San Jose KAAZING the pioneering innovator in accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things (IoT) announced today that Vikram Mehta, previously co-founder, President and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies, has joined KAAZING as Chief Executive Officer.
Vikram brings over 26 years of industry experience to KAAZING, including 12 years of progressively responsible positions in sales, marketing and executive management at Hewlett Packard, including general manager, Enterprise Servers, Americas. He brokered the spin out of Nortel's Blade Server Switch Business Unit (BSSBU), establishing BLADE Network Technologies as an independent company in February 2006. Vikram led the company through its acquisition in October 2010, delivering an 11x return to the company's investors. Vikram came to Nortel through its acquisition of Alteon Web Systems where he laid the foundation for what became Nortel's BSSBU.
In 2009, Vikram was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year ® Emerging category Award winner for the Northern California Region, and inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Hall of Fame. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® awards program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Vikram is an Australian national and has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and the USA. He was recently shortlisted as a nominee in the Information and Communications Technology category for The 2014 Advance Global Australian Awards, the only awards to recognize the important contributions of the more than one million Australians living abroad.
New Enterprise Associates (NEA) Partner and KAAZING board member, Rohini Chakravarthy said, "KAAZING enables enterprises to connect to mobile users, marketplaces and machines over the Web: in real-time, at massive scale, with extremely low latency and enhanced security. Its industry-leading gateways play a crucial role in the growing IoT ecosystem. Vikram's successful track record and years of global experience serving the mission critical information technology needs of large enterprises make him an ideal choice for KAAZING."
Columbus Nova Technology Partners (CNTP) Founder & Managing Director and KAAZING board member, Mohsen Moazami observed, "KAAZING's customers include one of the world's largest energy-producing and trading companies, several of the world's top ten banks, one of America's leading professional sports franchises, one of Europe's most sophisticated rail transportation networks, one of the top three transportation companies in the USA, several of the world's top commercial airlines, one of the world's best known cable and satellite networks and several of the world's most valuable retail brands. We're excited about Vikram's appointment as CEO. His extensive enterprise experience across a multitude of industries, his passion to serve customers and his experience with starting and scaling new technology businesses will put KAAZING on a very fast track to success."
KAAZING CEO Vikram Mehta added, "KAAZING co-founders Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows were critical to the development of the Web's most meaningful invention in over 20 years, WebSocket, standardized by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) in 2011. Since then, they, along with over 60 of the industry's most talented technology professionals at KAAZING, have worked exceptionally hard to build a rich and highly differentiated set of products, secured business from some of the world's most coveted global brands, and established strategic IoT alliances with a growing list of the technology industry's most revered names. As the IoT market gets ready for hyper growth, KAAZING occupies the pole position. I'm looking forward to working alongside Jonas and John to make KAAZING the biggest pure-play success story in this space."
KAAZING, an IDG InfoWorld 2014 Technology of the Year Award-winner, is helping define the future of the event-driven enterprise by accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things. The KAAZING Gateway is a software-based Enterprise Web Communications platform that enables mobile users, marketplaces and machines to connect and communicate -- in real-time, more reliably and at unprecedented scale. KAAZING 's founders pioneered the groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard that is the foundation for KAAZING's software, platform and systems innovations that enable enterprises to delight customers with new IoT applications and services. Visit www.kaazing.com, follow/join our Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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