Executive Forum Featured Speakers
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Najam Ahmad, Director, Network Engineering, Facebook
A director of engineering at Facebook, Najam Ahmad oversees all aspects of the development and operation of a global network infrastructure that serves more than a billion people around the world.
Prior to joining Facebook, Najam was the general manager of global networking services at Microsoft. In that role, he was responsible for the overall architecture, implementation, and operations of Microsoft's global online network. Najam's other experience includes management and engineering roles at MCI/UUNET and Netrix Corporation.
Najam holds an MS in telecommunication protocols and computer science from The George Washington University and a BE in Electrical Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology.
John Considine, Chief Technology Officer, Terremark
As Terremark’s chief technology officer, John Considine is responsible for the alignment of technology vision with the organizational strategies and the integration of the processes with their appropriate technologies. Considine is also responsible for leading the research and development efforts that ensure the execution of the company’s long-term vision. Formerly the cofounder of CloudSwitch, a leading enablement software company acquired by Verizon in August 2011, Considine has spent the last three years developing and delivering technologies that enable enterprises to seamlessly and securely integrate public cloud resources into their existing IT infrastructure without re-architecting the applications or changing their management tools and policies.
Considine has more than two decades of technology vision and proven experience in complex enterprise system development, integration and product delivery. Before founding CloudSwitch, he was Director of the Platform Products Group at Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible for the 69xx virtualized block storage system, 53xx NAS products, the 5800 Object Archive system, as well as the next generation NAS portfolio. Considine came to Sun through the acquisition of Pirus Networks, where he was part of the early engineering team responsible for the development and release of the Pirus NAS product, including advanced development of parallel NAS functions and the Segmented File System. He has started and boot-strapped a number of start-ups with breakthrough technology in high-performance distributed systems and image processing. Considine has been granted patents for RAID and distributed file system technology.
Considine began his career as an engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.