Connecting and Inspiring Leaders in Optical Communications – Executive Forum 2014
Rob Bath, Vice President of Engineering, EMEA, Digital Realty
Rob Bath has worked in the data center sector since 2006. Since then he has been heavily involved in the strategic and evolutionary design, build and expansion planning of major UK and European sites for a number of data center owners and operators. Beth joined Digital Realty in early 2011 as Director of Engineering. His principal focus is on engineering data center solutions for clients within the Digital European property portfolio. This remit spans property acquisition, design and construction, technology deployment and sales. Bath holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and is a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council, UK.
Andreas Bechtolsheim, Chairman, Arista Networks
Andreas Bechtolsheim (Andy) is Chairman and Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks, a company he co-founded in 2004. Previously he was a General Manager of the Gigabit Switching Business Unit at Cisco Systems, and before that he was a Co-founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems.
Patrick DiPietro, Operating Partner, Group President Telecom - Marlin Equity Partners
DiPietro manages investment opportunities in telecommunications/technology industries, bringing 30+ years of operating experience and venture capital expertise. Primary responsibilities include deal sourcing, due diligence and business transformation for Marlin portfolio companies, including recent acquisitions of Sycamore Networks and Coriant (from NSN).
Prior to Marlin, DiPietro was Managing Partner at Canada’s VG Partners, overseeing the Technology Fund. As a venture capitalist, he managed large portfolios and teams and sat on numerous Boards, including Sandvine, SiGe, Continuous Computing and BelAir Networks.
Earlier in his career, he held numerous executive roles at Nortel Networks and Bell Northern Research where he launched several highly successful network products. Additionally, he founded The Ottawa Network, a not-for-profit startup accelerator, was Board member of Invest Ottawa and has been an angel investor in technology startups.
DiPietro’s credentials include a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, and Masters in Telecommunications Management from Carleton University.
Bill Gartner, Vice President and General Manager, High End Routing & Optical, Cisco
Bill Gartner is VP/GM of Cisco's High End Routing & Optical Group, which includes Cisco’s portfolio of DWDM and TDM Optical Networking products as well as Cisco’s High End routers including the CRS and ASR9K. Prior to Cisco, Bill was COO of Meriton Networks, President and COO of Mahi Networks and COO of Photuris. Before joining Photuris, he was VP/GM of Lucent's Optical Networking Systems business, responsible for Metro, Access, and Long Haul DWDM Products. His earlier tenure included roles at AT&T Bell Labs and Paradyne. Bill has served on the boards of OptronX (acquired by JDSU) and CyOptics. Bill has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech, a Master’s degree from Cornell University, and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania/Wharton. He is a University of Pennsylvania Moore Fellow, and holds 3 patents.
Inder Monga, Chief Technologist and Area Lead, Energy Sciences Network, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Indermohan (Inder) S. Monga serves as the Chief Technologist and Area Lead of network engineering, tools and research at Energy Sciences Network. Monga plays a key role in developing and deploying advanced networking services for collaborative and distributed “big-data” science. Monga’s research interests include network virtualization, software-defined networking, energy efficiency and distributed computing, he serves as co-chair of Network Services Interface working group as well as is appointed as ONF Research Associate.
Jerry Rawls, Executive Chairman of the Board, Finisar Corporation
Jerry Rawls was elected Chairman of the Board in 2006. He has also served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors for Finisar Corporation from 1989 to 2008. From 1968 to 1989, he was employed by Raychem Corporation, a materials science and engineering company. At Raychem he held various management positions including Manager of Product Marketing, National Sales Manager, General Manager of the Aerospace Products Division, and General Manager of the Interconnection Systems Division. Rawls holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honorary societies.
Paul Silverstein, Managing Director, Cowen and Company, LLC
Paul Silverstein is a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Cowen and Company covering data networking and wireline equipment. Prior to joining Cowen in January 2013, Silverstein was a senior analyst in Credit Suisse's equity research department, covering the communications infrastructure industry. Prior to that, he was a senior analyst in equity research at Robertson Stephens and at Needham & Co. Prior to becoming a securities analyst, Silverstein practiced corporate and securities law as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges and at Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Institutional Investor, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine and Thomson Reuters StarMine have ranked Silverstein as one of the top U.S. networking and communication equipment analysts.
Yurii A. Vlasov, Manager, IBM
Dr. Yurii Vlasov is a Manager at IBM Research. For the last 12 years at IBM, he led the development of silicon nanophotonics starting from its initial exploratory research stage up to manufacturing and product development. He served as a company-wide strategist focused on the long-term vision of nanophotonics aligned with the IBM product division roadmap. He also contributed to the development of IEEE standards on 100G Ethernet optical links. Vlasov was elected a Fellow of both OSA and APS, as well as a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was awarded several IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, the “Best of IBM” Award and the IBM 2011 Corporate Award, as well as was named “Scientist of the Year” by the Scientific American journal.