Mansour Karam

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Mansour Karam is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion and successful track record for building high tech infrastructure companies from the ground up. As CEO and founder of Apstra, Inc., Mansour is responsible for setting the product vision and leading the company’s culture and business.

Prior to Apstra, Mansour was an early recruit at several startups and led critical efforts in various functions: engineering, product management, business development, and sales. In 2000, he joined RouteScience as a Principal Architect, where he helped architect the company’s product and led various customer and partner engagements that ultimately resulted in the company’s acquisition by Avaya.

In 2006, Mansour joined Arista Networks as their first business leader, where he worked closely with early customers to define key product requirements and deliver the company’s first product to market. Mansour also developed vertical markets, marketing, sales and partnership strategies and as Arista grew he became head of all global business development and alliances. Arista Networks (ANET) went on to become a public company in 2014 with a $4 billion valuation.

Due to his close ongoing customer relationships, Mansour identified the need for change in how networks are built. He was recruited to join the executive team at SDN pioneer Big Switch Networks to help develop the company’s product, business model, and partnership strategy.

Apstra is affiliated with the Open Compute Project (OCP) and Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP). Mansour holds a portfolio of patents in networking technologies. He has an MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Computer & Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

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