Juniper Taps Former Verizon CTO As Its New CEO

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Other channel executives that have left Juniper in the past four months include Emilio Umeoka, former senior vice president of worldwide partners; former senior director of worldwide partner development Lori Cornmesser; and former Juniper senior vice president of worldwide partner development Steve Pataky.

Furthermore, TorreyPoint, Juniper's Partner of the Year for the Americas in 2012 with more than 400 customers, was recently acquired by FishNet Security. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal combines two of the largest Juniper partners in North America.

Juniper partners told CRN they were surprised to see Juniper tap a new CEO with such deep roots in the service provider space, rather than the commercial enterprise market.

"I would have thought that they would have gone for a bigger name from an enterprise-type company. It's surprising to me that they are getting somebody from the service provider space," said an executive at a Juniper partner, who requested anonymity. "I would have thought that they would have grabbed somebody from another Silicon Valley-based company."

The partner, who said about 10 percent of the company's overall Juniper business is in the service provider market, added that "time will tell" if Kheradpir's appointment is a good move for Juniper and its partners.

"We are heavy in the enterprise, so I am hoping that they continue to develop technology that is geared toward the enterprise," the partner said.

John O'Shea, senior vice president of Vology, a Tampa, Fla.-based solution provider and Juniper partner, said he was glad to see Juniper name a new CEO, as it might lead to more stability across Juniper's broader executive team.

"The certainty is welcomed," O'Shea told CRN. "They have had some executive changes, so starting with the CEO is perhaps the first step toward more certainty in their executive ranks."


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