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Management

 

Paul Hooper

Paul Hooper

CEO

Paul is the CEO of Gigamon, and was previously the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. Paul is a networking and high tech industry veteran who joined Gigamon from Extreme Networks where he held numerous executive positions including Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President and General Manager for the Volume Products Group, and Chief Information Officer. Paul has held a broad range of leadership positions in marketing, product development, business management, and information technology within a range of organizations including Extreme Networks, myCFO, Inc., JDS Uniphase, Netscape Communications, and Sun Microsystems.

Patrick Leong

Patrick Leong

CTO (Co-Founder)

Patrick is the key designer of a series of successful telecom and network analyzer products that have generated substantial revenues over the years. Prior to joining Gigamon, he was a Principal Engineer at Ciena (starting with Cyras before it was acquired), where he lead the engineering efforts in developing the company’s metro data products. Patrick also performed technical due diligence for Ciena in acquisition and partnering. Before Ciena, Patrick was the Manager of High Speed Products at the Sniffer Division of Network Associates, where he was in charge of the development of WAN and Gigabit Ethernet Sniffers. A physicist by training, Patrick understands a broad range of technologies and has a track record of taking products from inception to market in a timely manner. Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Columbia University and has more than 10 patents in his name.

Ravi Narula

Ravi Narula

CFO

Ravi Narula, CPA, brings more than 18 years of finance and business experience from a number of private and public companies. He currently serves as the Interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of Gigamon. Prior to joining Gigamon, Narula held a number of finance roles for other publicly traded technology companies, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of BigBand Networks, Inc. as well as holding a broad range of other leadership positions in finance and accounting with a number of organizations including BigBand Networks, Borland Software and Deloitte & Touche.

Shehzad Merchant

Shehzad Merchant

Chief Strategy Officer

Shehzad Merchant serves as our Chief Strategy Officer bringing over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Merchant served as the CTO at Extreme Networks, and is the author of several networking and communications patents. He is a frequent speaker at various industry events including Interop and Open Networking Summit, and has been engaged with many standards bodies including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Prior to Extreme Networks, he was the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems, following on from various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai.

Peter Finter

Peter Finter

CMO

Finter brings more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Finter served as Vice President of Marketing for Juniper Networks, leading their Worldwide Field Demand Center. He previously led their Americas Marketing and Global Marketing Operations teams. While at Nortel, he also held various Vice President positions, including Americas Marketing & Sales Operations, Global Marketing Strategy & Operations and EMEA Marketing. Finter started his career in Sales, initially with GEC Telecommunications and then BT. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Imperial College, London, and a Chartered Engineer.

Mike Hoffman

Mike Hoffman

VP of Worldwide Sales

Mike specializes in data network analysis and monitoring. He has sold a variety of networking products as an independent Manufacturers Representative and as a Value Added Reseller. Before joining Gigamon, Mike was the Vice President of Enterprise Sales for MRV Communications. He pioneered a new sales structure that increased channel sales 158% and reduced average direct sale discounts by 29%. Mike’s leadership as Regional Director helped drive Fluke Networks from a promising division of Fluke Corporation to an over $500M standalone company. Mike served 8 years in the US Navy’s Advanced Electronics Field. After completing two tours in Operation Desert Storm, he was recognized by the Secretary of the Navy and was hand-selected for Instructor duty at the Navy’s Combat Systems Technical School. Mike holds a BA and MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Sachi Sambandan

Sachi Sambandan

Sr. Vice President of Engineering

Sachi Sambandan is the Sr. Vice President of Engineering. He brings over 25 years of experience in Cloud, Virtualization and Infrastructure domains at leading technology companies. Prior to joining Gigamon, he served as Vice President for VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services R&D, and before that he was Vice President of engineering at Force10 Networks. Sachi Sambandan received a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering at Guindy, Chennai and went on to earn a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master's in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Paul Shinn

Paul Shinn

General Counsel

Paul Shinn is the General Counsel for Gigamon and is charged with managing legal issues that include contracts, governance, compliance, merger & acquisitions, employment, and litigation management. Prior to joining Gigamon, Shinn served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of HP’s Enterprise Group, where he was responsible for driving legal strategy and support across multiple disciplines. He has also held senior legal roles in commercial and corporate, securities and mergers & acquisitions at HP. Prior to joining HP, Shinn was senior counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Shinn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law.