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Founded by network industry veterans, Versa Networks is an innovative vendor in the SD-WAN and SD-Security market. Versa’s solutions enable service providers and large enterprises to transform the WAN and branch networks to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa’s carrier-grade NFV software provides unmatched agility, cost savings, and flexibility, compared to traditional network hardware.

Versa Networks is the innovator of Secure Cloud IP architecture, a next-generation software platform that delivers integrated cloud, networking and security services. Versa’s visionary solution, with an unrivaled depth of features and capabilities, enables enterprises to transition off of legacy WANs to achieve business agility, branch modernization and TCO advantages. The company has transacted over 150,000 software licenses through service providers, partners and enterprises globally. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures.

Kelly Ahuja
Kelly Ahuja |

Kelly Ahuja is a seasoned industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in networking and telecommunications. He currently serves on the board of directors for two startups in Silicon Valley.

Kelly spent 18 years at Cisco rooted in the design and deployment of telecommunications networks. He was most recently SVP of Service Provider Business, Products and Solutions at Cisco where he was responsible for developing and managing the service provider segment strategy and portfolio. Kelly held several other senior executive roles at Cisco, including SVP and GM of the Mobility Business Group, Chief Architect for the Service Provider business, and SVP and GM of the Service Provider Routing Technology Group.

Earlier in his career, Kelly served as VP of Marketing at optical networking startup BlueLeaf Networks and product management leader at Stratacom. He also managed the design and deployment of data and voice networks for AT&T Canada, Bank of Canada and Telesat Canada.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Kumar Mehta
Kumar Mehta |

Kumar brings a proven track record of leading mega-projects at startups as well as publicly traded companies. His vision, work ethic, and leadership as VP of Engineering at Juniper Networks resulted in multiple blockbuster product deliveries, including the market-leading Metro and Carrier Ethernet solution, the MX series. His leadership in design, development, and delivery of differentiated solutions resulted in huge and continuing revenue streams for the company and brought Kumar the prestigious CEO Excellence Award. Prior to Juniper, Kumar held engineering management positions at Riverstone Networks and Yago Systems. Kumar is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Apurva Mehta
Apurva Mehta |

Apurva brings technical leadership with over two decades of experience leading complex development products creating billion dollar revenue streams. Prior to Versa, he was CTO and Chief Architect for Juniper Networks Mobility Business Unit where he led and delivered the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) product line. Apurva was also the Chief Architect for the MX series, one of the most successful products in Juniper’s history and establishing the company as the market leader in Metro and Carrier Ethernet solutions. For his contributions, Apurva was awarded Juniper Network’s prestigious Founder’s Award for technical leadership. Before Juniper, Apurva was the Chief Architect and Director of Software at Riverstone Networks and YAGO Systems. Prior to YAGO, Apurva was Architect for all ATM software at Centillion Networks. Apurva has a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

MICHAEL WOOD | Michael leads the Versa marketing organization and drives brand awareness, messaging, positioning, product marketing, demand generation, analyst engagements, press relations and corporate communications. He is an industry veteran with 30 years of experience in marketing, product and engineering at companies such as StrataCom, Cisco, Akamai, VeloCloud, VMware and Apstra. Mike holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology (Computer Electronics) from San Jose State University.
Rob Mustarde
Rob Mustarde | Rob Mustarde is seasoned sales leader with more than 25 years of business and technology experience leading and growing global teams of sales professionals. Prior to joining Versa, his last four ventures were executive Sales, Marketing and General Manager level positions at startups including Alteon WebSystems, Peribit Networks, Riverbed and most recently Ruckus Wireless. Rob has extensive global experience in creating successful go-to-market plans, hiring great teams, building channels and generating revenue from zero to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Tony Fallows
Tony Fallows | Tony Fallows leads global service provider sales at Versa Networks. Tony has launched and grown innovative networking companies and product lines for over twenty-five years in a range of roles from system engineer to CEO. Tony worked at industry leaders Shell, Ericsson, Riverstone and Marconi, and founded the start-up Aria Networks.
Dogu Narin
Dogu Narin | Dogu is a seasoned product management leader with 20+ years of experience with various technology and product management leadership roles. Prior to Versa Networks, Dogu served as the overall Product Mgmt leader for various areas for Juniper Networks; most recently for the NFV, vCPE/uCPE and Cloud domains and associated products, and prior to that for Data Center, Routing Services, Application and Subscription Aware Services for wireline and wireless technologies and products. His background also includes Nortel Networks and several international companies. Dogu holds B.Sc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and MBA Degree from Santa Clara University
Hector Avalos
Hector Avalos |

Hector Avalos leads sales operations in EMEA and Russia. He joined Versa Networks in 2013 as VP of Business Development and in 2015 led the sales operations for Service Providers in EMEA.

Hector is a veteran with 32 years of experience in the computing, networking and telecommunications industries.  Prior to Versa, he worked at Ericsson, Juniper, 3Com and Proteon. Hector holds a Master of Computing Science from UDLA Mexico.

Hemen Mehta
Hemen Mehta | Hemen Mehta joined Versa in early 2017 and is responsible for Service Providers in North America.  As Vice President of Service Provider Channel, Hemen is responsible to drive growth and partner with the executive leadership team for overall strategic planning, business operations and the management of key functions including sales, marketing, services and support.   Hemen brings nearly 20 years of IT industry experience. Prior to Versa, Hemen spent 13 years at CenturyLink, where he held several roles from global account management, sales management to Director of Sales for the Western Region for Banking and Financial services customers to help them capitalize on the digital transformation opportunities.   He was responsible for sales and pre-sales engineering.  Until 2003, Hemen spent 10 years in the telecom industry driving sales for fortune 2000 clients.  Hemen holds a BS in electrical engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, India and MS in computer engineering from California State University.