Key Executives Added to Manage Next Phase of Hyper Growth and Further Establish Company as Leader in AI for IT
Mist’s newest executive hires include:
Laura Perrone as chief financial officer (CFO): Perrone is responsible for managing all aspects of finance and administration. She has years of experience as a successful leader, having held CFO positions in various emerging growth companies including Omneon (acquired by Harmonic), Icarian and Rendition (acquired by Micron). Most recently, Perrone served as CFO at Picarro.
Tom Wilburn as VP of worldwide sales: Wilburn is responsible for growing Mist’s sales organization globally and expanding the Mist footprint into all verticals. He has a strong history of building sales teams at pre and post IPO organizations and wireless networking companies (including Cisco and Airespace), as well as rapidly growing revenue through effective sales campaigns, channel enablement and execution. Prior to Mist, Wilburn served as SVP of worldwide field operations at Aerohive Networks.
Justin Endres as VP of commercial sales: Endres oversees commercial sales at Mist. He brings a significant amount of experience building formidable inside sales teams in high growth software environments to his new role. Most recently, Endres served as SVP, worldwide sales at AlienVault. Prior to that he held executive sales roles at Webroot and SolarWinds.
Rakesh Bhatnagar as VP of IT, Security and Engineering Programs: Bhatnagar leads IT, security and engineering programs at Mist. In his new role, Bhatnagar is responsible for engineering operational excellence and IT security from a product design standpoint. Previously, Bhatnagar served as VP of Software Engineering at Picarro, Inc.
The entire Mist executive team can be found here: Mist Management Team
“Laura, Tom, Justin and Rakesh bring the right experience to our company at the right time, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them to the Mist executive team,” said Sujai Hajela, CEO and co-founder of Mist. “This type of seasoned leadership will propel Mist through our next phase of hyper growth, and assuredly establish the company as the de facto leader in AI for IT.”
Mist first began shipping the Mist Learning WLAN in 2016, the first AI-driven platform for IT. The subsequent year the company saw approximately 1000 percent sales growth, with over 250 paying customers as of the end of 2017, including several Fortune 100 companies. The company has over 150 reseller partners worldwide, including distributors in North America, EMEA and Japan. Mist has been honored with over a dozen industry accolades in the past two years, including distinction as a visionary in two recent Gartner Magic Quadrants (Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructures and Indoor location).
Mist Systems, a Juniper Networks company, is leading the transition to AI-driven IT. The Mist Learning Wireless LAN (WLAN) makes Wi-Fi predictable, reliable and measurable by providing unprecedented visibility into the user experience and by replacing time consuming manual IT tasks with proactive automation. In addition, Mist brings enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, BLE and IoT together to deliver personalized, location-based wireless services without requiring battery-powered beacons. All operations are managed via Mist’s modern cloud architecture for maximum scalability, agility and performance.
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