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Claudio SeSanti photoClaudio DeSanti
Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit
Cisco Systems

Claudio DeSanti is a Fellow in the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit at Cisco Systems. He represents Cisco in several standards bodies and in industry associations. He is Vice Chairman of the INCITS T11 Technical Committee, Chairperson of several working groups, including FC-BB-5, which developed FCoE, and technical editor of several standards, including IEEE 802.1Qbb. He is author of several patents and international publications, including ten RFCs in IETF and other standards in ANSI. He is co-author of the book "I/O Consolidation in the Data Center", published by Cisco Press. He has received many honors and awards, including the INCITS 2008 Technical Excellence Award. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

Brice AchkirBrice Achkir
Distinguished Engineer
Cisco Systems

Brice Achkir is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, focusing on high-speed architecture/design and signal integrity. His research interests include high-speed digital and mixed-signal designs, active and adaptive optics, and networking. He has also done research and development in optics design. With Cisco since 1999, he has previous experience with many companies such : ITF optical technologies, Beltron, SCI, IRH …. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied physics, physics, and Electrical engineering.

Dan Joe BarryDan Joe Barry
VP Marketing



Dan Joe Barry is VP of Marketing at Napatech. Napatech develops and markets the world's most advanced programmable network adapters for network traffic analysis and application off-loading. Napatech is the leading OEM supplier of Ethernet network acceleration adapter hardware with an installed base of more than 140,000 ports.

Brian BergBrian A. Berg
Berg Software Design

Berg Software Design is a consultancy that has provided design and development services for storage devices, storage interfaces and file systems since 1985.

Brian A. Berg, its President, has a wealth of experience with Storage Area Networks, iSCSI, SCSI, USB, SAS, IDE/ATA/ATAPI/SATA and Fibre Channel, as well as Flash Memory, Optical Storage (CD, DVD), Magnetic Storage, RAID Arrays and Server Blades.

Brian has been a software and firmware developer, project lead, industry analyst, seminar leader, technical marketer and technical writer. He has participated in over 50 conferences as a speaker, session chair and conference chair. He has also worked extensively with intellectual property and patents, particularly in the storage arena.

Frank BerryFrank Berry
CO/Chief Analyst
IT Brand Pulse

A 30-year veteran of the IT industry including senior executive positions with QLogic and Quantum, Frank runs the Unified Networking practice. This group provides data and analysis about the convergence of Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand technology.

Mari Mineta ClappMari Mineta Clapp
MMC Consulting

Mari Mineta Clapp has over 20 years of experience in high tech developing new markets, creating powerful brands and highly differentiated marketing platforms for innovative start-ups focused on data center or carrier networks. She works closely with IT leaders to drive thought leadership and network transformation as large corporations take greater control of their network infrastructure and deploy open networking solutions.

Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Big Switch Networks and led the company’s corporate and Open SDN product launch and worked with Jayshree Ullal and Andy Bechtolsheim on the launch of Arista Networks and the industry-changing Arista 7500. She was also on the launch team at Avici Systems, the first start-up to make it into the core of AT&T’s network- subsequently she was hired as a direct report to the CTO of AT&T. Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Vidyo, Inc. the winner of the 2010 Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, VP of Marketing at BitGravity, a next generation CDN, and VP of Corporate Relations at UB Networks, the pioneer in Ethernet networking, founded as Ungermann-Bass.

Mari has an extensive network of strategic relationships which she brings to engagements enabling her to make a strong marketing and business development impact to deliver high profile visibility and differentiation to maximize corporate valuation.

Sachin DesaiSachin Desai
Independent Consultant






Steve Garrison photoSteve Garrison
Vice President of Product Marketing

Steve Garrison is a networking systems veteran with nearly 20 years of technology marketing experience. At Pica8, he leads go-to-market and brand development strategies. Prior to joining Pica8, Steve has held global marketing positions at public and venture-backed companies, including Infoblox, Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell, Inc.) and Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). He holds a MS in Materials Science Engineering from MIT and a BS in Ceramic Science and Physics from Alfred University.

Bruno GiguereBruno Giguère
Advisor/CTO Office

Bruno Giguère was nominated Advisor, CTO Office for EXFO in 2006. In this role, he is instrumental in analyzing market dynamics and implementing corresponding technical strategies for the Transport and Datacom product portfolio.

Mr. Giguère is EXFO's representative to many standard organizations including the Metro Ethernet Forum, the International Telecommunication Union and the Optical Internetworking Forum. He is also the Canadian National Study Group Chairman for ITU-T Study Group 12 and the current Editor of Y.1564.

Mr. Giguère has also authored or co-authored numerous application notes, magazine articles and technology reference guides. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the École de technologie supérieure in Montréal, Canada.

Michael HowardMichael Howard
Principal Analyst and Co-Founder
Infonetics Research

Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns.

Michael leverages over 40 years of communications industry experience, including 22 years in market research, to author numerous works year-round, including quarterly vendor market share and forecast reports, service provider surveys, Continuous Research Service (CRS) analyst notes, white papers, and custom research. He specializes in mobile backhaul, small cells, carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, IP/MPLS control planes, IP VPNs, cloud access, 40GE/100GE, software-defined networks (SDNs), OpenFlow, and packet-optical transport.

Christos KoliasChristos Kolias
Research Scientist
Orange Silicon Valley

Co-initiator and founding member of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) industry specifications group (ETSI ISG). Responsible for the group’s communications and a liaison between the NFV group and ONF.

Technical leader in the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) domain. Frequent conference presenter and panel speaker. Initiated and architected a number of OpenFlow-based proof-of-concepts which have been demonstrated at the company’s annual research exhibitions. Leading the “Mobile and Wireless Networks” effort within ONF’s Market Education WG. Author of numerous company reports on the topic of SDN.

Chris LyonChris Lyon
NA Bus Dev Mgr






Mike McNamaraMike McNamara
Senior Manager of Solutions Marketing

Mike McNamara is a senior manager, product marketing at NetApp. Mike has 24 years of marketing experience in the computer industry, with 19 years in the storage industry. Before joining NetApp over 7 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and Hewlett Packard.

Mike was a key team member driving the launch of the industry’s first unified clustered storage system (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON ). Mike graduated from Fairfield University, Fairfield CT with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Dolan School of Business, and holds an MBA from Clark University's Graduate School of Management, Worcester, MA.

Shehzad MerchantShehzad Merchant
Chief Strategy Officer

Merchant brings more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Merchant served as the CTO at Extreme Networks and prior to that as the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems. Merchant has also held various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. He is the author of several networking and communications patents and is a frequent speaker at industry events, including Interop and Open Networking Summit. He also works closely with many standards groups and organizations, including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Merchant holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai.

David MeyerDavid Meyer
CTO/Chief Architect
Brocade Communications

David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF ( and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG ( program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T. Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

Ray Mota photoRay Mota
Managing Partner
ACG Research

With 25+ years experience in the telecommunications market, Dr. Ray Mota brings a talent for complex technical thinking and provides strong direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. Ray has developed a vast network of influential relationships, which has strengthened his solid reputation among his peers in the industry.

Prior to assuming a partnership at Synergy, Ray honed his industry experience and expertise as a user, manager, and network integrator.  His management career is highlighted by the strong direction and expert advice, as well as his commitment to maximizing organizational efficiency and empowering others to succeed, that he provided during his tenures at Aberdeen Group, ManageAll, Micros-To-Mainframes, Advanced Technology Group, and Eastman Kodak.

Routinely called upon to speak as a guest lecturer throughout the country, Ray is recognized as an expert in topics relating to networks and architecture. He has been the keynote speaker for Internet World (Amsterdam), E-Services World (Paris), Business Journal Summit, and Hewlett Packard Executive 2000. He has also been a presenter at the Columbia Business School. His commentaries and analyses have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Telecom Magazine, MSNBC, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, NY Times, and the SF Chronicle.

In October 2000, selected Ray, with other notables Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers, as one of the top one hundred most influential Hispanics in the United States.

Ray’s numerous professional affiliations include the Princeton University Club; MIT Enterprise Forum; National Association of Rocketry; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Ray holds five amateur baseball World Series titles and has coached at the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers. His successful baseball career inspired him to write Maximum Ability, (Lulu.Com, 2005), which focuses on mind power and using the cognitive abilities involved in sports to achieve excellence in not only the athletic arena but also in business fields and in other aspects of a person’s life. Ray donates 100 percent of the book’s proceeds to Motavation Group, which organizes sporting events for sick children.

Ray lives in Reno, Nevada, with his wife and their daughter. He is an avid supporter of and participates in activities that promote cancer research.

Rob RaghavanRob Raghavan
Marketing Director
Cadence Design Systems




Specialties: IP marketing, EDA, TCAM, SRAM, Flash, FPGA, timing, MEMS

Renato RecioRenato Recio
Distinguished Engineer/IBM Data Center Marketing CTO






Gilad ShainerGilad Shainer
VP Market Development
Mellanox Technologies

Gilad Shainer has served as Mellanox's vice president of marketing since March 2013. Previously, Mr. Shainer was Mellanox's vice president of marketing development from March 2012 to March 2013. Mr. Shainer joined Mellanox in 2001 as a design engineer and later served in senior marketing management roles between July 2005 and February 2012. Mr. Shainer holds several patents in the field of high-speed networking and contributed to the PCI-SIG PCI-X and PCIe specifications. Gilad Shainer holds a MSc degree (2001, Cum Laude) and a BSc degree (1998, Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.

Alan WeckelAlan Weckel
Dell’Oro Group

Alan Weckel is a Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. He joined Dell’Oro Group in early 2006 and is responsible for the Enterprise Telephony and Ethernet Switch market research programs. While at Dell’Oro Group, Alan has significantly expanded the Ethernet Switch research and created the firm’s WAN Optimization Appliance coverage.
Prior to joining Dell’Oro Group, Mr. Weckel spent five years at Raytheon, where he worked as a Systems Engineer in the Network Centric Division on a variety of projects ranging from product development to integration and test. Prior to Raytheon, Mr. Weckel held positions in software development and manufacturing at General Electric Power Systems and Cisco Systems, Inc.
Mr. Weckel has written articles on the evolution of Enterprise Telephony published in No Jitter, and is frequently quoted in various publications including Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Converge! Network Digest, Forbes, InfoWorld, TelecomTV, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also given presentations at various industry events, with audiences ranging from 25 to 200.
Mr. Weckel received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.