Aryaka, renowned as a frontrunner in the sphere of Unified SASE solutions, heralded a pivotal shift in its board's leadership dynamics today. The corporation has brought on board Shailesh Shukla, a distinguished leader recognized for his extensive proficiency in the domains of networking, security, and cloud. As per the announcement, Shukla assumes the role of an independent board member and will commence his tenure as Aryaka's Executive Chairman of the Board with immediate effect.
Shailesh Shukla comes with an illustrious background, having steered the helm at prominent establishments in his past roles. His most recent position was as the Vice President and General Manager at Google Cloud where he had P&L responsibilities overseeing a burgeoning multi-billion-dollar business encompassing areas of security, networking, and telecom/edge. His leadership journey also traverses significant tenures at industry giants like Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks, as well as entrepreneurial ventures including Redback Networks and Instart Logic. With a robust resume boasting over 20 years in networking and security, Shukla is primed to steer Aryaka as it forges ahead in its SASE trajectory, aiming to be a disruptive force in the industry.
Reflecting on this significant appointment, Aryaka board member Rob Schwartz remarks, “We are pleased to welcome Shailesh to Aryaka’s Board of Directors at this inflection point for the company. His robust leadership experience in networking and security makes him the perfect fit to help guide Aryaka during its next phase of growth.”
Responding to his appointment, Shukla conveyed his enthusiasm and the strategic vision he brings to the role: “Aryaka is a pioneer in the industry, delivering networking and security services coupled with exceptional customer experience built on a foundation of owned and operated infrastructure. As these two markets converge, Aryaka has a strong vision for the future and the foundation to support its ambitions, and I look forward to working with them to realize the vision and continue to delight customers.”
The board of directors at Aryaka now comprises a stellar lineup of industry stalwarts including Shailesh Shukla, Bob Kelly, Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Jim Smith, Khaled Nasr, and Rob Schwartz. This move marks a significant milestone in Aryaka’s journey, positioning it with the reinforced leadership and experience necessary to navigate its ambitious future pathways and continue being a leader in the industry.