Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) is the Chief Marketing Officer for Extreme Networks, responsible for global marketing. An award-winning inventor of social technologies and customer services operations, Afshar is a two-time Stevie Award winner stemming from his previous leadership of the company's Support organization, and is considered a pioneer in cloud computing, social collaboration, business intelligence and customer relationship management.
Afshar is a recognized social media advocate, having been the keynote of several industry events including Salesforce’s “Dreamforce 2012.” His thought-leadership has been sought after by leading publications including Forbes, The Economist, ZDNet and many more. To his credit, Vala was recently named by InformationWeek as one of the “Top 10 Social Business Leaders,” Oct 2012 and recognized by Forbes as one of the “Industry Leaders Shaping CRM,” Oct 2012. Vala was also named “2012 Top 50 Men in Technology on Twitter” by Blue Focus Marketing.
Afshar recently co-authored a book entitled “The Pursuit of Social Business.” He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.