Lumina Hires Former Cisco, Ericsson Executives to Lead its Engineering

Lumina Hires Former Cisco, Ericsson Executives to Lead its Engineering Image Credit: Lumina Networks

Open source networking leader Lumina Networks announced the hiring of three senior executives from Cisco, Ericsson and Nuviso Networks to their engineering team.

Avinash Parwaney, formerly from Cisco where he was Senior Director of Engineering joins Lumina’s executive team as VP of Engineering. Prem Sankar Gopannan has joined Lumina as Director of Engineering and Iyappa Swaminathan has joined as Director of Technical Product Management.

As Senior Director of Engineering at Cisco, Avinash was responsible for the Service Provider Software portfolio, working directly with Cisco’s largest global customers to ensure successful operation. 

Prem Sankar Gopannan joins Lumina from Ericsson where he was Principal Architect. Prem is well-known in the open source community, currently serving as project team lead for the Kubernetes Integration Project (COE) in OpenDaylight.

Iyappa Swaminathan (Ayyaps) comes to Lumina from SDN supplier Nuviso Networks, where he served as a Vice President for Product Management and Head of India Operations. Ayyaps has prior engineering development experience at both Cisco and Juniper.

In May 2018, Lumina Networks raised $10 million in Series A Funding led by Verizon Ventures and joined by AT&T and Rahi Systems. The company announced its intention to use the funding to expand product engineering and geographic expansion.

Andrew Coward, CEO, Lumina Networks
Avinash will help Lumina accelerate our open source-based networking platforms and applications from proof of concept trials into production deployment. The addition of Prem and Iyappa to the team will further strengthen our ability to help lead the open source networking community, driving innovation and productization.

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