President and CEO
Mayer brings over 25 years of technology experience to Ixia and joins the company from HP where she held several key executive roles since 2010. Most recently, Mayer served as HP’s senior vice president and general manager of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business and led the company’s NFV initiative. Previously, Mayer was senior vice president and general manager of HP’s Networking Business unit, where under her leadership the business unit delivered 12 consecutive quarters of growth. Prior to that, Mayer was vice president, marketing and alliances for HP’s Enterprise Servers Storage and Networking Group. Prior to joining HP, Mayer served as senior vice president, worldwide marketing and corporate development at Blue Coat Systems, and has held roles in product management at Cisco Systems and operations at Apple Computer and Lockheed Martin. Mayer holds a BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from California State University, Monterey Bay
VP Enterprise and Data Center Market Research
Alan Weckel is VP of Enterprise and Data Center Market Research at Dell’Oro Group, where he is in charge of Ethernet switch research and new areas such as SDN forecasting and WAN optimization. He has written many articles for the trade and technical press, and is frequently quoted in such leading media as Bloomberg, Business Week, Forbes, Network World, and the Wall Street Journal. Before joining Dell’Oro Group, he held engineering and software development positions at Raytheon, General Electric Power Systems, and Cisco. He holds a BSEE and an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Brad Booth is a Principal Engineer at Microsoft, where he works on networking strategy for Microsoft’s cloud data centers. He was previously a Distinguished Engineer in the Office of the CTO at Dell, where he was in charge of layer 1 and layer 2 networking protocol strategy and focused on their next generation server-storage-switch fabric. He has also held engineering positions at Applied Micro, Intel, PMC-Sierra and Bell-Northern Research. He founded the Ethernet Alliance and later served as its President and Chair. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Victoria (Canada)
Tom Edsall is the Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Insieme Networks, a developer of application-centric infrastructure products, where he is responsible for system architecture and product evangelism. Insieme Networks was described in Network World as “one of the most anticipated events in the networking industry over the past 18 months or so, ever since word leaked that Cisco was funding the spin-in as its response to the software-defined networking trend.” Edsall has led the development of the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which includes a new line of Nexus 9000 switches that form an application-aware switching fabric along with a centralized controller that manages both virtual and physical network infrastructures.
Edsall has been with Cisco since 1993, except for a stint as CTO and co-founder of spin-in Andiamo Systems (building SAN switches). One of Cisco’s leading switch architects, he has been responsible for the MDS, Nexus 7000, and Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines. Two of his products, the Catalyst 6000 and Nexus 7000, have been the recipients of the prestigious Cisco Pioneer Award.
Before joining Cisco, he was a co-founder and a member of the senior engineering management team at Crescendo Communications, Cisco's first acquisition. Edsall holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford, where he has also been a Visiting Scholar.
Chairman, Ethernet Alliance
Chief Ethernet Evangelist, Dell CTO Office
John D’Ambrosia is the Chief Ethernet Evangelist in the CTO Office of Dell. In this capacity John has been an industry leader in the development of Ethernet-related technologies since 1999. John is currently the acting chair of the IEEE 802.3 400 Gigabit Ethernet Study Group, a member of the IEEE 802 Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance. Prior to these efforts, John served as chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force, which developed the specifications for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet, and chair of the IEEE P802.3bj 100 Gb/s Backplane and Copper Cable Task Force. He is a blogger for EE Times and China Network World, giving insights into the state of the Ethernet EcoSystem. For his ongoing contributions to the continuing success of Ethernet, in 2013 John was honored by the Ethernet Technology Summit with the Ethernet Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame.