Big Switch Networks Appoints Network Industry Veterans to Lead Marketing and Sales Efforts as SDN Market Explodes
PALO ALTO, CA – October 9, 2012 – Big Switch Networks™, the leading platform-independent Software-Defined Networking (SDN) company appointed Jason Matlof as VP of Marketing and Dave Butler as VP of Sales as the company prepares to launch and ship its first commercial products.
“It is gratifying to see that every major infrastructure vendor is making SDN announcements, because it’s an enormous validation of our development efforts with partners and customers. We are now ramping our sales and marketing efforts, and are pleased to bring on experienced executives with long track records like Jason Matlof and Dave Butler to join our executive team,” said Guido Appenzeller, CEO and co-founder of Big Switch Networks.
Jason Matlof joins Big Switch Networks as VP of Marketing with over 16 years of experience in the networking industry and building early stage technology start-ups. Jason started his career in the mid-1990s at Cisco Systems, where he managed the product management team for the company’s multi-billion dollar family of fixed-configuration Catalyst switches.
After leaving Cisco in 2001, Jason was appointed VP of Marketing and Business Development at Neoteris, an early-stage network security start-up, where he developed the company’s product strategy and established market leadership within the emerging SSL VPN product category. Following rapid growth, Neoteris was acquired for $295M by NetScreen Technologies. Jason served briefly as VP of Marketing for Remote Access Products at Netscreen, which was subsequently acquired by Juniper Networks. Following the successful exit of Neoteris, Jason became an early stage investor and Partner at Battery Ventures where he helped build eight early stage start-ups.
Jason has a BA with honors from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dave Butler joins Big Switch Networks after a distinguished career building and leading sales organizations in networking, software, and supercomputer companies. Dave was VP of Sales and Business Development at Aruba Networks, leading up to a multi-billion dollar IPO. He was also VP of International Sales at FORE Systems and also led FORE’s Federal subsidiary after supporting US intelligence agencies with expertise in real-time networking, multi-data center supercomputing, and global information dissemination. Dave was also VP of Sales at Berkeley Networks, VP of Sales at Fast Forward and most recently VP of Worldwide Sales at VSS Monitoring, leading the company’s sales growth prior to its acquisition by Danaher Corporation.
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, where his contributions to real-time networking were published in the Transactions of the IEEE and recognized by the Association of Computing Machinery for best research at the Master’s degree level. Dave received a commendation from the National Security Agency and a corporate Technical Achievement Award from IBM CEO John Akers for innovation in the use of multi-processor signal processing for Federal customers.
About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the leading platform-independent Software-Defined Networking (SDN) company. It’s Open SDN architecture leverages industry standards and open APIs that enable customers to deploy dynamic and flexible networking applications, including data center network virtualization. Big Switch Networks Open SDN architecture has enabled a large ecosystem of physical and virtual switching partners, and has accelerated industry-wide development of networking applications to meet a variety of customer needs. Big Switch Networks was founded in 2010, and its commercial controller, network virtualization and applications are in customer trials today. For more information, visit: http://www.bigswitch.com or@bigswitch