MD, Insight Partners

Praveen Akkiraju is Chief Executive Officer of VCE. Akkiraju and his team are working to deliver next generation converged infrastructure to transform the economics, agility and profitability of Enterprises and Service Providers as they transition to cloud-enabled business models. VCE is a joint venture between Cisco and EMC with investments fromVMware and Intel.
A 19-year veteran at Cisco, Akkiraju has successfully led businesses across the enterprise and service provider market segments. In his most recent role, he was responsible for setting the direction for Cisco’s next generation enterprise architecture and integrating security and application awareness capabilities with the network and cloud. His previous roles included vice president and general manager of service provider infrastructure businesses, where he was instrumental in defining the product direction and strategy for Cisco’s Core, Mobile & Broadband Edge business.
Akkiraju holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He also serves on the Senior Advisory Council at the non-profit Industry Initiatives for Science & Math Education (IISME).