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).