Veteran financial executive to help facilitate Aryaka’s rapid global growth and expansion
MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 19, 2015 – Aryaka®, the leading ‘As-A-Service’ provider of WAN Optimization, Network, Application Delivery and Cloud Networks, announced today that Kelly Hicks will join the company’s leadership team as Chief Financial Officer. Reporting to Aryaka president and CEO Ajit Gupta, Hicks will be charged with building out world-class finance and administrative functions to help lead and provide the scale needed to support Aryaka’s rapid global growth.
Mr. Hicks brings over twenty-five years business and financial leadership experience, including CFO roles at global public and private companies in the software and hardware technology sectors. His expertise includes scaling rapid-growth businesses, leading strategic acquisitions, securing equity and debt financing, and transitioning businesses from private to public entities.
“Kelly Hicks is an accomplished financial and operational executive with significant expertise in the technology space, and with fast-growth companies like Aryaka,” said Ajit Gupta, president and CEO of Aryaka. ”He is an important and highly valued addition to our leadership team. Financial and operational excellence is critical as we accelerate global growth and embark on the next stage of our business expansion.”
Prior to joining Aryaka, Mr. Hicks was Head of Corporate Finance at Atlona, Inc., where he led finance and operational functions to deliver record revenues and profit for the company. As Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at Chordiant Software, he provided leadership guidance during a rapid growth phase prior to its sale to Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA). As CFO at Tahoe Networks, he was instrumental to its sale to Nokia (NYSE: NOK). Mr. Hicks also held senior financial positions with Puma, Inc. (NASD: PUMA) and The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (NASD: SCOC) during both companies’ successful IPOs.
Hicks holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Chico.
Aryaka is the world’s first and only global, private, optimized, secure and on demand network that delivers simplicity and agility to address all enterprise connectivity and application performance needs for better collaboration, communication and business productivity. Aryaka eliminates the need for costly WAN appliances or long-haul private MPLS links. Aryaka’s premier WAN Optimization as-a-Service accelerates any application to any location on one optimized network. Aryaka’s Network as-a-Service provides organizations an optimized network with QoS for instant and reliable business connectivity. Aryaka’s Network OnDemand provides organizations with flexibility, agility, connectivity and optimization worldwide. Aryaka’s Cloud Network as-a-Service provides organizations an optimized and fully meshed network to cloud services. Aryaka’s Application Delivery as-a-Service enables distributed business users to quickly access centralized enterprise applications and Cloud resources from anywhere in the world over a private CDN built for the enterprise. All services provide end-to-end visibility with 24×7 world-class support. To learn more, visit www.aryaka.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.