Industry Perspectives

Is SD-WAN Ready for Global Deployments?
8:30am | Wednesday - 2/14

Gary Sevounts

CMO, Aryaka Networks

Aryaka Networks

Gary Sevounts is the Chief Marketing Officer at Aryaka Networks, and is responsible for Aryaka’s global marketing efforts. Sevounts brings nearly 20 years of marketing executive expertise to Aryaka, as he has built multiple successful brands, award-winning products, and effective revenue generation models – from venture-backed startups to global corporations. He has extensive experience with software and SaaS products in the IT infrastructure and security space, as well as marketing and sales technology, having held marketing and product management leadership roles with a number of industry leaders.

SD-WAN: Unprecedented Visibility & Control
9:00am | Wednesday - 2/14

Brad Wood

Chief Technology Officer, Riverbed


Brad Wood is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Riverbed Technology. He is responsible for Application Performance strategy around optimization and SD-WAN technologies working directly with the CTO. He has an extensive background in protocol analysis and Riverbed’s integration with alliance partners such as Microsoft. Brad started as a Sales Engineer at Riverbed and has worked in the Global Consulting Engineering Team and Advanced Technology Group. Wood brings 23 years of enterprise ecosystems engineering experience with him with senior leadership roles across multiple sectors.

GIG + SDN: A Generational Moment
11:30am | Wednesday - 2/14

Jeff Lewis

Vice President of Connectivity Solutions, Comcast Business

Comcast Business

Jeff Lewis is the Vice President of Connectivity Solutions for Comcast Business. He has responsibility for a wide range of Data Products and Services, spanning next generation Internet Access solutions, Ethernet based networking and Internet solutions, Wi-Fi, Data Center and Cloud access, and especially Comcast Business’s efforts in Software Defined Networking.Jeff has been with Comcast for 10 yrs, previously holding roles in the area of Product Development focused on delivering Comcast’s Broadband, Video, Voice and Home Security CPE.Jeff has over 27 years of experience in telecommunications, coming to Comcast after 12+ yrs at BellSouth/AT&T, where he worked in the Product Management team focused on Business Services Products and Solutions. Chief among his accomplishments included the development of both Hosted VoIP and SIP Trunking solutions, as well as, a nationwide Layer 3 VPN and Metro Ethernet solutions.Jeff earned an MBA from Babson College, as well as, both an MS and BS in Engineering from Boston University. He is married to a wonderful (and understanding) wife Jennifer and has three children, Abigail, Cooper and Aubrey.

Navigating the SD-WAN Landscape
2:30pm | Wednesday - 2/14

Dan Foster

President & COO, MegaPath


Dan Foster is the President and Chief Operating Officer of MegaPath, responsible for day-to-day management and leadership of the company with full P&L responsibility. Foster has served in key leadership roles since joining MegaPath in 2000. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and data communications industry. Foster has a strong background in growing successful companies and channel organizations. Before joining MegaPath, he was the CEO and President at Phoenix Networks. He also served as Vice President of Consumer Markets at Rhythms Net Connections. Foster received dual engineering and liberal arts degrees from Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s executive PMD program.

Stop Getting Routered!
10:00am | Friday - 2/16

Derek Granath

VP, Product Marketing, Silver Peak

Silver Peak

Derek has more than 20 years of technology product marketing, product management and business development experience with a focus on high-performance enterprise and service provider networking systems. At Silver Peak, he leads product positioning and messaging for service provider and enterprise SD-WAN offerings. Before joining Silver Peak, Derek held a number of senior management positions in marketing and product management at networking companies including Extreme Networks, ConSentry Networks, Woven Systems, Brocade, and Cisco Systems via the Stratacom acquisition. Derek holds a BSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

SD-WAN Buyer's Guide
10:30am | Friday - 2/16

Larry Cushing

Chief Technology Evangelist, TPX Communications

TPX Communications


4:00pm | Wednesday - 2/14

Craig Walker

Founder & CEO


Craig is the Founder and CEO at Dialpad. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications (now Google Voice) and prior to that, ran Yahoo! Voice as the Senior Director of VoIP at Yahoo!

4:30pm | Wednesday - 2/14

Nick Bilogorskiy

Cybersecurity Strategist, Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Nick Bilogorskiy drives cybersecurity strategy at Juniper Networks. As a founding member at Cyphort, which was recently acquired by Juniper Networks, Nick created and led the Cyphort Labs Threat Research team. He also played a critical role designing Cyphort's malware detection logic and product user experience. Prior to Cyphort, Nick was chief malware expert at Facebook and also held security research leadership positions at Fortinet and Sonicwall.Nick is fluent in reverse engineering, analysis, pattern writing and malware tracking. He has presented and published research papers at major security conferences including Virus Bulletin, ISACA and SecureWorld. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and philosophy from Simon Fraser University and a GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) certification, as well as multiple patents in computer security.

9:00am | Thursday - 2/15

Todd Abbott

Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Services, Mitel


A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the computing, networking, and business communications industries, Todd Abbott is a customer-focused leader with a keen ability to develop go-to-market strategies, sales models, and channel programs and to drive an execution-focused culture. In his role as Mitel's Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Services, Todd oversees Mitel's global sales operations, including cloud and enterprise sales, professional and support services, and channel programs.Prior to joining Mitel, Todd was Chief Revenue Officer at Spireon, a private company focused on the vehicle telematics market. Todd has also held senior executive positions at several business communications companies, including leading the sales and marketing programs at Symbol Technologies, Seagate Technology, Avaya, and Sonus Networks. He also has significant start-up experience, as CEO of Tely Labs, focused on the cloud-based video conference market. Earlier in his career, Todd spent eight years at Cisco Systems where he assumed a series of progressively more senior positions around the world, including sales management responsibilities in New York, Sales Vice President in Singapore, and Group Vice President in Paris, and leading the service provider business in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Todd began his career in 1982 at IBM Corporation.Todd has a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts).

9:30am | Thursday - 2/15

Layne Levine

President, Enterprise Business Unit, Windstream


Layne Levine is president of Windstream's Enterprise business unit. He is responsible for overseeing sales, financial performance, marketing, field technicians, service delivery and customer care and repair for the enterprise segment.Levine has worked in the telecom industry for more than 25 years, most recently as chief revenue officer at GTT, which provides cloud networking services to multinational customers. In that role, Levine led the company's revenue growth initiatives worldwide, targeting global carriers and multinational enterprises and developing its emerging channel strategy. Previously he was the executive vice president for GTT's Americas division, managing the sales efforts for North and South America.Prior to joining GTT, Levine was senior vice president of sales at Alpheus Communications. Before that he was senior vice president of retail sales for Deltacom/EarthLink. Levine also has held leadership positions at Airband Communications, Level 3 Communications and Broadwing Communications.Levine has a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University.

10:00am | Thursday - 2/15

Eric Herzog

CMO - Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels


Eric's responsibilities include worldwide product marketing and management for IBM's award-winning family of storage solutions, software defined storage, integrated infrastructure, and software defined computing, as well as responsibility for global storage channels. Herzog has over 30 years of product management, marketing, business development, alliances, sales, and channels experience in the storage software, storage hardware, and storage solutions markets, managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales, alliances, channels, and business development in both Fortune 500 and start-up storage companies.

Prior to joining IBM, Herzog was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Alliances for allflash storage provider Violin Memory. Herzog was also Senior Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing for EMC's Enterprise & Mid-range Systems Division, where held global responsibility for product management, product marketing, evangelism, solutions marketing, communications, and technical marketing with a P&L over $10B. Before joining EMC, he was vice president of marketing and sales at Tarmin Technologies. Herzog has also held vice president business line management and vice president of marketing positions at IBM's Storage Technology Division, where he had P&L responsibility for the over $300M OEM RAID and storage subsystems business, and Maxtor (acquired by Seagate). Herzog has held vice president positions in marketing, sales, operations, and acting-CFO roles at Asempra (acquired by BakBone Software), ArioData Networks (acquired by Xyratex), Topio (acquired by Network Appliance), Zambeel, and Streamlogic.

Herzog holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated cum laude, studied towards a M.A. degree in Chinese history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

10:30am | Thursday - 2/15

Oji Udezue

Head of Product, Atlassian


Oji Udezue is the head of product for Atlassian's communications products, which just launched its first new product since IPO: Atlassian Stride. A product veteran with past roles at Microsoft, Bridgewater Associates, Spiceworks and his own startup, InterMingl, Oji is passionate about bringing new scalable products and ideas into the world. He mentors startups with a focus on companies with diverse founders, and drives startup investments in Africa as a passion project. His ultimate goal is productizing functional telepathy but for now will settle for transforming how teams and the people in them, communicate and process social data at work.

4:25pm | Thursday - 2/15

Joseph Harding

EVP & CMO, Windstream


Joseph Harding is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Windstream, since his appointment in 2015. Harding is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Windstream's Enterprise, SMB, and Wholesale business units, including the go-to-market strategy, product management, product development, channel marketing, field marketing, and brand management.Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Windstream he served as chief marketing officer for Integra Telecom, a facilities-based telecom services provider, from 2011 until joining Windstream. Previously Joseph was with Level3 Communications as Vice President of Product Development responsible for Transport, IP, Data and Voice product development globally.After acquiring his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Joseph began his career at MCI Communications in 1993 in the business markets division where he held a number of marketing leadership positions.


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