LightRiver names Travis Ewert as COO

07 November 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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LightRiver Software, a multivendor telecoms network software provider, has appointed Travis Ewert as its new chief operating officer (COO).

Ewert is considered a network automation industry leader and will immediately be responsible for strategically scaling the business while at the same time enhancing the company’s solution set and customer experience.

"The opportunity we have at LightRiver to lead the next wave of innovation and network transformation is tremendous, and I am thrilled to join the team," said Ewert. “With netFLEX already deployed for SDN Optical Domain Control in Tier 1 Wireline and Wireless carriers, Global Datacenter and Exchange Providers, Global Cloud/FANG, investor-owned Utility Operators, along with our unique relationships with leading packet optical vendors, we are well positioned. With these relationships in place and the netFLEX platform, we will lead the charge for customer and digital experience advancements for network automation and programmable networking.”

He enters the role with more than 20-years’ experience a technology executive championing network programmability and control. His career began as a network technologist in 1994 were he focused on network architecture, technology strategy and network software development. In 2008, he entered his first executive roles with TW Telecom. Level 3 Communications and CenturyLink.

"Travis' experience and passion for software-defined networks, and deep understanding of the positive impact it can make on customer operations, fit perfectly into LightRiver's long term strategy to de-risk the adoption of best-in-class, next generation networks as our customers move into new technologies and network domains under the coming wave of disaggregation," said Glenn Johansen, CEO of LightRiver.

During his long career, Ewert was directly involved with a number of industry fists for network and service automation, as well as on-demand use cases as made available to the operation or directly to end customers.

“Whether a client operates a legacy network, a leading edge or bleeding edge network, or the most common multigeneration network, they all benefit under the leadership Travis will provide,” adds Mike Jonas, president of global customer operations, LightRiver.