Doug brings a wealth of global technology leadership to Big Switch. He came to Big Switch from Juniper Networks, where he held various roles including senior vice president and GM of the data center security business and senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China. A seasoned general manager with broad data center expertise and a successful background in advanced technologies, Doug guides the company’s strategy as its bare metal switching-based SDN products launch into a rapidly growing market. He holds a BA in history and political science from Colgate University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Guido is the Co-Founder and CTO of Big Switch Networks. Before co-founding Big Switch Networks, he was a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and head of the Clean Slate Lab where he led the research team that developed the OpenFlow v1.0 standard and the reference switch and controller implementations. Guido previously was CTO of Voltage Security, an enterprise software company that he co-founded and grew from zero to profitability and over 1000 Enterprise customers. He was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a MS in Physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
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.
Dave Butler has built and led sales organizations in networking, software, and supercomputer companies. He served as VP of Sales and Business Development at Aruba Networks, VP of International Sales and the Federal subsidiary at FORE Systems, VP of Sales at Berkeley Networks, VP of Sales at Fast Forward and most recently VP of Worldwide Sales at VSS Monitoring. Dave received a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. He completed his graduate research at NASA’s Langley Research Center and received a technical commendation from the National Security Agency for his contribution during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Prashant joined Big Switch from Cisco where he was responsible for driving product strategy and management of the Cisco ONE Controller, Nexus 1000V virtual switch, VXLAN-based network virtualization as well as Cisco’s SDN and cloud network services product and go-to-market strategy. He came to Cisco in 2009 through the acquisition of Rohati Systems where he was CEO and co-founder. At Big Switch, he oversees the company’s complete Open SDN Suite, which includes Big Network Controller, Big Virtual Switch, Big Tap and Switch Light, as well as Project Floodlight open source projects, including the Floodlight controller, Indigo and other applications contained with the project. He holds a PhD. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mansour drives business development, strategic alliances, and the partner ecosystem at Big Switch Networks. Prior to Big Switch Networks, he was the first business hire at Arista Networks where he identified the key verticals and developed the early product, marketing, sales and partnership strategy. More recently, he was appointed to run business development for Arista where he built Arista’s partner ecosystem and strategic alliances. Prior to Arista, he was Principal Architect at RouteScience Technologies, which was acquired by Avaya in 2004. He holds more than 10 patents in networking technologies. He has an MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BEng in Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Rob leads standardization and controller software architecture at Big Switch where he developed and evangelized the emerging OpenFlow standard and network virtualization. He is the current Chair of the ONF’s Architecture & Framework Working Group and all Northbound API activity and was vice-chair for the ONF Testing & Interoperability Working Group. Rob prototyped the first OpenFlow-based network hypervisor, the “FlowVisor”, allowing production and experimental traffic to safely co-exist on the same physical network and is involved in various standards efforts and partner and customer engagements. Rob holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.