Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR), a leader in high performance networking, today announced the appointment of Eric Broockman as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Broockman will be based at the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California.
Broockman is an accomplished technology executive having held CEO and GM roles over the last 25 years. Broockman’s experience includes R&D and business strategy for large and private technology companies spanning a breadth of network products, including Ethernet LAN switching, wireless, core routers, and networking software.
“Eric brings leadership and an impressive vision for innovation that will benefit Extreme Networks as we expand and evolve our industry-leading network solutions,” said Chuck Berger, president and CEO for Extreme Networks.
“The industry is entering a period of extraordinary change as a result of emerging technology inflection points,” said Broockman. “Extreme Networks is well positioned to capitalize on these market shifts within high impact segments for switching, high performance Wi-Fi access, data center, security, software products, SDN and network visibility and management.”
Broockman’s depth of industry experience includes executive management roles for technology leaders, including Cirrus Logic, where he was the VP/GM of the Crystal Division, and IBM. He recently served as the CEO of Alereon Inc., where he led the strategy and product development of the industry’s first gigabit OFDM wireless solution.
Broockman holds numerous US patents, is an active inventor, and was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Broockman holds a BS and MS in Engineering from the University of Florida where he graduated with highest honors. Broockman is also a graduate of the prestigious UNC Chapel-Hill Executive Program in Business Administration.