Michael Wood brings nearly three decades of deep expertise in scaling products from industry leaders such as VMware, VeloCloud, Akamai and Cisco

Apstra Inc. announced today that Michael Wood has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer and will head up all marketing and product efforts for the company. Wood is a seasoned strategic leader who brings nearly 30 years of experience to Apstra at a time when the company is expected to change the competitive landscape as a pioneer in intent-based networking.

Prior to Apstra, Michael was at VeloCloud (acquired by VMware) for three years, where he was VP of worldwide marketing. Prior to VMware and VeloCloud, he was at Akamai, Cisco and Stratacom (acquired by Cisco) in product leadership and engineering roles.

Michael brings with him extensive experience in the areas of product management, product marketing, scaling businesses, driving revenue, incorporating process, and outbound marketing to create lead and demand generation. He has experience scaling organizations within high growth startup environments and extensive hands-on experience in networking as a service, virtualization, and the cloud and security sectors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael to our growing team,” said Mansour Karam, CEO and founder of Apstra, Inc. “Michael has a great depth and understanding of what it takes to scale product management, product marketing and deliver results in a fast-paced startup environment which was really important for us to consider in this critical hire. He is a proven marketing executive with the ability to effectively lead our talented global marketing team.”

“It’s an exciting time at Apstra and I am looking forward to helping to leverage our deep expertise in intent-based networking to transform data center operations,” said Michael Wood. “Apstra has an incredible amount of traction and I look forward to working with this passionate team to help enterprise, service provider and cloud customers realize massive TCO savings through data center network automation solutions.”

About Apstra, Inc.
Apstra® pioneered Intent-Based Networking and Intent-Based Analytics™ (IBA) to simplify how data center networks are built and operated. AOS increases business agility through an autonomous or Self-Operating Network™ that delivers log-scale improvements in CapEx, OpEx and capacity. AOS is a multi-vendor, closed-loop intent-based distributed operating system that automates the full lifecycle of network operations with the simplicity, reliability and TCO of the public cloud. Apstra is based in Menlo Park, California and is privately funded.