Going, Going, Gone: 12 Notable Juniper Executive Exits4:00 PM EST Fri. Jan. 11, 2013
While Juniper's ability to attract top executive talent has been well-documented, lately many of its top managers have been headed for the opposite side of the turnstile.
Here's a look at a dozen notable executive exits from Juniper in the past 18 or so months.
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Juniper's most significant exit yet is Stefan Dyckerhoff, who ran its Platform Systems Division as executive vice president. Dyckerhoff, who is now a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, technically left Nov. 1 but is assisting Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson and the management team as a special adviser.
Dyckerhoff was Juniper's 33rd employee, having first worked there from 1997 to 2003. He returned as an executive vice president in 2010 after a number of years heading up edge routing at Cisco.
John Morris, executive vice president, strategic alliances, left the company as part of its management restructuring in fall 2012. His organization was merged with Juniper's worldwide partner organization, but Morris was best-known to the Juniper channel for his previous role heading up Juniper's sales and worldwide field operations. He'd been at Juniper since 2008.
Executive vice president R.K. Anand was Juniper's 12th employee, hired in 1997, and was an influential engineer in its early software platform development. He left his position heading Juniper's data center business in September 2012 and spent about a month as a special adviser to Juniper's executive team before fully exiting the company.
Mark Bauhaus was yet another executive vice president-level exit at Juniper to occur within the past six months. He led service, support and operations, but his organization was folded into Juniper's broader sales organization led by Executive Vice President Gerri Elliott. He'd been at Juniper since 2007.
In a monster defection from Juniper, Cisco in May 2011 confirmed David Yen would join its data center team, and Yen is now senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Group. While at Juniper, Yen was executive vice president and general manager of the Fabric and Switching Business Ggroup, and his move was a surprise to many given how closely involved he was with Juniper's long-in-development QFabric system, which had debuted three months earlier.
Juniper sources at the time told CRN that Yen chose to depart after being passed over for leadership of Juniper's Platform Systems Group -- a position that went to Dyckerhoff.
Wendy Cartee was among a recent group of Juniper exits who'd been with the company for a decade or longer. Cartee, who was most recently vice president, product and technical marketing, left Juniper in December. She'd been at the company 12 years.
Rene Link, most recently Juniper's vice president, marketing and solutions, left the company in November. A LinkedIn bio had Link at Juniper for about two years.
Luc Ceuppens, most recently vice president of product marketing, left in early December. He'd been at Juniper for about four years.
Venkat Nagaswamy, most recently vice president, worldwide marketing and solutions, left Juniper in November. He'd been there about three years.
Blaine Raddon's March 2012 exit from Juniper was a surprise given how rarely Juniper channel executives seem to leave the company. Raddon, who was Juniper's vice president of Americas partner sales, joined data backup and recovery specialist Acronis, where he is now general manager, Americas. Raddon was succeeded at Juniper by David Bankemper.
Kireeti Kompella was the former CTO and chief architect for Junos and left the company in the summer of 2012 to become CTO at Contrail Systems, a sotware-defined networking startup. It appears, however, that Kompella is headed back to Juniper, which bought his new company for $176 million in December.
Michael Bushong, Juniper senior director of product management and marketing, was confirmed by sources to be leaving as of mid-December. He'd been at Juniper since 2001, when he came aboard as a senior technical trainer, according to his LinkedIn bio.