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Gavin Cato

Dell EMC
Senior Vice President of Development Engineering for Networking

Gavin Cato serves as the Senior Vice President of Development Engineering for Networking at Dell EMC.  In this role, he is responsible for the worldwide hardware and software engineering teams that research, design, and develop networking solutions for data center, campus, and service provider customers. He has been instrumental in establishing Dell EMC’s Open Networking and OpenSwitch approach in the transformation to disaggregated networking solutions.

Gavin came to Dell in 2013 from Extreme Networks where he was responsible for global Engineering.  During his tenure, Gavin led initiatives to improve the velocity of development, solution quality, and engineering process efficiency.  Earlier in his career, Gavin has served in a number of key executive positions, including Vice President of Market Development and Corporate Strategy, Vice President of Strategic Solutions, and Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing at Tekelec and Vice President of Product Management at Arsenal Digital Solutions.  Prior to joining Arsenal Digital Solutions, Gavin worked with Nortel Networks, IBM, Duke University Medical Center, and military contracting companies.

Gavin received his BS and MS in electrical engineering and his MBA from Duke University where he later served on the Industrial Board of Advisors for the Fitzpatrick Photonics Center.  He also received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University where he developed algorithm scheduling techniques for digital signal processing algorithms on VLSI architectures.