Management Team

Vikash Varma
Vikash Varma, President & CEO
Vikash Varma brings 18 years of multi disciplined experience to Stoke. Vikash has a successful track record of building businesses from the early stages to market leadership. Vikash was most recently the President - Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Field Operations at CloudShield Technologies. Vikash helped establish CloudShield as a leader in the multi-function service control and security market, operating in over 35 countries. Before CloudShield, Vikash was the President - Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at P-Cube Inc. with overall responsibility for Sales, Channels, Partners, Professional Services, and Support. At P-Cube, he successfully grew the business with top tier carriers around the world and established P-Cube as the market leader in IP Service Control solutions. P-Cube was acquired in 2004 by Cisco Systems for $200M. Prior to P-Cube, Vikash was the General Manager at Hewlett-Packard Co. for the Internet Usage Manager (IP Mediation) Software business.

Dilip Pilapiakam
Dilip Pillaipakam, VP Product Management and Marketing
Dilip joined Stoke in 2012 from Juniper Networks, where he held several influential positions including evangelizing Juniper's Service Provider Mobility initiatives. He was most recently Head of Product Management for their Mobile Business Unit where he led the introduction of the Mobile Packet Core portfolio into the market. Prior to that, he led Juniper's foray into the Mobile Backhaul market. His other leadership roles in Juniper include driving venture investments and M&A activity for wireless. Preceding his tenure of 11 years at Juniper, Dilip worked at Infosys Technologies. Dilip has over 18 years of industry experience, and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and an Electrical Engineering Degree from Bangalore University, India

Mark Verdun
Mark Verdun, VP Strategic Alliances
Mark has more than 25 years of global sales and business development success growing revenue and securing new markets for early stage companies in diverse areas of telecommunications, networking, and Internet software technologies. He was most recently VP of Partner Programs at NewStep Networks (acquired by Natural Convergence) where he developed strategic relationships with leading telecom equipment manufacturers. Mark co-founded and served as CEO of PlateSpin (acquired by Novell), and held senior management positions with Microsoft Canada, EveryWare Development (acquired by Pervasive Software), and CrossComm Corporation (IPO). Mark holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and an HBA in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Paul Cianci
Paul Cianci, VP Operations
Paul brings over 20 years of operations, supply chain and engineering experience in telecom, high-end computing and wireless hardware products to Stoke. Before joining Stoke, Paul led Manufacturing Operations for several successful, high technology start-ups including Good Technology, purchased by Motorola for over $450M. Paul was previously Director of Materials at 3COM corporation, responsible for the supply chain strategy supporting 3COM's west coast systems assembly operations. Prior to 3COM, Paul held senior operations and engineering positions in Digital Equipment Corporation's international supply chain and engineering organizations. Paul holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University of New York.

Ash Nangia
Ash Nangia, VP Services and Support
Ash brings over 18 years of experience in software development, customer support and services, and has led programs in all aspects of development and delivery including R&D, Quality Assurance, Customer Advocacy, and technology acquisitions. Prior to joining Stoke, Ash was Vice President, Software Development at Oracle Corporation. Prior to Oracle, Ash spent eight years helping webMethods grow from startup to world-class company, resulting in its acquisition in 2007 for more than $500M. While at webMethods Ash was Vice President of Product Development, responsible for development of integration software and sustaining product implementations worldwide. Ash has also held senior management and program management positions at IBM-Tivoli and Tandem-HP. Ash holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from WPI in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor's degree from Birla Institute of Technology, India.

Ashim Roy
Ashim Roy, Country Head, India
Ashim brings over 30 years of experience in product development and general management and has led large product development and deployment initiatives in Australia, Canada, USA and India. Prior to joining Stoke, Ashim worked at Philips Microelectronics in Australia, Bell Northern Research in Canada, Hughes Network Systems in USA and a few start-up companies.

Ashim has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India; a Master's degree in Communications Engineering from IIT Delhi, India and a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Adelaide, Australia. Ashim has 3 patents to his name and has co-authored IEEE 1149.1 JTAG standard. Ashim is an avid runner, enjoys cooking and helping out social enterprises for rural development.

Sudhakar Padala
Sudhakar Padala, Vice President Engineering
Sudhakar oversees all Software Engineering and QA in Santa Clara and Bangalore. Sudhakar Joined Stoke in 2011 as Sr. Director of Engineering to head the SW Engineering group. He has been delivering StokeOS SW before taking on the responsibilities of heading Engineering at Stoke. He has 20+ years' experience in design, architecture, and development of networking products for mobile operators. Prior to Stoke, he held Senior Management and Director Positions at Azaire Networks, Ericsson, Trapeze/Juniper delivering security, FMC and related products for 3G/4G Mobile Operators. Prior to that, he was lead architect driving solutions for 3G CDMA operators at Tahoe Networks and Cisco Systems. Sudhakar holds Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Physics, and Geology from Osmania University, Hyderabad and Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad.

Randall Kruep, Founder
Randall Kruep founded Stoke in 2004, and led the company through its early stage of growth as CEO until February 2007.

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