Shekar Ayyar is a seasoned technology executive and industry leader with over twenty-five years of experience spanning general management, research, strategy, mergers & acquisitions and business development. Before joining Arrcus, Shekar was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Telco and Edge Cloud business at VMware. He incubated and grew this business to become one of the largest vertical opportunities for VMware in the context of 5G and Edge Computing.
Prior to his General manager role, Shekar was EVP of Strategy and Corporate Development, leading VMware’s M&A and strategic investments for several years. From opportunity and target identification, to deal structuring, negotiation, and closure, he oversaw over 60 acquisitions and investments across a wide range of target companies and transaction sizes. These included the acquisitions of Nicira for software defined networking, Airwatch for mobility management, Velocloud for software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), Heptio for cloud-native Kubernetes orchestration, and Uhana for AI driven closed loop automation of mobile networks.
Before joining VMware in 2007, Shekar led product management and business development at companies like BindView, a compliance and security software company acquired by Symantec and Instantis, Inc. a web application automation company acquired by Oracle. In prior roles at other companies, including Lucent and McKinsey, Shekar advised C-level executives on a wide range of strategic technology and business decisions.
Shekar has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He also holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, both in electrical engineering.
Shekar is on the board of Altair as well as the regional board of Room to Read, a non-profit focused on supporting literacy and girls’ education globally.
Keyur Patel brings 20+ years of experience leading and executing complex networking projects at start-ups and market-leading public companies.
Keyur was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco where he has played an instrumental role in architecting and developing Routing and VPN solutions including critical modifications to BGP, BGP NSR, L3VPNs, L2VPNs, EVPNS, MVPNs, Segment Routing, RPKI RTR Protocol, Interdomain Security, Routing Policies, and Routing Analytics.
Prior to Cisco, Keyur held senior engineering positions at AYR Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Tasman Networks (acquired by Nortel) where he was responsible for the design and development of Unicast and Multicast Routing Protocols, Routing Infrastructure, and Layer2 protocols.
Keyur holds 54+ patents in areas of Interdomain Routing and Security, Fast Re-Route Technologies, Network Service Chaining, Layer2 protocols, IPv6, TCP, VPNs, and Routing Virtualization technologies like Optimal Route Reflection.
Keyur is very active in industry forums including IETF and has authored 50 RFCs and Internet Drafts. He also serves as a co-chair for Secured Interdomain Routing Operations (SIDROPS) working group at IETF.
Keyur holds an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) and started his career working as a Research Assistant at USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI).
In a career spanning 20+ years, Derek Yeung has played a significant role in developing networking technology. He has built world-class routing platforms and has implemented all major routing protocols which have been deployed in Fortune 500 enterprises and major service providers.
Derek is a former Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems and has also held senior development positions at Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco). In the early Cisco days, Derek was the lead OSPF developer and authored the OSPF traffic engineering solution. At Procket Networks, Derek designed and implemented all aspects of routing functionalities, including AM, RIB, VRF manager, and IS-IS from scratch. After Cisco acquired Procket Networks, Derek was one of the lead engineers who architected and implemented the Nexus operating system (NX-OS). His most recent work at Cisco involved network virtualization, programmatic APIs, BGP, and YANG models.
Passionate about code quality and efficiency, Derek is continually looking for optimum solutions for switching and routing applications.
An active participant at IETF, he has several RFCs, drafts, and has multiple patents issued in switching and routing.
Derek holds a BS in Computer Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Brad stands at the forefront of the fastest moving networking industry trends including the adoption of Hyperscale/MSDC architectural practices and Network Disaggregation.
He has spent the past 8 years evangelizing an industry-wide shift and assisted a number of cloud infrastructure companies to take control of their network infrastructure (both the hardware and software) versus the continued dependency on the incumbent vendors.
Throughout his 16-year tenure with Broadcom Corporation, Brad built a reputation for developing business strategies, incubating new business models, and executing successful go-to-market efforts across Broadcom’s industry-leading and comprehensive networking portfolio. Bratten held a number of top management positions in both Sales and Business Development where he built and led the team responsible for driving end-user demand and partnerships with the largest Mega Scale Data Center operators, Managed Service Providers and the Financial Services segments in North America. In this capacity, he also managed all phases of building a business including identifying, developing, securing, and managing the partner ecosystem of ODMs, system integrators, and ISVs. Post Broadcom/Avago merger in 2016, Bratten managed the Data Center Sales team delivering revenues in excess of $400M across the Data Center Networking portfolio which included Compute, Storage, Network Switch, and Optics.
Brad holds a BA in Communications from the University of Arizona.
Sreekanth (“Sree”) Kannan is seasoned product management and marketing leader with extensive experience across Enterprise networking software products. He has successfully led many functions across product management and marketing for large companies like Cisco, VMware and as a startup executive for over a decade in successful companies like Aerohive Networks (NYSE: IPO in 2012), Velocloud Networks (acquired by VMware in 2017), Aviatrix and as a co-founder of Megh Networks. A strategic thinker and a data-driven technologist, Sree has led new market-defining categories like SD-WAN and Cloud networking that are valued at multiple billion dollars and at the forefront of emerging technology architectures. He is acknowledged as a creative storyteller, product marketer and has built world-class teams. Most recently, Sree was co-founder and VP of Product management and marketing for Megh Networks, where he led the overall product vision, fundraising, and early go-to-market.
Sree has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Electronics and Communication from the University of Bangalore, India. An outdoor aficionado who loves semi-technical mountaineering, racquet sports, and traveling.
A recognized leader in the networking industry, Abhay is a seasoned engineering executive with a passion to build best-in-class products and strong sustainable teams. In a career that has spanned 25+ years, he was most recently part of the Cisco leadership team that built the Nexus 7k, the first router for the datacenter as well as the Nexus 9k, 6k, and 5k family of products. He led development efforts in multiple technologies including BGP, OSPF, IS-IS, BFD, Segment Routing, IPv6, OTV, LISP, and FabricPath. Most recently, he was leading the NETCONF/YANG manageability, virtual platforms, and DevOps teams focused on enabling network programmability and automation. While being deeply rooted in technology, Abhay’s focus is to develop industry-leading solutions based on optimal network protocols and enable network automation through advanced telemetry and cloud analytics.
Prior to Cisco, Abhay held senior engineering positions at Sun Microsystems and Wipro Infotech (India) where he was responsible for the design and development of Network Protocols, Solaris TCP/IP stack, and Remote Access Servers.
An active participant in industry forums including IETF, Abhay served as the co-chair for Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) working group from 2007-2018 and has also authored 12 RFCs. A prolific technologist, Abhay has been awarded 37 patents in areas of Routing, Layer3, and Layer2 Protocols, as well as Wireless and Mobile Ad-Hoc routing (MANET).
Abhay holds an M. Tech degree in Electronics and Telecommunications (E&TC) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. In his spare time, Abhay likes to keep up with the new developments in social engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and shiny gadgets.