Connectloud Inc., a software startup now in stealth mode, announced today that former Cisco Systems executive Zeeshan Naseh has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer. The company also announced that it is being advised by a slate of technology and business all-stars, including Ken Morse, serial entrepreneur and Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and Stanford University professor and entrepreneur Ryan Orr.
Zeeshan Naseh, CEO of Connectloud Inc. (Photo: Business Wire)Naseh is a seasoned Silicon Valley technology executive who served nearly 15 years at Cisco Systems, most recently as Director Services. He built Cisco’s cloud services business from whiteboard to global field launch, including its growth to more than $1 billion in revenue. Naseh’s next challenge is to lead Connectloud through the global execution and expansion of its mission to bring simplicity, flexibility and true business value to enterprises and service providers. “We are thrilled to have an executive with Zeeshan’s proven technology and leadership experience to lead the Connectloud team in the next phase of business expansion,” said M. A. Ashraf, head of the Corporate Banking Group at Abu Dhabi Bank and a member of Connectloud’s Board of Advisors. “This is for sure an ‘A’ team, and I am glad to be part of it,” said Morse, a leading figure in technology startups for more than 40 years. “With Zeeshan leading the way, and the track records of advisors who have signed on already, I believe Connectloud is well-positioned to achieve major success.” Naseh said he is excited to lead a team that is already breaking new ground in delivering value to businesses. “Having built businesses all over the world, I can simply say that the Connectloud team is the best I’ve seen,” Naseh said. “I see Ph.D.s sitting and working together with fresh graduates, collaborating and innovating day and night. It is a privilege and honor to lead such a high-velocity, innovative team.”
He described the company’s technology as “highly disruptive, to say the least.”“I see an amazing future where C-level executives will finally get what they have been asking for – the seamless ability to drive accelerated business growth via IT, anywhere,” Naseh said. In addition to Ashraf, who has managed an asset base exceeding $11 billion in 33 years of executive banking, and other senior Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, the following have joined Connectloud’s Board of Advisors:
- Kenneth P. Morse – Morse was Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center from 1996 to 2009. Since 1972, he has been either CEO or head of sales and marketing for six technology startups – five of which went public or were successfully merged. They include 3Com Corp. and Aspen Technology. He is currently on the Board of Advisors of more than a dozen tech startups around the world and serves on the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
- Dr. Ryan J. Orr – Orr is a Stanford University professor, consultant, entrepreneur and investor recognized around the world as an expert in infrastructure and technology. In addition to teaching on infrastructure, finance and entrepreneurship at Stanford, Orr is chairman and co-founder of Zanbato, a technology platform that connects investors with infrastructure deals in emerging and developed markets.
- Dr. Kamil Sarac – Sarac is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas, with specialized research interests that include software-defined networking, computer network and protocols, network security, network and service monitoring and internet measurements. His work in IP multicast monitoring and management domain has been adopted through industrywide peer standardization.