VP/GM Engineering - Enterprise Networking Group (ENG) @ Cisco Systems
Vice President / General Manager (VP/GM), Enterprise Backbone Business Unit @ Cisco Systems
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President & CEO @ From November 2013 to Present (2 years 2 months) VP/GM Engineering - Enterprise Networking Group (ENG) @ • Responsible for all HW and ASIC engineering execution across the Enterprise Networking Group (ENG) portfolio that includes the entire Catalyst product-lines (Cat 2K/3K/4K/6K and NG Catalyst platforms), Enterprise Access and Aggregation Routing platforms (Integrated Services
President & CEO @ From November 2013 to Present (2 years 2 months) VP/GM Engineering - Enterprise Networking Group (ENG) @ • Responsible for all HW and ASIC engineering execution across the Enterprise Networking Group (ENG) portfolio that includes the entire Catalyst product-lines (Cat 2K/3K/4K/6K and NG Catalyst platforms), Enterprise Access and Aggregation Routing platforms (Integrated Services Router (ISR) family, Aggregation Services Router (ASR1K) family) and the portfolio of Enterprise Wireless APs and Controllers. This represents a $16B+ product portfolio which is about 1/3rd of Cisco’s overall annual bookings in FY2013.
• Member of the core leadership team that led the structural transformation of Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group (ENG) from a Business Unit (BU) centric to a functional organization. Proactively drove the transformation process by partnering with McKinsey and Sr. Management to work through the strategy, structure and cultural change management process. Engaged key employees and executives in the change management process and implemented the change with net positive impact to strategy, structure, execution, operations and people. The 500 people HW functional team was one of the first to adopt the strategic organizational change, while maintaining product execution fidelity and maximizing the operational (OPEX) benefits resulting from this transformation. From April 2013 to October 2013 (7 months) Vice President / General Manager (VP/GM), Enterprise Backbone Business Unit @ Responsible for running the $2B+ Enterprise backbone business unit (EBBU) that represented the Catalyst switching core portfolio of modular and fixed productlines: Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 4500/49xx, Catalyst 3750 . Business Unit comprised of 320+ FTE organization that was 70% globalized across India, China and USA. Ran the business at a highly efficient E/B of 2.5% and 74%+ Standard Margin portfolio - representing one of the most efficient operating models among comparable Businesses within Cisco. Reset the franchise Catalyst 6500 roadmap and drove the evolution of the platform to what became the Catalyst 6800 family of switches along with the innovation of Instant Access (IA) technology. The rejuvenated Catalyst 6800 portfolio was launched at Cisco Live! Orlando by Sr. Executives as part of the overall Cisco switching technology innovation. Delivered this refresh in record time of 18months from concept to reality. From January 2012 to April 2013 (1 year 4 months) VP Marketing, Cloud Switching & Services Technology Group @ - Virtual Desktop (VDI) Architecture & Product Strategy
- Nextgen Network Services Integration Strategy
- Nextgen Massive Scale Datacenter (MSDC) "Open Fabric" Cloud Switching Strategy
- Catalyst 6500 Series From October 2009 to December 2011 (2 years 3 months) VP Product Management, Internet Switching Business Unit (ISBU) @ - Joined the Catalyst 6500 product management group with initial focus on leading the launch of the industry's very first generation of network integrated L4-7 and Security Services modules.
- Subsequently added Catalyst 6500 software and services Product Management Responsibilities that culminated in overall platform product management responsibilities in CY2006. Built the original Catalyst 6500 software product management team ground-up; groomed and scaled the entire team to develop [what arguably] was and remained as one of the strongest Product Management team in Cisco CDO - as measured by technical depth of knowledge, ability to drive leadership product strategy, demonstrated customer engagement successes, effective xBU/xTG strategies, outstanding field support results, and overall business impact to Cisco.
- Responsible for both the Catalyst 6500 and 4500 modular LAN switching platforms. Reenergized the Catalyst 4500 platform to lead the modular campus access strategy through a sequence of actions that included rebuilding the marketing organization, cleaning up what was then arguably a messy product portfolio, resetting the short and long-term (4year) product and pricing strategy and establishing a unique identity for the platform by positioning it as the primary “Beat HP” switch in Cisco. The platform was back on a double-digit Y/Y growth rate and soon after the fastest growing product line in the Catalyst family.
- Managed the bulk of the Catalyst 6500 to Nexus 7000 transition strategy in collaboration with the Nexus team, including driving responsible positioning of the platforms to conform to Cisco’s broader objectives, customer escalations to balance transition objectives against competitive insertion challenges, setting and resetting expectations pertaining to Catalyst 6500 bookings / forecast outlook in face of transition and managing the organizational, people and charter challenges associated with being the “legacy” Business Unit. From June 2002 to October 2009 (7 years 5 months) Product Line Manager, GSR 12000 Series Routers @ • Classic Product Line Management and Forecasting responsibilities for the GSR 12000 family including Chassis, OC48, OC192, Gigabit Ethernet Family of Interfaces
• Oversaw the growth of the GSR12000 platform from $300M in FY1999 to a peak of $1.8B in FY2001
• Defined the full portfolio of GbE Ethernet linecards including the 3port GbE GBIC, 10port GbE SFP and 96p 100FX to advance GSR position for Carrier Ethernet services.
• Doubled the 3port GbE linecard pricing from $39.9K to $79.9K one day before FCS – to prevent commoditization of Ethernet Interfaces in Service Provider POPs and to take advantage of the inelastic nature of Ethernet business in SP Backbone networks. Eventually the 3port linecard was one of the most successful and profitable element of the GSR 12000 family.
• Drove the definition of the 2nd generation 10Gbps / OC192 Forwarding Engine (known as Engine4+) that eventually became the primary “services enabled” Interface for GSR 12000. Notable contributions to the engine included the integration of L2VPN innovations like EoMPLS, Per VLAN QoS and ACLs etc.
• Defined and drove the mid-sized and small-profile GSR 12406 and the GSR 12404 family of GSR systems to advance the platform into Edge Networks.
• Engaged with all top service providers including the major T’s and Greenfield providers. From August 1999 to August 2001 (2 years 1 month) Sr. Application Engineer @ Marketing Manager, L1/2 Chips for 10GbE Network Infrastructure
Responsibilities included product definition, customer design wins and business development. Wrote the PRD and functional specifications for the 1st generation of OC48 and OC192 Framer technologies, which eventually got designed into the Cisco OC192 linecards for the GSR 12000 Series Carrier Routers. Company was eventually acquired by Cisco in July 1999. From June 1998 to August 1999 (1 year 3 months) Product Line Manager, Computer Systems Group @ Product Line Manager, Server Software Environment and HPC Server Platforms, 04/96- 06/98
- Built and managed the product management team responsible for four platform product lines including HPC Servers, Networking technologies, Enterprise Systems Management and Middleware Solutions, and the IRIX operating system environment. Exceeded product line revenue target of $50 million for FY97.
Product Manager, Parallel Compilers, Scientific Libraries and Clustering Solutions, Advanced Systems Division, 12/93 - 03/96
- Initiated and created the first Silicon Graphics Message Passing (PVM/MPI) Development Environment for the Silicon Graphics servers and supercomputing cluster systems through ISV partnerships with leading University/Research partners.
- Productized and introduced POWER CHALLENGEarray (“ARRAY”), Silicon Graphics’ first SMP cluster solution for the high performance technical computing market in early FY96. Productization included integration of server, networking, storage and workstation technologies together, packaging of several Silicon Graphics in-house and 3rd party cluster development and resource management solutions and setting up manufacturing and customer support processes to support the cluster solution. Developed relationships with bleeding edge customers including NCSA, NASA/JPL, ARL, established key reference accounts and successfully positioned the ARRAY against traditional vector supercomputers like Cray C90, as well as MPP architectures such as IBM SP2 and the Cray T3D/T3E.
- Sold more than 50 clusters worth $70 million, far exceeding the originally projected target of $50 million.
- Introduced and managed the entire Silicon Graphics MIPSpro family of 64-bit compilers for Silicon Graphics Server Systems. Revamped pricing model by introducing the concept of “user-based” compiler licensing scheme. From December 1993 to June 1998 (4 years 7 months) Mountain View, CAMember of Technical Staff, Advanced Technology Group @ Responsible for design, development, debugging and release of Sun's Fortran optimizing compiler. Specialized in backend code generation, register allocation, software pipelining and loop optimisation algorithms with focus on maximizing the SPECint and SPECfp performance profile of the SPARC based 4processor and 20processor shared memory multiprocessor systems - then known as the Dragon Multiprocessor systems. From September 1988 to December 1993 (5 years 4 months) Mountain View
Kumar Srikantan is skilled in: Strategy, Product Management, Cloud Computing, Data Center, Enterprise Software, Routing, Product Launch, Management, SaaS, Go-to-market Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Product Marketing, Business Alliances, Business Planning, Cross-functional Team Leadership
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