PRESS RELEASE – MILPITAS, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 30, 2015) – Aryaka®, the leading WAN as-a-Service company, announced today that Shawn Farshchi has joined the company’s leadership team and will serve as its President and CEO. Shawn will lead Aryaka in its next growth phase, as the company looks to add more executive muscle, expand its field organization, invest in R&D, and develop strategic partnerships to boost channels revenues.
Mr. Farshchi is a seasoned technology executive with over 30 years of experience leading, driving, and managing business, technological, organizational, and cultural transformation in highly dynamic environments. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of Support.com and Noosh, Inc.
"We are excited to have Shawn on board," said Ram Gupta, Executive Chairman of Aryaka. "Shawn has been a visionary leader in the technology industry for more than three decades. His cross-industry experience and functional expertise are going to be instrumental in taking Aryaka to the next level."
Aryaka recently secured $16 million in additional funding, led by Nexus Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Trinity Ventures, InterWest Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Presidio Ventures. The majority of the funding will be used to scale Aryaka’s global sales infrastructure in response to rapidly growing demand for its family of WAN as-a-Service, CDN, and Application Delivery as-a-Service offerings.
"I see Aryaka as a multi-billion dollar company in the making. Our technology has proven successful for large and small deployments alike, and is currently serving mid-enterprise as well as Fortune 500 companies. Aryaka is a fast-moving company with a culture of innovation and agility, traits that will serve us well as we continue to expand. I look forward to leading Aryaka in this next phase of growth, as we aspire to be the next big thing to watch out for in enterprise networking," Shawn said.
Prior to joining Aryaka, Shawn was the President and CEO of Saba Software, where he guided Saba from its legacy as a pioneer and leader in Learning Management Software to becoming a key player in the broader Talent Management Suite market. He played a pivotal role during his four years at the company, building out the Saba Cloud suite, an incredible global customer base, and a world-class team.
Prior to Saba, in his role as Chief Operating Officer at Coremetrics (an IBM Company), a market leader in Digital Marketing and Web Analytics (delivered through a SaaS model), he managed a broad range of activities, including product development, service operations, professional services, technical training, and customer service. Prior to Coremetrics, Shawn served as VP of Platform Engineering and Operations as well as the General Manager of Voice Applications at WebEx Communications, Inc. (now a part of Cisco). In this role, he led engineering and product development for the Voice, Video, and Data Switching Platform and was responsible for all aspects of WebEx’s audio conferencing solutions. Prior to WebEx, Shawn was a Regional VP at Oracle, Senior VP of Development at BroadVision, and CIO at DHL Airways.
Aryaka’s WAN as-a-Service is the only WAN with enterprise-grade performance and Internet-like simplicity. Aryaka invented the Software-Defined WAN, built a global multi-tenant private network, created the world’s best optimization technology to accelerate applications of all types, and delivers all of it as a 24×7 managed service. Aryaka’s services have 10 million+ users across 4,000+ sites globally. Leading brands such as Astra Zeneca, Skullcandy, Air China, Freescale Semiconductor, and ThoughtWorks, as well as partners like Microsoft Azure, AWS, Intelisys, and SK Broadband, have all chosen Aryaka for their enterprise-grade networking needs.