Cyan is led by an executive team with deep experience in telecommunications networks, software, cloud-based applications, and global sales.
President and Co-Founder
Michael Hatfield runs product development and market strategy for Cyan.
Michael is a veteran of three successful communications systems start-ups. Most recently Michael was founder and CEO of Calix (NYSE: CALX), a publicly held communication systems company. Calix is a leading provider of high-speed access systems for communications service providers.
Prior to Calix, Michael was co-founder and COO of Cerent, a leading provider of high-speed fiber-optics systems, which was acquired by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) for $7 billion. Michael's initial start-up success came as an early team member and vice president of marketing for Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC). During his tenure, AFC went from start-up to a publicly traded enterprise and was subsequently purchased by Tellabs (NASDAQ: TLAB).
Michael has also served in management roles at DSC Communications and Ameritech. He has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Economics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.
VP North American Sales and Co-Founder
Eric Clelland is responsible for sales and systems engineering for Cyan's North American markets.
Eric has an extensive background ranging from sales to systems engineering and business development for companies including Ameritech, Caymas, Cerent, Cisco and DSC Communications.
Most recently, Eric was an officer of Caymas Systems, where he managed sales and business development.
Prior to joining Caymas, Eric was a senior sales executive at Cisco, leading a national sales operation selling all Cisco products. Eric joined Cisco through the acquisition of Cerent Corporation, where he was the initial sales leader and helped drive customer requirements, secure Cerent’s initial design wins, and build the national sales team as the director of sales.
Prior to Cerent, Eric worked at DSC Communications in multiple sales and systems engineering roles. He started his career as an engineer at Ameritech in network planning and design. Eric holds a BSEE from Oakland University and a MSEE from the University of Michigan.
Vice President Business Development
Tom Corker is responsible for product management and business development at Cyan.
Tom is a veteran of three successful communications systems start-ups. Tom co-founded Calix in 1999 and held the position of vice president and general manager of access products. Tom was responsible for guiding all aspects of Calix product development, product marketing, and product line management during his tenure. Calix is now a publicly traded company.
Prior to Calix, Tom was vice president of product marketing at Cerent Corporation, an industry leader in high-speed optical transport that was purchased by Cisco for $7 billion in 1999. Prior to Cerent, Tom was director of product marketing at Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC). During his tenure, AFC went from start up to a publicly traded enterprise. Tom also has held development roles working on next-generation access products at DSC, acquired by Alcatel in 1998, and at Nortel Networks. Tom holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chief Marketing Officer
Joe Cumello oversees all aspects of Cyan’s global marketing efforts, from product marketing to global brand development.
Joe has significant experience with both equipment suppliers and service providers. He was most recently vice president of marketing at Sidera Networks, a major provider of fiber-based communications services to large enterprises, data centers, and carriers.
Prior to Sidera Networks, Joe was vice president of marketing at SafeNet, a global provider of data protection solutions. Before SafeNet, Joe spent eight years with Ciena as senior director of global marketing. There, he focused on the development of next-generation optical and Ethernet services and accompanying marketing plans to support and grow Ciena’s service provider partners. He also oversaw Ciena’s industry and regional marketing efforts targeting the telecom, wireless backhaul, financial services, healthcare, and government markets across North America. Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Joe is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park.
Chief Technology Officer
Zsolt Haraszti is responsible for Cyan's overall technology direction.
Zsolt brings over 20 years of telecommunication software experience to Cyan. In his 7 years with Cyan, he has led the development and introduction of many key software technologies and product families, including 3D multi-layer network visualization, cloud-scale and container based architectures, the Blue Planet platform, and most recently Cyan's NFV orchestration solution. Prior to assuming his CTO role, Zsolt served as VP of Software Technology at Cyan.
Zsolt came to Cyan from Clovis where he was Director of Engineering. Prior to Clovis, Zsolt was with Ericsson IP Infrastructure, responsible for various QoS-related feature sets of Ericsson's edge router product family. Before moving into software development, Zsolt was a research scientist at Ericsson Research, Stockholm.
Zsolt holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NC State University, Raleigh, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.
Vice President Business Operations and Customer Service and Co-Founder
Rick Johnston is responsible for customer service and business operations at Cyan.
Rick has a long history in the region known as Telecom Valley, with roles ranging from customer service to business development and executive management with four highly successful communications start ups.
Most recently, Rick was a co-founder and vice president of business development at Calix. His responsibilities included creating and fostering key partner relationships for Calix. He also served as the company's chief communications officer where he was responsible for the company's communications, infrastructure, and personnel.
Prior to Calix, Rick was vice president of customer service at Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC). Rick joined AFC while it was still a young start up and built a pre- and post-sales technical support organization. Rick was also an early participant in the first Telecom Valley start up, Optilink Corporation. Optilink was later acquired by DSC and then Alcatel. Rick held management positions at DSC Communication and Rockwell Communications. Rick has a BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University.
Vice President Product Development
Scott Pradels is responsible for product development at Cyan.
Scott brings more than 15 years of experience developing networking and telecom products. Prior to Cyan, Scott was a member of the founding team at Turin Networks, where he led the architecture and design of the company's optical product line. Scott began his career in the Advanced Research & Development Group at Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc. (AFC), where he was responsible for the development of wireless transport systems.
Scott holds a BSEE from California State University, Chico.