Industry Insight: Building the Cloud-Native Network of the Future

Intel Cloud-Native NFV vSummit
Release Date:
Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020
Jeni Panhorst, Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Network & Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation
Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President, Data Platforms Group, Chief Technology Officer, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation
Brian Bearden, Assistant Vice President, Network Cloud Design and Delivery Management, AT&T
Eric Vallone, Director of Product Management, Service Provider Solutions, Dell
Guy Daniels, Director of Content, TelecomTV

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Join our panel of industry leaders from Dell, AT&T, and Intel as they discuss the status of communication network functions virtualization and how cloud-native technologies will continue to drive network transformation.


Jeni Panhorst

Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Network & Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation

Jeni Panhorst is a vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Network & Edge Platforms Division at Intel Corporation. She leads the business responsible for delivering silicon, software, and platforms for network and edge computing infrastructure, driving transformation across wireline, wireless, cloud and enterprise networks.

Upon graduating college, Panhorst joined Intel in 1999 as part of the Rotation Engineers Program. Since then, she has held a variety of technical and leadership positions. As platform applications engineer, she drove the creation of the first low-power Intel® Xeon® processors and served as technical account owner for one of Intel’s largest customers. She was a platform application engineering manager in the Embedded Intel Architecture Division where she was responsible for leading a worldwide customer enabling organization. In her role as platform solutions architect, she helped establish the foundation for Intel’s network media processing business. Panhorst also served as the product line director for the Communications Infrastructure Division responsible for defining and marketing Intel products for network infrastructure equipment. More recently, Panhorst was responsible for business, technology, and product strategy for the Network Platforms Group.

Panhorst graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a minor in artificial intelligence from Case Western Reserve University. A strong advocate for causes in education and women in technology, she serves in leadership roles for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Arizona Academic Decathlon Association, National Charity League, and numerous Intel diversity and inclusion initiatives and Arizona community organizations.

Rajesh Gadiyar

Vice President, Data Platforms Group, Chief Technology Officer, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation

Rajesh Gadiyar is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Network Platforms Group and leads the Architecture & Systems Engineering organization. He is focused on delivering a scalable and efficient architecture for next generation communications platforms. He leads the architecture efforts to accelerate Network Function Virtualization (NFV) including 5G infrastructure, Edge Cloud, and AI in Networking.

Since joining Intel in 2000, he has held several positions in engineering, professional services, strategic planning and architecture. Prior to joining Intel, he led various engineering teams at Trillium Digital Systems and Wipro Ltd. He brings several years of experience in networking products, architecture, protocols, standards and software development for voice over IP, cellular, broadband, mobile telephony and data networks. He represents Intel as a governing board member of the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) and Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences.

Rajesh has a bachelor’s degree. in electronics and telecommunications engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Brian Bearden

Assistant Vice President, Network Cloud Design and Delivery Management, AT&T

Brian's professional career spans 28 years in the delivery of advanced software systems such as decision support systems for international purchasing, payroll systems and inventory systems for large manufacturers, business and operational support systems for large telecoms, distributed computing platforms, cloud infrastructure and software defined networking. Brian has contributed both as a individual and as a leader across systems operations, software development, and enterprise architecture and planning. As a leader Brian has led individual software development teams as well as enterprise architects working on large scale integration projects. Over the last five years, Brian has been leading the engineering and delivery management teams engaged in delivering AT&T's Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure for its Software Defined Networking.

Eric Vallone

Director of Product Management, Service Provider Solutions, Dell

Eric Vallone is the Director of Product Management and Architecture for Dell’s Service Provider Solutions organization that is focused on delivering solutions to tele-communication and cloud service providers, including, but not limited to, Mobility, NFV, SDN, Analytics, Next Gen Access and SD-WAN. Eric is a marketing and corporate development executive that has in-depth experience delivering next generation technologies with an emphasis on the service provider industry (cloud, wireline, and wireless). Eric joined Dell in July 2017 after 6 successful years at Cisco where he led product management teams in both the Cloud and Network Services BU and the Service Provider Access / Small Cell Technology BU. Prior to that Eric was Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Actelis Networks. Eric has also held leadership positions at AT&T, ADTRAN, and Paradyne Networks.

Guy Daniels

Director of Content, TelecomTV

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