communications Business Unit; he is based in Dallas. 


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Blueprint column: Wavelength routing in the 400GE era

by Arnold Jansen, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Nokia

The introduction of 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) pluggable digital coherent optics (DCOs) has stirred up considerable debate about innovative approaches to metro access and metro/regional network design that blend IP and optical networking technologies in more optimal ways. The key question is how this technology can be leveraged to more cost-efficiently meet service-level requirements without adding more complexity to network operations. 


Routers, ROADMs and rings

Due to their lower cost, power and space requirements, pluggable 400GE DCOs are generally more economical for shorter reaches than connecting routers to dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transponders in optical line systems. With in-line amplification, 400ZR+ coherent optics can interconnect 400GE router ports over hundreds of kilometers of fiber, and up to 1,000 km at lower bit rates. 

This capability is certainly adequate for most point-to-point fiber applications, but dedicated fiber may not be readily available where it is needed because laying new fiber is costly and time consuming. At least initially, new 400GE router-to-router connections will be implemented over existing fiber plant in metro/regional access and aggregation networks. This fiber is typically laid as interconnected and overlapping rings that aggregate traffic from multiple central offices. 

An IP-centric way to look at metro/regional access and aggregation rings is as a distributed leaf-spine fabric with access routers on the ring (the leaves) connecting into a centralized aggregation router at the ring head-end (the spine). Ideally, each access leaf directly connects with the spine in a logical hub-and-spoke IP topology, especially since the volume and growth of ingress traffic on individual access leaves can differ greatly in urban and regional settings. This allows transport efficiency and latency to remain low and deterministic, as access traffic on the ring is passed to the hub router in a single hop. 

The first option to implement this target architecture leverages 2-degree ROADMs and optical transponders (OTs) to connect access routers to the centralized hub router over protected, point-to-point wavelengths. This is the present mode of operation (PMO) for most communication service provider networks, and is depicted at the left side of Figure 1. Routers connect using 400GE gray optics to performance-optimized OTs that can operate over long fiber spans with many ROADM hops, allowing single-hop connections from each access router to the hub node at full 400G rates.  

Figure 1. IP aggregation over metro/regional fiber rings

In the center, future mode of operation 1 (FMO1) leverages 400ZR+ pluggable router optics instead of WDM transponders to save space, power and cost through IP-optical integration. Through 2-degree ROADMs, all access routers connect to the hub router in a single hop over dedicated wavelengths. For large rings with many nodes, it may be necessary to reduce the line rate of 400ZR+ pluggable DCOs for an increased reach when and where it’s needed. 

On the right side of Figure 1, FMO2 bypasses ROADMs altogether and interconnects routers in a daisy chain over point-to-point WDM line systems between each node on the ring. Each router aggregates local ingress traffic with transit traffic from other nodes, and passes it hop-by-hop along the ring until it reaches the hub router at the ring head-end. With wavelengths having to travel only one hop to the adjacent routers, 400ZR/ZR+ DCOs can connect at the full 400 Gb/s line rate for most router-to-router distances. 

Figure 2. Comparing scaling properties of PMO, FMO1 and FMO2 in aggregation rings 

Figure 2 compares the scaling properties of the PMO with FMO1 and FMO2 for a single aggregation ring with varying numbers of access nodes and amounts of ingress traffic. Although this is a simple modeling exercise, it illustrates several points:  

  1. The PMO scales the best with increasing traffic and ring sizes and makes the most efficient use of available 400GE router ports. Although DWDM transponders cost more than pluggable DCOs, fewer of them are required on each ring and current investments in ROADMs and fiber can be fully leveraged. Also note that pluggable 400G Multihaul DCOs will become available for  routers to enable higher capacity-reach over 400ZR+, and as a lower-cost alternative to DWDM transponders. 
  2. The FMO1 can be deployed as an overlay to offload the PMO over an additional fiber pair. While FMO1 consumes slightly more 400GE router ports for larger rings and traffic volumes, this upfront cost is offset by incremental savings created by using router pluggable 400ZR+ DCOs instead of WDM transponders. 
  3. FMO2 has a marginally lower upfront cost than FMO1 due to minor savings on ROADM capabilities, but its incremental scaling costs are much higher. There is a sweet spot for small rings and low initial ingress traffic volumes where access routers can aggregate all ring traffic over one or two wavelengths, but the number of 400G DCOs required will quickly surpass the 4–6 QSFP-DD network ports that are typically available on a 1 RU leaf aggregation router.

Key Takeaways 

From an end-to-end cost perspective, a critical objective of any network architect is to minimize the number of hops required to transport traffic between source and destination. Each router hop adds cost, latency and power consumption that must be offset by statistical multiplexing gains of packet aggregation, and these gains have diminishing returns with each hop. 

400GE pluggable coherent optics are a new and powerful technology that can be used to cost-optimize IP networks, provided that the number of router hops in the end-to-end data path does not increase significantly as a result. There are two ways to achieve this:

  1. Deploy dedicated point-to-point fiber routes where available and feasible. 
  2. Provision dedicated point-to-point wavelengths over shared fiber using ROADMs.

When point-to-point wavelengths must traverse several ROADMs, it is generally more economical to either de-rate the capacity of 400ZR+ optics or deploy higher-performance optics such as 400G Multihaul DCOs or 400GE OTs than to bridge the distance with additional router hops or back-to-back DCOs. Importantly, this new generation of compact and modular line systems with ROADM capabilities can ensure that the capacity-reach and cost benefits of 400GE pluggable coherent optics can be maximized for all applications. 

About the author - Arnold Jansen, Senior Product Manager, Nokia

Arnold is responsible for promoting products and solutions for the IP/optical networks group at Nokia. Arnold has held a number of roles in research and innovation, sales, product management, and marketing during his 30 years in the telecommunications industry. Arnold is based in Ottawa, Canada and holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Intel appoints Chief People Officer - Christy Pambianchi

Intel announced the appointment of Christy Pambianchi as executive vice president and chief people officer, effective Sept. 7., and reporting to CEO Pat Gelsinger.

Mostly recently, Pambianchi was executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Verizon. She was formerly executive vice president of People & Digital at Corning Inc., where she served in various senior leadership roles during a 20-year tenure. Prior to Corning, Pambianchi was a director of human resources at PepsiCo Inc.


Thursday, July 22, 2021

NeoPhotonics appoints SVP of Global Sales

NeoPhotonics announced the appointment of Bradford W. Wright as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Most recently, Wright was head of Worldwide Component Sales and Applications at Cisco Systems, following their acquisition of Acacia Communications, where he was Vice President of Sales from January 2018. From January 2016 to January 2018, he served as Director of Sales at Intel Corporation, following their acquisition of Altera Corporation in 2015, where he held a similar role. 


"On behalf of the Management and Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Brad to NeoPhotonics," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "Brad’s extensive experience in both communications and semiconductors will bring direct benefit to our high speed optical components, modules and semiconductor device solutions for our rapidly expanding high speed markets," concluded Mr. Jenks.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Fungible appoints Eric Hayes as CEO

 Fungible has appointed Eric Hayes as its new CEO and member of Fungible’s Board of Directors, succeeding Pradeep Sindhu, who has served as Executive Chairman and CEO since Fungible’s inception. Sindhu will continue his role as Executive Chairman and assume the role of Chief Development Officer, where he will lead the engineering teams responsible for the company’s products and solutions.

Hayes most recently served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the High-Speed Connectivity business unit at Inphi where he led the company’s multi-hundred-million-dollar PAM4 DSP business. Prior to joining Inphi he held multiple senior leadership positions in marketing and general management at Marvell, Cavium and Broadcom. 


“It has been a great privilege for me to lead this extraordinarily talented group of dedicated individuals to invent the DPU and bring to market industry leading products that exploit its unique capabilities. The DPU is a new category of microprocessor destined to become a key building block of data centers as the industry embraces data-centric computing. My new role allows me to focus on technology: taking the learnings from our first generation of DPUs and applying them to the next and further enhancing our already industry leading products,” said Pradeep Sindhu, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Development Officer of Fungible. 

“There are tremendous opportunities for Fungible to radically transform the global data center industry in the coming years, thanks to the great work of Pradeep and the team,” said Eric Hayes, CEO of Fungible. “I can’t express how truly inspired I am to join Fungible at this pivotal time. While many other companies continue to invest in faster CPUs and GPUs, the real bottleneck to achieving performance at scale remains the inability to efficiently disaggregate CPUs, GPUs and storage over a high performance standards-based network. The market is ripe for disruption, and Fungible’s DPU is the only technology capable of solving this problem.”


Monday, July 19, 2021

Intel elects Andrea Goldsmith to Board of Directors

Andrea Goldsmith, dean of engineering and applied science and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Princeton University, has been elected to Intel’s board of directors.

Dr. Goldsmith spent more than two decades at Stanford University before she was named dean of engineering and applied science at Princeton in 2020. From 2010 to 2014, Goldsmith co-founded and served as the chief technology officer at Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera Inc.), a provider of software-defined wireless networking technology. From 2005 to 2009, Goldsmith also co-founded and served as chief technology officer at Quantenna Communications. Her research focuses on the fundamental performance limits of wireless systems, especially with regard to 5G wireless, the mobile Internet of Things, smart grid design and the applications of communications and signal processing to biology and neuroscience.

Goldsmith has significant public company board experience. She currently serves on the boards of Medtronic and Crown Castle International. Goldsmith has served on the technical advisory boards of several private companies.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Qualcomm names Don McGuire as CMO

Qualcomm appointed Don McGuire as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO), reporting directly to Cristiano Amon, president and CEO, effective immediately. Penny Baldwin, senior vice president and chief marketing officer who joined Qualcomm in 2017, will continue to serve in an advisory role to support the transition along with other marketing initiatives until her retirement later in the year.


McGuire joined Qualcomm in 2016 as vice president of Global Product Marketing and was promoted to senior vice president last year. He joined Qualcomm from Intel where he led global marketing strategy, campaigns, and messaging supporting their Client Computing Business. Prior to Intel, McGuire was founder and CMO of Panelfly, and held leadership positions at companies including Dunebuggy Media, Amp'd Mobile, Kyocera Wireless Corp., Cricket Communications and Sprint PCS. 

Sierra Wireless appoints Phil Brace as president and CEO

Sierra Wireless appointed Phil Brace as its new President and CEO, effective July 26, 2021, replacing Kent Thexton, will stay on at Sierra Wireless until August 13, 2021 to complete the transition.

Brace was most recently Executive Vice President at Veritas Technologies. His previous executive roles include President of Seagate Technology’s Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions, Executive Vice President at LSI Corporation, and General Manager at Intel Corporation. Brace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.


Board Chair Robin Abrams also commented: "On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank Kent for his significant contributions to Sierra Wireless, both over the 13 years he spent as a member of the Board and over the last three years as CEO. Thanks to his vision and leadership, Sierra has successfully transformed from a hardware-only company to a strong and dynamic market leader in IoT services and solutions. We wish Kent all the best in his retirement."


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

NeoPhotonics adds to its Board


NeoPhotonics announced the appointment of Sheri L. Savage to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Savage has served as Chief Financial Officer of Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (UCT), a supplier for critical subsystems for semiconductor capital equipment, since July 2016. Ms. Savage previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance, Chief Accounting Officer and other senior finance roles at UCT since 2009.

Prior to joining UCT, Ms. Savage served at Credence Systems Corporation, a manufacturer of test equipment for the global semiconductor industry, as its Corporate Controller and Vice President of Finance and as Director of Internal Audit. 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Luis Ubiñas elected to AT&T Board of Directors

Luis Ubiñas has been elected to AT&T's board of directors, effective immediately. This brings the number of directors on AT&T’s board to 13. He will serve on the board’s Public Policy and Corporate Reputation committee.

Ubiñas, 58, has had a career spanning business, government and the nonprofit sector. He served as a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, as President of the Ford Foundation, and as an appointee to both the U.S. Competitiveness Committee of the Export-Import Bank and the International Trade Commission. Over the last several years, he has been an investor, advisor and board member. He is currently the lead director of Electronic Arts; serves on the board of Tanger, the publicly traded REIT; and advises several private and pre-IPO companies.

“Luis is an accomplished executive and a terrific addition to our board,” said Bill Kennard, chairman of AT&T’s board of directors. “His leadership experience and expertise across broadband and wireless, government and the nonprofit sector align with our priorities to serve customers, investors and our communities.”


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Intel splits Data Platform Group, Rivera promoted, McKeown joins, Shenoy departs

Intel announced a restructuring of its Data Platform Group (DPG) into two new business units.

  • Sandra Rivera will take on a new role as executive vice president and general manager of Datacenter and AI. Rivera will lead this organization’s focus on developing leadership data center products for a cloud-based world, including Intel Xeon and field programmable gate array (FPGA) products. She will also drive the company’s overall artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. Rivera has a deep history in data center technology and a track record of integrating Intel’s silicon and software portfolios to drive customer value. Prior to her role serving as Intel’s chief people officer, she led Intel’s Network Platforms Group. 
  • Nick McKeown will join Intel full-time on July 6 as senior vice president and general manager of a new Network and Edge Group. This brings Intel’s Network Platforms Group, Internet of Things Group and Connectivity Group into a single business unit chartered to drive technology and product leadership throughout the network to the intelligent edge. Renown in the networking technology industry and recipient of the 2021 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, McKeown was previously a part-time Intel Senior Fellow who joined the company with its 2019 acquisition of Barefoot Networks, which he co-founded. 

Intel will also create two new business units, one focused on software and one on high performance computing (HPC) and graphics. 

  • Greg Lavender has joined Intel as chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president and general manager of the new Software and Advanced Technology Group. This group will drive Intel’s unified vision for software, ensuring it remains a powerful competitive differentiator for the company. As CTO, Lavender will also be responsible for driving Intel’s technical innovation and research programs, including Intel Labs. He brings more than 35 years of experience in software and hardware product engineering and advanced research and development to Intel, most recently serving as senior vice president and CTO of VMware. He has also held key leadership roles at Citigroup, Cisco and Sun Microsystems. 
  • Raja Koduri, a well-known innovator in GPU computing technology, will lead the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group, a newly formed business unit that will increase the company’s focus in the key growth areas of high performance computing and graphics. AXG is chartered with delivering HPC and graphics solutions for integrated and discrete segments across client, enterprise and data center. Koduri previously served as Intel’s general manager of Architecture, Graphics and Software. 

Rivera, McKeown, Lavender and Koduri will report directly to Pat Gelsinger. Navin Shenoy, who has been serving as executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group, will assist with the transition and leave Intel on July 6.

Nutanix elects Virginia Gambale as Chair of the Board

Nutanix announced the election of Virginia Gambale as Chair of the Nutanix Board, effective June 16, 2021. Ms. Gambale joined the Board in June 2020 and became Lead Independent Director in December 2020. Gambale succeeds Dheeraj Pandey, who served as Chair until his departure in December 2020.

“Virginia’s insights, dedication, commitment and advice have contributed meaningfully to Nutanix, and we are eager to benefit from her continued leadership in this expanded role,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, President and CEO of Nutanix. “In addition to bringing a deep knowledge of our business, market landscape and technology from her experience as a prior CIO, Virginia has extensive board experience advising technology companies, and her thoughtful and structured approach to governance will help advance our leadership in hybrid multicloud, as well as help drive growth, profitability and value creation for our shareholders.”

Gambale has served on public company boards for more than 20 years across a variety of industries. She is currently Managing Partner of Azimuth Partners LLC, a strategic advisory firm focused on the use of disruptive technologies to assist mid-market and large corporations in their growth. 

https://www.nutanix.com/

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Riverbed appoints Dan Smoot as President and CEO

Riverbed appointed Dan Smoot as President and CEO.

Smoot, who has more than 30 years of experience holding top leadership roles including at Salesforce, Cisco and VMware, joined Riverbed in June 2018. At Riverbed, he has held several executive leadership roles, including most recently COO and leading the company’s Worldwide Sales, Channels and Alliances, Sales Operations and Customer Experience teams.

Smoot was previously Executive Vice President of Global Partner Sales at Salesforce, managing the Worldwide Partner Sales organization. He was also Executive Vice President of Market Readiness at Salesforce, where he created a global organization to deliver critical go-to-market operations. Prior to Salesforce, Smoot worked at VMware as Senior Vice President of Global Customer Operations, overseeing advanced technology sales, global services, renewals, global channels and alliances, OEM/ISV sales and go-to-mark strategy. Before VMware, he spent more than 12 years in a variety of senior leadership roles at Cisco.

“Dan has been a stand-out leader at Riverbed and brings tremendous industry experience having held senior leadership roles at some of world’s leading technology companies,” said Robert ‘Tre’ Sayle, Riverbed Board Member and Thoma Bravo Partner (Riverbed is a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo). “Dan has an unwavering commitment to Riverbed’s customers and partners, an exceptional track record driving operational excellence and business results, and is a strong leader of people and culture. Dan is the right leader to take Riverbed to the next level and drive profitable growth for our business, and continued innovation to support customers and partners. I also want to thank our previous CEO, Rich McBee, who helped lead Riverbed during a critical time, including setting a strong foundation for the future and navigating the Company through a global pandemic.”

http://www.riverbed.com