Meru Networks strengthens leadership team


Meru Networks, a provider of virtualized 802.11n enterprise wireless networking, announced the appointment of Larry Vaughn as the senior vice president of Worldwide Sales, Services and Support, and Philip Simmons as the senior vice president of Engineering.  



Both Vaughn and Simmons bring strong leadership skills, as well as global and domestic industry expertise to both complement and contribute to Meru’s global growth initiatives.


This is an exciting time in our company’s evolution”,  said Ihab Abu-Hakima, president and CEO, Meru Networks.  “We continue to strengthen our leadership team to ensure we have a solid foundation to support our focus on growth across products, markets and geographies. I believe both Larry and Phil’s knowledge of IT, networking and the wireless market will enable them to have immediate and significant impact in expanding the market reach and success of Meru”.


With more than 25 years of high-tech experience working for companies such as Novell, Nortel, Unisys and IBM, Larry Vaughan brings proven sales leadership and success to Meru Networks as Senior Vice President heading up worldwide Sales, Support and Services for the company.


Vaughn joined Meru from BMC Software where he was the Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services for Growth and Emerging Markets.  Vaughn stepped into this role after serving as the Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Sales and Services for BMC.  


I am excited to be a part of an innovative company that is at the forefront of transforming enterprise networks throughout the world to all-wireless networks”,  said Vaughn.  “I look forward to expanding Meru’s reach into the enterprise market with a combined service and solution offering that delivers the simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility”.


Philip Simmons joined Meru Networks in January of this year as the senior vice president of Worldwide Engineering, bringing more than 20 years of engineering experience in data, voice and video communications, specializing in architecture and design of DSL, Ethernet, wireless and telephony technologies.


Prior to Meru, Simmons was responsible for DSL engineering at Motorola following the acquisition of Netopia where he served as Senior Vice President of Engineering.  Simmons has been active in the development of international standards with participation at the IEEE, ATM Forum and DSL Forum, including serving as editor for the work on Voice-over-DSL.  


I joined Meru because I was very excited at the opportunity to be part of a team that is bringing true innovation to the wireless and networking market”, said Simmons. “I am fortunate to have the chance to be part of a world-class development team with a clear strategy to continue to innovate the Wi-Fi experience with a product set that I believe is both best-in-class and disruptive to the market”.


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