Management Team

Our management team shares a commitment to building an even stronger company.

Dr. Bami Bastani

President and CEO

Dr. Bami Bastani was appointed as CEO and President and as a member of the Board of Directors in March 2012. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a CEO and senior executive in the semiconductor, mobility, consumer, and broadband markets. Prior to joining Meru, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of Trident Microsystems, Inc., a semiconductor company, from 2011 until 2012. Prior to joining Trident, Dr. Bastani was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of B2 Global Consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm from 2008 until 2011. From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Bastani was President and Chief Executive Officer of ANADIGICS, Inc. a semiconductor company providing RF solutions for the wireless and broadband communications equipment markets.

From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Bastani was Executive Vice President of Fujitsu Microelectronics, where he led the Systems LSI Group, including ASIC System-On-Chip, Local Area Networks, SPARC processors, and RFICs. Previously, he served for more than a decade at National Semiconductor where he held several key executive positions, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the Embedded Technologies Division.

Dr. Bastani is recognized by the American Electronics Association (AeA, now TechAmerica) and is listed in the association's New Jersey High-Tech CEO Hall of Fame. He’s an accomplished spokesperson who frequently shares his business perspectives online, on television, and in print. He holds a PhD in solid state electronics from Ohio State University, where he is a University Fellow, serves on the ECE Advisory Board, and has received a distinguished alumni award. He also has a BSEE from the University of Arkansas and holds three U.S. patents.

Brian McDonald

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Brian McDonald was appointed CFO of Meru in June 2013. In January 2014, his role was expanded to Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, adding human resources and corporate legal functions. He brings more than 30 years of financial and business experience, working with both private and public technology companies, and possesses a strong operational background. McDonald has served as CFO in a number of rapidly growing Silicon Valley technology companies, including eASIC, Monolithic Power Systems, and Elantec Semiconductor. As CFO, he led Advanced Analogic Technologies through its successful IPO in 2005.

At Meru, McDonald is responsible for the finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, and corporate legal groups. McDonald holds a BS in business administration from the University of Santa Clara.

Mark Liu

General Counsel

Mark Liu joined Meru Networks in June 2013 as general counsel and secretary. Mark is responsible for all legal matters for the company. From 2009 to 2013, Mark was associate general counsel and assistant secretary at NETGEAR, a global networking company. From 2007 to 2009, Mark served as assistant general counsel at Prana Investments, a real estate investment firm. From 2001 to 2007, Mark was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was part of the founding team in the firm’s San Diego office after initially working in the Austin office.

Ajay Malik

SVP Worldwide Engineering & Products

Ajay Malik, a 20-year veteran of wireless and IT infrastructure and the author of RTLS for Dummies, is responsible for the vision, WLAN solutions (including hardware, software development, system architecture, and quality assurance), and product strategy of Meru Networks. He has been instrumental in crafting the vision of Meru SDN Wi-Fi, which enables unified wired/wireless networks and empowers IT organizations to become more responsive to the needs of the business, as well as to more effectively manage their networks and deliver services.

Prior to joining Meru, Mr. Malik held leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, where he was vice president of engineering, mobility solutions, and the HP Networking Group; and at Cisco’s Wireless Networking Group, where he was responsible for controller, management, and services functions across the wireless product portfolio.

Previously, he was head of engineering and advanced development in the Wireless LAN Division of Symbol Technologies/Motorola and championed Motorola’s foray into real-time Wi-Fi location. Mr. Malik holds a BE in computer science from IIT Roorkee (India) and more than 70 patents issued/pending in Wi-Fi, location, and management.

Keith Matasci

SVP Worldwide Operations

Matasci is responsible for leading the operations team and overseeing the global supply chain, order fulfillment, planning, forecasting, inventory, and facilities and real estate for Meru.

Matasci’s 25 years of high-tech industry experience are a strong asset to his job overseeing manufacturing operations. Before joining Meru, he served as vice president of operations for Terayon Communications, where he managed all aspects of manufacturing. Previously, he was vice president of operations for CoSine Communications and vice president of customer service at Silicon Graphics Inc.

Matasci holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering technology and mechanical engineering, and an honorary master of science degree in engineering management from California Polytechnic State University.

Kishore Reddy

VP & Managing Director India

Kishore Reddy was appointed Country Managing Director and Site Vice President, India of Meru in July 2013. Reddy has 20 years of engineering and engineering management experience in the semiconductor, consumer electronics and test and measurement instrument industries. He most recently served as vice president and managing director of TPVision India Private Limited, a $3.7 billion company developed as a joint venture between TPV Electronics and Royal Philips.

Don Trimble

VP Subscription Cloud SME

Don joins Meru from 8X8 where he was VP North American Channel Sales for Subscription based VOIP services. Prior to that he held senior channel sales positions at NComputing, HP, Polycom, and Cisco. Don has extensive Subscription business and Channel sales and management experience having created and implemented channel go to market strategies, built channel sales organizations as well as recruited and developed channel partners throughout his career which is critical to developing the SME business at Meru.

Larry Vaughan

SVP Worldwide Sales & Field Operations

With more than 25 years of high-tech experience working for companies such as Novell, Nortel, Unisys, and IBM, Larry Vaughan brings proven sales leadership and success to Meru Networks as senior vice president heading up worldwide sales, support, and services for the company.

Vaughan joined Meru from BMC Software, where he was vice president of worldwide sales and services for growth and emerging markets. He stepped into this role after serving as vice president of worldwide field operations for sales and services for BMC.

Prior to BMC, Vaughan was with Enterasys Networks, where he served as executive vice president of worldwide sales and service, driving the company’s strategic revenue initiatives, delivering secure networking solutions to enterprise-class customers, strengthening relationships with key systems integrator partners, and building a best-in-class service organization. Prior to joining Enterasys, he served as vice president of sales for Novell and Bay Networks/Nortel. He also held several executive sales and service management positions at Unisys during his seven years with the company. He began his career with IBM, where he worked 11 years in various sales and sales management positions.

Vaughan holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial marketing from Western Michigan University.

Sarosh Vesuna

VP & GM Enterprise Networking Business

As VP and general manager of Meru's business units, Sarosh Vesuna is responsible for the overall revenue, strategy and go-to-market direction for the business. Vesuna joined Meru in 2008 as vice president of business development, with responsibility for identifying and developing strategic relationships and M&A.

Prior to joining Meru, Vesuna held executive roles at Motorola and Symbol Technologies, where he was responsible for wireless protocol architecture, acquisitions, OEM, technology partnerships, and the overall direction of the WLAN and VoIP businesses. He co-authored the IEEE 802.11 WLAN protocol and co-founded the Wi-Fi Alliance, where he served on the Board of Directors.

Vesuna has an MSEE from The Pennsylvania State University, has completed executive education from MIT Sloan and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Vesuna holds 10 U.S. patents.

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