Silver Peak adds executives

Silver Peak adds executives

Silver Peak Systems have announced that they are bringing on new executive talent to accelerate their growth strategy.

These three will help Silver-Peak take advantage of the growth in the SD-WAN marketplace. Similarly, they want to increase their market share against the competition. The extra directors probably come as a result of the additional funding round of $90mn in June from investor TCV.

The challenges that they face are not small.

Ken Laversin joins as Chief Revenue Officer and is responsible for the sales channels and other revenue generation (license renewal, professional services, training, etc) that Silver Peak can deliver.

“Silver Peak is on an amazing growth trajectory as an early leader in the SD-WAN market and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead the company’s global sales and channels teams forward. To fuel business expansion, I will initially focus on four key areas; expanding service provider partnerships and go-to-market initiatives, doubling the global sales and channel organizations by hiring the best and brightest people, standardizing sales processes and accelerating global partner programs and enablement.” – Ken Laversin, Chief Revenue Officer, Silver Peak.

Kathleen Swift joins as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and will be focusing on recruiting to support the planned for growth.

“With nearly 100 active job openings across the organization, my initial focus will be attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest talent in the industry to scale Silver Peak in line with demands of our growth. Our long-term success will also depend on staying true to our cultural values of being approachable, humble, and knowing that we’re at our best when we’re rethinking the possible and delivering on our promise to customers to seamlessly connect people to applications.” – Kathleen Swift, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Silver Peak.

Rick Valentine joins as Chief Customer Office, driving customer success and retention.

“Rarely does a company benefit from a trifecta of having the right technology at the right time in the market and the right customers ready to embrace the cloud and transform the way they connect people to applications. Silver Peak is in an enviable position in the SD-WAN market and my focus will be on making it as easy as possible for customers to do business with us and ensuring that we deliver the highest quality of customer experience in the industry. The success of our customers is our number-one business priority.” – Rick Valentine, Chief Customer Officer, Silver Peak.

With these three people, SIlver Peak look to gain the right staff, sell the right solutions and support them in the right way to ensure their growth in the future.

“We have an enormous opportunity to establish Silver Peak as the SD-WAN market leader, enabling our customers to realize the full transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network. To be number one, we must move quickly and aggressively to seize the day. Seasoned leaders with proven track records like Ken, Kathleen and Rick will enable us to rapidly expand our go-to-market, scale our organization and deliver the highest quality of experience to our customers, underscoring our commitment to winning in the market.” – David Hughes, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Silver Peak.

Sources: Three New Senior Executives to Accelerate Growth Strategy – Silver Peak Systems


John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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