SOURCE: Avi Networks

January 20, 2015 10:00 ET

Mark Anderson Joins Avi Networks' Board of Directors

Veteran Networking Industry Sales Leader to Help Guide Avi Networks Through Rapid Growth

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 20, 2015) - Today Avi Networks Inc. announced that Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at Palo Alto Networks, was appointed to the Avi Networks' board of directors. Prior to his work at Palo Alto networks, Mark was the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at F5 Networks.

"I am very pleased to join the remarkable team of entrepreneurs and technology veterans at Avi Networks," said Anderson. "As apps move to cloud-based infrastructures and mobile becomes the dominant access device, the traditional approaches to Application Delivery no longer work. That's where Avi Networks' unique software and analytics driven cloud application delivery platform comes in."

"We are thrilled to have Mark join our board," said Umesh Mahajan, chief executive officer, Avi Networks. "Mark has a stellar track record of taking disruptive technologies and converting them into multi-billion dollar businesses -- especially in the area of network services. Mark's experience in doing business with companies of all sizes will prove critical as we accelerate our go-to market efforts at Avi Networks in 2015 to take advantage of the rapidly expanding business opportunities."

Anderson currently spearheads the WW Sales and Global Customer Support organizations at Palo Alto Networks, the leader in enterprise security. Mark's leadership has been instrumental to the impressive revenue and market share growth at the Company. Since joining Palo Alto Networks before their IPO in 2012, Mark lead a team that grew revenues more than 150%.

Likewise, during his tenure at F5, Anderson led Worldwide Sales and was instrumental in building a sales team that grew ADC market share from single digits to over 50%.

Prior to his work with F5 and Palo Alto Networks, Anderson served as the Executive Vice President of North American Sales at Lucent Technologies. Mark also led high performing Enterprise and Service Provider Sales Regions at Cisco Systems from 1997 to 2001. 

A member of the UW Tyee Board of Advisors, Anderson is actively involved at the University of Washington and is also a founding member of the Advisory Board to the Foster School of Business' Sales Certificate Program at UW.

In addition to Anderson, Avi Networks' board of directors includes Umesh Mahajan, Avi Networks CEO and co-founder; Murali Basavaiah, Avi Networks VP of engineering and co-founder; Asheem Chandna, partner at Greylock Partners; Barry Eggers, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners; and Venky Ganesan, managing director at Menlo Ventures.

About Avi Networks
Avi Networks is the Cloud Application Delivery Company. The Avi Networks Cloud Application Delivery Platform (CADP) brings the benefits of hyperscale application delivery to enterprises at any scale. With a unique analytics-driven and distributed application delivery architecture -- HYDRA™, the Avi Networks solution guarantees end-user application experience for on-premise and cloud-based applications. The company's founding team has previously delivered products that today run in over 80% of the world's data centers. Please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @avinetworks.

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