Kevin Vachon

Kevin Vachon
Chief Operating Officer
Raleigh, NC, USA
US Eastern Time
+ 1 919 886 9986
kevin@mef.net 

Kevin Vachon – Chief Operating Officer

Responsibilities

Kevin leads the MEF recruiting, retention, and member liaison functions including emerging marketing development activities. He coordinates staff and contracted resources required to enable the volunteer activities of the committees and to provide the necessary administrative and IT infrastructures required for the MEF to operate and scale.

Biography

Appointed as MEF COO in 2006, Kevin leads a team that builds, supports and scales the MEF’s ever-increasing mix of global programs activities. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, a senior MEF representative to the press and analyst community and oversees MEF liaison relationships with selected associations, Open Source projects and standards organizations.

During Kevin’s tenure, membership has tripled to over 220 companies, representing 43 countries, Service Provider membership has increased ten fold and MEF certification programs have expanded dramatically. Kevin is also the creator and Executive Director of MEF’s GEN14, 15 and MEF16, 17, and 18 international events.

Kevin held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company from 2003 to 2005 and was President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies, a network equipment manufacturer.


Pascal Menezes    
Chief Technology Officer
Washington, WA, USA
US Pacific Time
+ 1 206 683-9441
pascal@mef.net  

Pascal Menezes – Chief Technology Officer

Responsibilities

In his role as CTO, Pascal leads MEF’s technical strategy and aligns key work programs internally and in conjunction with the open source and SDO partners. Pascal engages with the MEF’s global membership base to ensure that the organization’s strategy and work plans are market-driven, with agility and time to market being prime objectives.


Biography

Pascal is a proven technology thought leader, sales evangelist, product manager and seasoned IP architect with close to 30 years of experience in internetworking, next-generation information systems, and communication architectures. As the founder of TSCM Technology he is focused on the building of cloud scale architectures and real-time media networks using Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). After almost a decade at Microsoft he was Principal Program Manager for Skype for Business leading strategic programs such as SDN, Real Time Media over Wi-Fi and Skype for Business using Azure Express Route with QoS.


Dan Pitt
Senior Vice President
Palo Alto, CA, USA
dan@mef.net 

Dan Pitt – Senior Vice President

Responsibilities

 

Biography

Dan Pitt has been a leading voice of the SDNFV movement since its inception. He served as executive director of ONF from its public launch in March 2011 until September 2016 and since January 2017 has been senior vice president of MEF, driving technical and ecosystem development.

He has relentlessly championed open networking to put more people to work building novel solutions for more customers of all types. He also advises private and public companies to commercialize new ideas and stay abreast of new capabilities.

Prior to ONF he ran and advised startup companies, served as dean of engineering at Santa Clara University, held executive management roles at Nortel Networks and Bay Networks, developed and managed networking technology and HP and IBM, and taught computer science and electrical engineering at Duke and UNC. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.


 

 

Lori Vachin

Lori Vachon 
Director, Global Events & Member Support
Raleigh, NC, USA
US Eastern Time
+ 1 919 322 0200 - Office
+ 1 508 320 2021 - Mobile 
lori@mef.net  

Lori Vachon – Director of Global Events

Responsibilities

Lori oversees global events for the MEF including Quarterly Member Meetings, Global Seminars and she manages our flagship MEF16 event.  Lori also manages our regional marketing team for events management and member support.  In addition, she is the liaison supporting our Board of Directors in all capacities, and is the point of contact for our APAC members.

Biography

Lori has been with the MEF since 2007, starting as Regional Coordinator, after wearing many “hats” supporting our members in various capacities and taking on additional responsibilities she formed MEF’s regional events & member support team.  As Director of Global Events, she has been instrumental managing relationships with event organizers all over the world.  Prior to MEF, Lori held various positions at Boston based Genzyme a leading biotechnology company and Voyager Pharmaceutical in various marketing & events management roles.


Stan Hubbard

Stan Hubbard 
Director of Communications & Research
Richmond, VA USA
US Eastern Time
+ 1 804 639 2224 - Office
+ 1 804 822 6620 - Mobile
stan@mef.net

Stan Hubbard – Director of Communications & Research

Responsibilities

Stan is the MEF’s Director of Communications &  Research and is the Program Director for the MEF16 global networking event.

Biography

Stan is a communications professional with 18 years of experience in industry analysis, forecasting, strategic marketing, and event programming. In 2013, he joined the MEF, where he is directing program development for MEF global networking events, managing industry analyst relations, and developing research and other initiatives to help accelerate CE adoption and LSO development. Prior to the MEF, Stan was a Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, where he focused on CE services and network equipment markets and SDN. He chaired ~20 major Light Reading CE events in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Before Heavy Reading, Stan was the director of market intelligence at Ciena.


Daniel Bar-Lev
Director, Office of the CTO
Maccabim-Reut, Israel
GMT+2
+ 972 52 839 0501
daniel@mef.net

Daniel Bar-Lev – Director, Office of the CTO

Responsibilities

As director in the MEF's Office of the CTO, Daniel is responsible for the development and implementation of a range of strategic MEF programs that are central to MEF's transformation to an agile-process oriented standards development organization. These innovative programs - including the MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects, the MEF Software Developer Community, and the MEFnet global implementation platform - enable MEF's 210+ member companies to implement draft and published service orchestration and definitions work in code, and to make available standardized open APIs that accelerate the availability of highly agile, assured and orchestrated services for today's hyper-connected world.

Biography

Daniel has been involved in the networking industry for 25 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications, as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions. Representing Resolute in the MEF, Daniel served for 3 years as MEF Global Marketing Co-Chair and was elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors. Since 2010, Daniel has been a senior member of the MEF staff.




Alysia Bennett
Manager, Administration
Los Angeles, CA, USA
US Pacific Time
+1 (310) 642-2800
alysia@mef.net

Alysia Bennett – Manager, Administration

Responsibilities

Alysia oversees all of the administrative needs of the MEF, including but not limited to, office management, accounts payable and receivables, member services, and event support. 


Kirby Russell
Director, Technical Services
Ojai, CA, USA
US Pacific Time
+1 (805) 660-1563
kirby@mef.net 

Kirby Russell – Director, Technical Services

Responsibilities

Kirby manages our all IT efforts for MEF including our public and member sites, Ethernet Academy, related systems architectures and the environment for technical programs. Kirby also provides the graphic design, video production and editing requirements for MEF.


Katie Billand
Events Manager
Raleigh, NC, USA
US Eastern Time
+ 1 848 235 4990
katie@mef.net 

Katie Billand – Events Manager

Responsibilities

Katie is the Project Lead for MEF18 facilities & logistics.  She is also involved with sponsor on-boarding and speaker management deliverables for MEF18.  In addition to MEF18, she will be managing deliverables associated with planning & execution of MEF's Quarterly Member Meetings.

Biography

Katie joined MEF in 2017 and brings over 10 years experience working in the events field.  Prior to joining MEF, she most recently worked for Pennsylvania based, Ashfield Meetings & Events as Project Account Manager, where their focus was planning global events for various pharmaceutical companies.  


Tom Dickson
Technical Support Specialist
National City, CA, USA
US Pacific Time
+ 1 858 663 9544
tom@mef.net 

Tom Dickson – Technical Support Specialist

Responsibilities

Tom provides support on all our mission-critical platforms including this Wiki, the MEF public site, the MEF App, SalesForce, Exchange, along with member and internal support. Support inquiries can be directed to Tom.

Biography

Tom joined MEF in 2014 to assist with the technical support, both internally and for the members. Previously he has handled corporate IT and facilities management for Finarta and CTS, including data center server configuration, along with managing the US technical support division of Tandberg Data.

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