Embrane’s mission is to accelerate network agility and security through application-centric networking solutions


Bill Burns
President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill Burns is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Embrane, responsible for leading the team as they capitalize on their position as the leader in delivering application-centric network services and virtual appliance lifecycle management. Bill leverages his nearly three decades of experience to turn Embrane’s vision into market reality by driving overall execution, growing Embrane’s existing customer base, and accelerating the development of its ecosystem of partners to leverage Embrane’s products and solutions.

Prior to joining Embrane, Bill was CEO of Spirent Communications plc, a global leader in test and measurement solutions within development labs, communications networks and IT organizations.  At Spirent, he was responsible for the overall direction of the company, including its strategy, financial performance, investments, acquisitions, and leveraging Spirent’s breadth and depth of technology. Under his leadership, Spirent grew revenue and profitability, and became a market share leader across each of its market segments.   

Earlier in his tenure at Spirent, Bill was executive vice president of the Communications Group and also served as president, Service Assurance Broadband and was responsible for global sales and corporate marketing across all divisions. In these roles he drove critical business changes to improve profitability and grow market share.

Bill also has held several executive leadership positions at Tellabs Inc. including senior vice president, Global Marketing; senior vice president - Europe Middle East and Africa; and vice president, Competitive Service Provider Sales. In these roles, Bill led the strategic planning, marketing, sales, financial and operational efforts for multi-million dollar operations.

Bill holds an Associate degree in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from College Misericordia and a Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University.

What Bill enjoys most is spending time with his family. When not working, he can be found with family and friends fishing, skiing, traveling and golfing on occasion. Giving back to the community is also important to Bill as shown by his volunteer efforts associated with the American Heart Association and Bellarmine Dads’ Club.

Dante Malagrinò
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer

Born and raised in Italy, Dante is the co-founder and chief product officer of Embrane, where he leads and inspires the team to ensure the products continue to provide real value to customers; challenge the status quo in networking; and make the company’s vision a reality.

His professional life before that is pretty simple: a little over 10 years at Cisco.  He was part of one of the most successful teams at Cisco, building the Catalyst 6500 family of switches. He later became part of the founding team of Andiamo, a spin-off that Cisco created to enter and disrupt the storage networking market. 

More recently, he led the worldwide marketing campaign for Cisco’s Data Center 3.0 strategy.  While at Cisco he wore several hats: engineer, product manager, marketing manager and sales manager.  He even spent three years in Europe, evangelizing Cisco’s Data Center story to the market. 

Dante holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and several patents in the areas of networking, storage and data center infrastructure. He also has experience as spokesperson with press, analysts and investors and he represented Cisco in several official industry organizations, such as SNIA Europe.

When he is not thinking about how to power the agile network, Dante enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and cooking homemade pizza from scratch.

Marco Di Benedetto
Co-Founder, CTO

Born and raised in Italy, Marco was always looking to do or create something new.  It’s that mentality that has driven Marco throughout his career, and it’s what led Marco to co-found Embrane.  As the company’s chief technology officer (CTO), Marco is responsible for the vision and execution of creating the industry’s first distributed software platform for virtual network services. 

He has over 13 years of experience in the networking industry. He spent eight years in software development, starting at Cisco with the Catalyst 6000 product line, where he architected the software infrastructure for high availability and created enhancements to the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) that are now considered table stakes of any implementation (among others, IEEE 802.1s, Root Guard and Loop Guard).

As a member of the founding team of Andiamo Systems, he architected SAN-OS, the operating system for the MDS platform, now re-branded as NX-OS and used as the primary data center operating system on Cisco Nexus devices.

After one year as network consulting engineer for Cisco in the Asia Pacific region, he joined Nuova Systems in 2007 as a senior member of the Technical Marketing team. In his role at Nuova and later at Cisco, Marco focused on the definition of a Cisco-wide technology roadmap for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), as well as on solutions for designing 10Gb/s Ethernet networks in the data center.

Marco earned a Masters in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and has a portfolio of 20 patents.  When he’s not working around the clock, guiding the Embrane R&D team, Marco enjoys reading subjects from history and foreign policy to cognitive sciences and linguistics.  Fond of his past experience in China, he also never misses the opportunity to learn more about the country’s language, culture, and history.

Jon Beck
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations

Jon is Embrane’s senior vice president, Worldwide Field Operations, overseeing all aspects of the company’s sales and field operations strategy and execution.

An Internet infrastructure industry veteran of 18 years, Jon comes to Embrane from Dimension Data where he managed global sales and field operations for the company’s Cloud Business Unit, which included the former OpSource and Blue Fire Australian lines of business. Prior to its acquisition by Dimension Data in 2011, Jon managed global field operations for OpSource and built the company’s industry-leading cloud channel program. 

Before joining OpSource, Jon was chief operating officer (COO) at Pandora Networks, a leading VoIP messaging company, managing marketing, sales and field support in the United States and Europe.

Earlier in his career, he held executive and senior management positions at Global Center (acquired by Exodus), Genuity (acquired by Level 3 Communications), Aurema (acquired by Citrix), Netcom (acquired by EarthLink) Critical Path. He has managed zero to multi-million dollar growth, built and managed sales teams and supported product launches and field operations in all regions across the globe.  In 2010 and 2011 he was recognized by CRN magazine as one the leading channel executives or “Channel Chiefs.”

Jon earned his Bachelor of Art in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on several non-profit boards and is an active volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis. Jon also is a working member of the Screen Actors Guild appearing in numerous national TV advertisements.

Susheel Chitre
Vice President, Business Development

Susheel Chitre is Embrane’s vice president, Business Development and leads the company’s partnership initiatives. Susheel leverages his more than 20 years of business development and sales experience in the data center and networking industry to build Embrane’s ecosystem of technology and strategic partners as well as to define Embrane’s channel go to market initiatives.

Most recently, Susheel was the director of Cloud Go To Market at Cisco, creating and launching Cisco’s very successful Cloud Partner Program recruiting over 200 partners worldwide to deliver private and public cloud offers.  He was also responsible for Cisco’s OEM business development efforts, which included more than 40 partners. He was recently named by CRN magazine as one of the 100 channel execs to know.

Prior to Cisco, Susheel was at Andiamo Systems driving their partnership and business development efforts with all major storage vendors and technology and ISV partners.

He has held various roles from systems engineering, sales and strategic alliances in the data center space with Cray Research and Silicon Graphics and Brocade.

Susheel holds Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the MS University of Baroda, India.

When he is not working or spending time with his daughter, he is an avid hiker and photographer.

Krish Garimella
Vice President, Engineering

Krish Garimella is Embrane’s Vice President of Engineering, overseeing the company’s product development. 

Krish has over 20 years of experience in the Systems and Datacenter management software. He has led the development of various successful enterprise products in the Systems Management space.

Krish comes to Embrane from IBM, where he held senior leadership positions in the Global Technology Services Division. In that capacity, Krish helped create managed services for the Cloud - including SaaS-based data and systems management and service management (ITSM). He also helped transform the organization around the “API Economy” for increased agility. Previously, he held leadership positions in the Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure Division responsible for the IT Service Management product line. 

Prior to IBM, Krish was the co-founder of Collation, which created the industry’s first dynamic configuration management database (CMDB). He led the engineering organization through the concept, development and successful market adoption of the product. Collation was acquired by IBM in 2006.

Before that, Krish held various leadership and consulting positions with software and networking companies including Covad, Silicon Graphics, Lockheed AI Center, Versant and Intel.

He has a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University, and a Bachelor of Engineering from NIT, Trichy, India. He holds several patents in the area of systems and configuration management.

When not thinking about work, Krish can be found tinkering with maker technologies for Robotics and Drones. He loves to bike, cook, golf and travel with his wife and daughter and experience new cultures and history.

Tom Nosella
Chief Strategy Officer

Tom Nosella is Embrane’s chief strategy officer (CSO) and only “canuck” on the executive team. As CSO, Tom is responsible for providing expertise in the development and implementation of Embrane’s technologies and architectures as they relate to current and future market opportunities.   Tom has more than 18 years of experience in data center architecture, large-scale networks, and Internet service provider network engineering.

Prior to joining Embrane, Tom spent 11 years at Cisco Systems.  He was most recently senior director of Engineering within the Data Center Switching Business Unit, an organization responsible for LAN, HPC server fabric, and storage switching products and solutions.  Tom enjoyed leading a highly skilled team of engineers responsible for the creation, validation, and promotion of intelligent and scalable data center designs and solutions for Cisco’s enterprise and service provider customer base. 

Tom was also one of the initial members of Andiamo Systems where was instrumental in driving the product architecture and the adoption of solutions based on the newly minted MDS 9000 Family of SAN switching products.  This effort helped drive Cisco into a leadership position within the storage networking market.  Prior to working on storage networking at Cisco, Tom led enterprise solution design teams focused on large-scale Ethernet design, server farm design, and content delivery networking.  Tom holds five issued U.S. patents in data center networking technology.

Tom started his career at Bell Canada in Ottawa, where he served as director of Engineering, leading a network engineering team responsible for the design, rollout, and management of large-scale national routed networks.

Tom resides in West Vancouver, BC.  When not heavily immersed in technology or sitting in seat 22A, Tom thoroughly enjoys spending time with his young family growing up in the great white north. Tom is also an avid woodworker, gardener, and photographer, although having much less time for these activities now with a growing family and exciting new role.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  He is also a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) #1395 having been certified since 1995.