2017 Speakers

Offir Agasi

Director of Product Marketing — CATO Networks

Bio coming soon.


Geoff Bloss


Bio coming soon.


Thomas Brosnan

Senior VP, Infrastructure Services — Convergys

Bio coming soon.


Greg Bryan

Senior Manager, Enterprise Research — TeleGeography

Senior Analyst Greg Bryan joined TeleGeography in 2006 and has specialized in pricing and market analysis for the wholesale and enterprise long haul and network markets. While at TeleGeography, he has worked on designing, creating, and launching several new data products including the Enterprise Networks Pricing Service, IP Transit Pricing Database, Ethernet Pricing Service and Global Enterprise Networks. Most recently he has helped TeleGeography’s pricing practice move beyond the long haul network with the creation of the Local Access Pricing Service.

Mr. Bryan’s primary focus is on networks and pricing for the Americas, however, he tracks and is familiar with global markets. He is a frequent presenter on the geography and pricing of submarine cables and enterprise networks, particularly at telecom conferences with a focus on the Americas.

Mr. Bryan earned a B.A. in Political Science from American University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He previously taught Geography as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University in Virginia.

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Sen Chokkan

Senior Manager, Network Engineering — VWR

Bio coming soon.


Scot Clark

Infrastructure Solutions – Networks, Infrastructure and Service Delivery — Scot Clark Consulting

Scot has over 20 years of IT experience, both as a solutions architect and project manager. Scot has extensive cross functional knowledge having worked at Unilever for 15 years across many disciplines within the IT field.

Scot was responsible for the network solution designs, commercial validity of the designs, vendor management, managing outsource relationships with key partners, as well as looking ahead to align today’s needs with current and next generation technology cross functions within Unilever. 

He has worked in various industries, including insurance, pharmaceutical, education, and as an outsourced partner. Scot has a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Connecticut.

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Derek Granath

VP, Product Marketing — Silver Peak

Bio coming soon.


Garth Gray

VP Infrastructure Services — Gate Gourmet

Garth Gray is the VP of Infrastructure Services at gategroup, the leading independent provider of in-flight products and services. Garth is responsible for the delivery of the Infrastructure, Data Center, Security, and Support services for the 10 brands within the gategroup family which spans 124 locations across 35 countries. 

He also holds a BSc and an MBA in MIS and Corporate Strategy.


Christian Koch

Co-Founder and Board Director — NYNOG & Open-IX

Bio coming soon.


Snehal Patel

Network Architect and SD-WAN Subject Matter Expert — Gap, Inc. 

Snehal Patel is a Network Architect and SD-WAN Subject Matter Expert at Gap Inc. He has presented on SD-WAN at several conferences. He leads the design and deployment of WAN architectures at Gap Inc.'s more than 3,000 stores, corporate offices and distribution centers. Snehal also participates in the architecture and designs Gap Inc.'s retail and e-commerce data centers. Snehal plays a key role in all the network-related POC at Gap Inc. He collaborates regularly with network vendors, business partners and the operations team.

Snehal has been at Gap Inc. for more than four years. Recently, he has been at the forefront of Gap Inc.'s retail and corporate SD-WAN deployment with Viptela. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University with a specialization in Network Systems. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Snehal was a Network Operations engineer at Yahoo for about three years. Snehal regularly goes to meet-ups and tries to remain up-to-date on the latest technology trends, like SD WAN, data center SDN and cloud technologies.

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Lionel Marie

Lead Network Architect  — Schneider Electric

Lionel is currently Lead Architect, Global Internet & Cloud Connectivity for Schneider Electric, a French-based leader in the energy management market, with 160,000+ employees and 1,400+ sites located in 100+ countries.  

With a strong background in the Internet Industry (Lionel has been the Internet Backbone Team Leader for COLT in France), he has been transforming the Global Internet access of Schneider Electric, from a "commodity access" to a "Cloud ready" network.  

Schneider Electric is now connected to different Internet Exchange Points around the world, and uses private peering links to provide best of class access toward major Cloud players for their employees, where network performance is not an option (AWS and Azure for IaaS, Salesforce, Webex, MessagesLabs, Oracle, Google… for SaaS).  

Lionel installed one on the first US-based Corporate Virtual Private Cloud for Schneider Electric more than 5 years ago, and he set-up one of the first Direct Connect in Europe for a Corporate. 
He designed a fully redundant, carrier-grade connectivity infrastructure to reach any kind of IaaS provider, by mixing both private connectivity and multi-public peering links (reaching 100% uptime for the last 48 months) 

Recognized as a visionary company for this accomplishment, Schneider Electric has been appointed as FranceIX’s Board Member in 2013, where Lionel represented Schneider Electric as a "peering evangelist" to demonstrate how Enterprises can leverage from FranceIX to improve network connectivity and performances toward the Cloud.  
FranceIX is the leading Public Internet Exchange Point in France, where the 300+ members do exchange more than 500 Gb/s of Internet traffic at peak time. 

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Mark Masur

CEO — Talari Networks

Bio coming soon.


Patrick O'Hanlon

Managing Director and Head of IT Sourcing Morgan Stanley

Patrick is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of IT Sourcing. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2010 and has 20+ years of experience in both public and private sectors. 

Prior to joining the firm, Patrick worked at Credit Suisse where he led global reorganizational efforts across the enterprise and served as the COO for the Corporate Real Estate and Services Department. Before joining Credit Suisse, Patrick was a Fixed Income Capital Markets banker at Goldman Sachs. 

In the public sector, Patrick served as a White House Fellow and as a Major in the US Cavalry. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from West Point. Patrick lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.


Ciaran Roche

Co-Founder and CTO Coevolve


Ciaran Roche is the co-founder and CTO of Coevolve. Ciaran has worked in a range of technology strategy roles in Europe and the US, and has established Coevolve as a leader in driving enterprise adoption of next-generation technologies such as SD-WAN.

Ciaran has over 16 years of experience in enterprise network architecture and management, with a specific focus on the use of Internet technologies in enterprise WANs. He led a number of teams at Vanco (later Reliance Globalcom / Global Cloud Xchange), responsible for technical solutions for its largest clients including a 1,200 site network for Avis Europe, a global VPN solution for British Airways and complex solutions for Siemens, SGS, Ernst & Young (now EY) and Pfizer.

Ciaran also spent several years working in the enterprise networking practice of Pace Harmon, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in IT strategy and transformation projects for major global businesses. There he led the delivery of a number of significant projects for large clients including Molson Coors, Capital One Bank, CSC and several of the largest technology and media companies in the world.

As the CTO of Coevolve, Ciaran leverages this experience that spans many technologies and geographies, to help enterprises drive new levels of efficiency in their environments. Ciaran has presented to, and worked with major enterprise CIOs, CFOs and CEOs around the world to deliver effective, high quality networking and cloud-based solutions. Ciaran is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Andy Weiss

Vice President, Sales — Open Systems

Bio coming soon.