Lumina Networks today announced the addition of three executives to its engineering team. Avinash Parwaney joins Lumina as VP of engineering. In addition, the software-defined networking company has hired Prem Sankar Gopannan as director of engineering and Iyappa Swaminathan as director of technical product management.
Parwaney comes from Cisco, which he joined in 2001 as an engineering technical leader. Over his 17-year-tenure, he was promoted to more senior roles. Most recently he served as senior director of engineering for the service provider software portfolio, working directly with several of Cisco’s largest global customers. Parwaney also serves as a board advisor at Vizru, a startup focused on autonomous applications and workflow automation for enterprises.
Prem Sankar Gopannan joins Lumina from Ericsson where he was principal architect. Sankar Gopannan is well-known in the open source community, currently serving as project team lead for the Kubernetes Integration Project (COE) in OpenDaylight.
And Iyappa Swaminathan comes to Lumina from SDN supplier Nuviso Networks, where he served as a vice president for product management and head of Nuviso’s India operations. Swaminathan has prior engineering development experience at both Cisco and Juniper.
In May 2018, Lumina Networks raised $10 million in Series A Funding led by Verizon Ventures and joined by AT&T and Rahi Systems. The company announced its intention to use the funding to expand product engineering and geographic expansion.