Affirmed Networks’ founder, Chairman and CEO, Hassan Ahmed, was named as a finalist as part of Light Reading’s 2018 Leading Lights Awards in the category of “Hall of Fame.” Seeking to recognize individuals for their “remarkable contributions” to the telecommunications industry, the Light Reading Hall of Fame award will be awarded at the upcoming Big Communications Event (BCE) taking place in May in Austin, Texas.
The selection of Hassan as a candidate for this award, speaks to the credibility of the award and the types of individuals also being considered. Throughout his career, Hassan has consistently demonstrated an ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities for market disruption.
A Stanford PhD in Electrical Engineering, Hassan has been either a CEO or a senior executive in three companies that achieved significant success disrupting incumbent providers and standard operating procedure. He served as CTO of Cascade Communications, a pioneer in the ATM switching market, who’s equipment carried an estimated 70% of the world’s Internet traffic during the mid 90s.
In 1996, Hassan was part of the leadership team at Sonus Networks, a company focused on enabling the transformation of telephony to IP, which proved to be a disruptive force to the market. Hassan served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks for 10 years growing it from an idea into a publicly traded company with a peak market value of $15.4 billion.
In 2010, Hassan identified another opportunity for disrupting the way networks are built that resulted in his founding of Affirmed Networks. One of the first companies to understand that traditional carrier cost structures were unsustainable, Affirmed Networks has led the transition away from costly, inflexible hardware-based networks to more agile, virtualized, software-based architectures. Affirmed has more than 78 customers, including some of the world’s largest networks such as AT&T, Vodafone, Etisalat, Telus, and many others.
Prior to starting Affirmed Networks, Hassan worked as a Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures. He is a guest lecturer at MIT, Hassan also serves on the board of many successful technology companies and is on the board of overseers at Boston’s Museum of Science.
We would like to thank Light Reading for their recognition of Hassan’s achievements and to also congratulate the other distinguished individuals being considered for this prestigious award.