Juniper Networks Hires Raj Yavatkar as CTO Replaces Bikash Koley
December 2, 2019
Yavatkar will be named Juniper Networks Chief Technology Officer,
reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Rami Rahim. Mr. Yavatkar will be
responsible for heading Juniperís technology strategy and for leading
and executing several of the companyís critical future-focused
technology innovations. Mr. Yavatkar is anticipated to begin his
employment at Juniper this month.
On November 22, 2019, Bikash Koley
informed Juniper Networks that he will resign as the Companyís Executive
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Koley will remain with the
Company in his current role until January 3, 2020.
"Raj is a visionary who has been able to translate a deep understanding
of customer and market needs into breakthrough products and solutions
for the past fifteen years. Iím truly pleased and honored to have Raj
help us in our strategy to change networking for the cloud era," said
Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks.
Mr. Yavatkar brings a wealth of experience and strong technical
expertise in cloud services and infrastructure, as well as networking
systems and software. He will further Juniperís vision of enabling
high-performance, highly automated, AI-driven networks.
Mr. Yavatkar is currently an IEEE Fellow and previously headed the
development of Network Virtualization Infrastructure and products for
Cloud Networking at Google, delivering network software solutions for
Google Cloud customers. As a technology and product pioneer with 45+
patents and 60+ publications, Mr. Yavatkar brings with him a wealth of
experience in emerging technologies and how they can be applied to
creatively solve the hardest problems in networking and beyond.
to Google, Mr. Yavatkar held leadership roles at VMware and Intel where
he pioneered new hybrid cloud product categories and served as the Chief
Software Architect to deliver four generations of IXP family of Network
Processing Units (NPUs). He also founded a Systems Technologies Lab (STL)
and led advanced R&D in technologies such as system security,
manageability and virtualization. Mr. Yavatkar received Bachelorís and
Masterís degrees in Technology in Engineering from the Indian Institute
of Technology and a PhD degree in Computer Science from Purdue.
"In my career, Iíve always envisioned and improved upon how emerging
technologies can be applied to creatively solve business problems ahead
of the competition and have applied this knowledge to pioneer new
product lines and cloud architectures. I look forward to joining the
world-class team at Juniper and guiding their industry-leading portfolio
of cloud networking solutions," said Yavatkar.