Board of Directors
Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation
Guru Parulkar is Executive Director of ONF and ON.Lab, and Executive Director of Stanford Platform Lab, and Consulting Professor of EE at Stanford University.
Guru has been in the field of networking for over 25 years. He joined Stanford in 2007 as Executive Director of its Clean Slate Internet Design Program. At Stanford Guru helped create three programs: OpenFlow / Software-Defined Networking, Programmable Open Mobile Internet 2020, and Stanford Experimental Data Center Laboratory.
Chairman/President: Urs Hölzle – Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure & Google Fellow, Google
Urs Hölzle oversees the design and operation of the servers, networks, and data centers that power Google's services, as well as the development of the software infrastructure used by Google’s applications. He joined Google as its first vice president of engineering after having been an associate professor of computer science at University of California, Santa Barbara. In his previous life, he contributed to the efficient implementation of virtual machines for programming languages such as Java.
Andre Fuetsch – President, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer
Andre oversees the global technology direction for AT&T. This includes network planning, the company's innovation road map, AT&T Labs, AT&T Foundry, and the intellectual property organization. His responsibilities include spearheading the design of the company's next-generation 5G wireless infrastructure and software-defined networking (SDN) initiative.
Dr. Shao Guanglu – Executive Board Member & Senior Vice President, China Unicom
Dr. Shao Guanglu currently serves as Vice President of China Unicom Group Corporation, Executive Board Member, and Senior Vice President of China Unicom Group Limited.
He has served as (Deputy) General Manager of Tianjin Branch/Henan Branch/Guangxi Branch and General Manager of Human Resources Department of China Unicom. He is also the member of GSMA Strategy Committee Group. He is the Non-Executive Board Member of PCCW Limited, Board Member of China Tower Corporation, Vice Chairman of China Internet Association, Vice Chairman of China Information Technology Industry Federation (CITIF), and Vice Chairman of Association of Communications Across the Taiwan Straits (ACATS).
Dr. Rob Howald – Vice President, Network Architecture, Comcast
Dr. Howald has over 30 years of technology and executive experience in commercial and military communications systems. He is Vice President of Network Architecture at Comcast, focused on the evolution of cable systems and services, future network architectures, and emerging broadband technologies. Prior to this, Dr. Howald held similar roles in the Cable industry with ARRIS and the former Motorola Mobility. Dr. Howald was also Vice President of Engineering at Xytrans, specializing in millimeter wave products for cellular backhaul, homeland security, and people screening from 2004-2008. He was also the Director of Systems Engineering at General Instrument and Motorola’s prior Broadband Communications Systems division beginning in the 1990s.
Srini Kalapala – Vice President, Global Technology and Supplier Strategy, Verizon
Srinivasa (Srini) Kalapala is the Vice President of Technology and Supplier Strategy at Verizon. Srini is responsible for developing next-generation network technology strategies, identifying strategic suppliers to enable Verizon's technology strategy and driving architecture efforts across Verizon's Technology organization.
Dai Kashiwa – Director of Technology Development, NTT Communications
Dai Kashiwa is the Director of Technology Development at NTT Communications, where he leads a number of incubation and software development projects using SDN/NFV technologies. After he joined NTT, he was involved in research including network management systems, network security, Active Networks, and received his Ph.D. in 2003. Since 2004, he has worked for NTT Communications, where he developed business network services including video broadcasting, dynamic VPN and SDN services.
Nick McKeown – Professor, EE and CS, Stanford University
Nick McKeown (PhD/MS UC Berkeley '95/'92; B.E Univ. of Leeds, '86) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Faculty Director of the Clean Slate Program at Stanford University. From 1986–1989 he worked for Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bristol, England. In 1995, he helped architect Cisco's GSR 12000 router. In 1997 Nick co-founded Abrizio Inc. (acquired by PMC-Sierra), where he was CTO. He was co-founder and CEO of Nemo ("Network Memory"), which is now part of Cisco.
Fabian Schneider – Senior Researcher, NEC
Fabian Schneider is a Senior Researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe (situated in Heidelberg, Germany). He is working on research and standardization of SDN and network management. In particular his research interests are identifying the right abstractions for controlling networks and on improving scalability and performance of SDN solutions. As a company NEC was active in OpenFlow® Standard development and SDN from the very roots, providing one of the first OpenFlow® Switches.
Dr. Xiongyan Tang – Chief Technologist, China Unicom
Dr. Xiongyan Tang is now the Chief Technologist of China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute, vice chairman of China Communication Standardization Association (CCSA) TC10. He has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunication technologies. He received his Ph.D degree in telecom engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1994. From 1994 to 1997，he conducted research of high-speed optical communications in Singapore and Germany. Since 1998, he has been working on technology management in telecom operators in China. His professional fields include broadband communications, optical and IP networks, new generation networks and Internet of things. In recent years, he’s in charge of SDN/NFV projects in China Unicom.
Jim Wanderer – Director of Engineering, Google
Jim Wanderer leads a team at Google responsible for the design and development of Google's internal production networking systems. Since joining Google in 2006, he has helped design and develop high-performance and large-scale networks for Google's unique environment. A close collaboration with Stanford University led to Google's switch to the OpenFlow® Standard and provided the opportunity for Jim to lead the development of the world’s largest sofware-defined network to date. Jim is a veteran of multiple Silicon Valley start-ups with more than 20 years of experience developing networking and network management systems.