Roundup: Ridge, Wiliot, NS1 add to exec lineups

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Roundup: Ridge, Wiliot, NS1 add to exec lineups

Infrastructure and IoT companies Ridge, Wiliot, and NS1 have been busy adding to their executive teams in February.

Ridge, a startup that provides an edge cloud service that is optimized for Kubernetes-based architectures, is adding to its executive team after having recently secured a $22M round of funding. Ridge has hired Sean Casey as Chief Sales Officer to help expand the company’s global growth efforts.

Casey most recently served as SVP of worldwide sales and business development for ECI, a provider of managed IT services, technology solutions to the financial services industry. Casey previously held senior go-to-market positions with Turbonomic, Zerto, and Cloud Cruiser, leading numerous cloud modernization and cloud adoption initiatives across private, public, and hybrid deployments.

“From my experience, I know that the centralized cloud model, in which a few cloud hyperscalers host the majority of cloud-based deployments, is no longer able to handle the cloud-native needs of many enterprises,” Casey said in a prepared statement. Ridge’s hybrid cloud platform “Unifies deployments across locations and enables application owners to meet the challenges of latency, data sovereignty, and geographic network diversity,” he added.

Wiliot adds former AWS exec as CPO

Wiliot, an IoT company that provides “self-powered, stamp-sized computers,” named Manish Bansal as Chief Product Officer.

Bansal joins the company after a 15-year career with Amazon, and will be responsible for developing and scaling Wiliot’s IoT platform. The platform is used to manage the company’s IoT Pixel technology which is self-powered by harvesting the energy from the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radio waves.

Prior to joining Wiliot, Bansal served as Amazon’s director and general manager in supply chain optimization technology organization, leading Amazon’s EDI platform, dropship business, and inbound supply chain product and technology teams. He managed over 450 employees across 10 countries and was directly responsible for the planning and execution of Amazon’s global supply chain solutions.

“Based on my experience at Amazon, I understand the potential Wiliot offers in equipping global supply chains with real-time transparency. New levels of efficiency will increase profitability, reduce waste, and bolster sustainability for companies across all markets,” stated Bansal.

NS1 adds engineering, product and business execs to team

NS1, a provider of managed DNS services and application traffic intelligence and automation, added to its executive team. New hires included Dawn Glamm as senior vice president of engineering and operations, Reginald Best as vice president of product management and marketing, Bill Lapcevic as senior vice president of business development, and Mark Coleman as general manager of NetBox.

Given NS1’s goal of helping enterprises manage application traffic from cloud to edge locations, the engineering and product roles are of particular importance within the company. Glamm previously served as vice president of software engineering at Forcepoint and senior director of firewall engineering at both Intel and McAfee. Best has served as chief product officer at FireMon and also served as president and chief operating officer of ProtonMedia, a SaaS enterprise collaboration startup, and was the founder and CEO of Netilla Networks, a provider of SSL VPN technology.

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