Silver Peak Founder and CEO David Hughes Recognized on CRN’s 2016 List of Top 100 Executives

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 2, 2016 – Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named David Hughes, Founder & CEO of Silver Peak, to its 2016 list of Top 100 Executives. This annual list recognizes leaders from the technology industry who have played an integral role in shaping today’s IT channel, whether by driving huge cultural shifts, creating rich new opportunities or forging innovative new routes to success.

With a passion and drive to build a better WAN, Dr. David Hughes, launched Silver Peak in 2004, where he led the development of the company’s flagship WAN optimization solutions. Since then, David has taken the company from start-up to industry leader by innovating in anticipation of major technology transitions, and successfully leading the company into a new, high growth, market category.  As enterprises migrated applications from the data center to the cloud, Dr. Hughes predicted the need for what has become known as the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). This insight gave Silver Peak a significant head start in building the most complete SD-WAN solutions available today.  

Today, global enterprises across 77 countries rely on Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions to provide secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport technologies without compromising application performance. Enterprises realize dramatic cost reductions, greater business agility and faster time to value for strategic business initiatives.

“The executives on our 2016 Top 100 list have led their companies to extraordinary achievements, both technological and entrepreneurial,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “We congratulate each of this year’s Top 100 Executives and celebrate their trailblazing contributions to the advancement of the IT channel.”

“David’s ability to design, build and drive a technology vision into a new market is unparalleled across the networking industry,” said John Vincenzo, SVP & CMO of Silver Peak. “Over a decade ago, David saw the opportunity to launch Silver Peak into the hot WAN optimization market and has since evolved the company’s vision well ahead of the market to drive a new wave of innovation with the most complete SD-WAN solution portfolio available today. The success of the company is rooted in David’s strategic technical vision and ability to operationally execute in a highly competitive global marketplace.”

The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2016 issue of CRN and online at  

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About Silver Peak

Silver Peak is the leader in building software-defined WANs (SD-WANs). Silver Peak enables enterprises and service providers to flexibly and securely connect users to applications via the most cost-effective and highest performing WAN connectivity available. With Silver Peak’s solutions, customers can augment or replace MPLS networks with secure broadband connectivity, leveraging existing WAN investments while dramatically reducing WAN costs and complexity. Customers benefit from unprecedented levels of visibility, control and security over all traffic traversing the WAN, while improving application and network performance. With Silver Peak, sites can be rapidly and non-disruptively expanded, moved or changed as business demands evolve. Learn more at

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