Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a leader in cloud networking, today announced it has promoted three product leaders into new executive positions. Cristian Mircea has been named Chief Development Officer, Markus Nispel has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EMEA and Dan DeBacker has been named Senior Vice President of Products.
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Extreme Strengthens Product Leadership Team (Graphic: Business Wire)
As Chief Development Officer, Mircea will oversee Extreme's engineering organization, where he'll leverage his experience driving operational efficiency and continue to build on Extreme's highly successful universal platform strategy. He has deep experience leading wired and wireless network product strategy, product solution design and development and portfolio intelligence. Mircea has been with Extreme since 2013, joining via the company's acquisition of Enterasys Networks.
In his role as CTO for EMEA, Nispel will be responsible for driving the company's product strategy and market execution to align to the needs of customers and partners in the region. Most recently, he served as vice president of international markets at Extreme, where he established the Office of the CTO's incubator, developing and delivering new products to market. He has a proven track record of intrapreneurship and innovation within Extreme and established several key data analytics patents. Nispel joined Extreme in 2013 via the company's acquisition of Enterasys Networks.
As Senior Vice President of Products, DeBacker will drive product management strategy for the company. Most recently, he served as vice president of service provider product management and engineering, where he established relationships with some of the world's largest carriers, including Verizon. DeBacker was also instrumental in overseeing Extreme's development and go-to-market strategy for Extreme Fabric Automation. DeBacker joined Extreme as part of the company's acquisition of Brocade in 2017.
Nabil Bukhari, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer, Extreme Networks
"As we take the next step in our evolution as a leader in cloud networking, it's both critical and opportunistic to establish new pillars of leadership across our organization. Cristian, Markus and Dan are not only experts, but they've established themselves as passionate, motivated and seasoned strategists that can execute to plan every time. Their institutional and industry knowledge gives me confidence that they'll have immediate impact in these new roles. At Extreme, we're proud that we're able to promote key leaders from within and provide the opportunity to continue to advance their careers, and I am certain we will feel the positive impact of their efforts for many years to come."
About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) is a leader in cloud networking focused on delivering services that connect devices, applications, and people in new ways. We push the boundaries of technology leveraging the powers of machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics, and automation. Over 50,000 customers globally trust our end-to-end, cloud-driven networking solutions and rely on our top-rated services and support to accelerate their digital transformation efforts and deliver progress like never before. For more information, visit Extreme's website at https://www.extremenetworks.com/ or follow us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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Extreme Networks has announced a host of new elements to its partner program, as well as the promotion of three of its product leaders into new executive positions.
Announcing the changes at its Ignite Partner Conference, the firm said the additions to its program will supply partners a competitive advantage in selling and deploying its solutions.
The initiative now features three new badges, designed to provide partners with deeper dedicated knowledge and expertise on key topics: State and Local Government Partners, Sports and Entertainment Deliver Partner, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Partners.
Partners also now have access to new training material, which includes technical training on Extreme Fabric Connect, bonus sales content, as well as a product-focused Livestream series.
Later in 2022, Extreme Networks said it will also launch the Extreme Certified Professional Program, which will offer an expanded and modular curriculum for more choice and depth of learning experience.
Partners that currently hold an Extreme Certified Specialist badge will be able to “up-level” their training via the new courses to qualify as an Extreme Certified Professional, the firm explained.
Additionally, the refreshed initiative now offers extended Customer Success support programs to help drive value through the lifecycle of Extreme subscriptions, as well as grant writing services from a team of experts to help secure funding.
“These new program enhancements will help our partners deepen their technical knowledge, strengthen their market position and fill skills gaps within their organisations,” commented Scott Peterson, SVP of Global Channels at Extreme Networks.
“Our program offers a balance of technical expertise, successful selling motions and value-added services that differentiate the performance of our products in market.”
Extreme Networks also announced it has promoted three of its veteran product leaders into new executive positions as the firm looks to drive forward its next phase of growth.
Cristian Mircea has been named as Chief Development Officer, Markus Nispel takes on the role of Chief Technology Officer for EMEA, while Dan DeBacker steps up to become the company’s Vice President of Enterasys Networks.
“As we take the next step in our evolution as a leader in cloud networking, it’s both critical and opportunistic to establish new pillars of leadership across our organisation,” said Nabil Bukhari, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer at Extreme Networks.
“Cristian, Markus and Dan are not only experts, but they’ve established themselves as passionate, motivated and seasoned strategists that can execute to plan every time. Their institutional and industry knowledge gives me confidence that they’ll have immediate impact in these new roles.”
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FileCloud CEO Ray Downes. Image: Don MacMonagle
Ray Downes championed his home county when he was at the helm of Kemp. Now, he’s leading another US tech company and bringing it to Limerick.
Irishman Ray Downes is the CEO of FileCloud, an Austin-based SaaS provider of enterprise file-sharing software. He has led the business since December 2021, when it secured $40m in a venture capital funding round.
FileCloud is now making a move to Ireland. Earlier this month, it announced plans to set up its EMEA headquarters and a new R&D hub in Downes’ home county of Limerick.
Before FileCloud, he was the CEO of Kemp Technologies, another US software player with a Limerick base. He oversaw its transformation from a niche load balancing product into a leader in the application experience market, before it was acquired last year for $258m.
Earlier in his career, Downes held several leadership positions at FDI technology companies including Cabletron Systems and Enterasys Networks. In 2002, he co-founded Arrosys, a sales and marketing consultancy specialising in launching technology companies into various European markets, and served on its leadership team until 2010.
Educated in his native Limerick, he and his wife have lived in New York for the last decade.
‘The biggest risk I’ve taken was leaving a well-paid position in a large company to co-found a business’
– RAY DOWNES
As a CEO, I think of myself as a Jack of all trades. Of course, that also means that if you are a master of none – you have to build strong teams and leaders, and surround yourself with smart people like we have at FileCloud.
The core part of my role involves planning and strategy with the management team stakeholders. I am passionate about leadership development – no matter what position you hold. I like to focus on removing complexity from processes to ultimately make FileCloud easier to work with.
I have a quality assurance background and that has served me well over decades, as has my continuous improvement mindset. I believe that leaders should create opportunities for anyone to develop – from a raw intern to a senior leader – if they put in the work and rise to the challenge.
The enterprise file sync and sharing (EFSS) and content collaboration sectors have a long history and are now quite mature – as evidenced by the enormous number of vendors that participate in that space. You’d expect that the majority of customer-facing problems would have been solved by now. Unfortunately, that is far from the reality.
Most EFSS providers have created easy-to-use, cloud-based content solutions. In many cases, file sharing can be ‘turned on’ by the individual users, though often without any help or knowledge from IT, and might inherit some basic forms of control and security as provided by the platform providers.
However, this method of file sharing can create a host of issues for enterprises, especially when it comes to the control and compliance of sensitive files. In addition, placing everything in the hands of one ‘cloud’ provider and virtualising everything can create opportunities for cyberattacks and data leak vectors.
Add to this the ever-increasing set of regulations and compliance requirements, data residency and sovereignty concerns – and there is a huge gap between what the majority of cloud-based EFSS vendors can offer and what the enterprise market actually needs.
This is where FileCloud comes in.
Since its founding in 2016, FileCloud has had a singular mission – to provide an optimised, ready-to-deploy platform for any on-premises and private cloud infrastructure, while enabling a high degree of security and control over sensitive content.
As the demand for data governance and regulatory compliance is becoming increasingly strong – particularly within European enterprises, manufacturing, R&D and public sector communities – FileCloud is in a unique position to address and capitalise on this opportunity.
In the early part of my career, I sought out roles where there was lots of growth potential. Not necessarily the best-paid jobs, but those companies that were looking to scale up rapidly.
As they did, I got opportunities to work across many parts of the supply chain right out to the customer-facing side of business, which I then applied to new work situations.
Without question, it was leaving a well-paid position in a large company to co-found a business with no salary until the company could turn a profit. There was very real pressure and little margin for error. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart.
The learning was worth it once I figured out how to deal with the stresses of being a business owner, employer, employee and main source of funding all rolled into one.
I have had the opportunity to work and reside in a lot of countries over my 30-year career, and I always regret that I don’t have local language skills. If I had to pick two new languages now it would be German and Czech.
I want all my employees to be excited about the work we’re doing. I do that by setting out the business goals for a year or multiyear goals – crafted with input from key stakeholders. Then I make sure everyone understands the goals and how they align with their specific roles.
I’m never afraid to repeat my key messages and ensure that leaders at all levels break that message down into what it means for them and their team members. This helps everyone understand they are part of something bigger than themselves, which leads to an engaged team.
There is a lot of good work being done on both sides of the Atlantic to encourage more diversity in the STEM sector. That needs to start much earlier in education with fun technology and engineering events that also teach about the excellent career prospects in tech.
At FileCloud, our engineering team alone is spread across 17 different countries and counting.
“Lead with outcomes, not features.” This excellent advice was given to me a decade ago, and I still have it written up in my office at home!
The Cold Start Problem by Andrew Chen – a top-tier VC at Andreessen Horowitz – focuses on how to scale product companies through network effect.
It looks at why some take off and others don’t. An excellent read for product people.
I’ve always been a journal person. I take lots of meeting notes but found a laptop to be distracting, so I now use the ReMarkable 2 handwriting tablet. It’s given me the ability to handwrite notes that are fully searchable and accessible on any of my devices; I love it!
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