SOURCE: Meru Networks

Meru Networks

June 19, 2012 08:00 ET

Meru Networks Appoints Industry Veterans to Accelerate WLAN Adoption in Vertical Markets

Top Industry Talent to Support Sales and Growth Opportunities in Target Vertical Markets of Education and Hospitality

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 19, 2012) - Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in virtualized 802.11 enterprise wireless networking, today announced it has promoted from within the company's executive leadership two new General Managers to guide market strategy and adoption in the K-12, Higher Education, and Hospitality and Entertainment markets. In addition, the company has also appointed a new Vice President of Vertical and Product Marketing. The appointments come as the company strengthens its sales, marketing and product development focusing on target vertical markets.

Sarosh Vesuna has been appointed General Manager of Education. Vesuna has been with Meru for four years, most recently serving as the Vice President of Business Development. Vesuna has deep industry expertise in voice over IP, location systems, mobility management, and network security. He co-authored the IEEE 802.11 WLAN protocol and co-founded the Wi-Fi Alliance, where he served on the board of directors for five years.

Kamal Anand has also been appointed to the new role of General Manager of Hospitality and Entertainment. Prior to this new role, Anand was Senior Vice President of Product Management where he was responsible for the leading the company's product strategy. Anand has brought to Meru a breadth of experience, including product management, marketing, sales, and developing and managing corporate initiatives including strategic relationships and mergers and acquisitions.

New hire Manish Rai, previously head of industry solution marketing at Aruba Networks, has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Vertical and Product Marketing. Rai brings over 14 years of experience in global enterprise wireless networking and software marketing, with a proven record in growing revenues and market share for both start-ups and public corporations. He brings to Meru deep expertise in executing high growth go-to-market strategies within multiple industries.

News Facts:

  • Prior to Vesuna joining Meru Networks, he served as Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Motorola, where he was responsible for acquisitions, partnerships and the overall direction of the company's WLAN business.
  • Prior to being appointed General Manager, Anand served as Meru's head of product management and marketing and head of sales and business development. He also started and ran Meru's international sales operations.
  • Prior to joining Meru Networks, Rai's leadership at Aruba helped it gain market share in retail, healthcare, education and finance vertical markets.
  • Rai is responsible for global vertical and product marketing strategy, and growing a successful environment for collaboration between product development, channel management and customer relationships.

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Supporting Quote:

  • Bami Bastani, CEO, Meru Networks
    "Meru's focus has always been on the Higher Education, K-12, Healthcare and Hospitality and Entertainment markets. These have been part of our long-term strategy and with the appointments of Sarosh and Kamal to the position of General Managers of Education, and Hospitality and Entertainment respectively, we are strengthening our position in these verticals and demonstrating to customers and partners our commitment to their success. I am also excited to welcome Manish to our team. Manish's seasoned experience as a senior marketing executive in the wireless networking industry along with his successful track record in building vertical marketing made him an ideal candidate for Meru. Meru has made significant investments in 2011 and 2012 focused on providing choice and control through simple and effective wireless solutions to major industry verticals like education, hospitality and healthcare."

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leading supplier of virtualized wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualized network architecture that easily handles device density and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education, hospitality, healthcare, and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with global operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Visit or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

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