Shailesh is the CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors at Aryaka. Most recently, at Google, he built a fast-growing multi-billion-dollar business in Cloud Networking, Security and Telecom as the VP/GM. Shailesh has deep roots in Silicon Valley, in senior leadership roles in startups and at-scale companies. In the startup world, Shailesh helped raise $140M as the Chief Operating Officer at Instart Logic, a fast-growing startup ranked #1 startup to work for in America by Glassdoor and Business Insider. In addition to Google, Shailesh was Vice President and General Manager of several multi-billion dollar routing businesses at Cisco Systems. He has also helped in leadership roles at Neustar, Redback Networks and Juniper Networks.

Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area 22 years ago, Shailesh was a management consultant based in Boston at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver-Wyman) and Booz-Allen. He started his career as a software engineer at Sprint Corporation in Kansas City.

Shailesh holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and an MBA (SM) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

He has previously served on the Boards of Openwave Mobility, Telica Systems, @Home Solutions, and Merlin Systems. Shailesh is a Charter member of TiE and advises multiple startup companies. He currently sits on the board at, which runs the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco.