Cisco CTO and Chief Architect Dave Ward Joins PacketFabric as CEO


  • Dave previously served a distinguished career as the Chief Technology Officer of Engineering, Chief Architect and Senior Vice President at Cisco’s Networking and Security Business
  • PacketFabric fundamentally changes how enterprises can consume communications services by offering global “on-demand” Networking-As-A-Service provisioning, coupled with innovative services and consumption-driven business models
  • Dave’s leadership experience and business acumen enhances PacketFabric’s executive experience with keen insights on technology architecture that will unify and advance strategic co-innovative partnerships and programs for PacketFabric, its enterprise-customers and partners alike

San Jose, CA – April 21, 2020 – PacketFabric, an innovator in fast, adjustable-on-demand connectivity for enterprise customers and a portfolio company of Digital Alpha Advisors, today announced Dave Ward will be joining as Chief Executive Officer. Dave joins PacketFabric from Cisco, where he was the company’s Chief Technology Officer of Engineering, Chief Architect and a Senior Vice President at Cisco’s Networking and Security Business.

Upon joining, Dave said “I could not be more excited to join PacketFabric at this critical juncture in the company’s trajectory. During a career spanning over two decades in the telecommunications and networking sectors, I’ve been privileged to drive innovation for Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. PacketFabric is fundamentally rethinking enterprise and service communications in a way that others have not. I’ve been very impressed with PacketFabric’s technology, go-to-market and business models, strong customer feedback and unique talent. I believe PacketFabric can lead and positively disrupt the next phase of transformation for the networking industry. I’m honored and excited to lead the company at this critical time in Internet history.”

Digital Alpha Managing Partner Rick Shrotri added, “Dave is an industry luminary and one of the very few ‘Big Internet’ architectural systems thinkers, and we are fortunate to attract him to PacketFabric. He brings unmatched networking and telecommunications expertise, business acumen and senior industry relationships. Under Dave’s guidance, I am even more excited about PacketFabric’s growth potential. We believe Dave is the right leader to transform the industry with PacketFabric.”

Dave brings impressive breadth and depth of experience and industry relationships to PacketFabric. As head of Cisco’s Chief Technology and Architecture Office, Dave led Cisco’s core innovation programs, unifying and advancing strategic co-innovation partnerships and programs with internal business units and external customers, partners, government, developers, academia, standards and open-source groups. These extensive relationships will be invaluable to PacketFabric as it looks to expand into new product and markets through partnerships and joint ventures.

These co-innovation programs continuously reinvented and enhanced the capabilities of the Internet by creating new offerings and technologies inside and outside Cisco’s traditional product portfolio. Dave and his engineering teams built numerous hardware and software products, including networking orchestration and automation, virtualized and cloud-native services, cloud networking and security products, 5G Networking and system architectures, and IoT-based solutions for smart cities, healthcare, conservation, media and entertainment. Dave also led architectural governance, technology strategy and development, and university research.

PacketFabric is fortunate to be led by a network architecture leader recognized for advancing the capabilities of the Internet the past two and a half decades. Dave joined Cisco in 1999 when the company acquired the Internet Engineering Group. He is also one of two individuals to be both Cisco and Juniper Fellows working on the operating system and next-generation routing systems, including ASICS, Optics, and network APIs and SDN.

Dave holds hundreds of patents. His pioneering advances and industry leadership around Software Defined Networks (SDN), Cloud Networking, and Network Function Virtualization has led to the formation and progress of numerous open-source, networking, and standards organizations. He has helped catalyze the movement of the networking industry into Open Source by spearheading the major projects that are now foundational in the industry. He served on the Boards of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, Advanced Imaging Society, Linux Foundation, Linux Foundation Networking, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector, Governmental Advisory boards and Open Networking Foundation.

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About PacketFabric, Inc.

PacketFabric redefines how companies procure, consume, and manage their network connectivity services. Leveraging an innovative, entirely automated SDN-based network architecture and a private, secure network utilizing the latest in optical and packet switching technology, PacketFabric enables dynamic, real-time connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation facilities at terabit-scale. A game-changing consumption model invented by PacketFabric moves how customers can use and pay for Internet services. PacketFabric facilitates private network connectivity between more than 160 premier colocation facilities across 23 global markets, and enables simple, cost-effective, and scalable network deployment via its advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal. For more information, please visit

About Digital Alpha Advisors, LLC

Digital Alpha is an investment firm focused on digital infrastructure and services required by the digital economy, with a strategic collaboration agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc. As part of this agreement, Digital Alpha has preferred access to Cisco’s pipeline of commercial opportunities requiring equity financing. Digital Alpha believes that it is the first fund focused on making private equity investments in the significant growth opportunities required to underpin the Digital Economy, including smart cities, next generation networks, and enterprise data management and communication solutions. For more information, please visit

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