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Management


Ben Askarinam – Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Askarinam’s visionary perspective combined with his operational focus and customers first approach over a period of two decades has built Interface Masters Technologies, Inc. into a premier supplier of market-leading network equipment solutions, sold primarily to OEM customers, serving cutting-edge new companies to major industry-leading suppliers. Over a decade ago, Ben made the decision to invest in software for a new family of Network Visibility solutions, for the OEM channel. As end customers started buying products directly, Ben began planning the spin off Niagara Networks as a world-class end user-focused company to meet the visibility, network monitoring enablement, and networking security requirements of enterprises and service providers.

Before founding Interface Masters Technologies, Ben served in engineering and executive roles at Xerox Corporation.


Bill Kish – Chief Technology Officer

Bill leads the architecture and engineering organization, and is responsible for strategy and implementation of Niagara’s product family. Previously Bill founded Coyote Point Systems, Inc. a provider of Network Access Controllers and Load Balancer products, and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer until the company was acquired by Fortinet, Inc. Previously he served as President of Brown Cow Engineering, Inc., which developed software for UNIX systems, from internals to file systems, networking and Web technologies. Before that, Bill created technology for IBM's Olympic Web server, which used with the Deep Blue vs. Kasparov chess competition and for IBM's multimedia server distributed file system. Bill has a B.S. degree from Fordham University and an M.S.C.S. from Columbia University.


Shay Morag – Vice President, Global Sales & Business Development

Shay leads Niagara’s sales, business development and technical support activities in the United States, Canada, Central, South America, and APAC. Shay is a Silicon Valley veteran of the Telecommunications, Data Communications and Information Technology industries. Prior to Niagara Networks, he served as Director of Sales, Business Development and Partners for MRV Communications. Previously he was founder CEO, and Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Bright Networks, providing Test & Measurement solutions to large enterprises and Service Providers. Before that, Shay held key leadership roles in executive sales management, business development and customer experience at telecommunications equipment provider Radcom Ltd. Shay has a B.A. degree and is a candidate for M.A. from Fairleigh Dickenson University.


Hanan Klainer – Vice President, EMEA

Hanan leads sales, business development and technical support for Niagara in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Previously he was Vice President of Sales for the EMEA region of Interface Masters Technologies. Before that Hanan served as Vice President of Sales for Radcom Ltd. Earlier in his career, Hanan served in executive sales, marketing management and technical marketing in Scopus Video Networks (acquired by Harmonic) and Orbotec. Mr. Klainer has a B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tel Aviv University and an Executive M.B.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


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