Alok Sharma is the Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of Stratus Silver Lining, a cloud based SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company that delivers virtual computing environments for education and business applications with the objective of optimizing IT infrastructure and eliminating the Digital Divide.
Earlier, Alok was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Alliances, at Harris-Stratex, Microwave Division of Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), where he was responsible for leading corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the development of key strategic relationships for the company.
Beginning in June 2004, Alok was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Telsima Corporation, a global provider of 4th Generation (4G) broadband wireless solutions, until it was acquired by Harris-Stratex in February 2009. Prior to Telsima, Alok was Vice President and General Manager of the Worldwide Cable Business at Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) from December 2001 to May 2003.
Before Juniper Networks, Alok was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Broadband Communications which was acquired by Juniper Networks in December 2001. Prior to that, Alok held senior management and technical positions at Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu/Amdahl, Integrated Device Technology and Siara Systems, a metro routing company acquired by Redback/Ericsson. Alok received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holds 7 patents and has authored several articles in leading academic and trade publications.
Suman Banerjee is the Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of Stratus Silver Lining. He also is a Professor in Computer Sciences at UW-Madison where he is the founding director of the WiNGS laboratory which broadly focuses on research in wireless and mobile networking systems. His undergraduate degree is in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a gold medalist in his class. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a winner of the best PhD dissertation from the department in his graduating year.
Suman previously served as the founding CEO of different startups ---WiRover, Inc. in vehicular technologies and Centaur Systems, Inc., an edge-cloud technology company, and was responsible for generating a cumulative of nearly $1M in funding and revenue across the two companies.
Suman has published more than 100 technical papers in leading conferences and journals in his field, and many of his papers have been given top awards at the conference, such as at ACM MobiCom, ACM CoNEXT, IEEE Dyspan, and others. He has filed more than 25 patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office for numerous inventions in his domain. His research has been recognized with numerous awards. This includes the inaugural Rockstar award for early career achievements in the field of mobile and wireless systems from ACM SIGMOBILE, the leading professional organization in the field, the CAREER award from the US National Science Foundation, and an induction into University of Maryland Computer Science Department's Alumni Hall of Fame. He research has also won the grand prize in the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan competition in 2011 and an award at the Interdigital Innovation Challenge in 2012. As the leader in his field, he served as the Chair of ACM SIGMOBILE, the leading professional organization in mobile and wireless systems, from 2013 to 2017.
Trivikrama Rao V received a Master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering, and he holds Masters of Business Law from National Law School, Bangalore. He is the Managing Director of Stratus Silver Lining's Indian entity and Executive Vice President of Engineering responsible for leading R&D team as well as product design and development.
Earlier from 2011 to 2014, he was the Managing Director of Accelera Mobile Broadband Indian entity. Beginning in 2010, he was the Founder and CEO of TelQ Labs, a specialized VoIP, and networking laboratory and he was a lead engineer of Metro Ethernet group in Tejas Networks. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Lead Engineer in Telsima Communications and started WiMAX-based IOT (Interoperability Testing) lab, responsible for initiating IOT with different Mobile Station vendors and certifying the interoperability of the mobile stations with the base stations. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as Senior Engineer, responsible for design and development of WiMAX MAC layer in Tata Elxsi. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as an Engineer in Automation department, Honeywell Technologies and was responsible for Linux kernel optimization and porting.
Bill Placke is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances. Bill brings senior executive experience with more than 25 years in cable, technology and software. He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at an early stage SaaS and network company in Silicon Valley. Prior to this he was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary of a publicly listed digital media company. Bill has served in executive positions for the network operators Charter Communications and Liberty Global.
Bill began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Roberts, Sheridan & Kotel in New York (now Dickstein, Shapiro) and Clifford Chance, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world. Bill has served on the Board of Directors of companies in the US, Netherlands, UK, Ireland and France.
Dan Foster is Chief Revenue Officer responsible for driving go-to-market strategies, maximizing revenue growth and overall marketing leadership to build the brand into the various markets worldwide. Dan brings to Stratus more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in technology and data communications. Prior to joining Stratus, Dan served as President and Chief Operating Officer at MegaPath, a leading provider of cloud communications and managed services in North America. Dan also had overall revenue responsibility at SolarCity, now Tesla Energy, where he owned all distribution channels for commercial, residential and government. Earlier, Dan served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Phoenix Networks, which he sold to MegaPath, and Vice President of Strategy & Consumer Markets at Rhythms.
Dan’s career started at Analysis Group / Integral where he helped build a leading international consulting firm working for Global 1000 clients and became a partner managing growth and operations consulting engagements. Dan received dual engineering and liberal arts degrees from Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Business School's Executive PMD program.
Alex Tate is Executive Vice President of Customer Support Organization. Alex brings over 20 years of experience in designing, deploying & supporting high-performance and reliable IT infrastructure solutions for Fortune 500 companies, including CenturyLink, CitiBank and Washington University School of Medicine. Most recently, he lead the successful development of cloud platform, spanning public, hosted and private clouds, capable of supporting IT workloads of nearly 50,000 employees and 20,000 contractors at CenturyLink. In his earlier positions, Alex was also responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance conforming to standards including HIPAA, NIST, PCI DSS, DISA and EU-GDPR.
Alex received his undergraduate degree from Lincoln University, Missouri, and holds multiple industry certifications covering VMWare, Docker, CompTIA Cybersecurity, Microsoft MCSE, Citrix, AWS SysOPs and Nutanix.
Pasha Mohammed is our Chief Product Officer responsible for Product Strategy, Product Management & Marketing. Pasha has more than 20 years of proven success in building and transforming global and national businesses through innovative product portfolios, effective marketing operations and value driven business solutions while delivering top-line growth and bottom line business outcome.
Pasha has a diverse background in cloud, network, security, voice, video, software and IT services technologies. Prior to joining Stratus Silver Lining, Pasha served as SVP of Product Strategy & Development for CenturyLink driving the product innovation and business transformation. Prior to that he was VP of Product Management for MegaPath where he was responsible for the Managed services and Access services portfolio. Prior to MegaPath, he held leadership roles at various industry leaders in Telecommunications, Pharma and Financial industries.