Tetrate, the enterprise service mesh company founded by creators and maintainers of Istio and Envoy, announced that Sanjay Poonen will serve as a strategic advisor to the company.
What is Poonen’s industry expertise?
Poonen is a seasoned high-tech executive with extensive experience in product innovation and go-to-market scaling of multibillion-dollar businesses. Most recently, as COO of VMware, Poonen led the company’s revenue growth from $6 billion to $12 billion, while architecting VMware’s multicloud deals with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google and others.
He also ran the company’s security and end-user computing businesses. Poonen also prior served as president of SAP, leading apps, industries and platform solutions and sales teams, driving growth from $10bn to $20bn, including HANA, the fastest product to reach $1bn in revenue in SAP history. Poonen also held executive roles at Symantec and Informatica.
He began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft and Apple. He holds multiple patents and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He has an MS in management science and engineering from Stanford and AB in computer science and math or engineering from Dartmouth, graduating summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
What are the executive thoughts on Poonen?
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Sanjay to our board of advisors. His management wisdom and expertise run broad and deep in virtually every aspect of high-tech business growth—from product to business development and sales to engineering needs for cloud, applications, analytics and security,” said Jeyappragash Jeyakeerthi, co-founder of Tetrate.
“Sanjay is widely regarded by colleagues as visionary, inspiring and strategic, and he understands how Tetrate’s application connectivity solutions are a key component for modern cloud computing, now and well into the future,” Jeyakeerthi further commented.
“It’s inspiring to see businesses with key solutions, like Tetrate, doing important, creative work, innovating at cloud speed, and winning customer traction. Amid today’s cyber-insecure landscape and a regulatory environment racing to keep pace, modernizing applications with service mesh across clusters, clouds and data centers is critical,” said Poonen.
“Understanding how open-source approaches are shaping technology expansion and helping enterprises thrive now and in the decade to come is key, too—and Tetrate is ahead of the curve with this, meeting business challenges with the right product portfolio.”