Board of Directors

Douglas Murray

CEO

Doug guides Big Switch as its bare metal SDN products take mindshare and marketshare in a rapidly growing market. A seasoned general manager with broad networking expertise, Doug was most recently at Juniper Networks where he was SVP of Juniper’s $1B business across Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China.  Before APAC, he served as SVP & GM of Juniper’s Security BU.  Prior to Juniper, Doug held executive positions at Extreme Networks, Sun Microsystems and AT&T.  In board roles, he has helped guide early stage companies to success including Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper in 2010) and FireEye (IPO in 2013). He holds a BA in History from Colgate University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has completed Executive Education in Leadership at Columbia University.

Tony Bates

Board Member

Tony serves as President of GoPro, Inc. He is the former Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group where he was responsible for corporate strategy, OEM relationships, strategic innovation partners, software vendors and developers.  He was formerly the President of the Skype division, having served as Skype’s CEO prior to the successful Microsoft acquisition.  Before joining Skype, Bates was senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group.  He was senior vice president and general manager for the Service Provider business unit, and vice president and general manager of Cisco's high-end router business. He has also served as a member of the board of YouTube (GOOG) and LoveFilm (AMZN).  Before working at Cisco, Bates spearheaded the backbone-engineering strategy for Internet MCI (MCI's national IP backbone). He has more than 20 years of experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, and has published 12 IETF RFCs in the areas of Internet Routing and Operations. He holds nine patents in the area of Layer 2 and Layer 3 innovations.

Kyle Forster

Vice President of Marketing / Co-Founder

Kyle has been with Big Switch since inception and has worn many hats as the company has evolved. As VP of Marketing, his focus is on brand and demand generation. Prior to Big Switch, Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco, initially as the technical assistant to SVP Mike Volpi and later as a Product Manager in the cellular and wifi business units. He launched three v1.0 products in wireless and security and finished his time there managing a ~$100 million portfolio of Cisco’s WLAN Controllers. In between Cisco and Big Switch Networks, he was VP of Product Management at Joost, a peer-to-peer TV-over-the-Internet company from the founders of Skype. He started his career at eBusiness consulting company Scient, first as a java developer and later engineering manager and co-founder of the wireless practice. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton, a MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mark Leslie

Board Member

Mark is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for courses in Entrepreneurship and Sales Organization. Prior to Stanford, he was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure, Veritas went from 12 to 5,500 employees, and from a revenue base of $95,000 to $1.5 billion per year. In 2000, Veritas was the 10th largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and became a Fortune 1000 company. Mark is also the managing director of Leslie Ventures and serves on the boards of many public, private and non-profit companies such as NetApp Corporation, SugarCRM, Wall Street Systems, Xsigo Corporation, NYU Board of Overseers, NYU Science Advisory Board or Community Foundation of Silicon Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from New York University and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development (PMD).

Bill Meehan

Board Member

Bill is a Lecturer in Strategic Management and the Raccoon Partners Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey. His teachings and research are focused on two areas: general management and leadership; and nonprofits, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. At McKinsey Bill’s focus was on working with executives in technology, private equity, retail, financial services and media on topics of corporate strategy, organization and leadership. Bill was Chair of the Client Committee and Chair of the McKinsey Investment Office, which oversees more than $5 billion in investments. He was also Vice-Chair of the Directors Review Committee, Founder and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice, Chair of the West Coast Practice and Managing Director of the San Francisco Office. He is currently a Director of Juniper Networks. He received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mike Volpi

Board Member
Mike is a Partner at Index Ventures, which he joined in 2009. He focuses on investments in Internet, telecom/networking and enterprise software. He also contributes to the firm’s later stage growth fund, and he currently sits on the boards of Cloud.com (CTRX), Sonos, Soundcloud, Lookout, Path, Zuora, Hortonworks, Pure Storage, Storsimple and EXOR SpA (EXO:IM). Mike was SVP & General Manager of the Routing and Service Provider Technology Group, where he led Cisco’s business for the Service Provider market, and was also responsible for all of Cisco’s routing and access products. In 2007, this was an $11 billion business for Cisco. He also served as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. During this tenure, Mike was instrumental in the creation of the company’s acquisition and investment strategies, as Cisco acquired more than 70 companies during his tenure. He has an MS and BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.