MILPITAS, Calif., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gigamon®, a leader in traffic visibility solutions with the innovative Visibility Fabric™ architecture, announced today that enterprise networking veteran Shehzad Merchant has joined the company as Chief Strategy Officer. Merchant will be focused on developing a strategic path for the continued evolution of the company's Visibility Fabric architecture in this exciting and fast-paced market. Merchant joins Gigamon from Extreme Networks. "Shehzad will play a critical role in driving and evangelizing the strategic vision of our innovative Visibility Fabric architecture. As the world of networking continues to evolve through the increasing adoption of next generation technologies, including virtualization, cloud computing and emerging SDN technology, operators and owners of infrastructure will need increasing visibility and control of the traffic crossing their networks," said Paul Hooper, CEO of Gigamon. "Shehzad's knowledge and experience will allow Gigamon to continue to provide increasing value to our existing and future customers through determined and purposeful thought leadership." Merchant brings more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Merchant served as the CTO at Extreme Networks and prior to that as the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems. Merchant has also held various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. He is the author of several networking and communications patents and is a frequent speaker at industry events, including Interop and Open Networking Summit. He also works closely with many standards groups and organizations, including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Merchant holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai. "As the need for application performance and security management increases, the monitoring fabric will continue to play an increasingly critical role in bringing visibility to the application flows," said Merchant. "Gigamon is a leader in building traffic visibility systems. The versatility of Gigamon's platforms, its compelling vision and its strong team set it apart as an innovative leader in this space. I am excited to be part of the Gigamon team."