SD-WAN Leader VeloCloud Expands Executive Team
Former Executives from Akamai Technologies, OnMobile and ServiceSource Augment Corporate Experience to Help Propel Company’s Growth
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., August 5, 2015
VeloCloud Networks Inc., a cloud networking company, today announced the appointments of three Silicon Valley veterans to its executive team: Michael Wood, vice president of marketing; Ron Longo, vice president of business development; and Mark Thorpe, vice president and head of finance and administration. All three executives report to Sanjay Uppal, CEO and co-founder of VeloCloud.
“Filling these key executive positions is another important milestone in our goal to become the SD-WAN technology provider of choice for distributed enterprises globally,” said Uppal. “The fact that we have attracted such stellar executives to join our team speaks volumes about VeloCloud’s reputation in the industry and about our prospects for the future.”
New Executive Team Members Bring Extensive Experience and Skills
Wood comes to VeloCloud with more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the networking industry. Most recently, Wood served as VP of product management and marketing for Akamai Technologies’ Cloud Networking Business Unit, driving both product management and marketing activities while establishing a new product category and market. He also was an executive in residence, and is currently an advisor, for Plug and Play Tech Center, a startup incubator and accelerator. Early in his career, Wood was with StrataCom as a senior member of the technical staff designing, building and architecting networking products. After Cisco acquired StrataCom in 1996, Wood spent 15 years with Cisco in various positions, culminating in the director of product management and marketing role for the multi-billion dollar branch office integrated services router business for enterprises and service providers. Wood has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from San Jose State University.
“VeloCloud is the leader in cloud-delivered SD-WAN and is poised to drive dramatic transformation for enterprises and service providers around the world in this $45B market,” said Wood. “VeloCloud is in the right place with the right solution at the right time.”
Longo is a senior executive with more than 15 years of experience at major publicly traded companies, as well as at early stage, privately held companies. Prior to joining VeloCloud, Longo was the vice president of North America for OnMobile where he managed the overall sales and operations of the company’s newest market. He arrived at OnMobile through the acquisition of Dilithium, where he served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing selling to Tier 1 worldwide service providers. Prior to Dilithium, Longo was an early stage entrepreneur and operating executive for venture-backed Red Condor and Mahi Networks, both of which were acquired. Before joining Mahi Networks, Longo was the worldwide vice president of marketing at Advanced Fibre Communication (AFC), which was acquired by Tellabs. Longo was recruited by AFC from Adtran, where he ran the company’s technical support and product qualification organization. He started his career as an engineer at BellSouth, and received his BSEE degree from the University of Alabama.
Thorpe oversees finance, accounting, legal, facilities and administrative areas in support of VeloCloud’s organic growth and development. He is an accomplished financial executive with more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to VeloCloud, Thorpe helped to lead M&A and corporate business development at ServiceSource, Inc., a cloud and SaaS provider for Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies. An initial member of Citrix’s M&A team, he helped to transform Citrix into a leader in virtualization, mobility management, networking, and SaaS solutions; and grow revenues from $500 million to more than $2 billion. Thorpe began his career at KPMG providing audit and accounting services to privately held and publicly traded companies, and M&A and Transaction Advisory Services. He holds dual master’s and bachelor’s accounting degrees from the University of Florida. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the AICPA.
VeloCloud Networks™, Inc. is the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, a Gartner Cool Vendor 2016, the Frost & Sullivan Product Leader in the SD-WAN Solution Market 2016, and a Best of Interop and Best of VMworld winner. The company simplifies branch WAN networking by automating deployment and improving performance over private, broadband Internet and LTE links for today’s increasingly distributed enterprises. VeloCloud SD-WAN includes: a choice of public, private or hybrid cloud network for enterprise-grade connection to cloud and enterprise applications; branch office enterprise appliances and optional data center appliances; software-defined control and automation; and virtual services delivery. VeloCloud has received financing from investors including NEA, Venrock, March Capital Partners, Cisco Investments and The Fabric, and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information, visit www.velocloud.com and follow the company on Twitter @VeloCloud.