by Angela Whiteford


Hassan Ahmed

Chairman and Chief Executive officer

Prior to starting Affirmed Networks, Hassan worked as a Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures. Hassan served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks (Nasdaq:SONS) for 10 years growing it from an idea into a publicly traded company focused on enabling the transformation of telephony to IP. Before Sonus, he served as EVP and GM of the Core Switching division of Ascend Communications and VP Engineering and Chief Technology Officer of Cascade Communications. Hassan has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Carleton University and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. A guest lecturer at MIT, Hassan also serves on the board of many successful technology companies.

Anand Krishnamurthy

President, Chief Operating Officer

Anand currently serves as Affirmed Networks President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for Affirmed’s operational strategy and execution. Anand most recently served as Affirmed’s Vice President of Engineering where he successfully built a world-class engineering organization. Before Affirmed, Anand served as Vice President of Engineering for the macro cellular division at Airvana Network Solutions. Previously, he was a Software Manager at Lucent Technologies and Ascend Communications. Anand has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Boston University.

Denis Cashman

Denis Cashman

Vice President, Chief Finance Officer

Denis most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dell EMC’s Infrastructure Solutions Group. Prior to the Dell EMC merger, Denis was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EMC. During his time at EMC he served in numerous financial roles including Chief Accounting Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and Vice President of International Finance. Denis is a Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and has a diploma in Finance from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

Sanjay Mewada

Sanjay Mewada

Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

Sanjay previously held executive and senior positions in the areas of Corporate, Market, Product and Technology Strategy with successful software, IT and research companies and service providers in the US. He most recently served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Netcracker Technology, an NEC Company. He has a Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree in Management from University of Bombay and master’s degree from The Fletcher School.

Ron Parker

Ron Parker

Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Ron previously held positions with successful network equipment providers and start-ups, including Chipcom, Cascade Communications, Ascend Communications, Lucent Technologies, Wavesmith Networks, Ciena Corp., Cartiza Networks, and Movik Networks. Ron’s technology expertise includes: large-scale distributed system design, high-performance data plane, queueing and traffic management, signaling and call control, OAM/FCAPS, and service orchestration. In addition to contributions to multiple standards bodies, including active participation with the IETF Service Function Chaining Work Group, he has been awarded more than a dozen U.S. Patents. Ron received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Boston University.

Ashwin Moranganti

Ashwin Moranganti

Vice President, Chief Product Officer

Ashwin Moranganti is a successful senior executive with over 18 years of experience in product marketing, management, and strategy. He has successfully led the journey of eight products from concept to market, resulting in over one billion dollars in revenue. Ashwin has been a key contributor in both large enterprises such as Cisco, Ascend, and Lucent, and several startups such as BigBand, PeerApp, Ineoquest, and SevOne that resulted in one IPO and three successful acquisitions. Ashwin has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

Ash Kumar

Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer

Ash is a creative, results-driven senior executive in the Global Networking, Technology, and Systems industry with a proven track record in sales & operational performance management, and complex deal management. Ash has held leadership positions at Nokia, NetCracker, and Amdocs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of South Carolina.

Amit Tiwari

Vice President, Chief Strategic Alliances Officer

Amit most recently served as Senior Director, Leader Global Mobility Practice at Cisco. Previously, he was Vice President of Solutions Development at Starent Networks and held product management and applications engineering roles at 3Com and US Robotics. Amit has an Honors diploma in Systems Management, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly

Director, Chief Human Resources Officer

Katie has 15 years of experience leading the Human Resources function for successful technology start-ups. Katie is experienced in building and cultivating the growth of HR departments within dynamic growing companies including Eliza Corporation and Innov-X Systems. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Work Behavior and a Minor in Business from Framingham State University.