Viptela is now part of Cisco.

Board of Directors

Carl Eschenbach

Carl Eschenbach, Partner, Sequoia

Carl Eschenbach is a partner at Sequoia, where he focuses on infrastructure technologies, cloud, and SaaS. He also provides operating expertise to Sequoia’s portfolio companies. Carl has thirty years of high-tech industry experience including infrastructure software, networking, telephony and storage. Prior to Sequoia, Carl was President and COO of VMware, where he helped grow the company from $31M in his first full year to $7B in revenues and from 200 people to 20,000. Prior to joining VMware, Carl was Vice President of North America Sales at Inktomi, and held various sales leadership positions with 3Com, EMC and Lucent Technologies.


Tatiana Evtushenkova

Tatiana is a Partner, member of Redline’s Investment Committee and member of the Board of Directors. She is also CEO of Redline Capital (UK) Ltd. For more than 5 years, Tatiana was an advisor to the CEO of Sberbank of Russia, and head of the Private Equity Initiative, based in Moscow. Prior to joining Sberbank in 2008, Tatiana worked at MTS, where she was Vice President in charge of Strategy and Development, notably leading all M&A operations and corporate finance activities for the entire group. Tatiana also served as a member of the board of directors of MTS. Tatiana’s experience also includes heading M&A and corporate reorganisations for Sistema Telecom, during which time, she gained valuable experience in both the technology and financial services sectors. Tatiana holds a degree in International Economics from the Financial Academy under the Government of Russian Federation and LSE

Amir Khan, Co-founder and CEO

Amir Khan, Co-founder & President

Amir Khan is a 20+ year veteran of the networking industry with a strong track record of driving multi-billion dollar product lines in both enterprise and service provider segments. Prior to Viptela, Amir led the enterprise routing business & product management for MX and M series routers at Juniper. Before Juniper he served as Director of Product Management at Cisco, leading the critical components of IOS like MPLS, routing, QoS and multicast technologies for switching and routing products. He was also responsible for product strategy of the next generation campus solutions for wired and wireless product lines with over $10 Billion in revenues. Prior to that, he was Director of Product Management at Procket Networks, and Bay Networks. Amir holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Praveen Akkiraju, CEO

Praveen Akkiraju is Chief Executive Officer of Viptela, the leader in Software Defined WAN technology. His team is building a network fabric which helps customers to dramatically simplify the infrastructure connecting the network edge to applications in the cloud. Praveen has built several billion dollar businesses in data center and enterprise networking over the course of his 25 year career. Prior to Viptela, as CEO of VCE, a division of Dell EMC, he led the converged infrastructure provider to the No.1 market share position, while tripling revenues to $2.1B and turning it around to profitability. Prior to VCE, he spent more than 19 years at Cisco building and leading every major routing platform business. In his last role, he was senior vice president & general manager of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking group, where he rebuilt the strategy and business for the multi-billion dollar ISR and ASR product portfolio. Praveen holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He serves on the Advisory board of Mist, Mosiaxsoft and the non-profit Industry Initiatives for Science & Math Education (IISME).