Executive Team

Mike Aquino

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mike AquinoMike has had a successful and distinguished career in the telecommunications and information technology industry with over 30 years of experience.  Mike joined Overture from Ciena Corporation, where he held a number of executive positions, including Senior VP of Global Field Operations, General Manager of Global Government Solutions, and VP of Americas. During Mike’s tenure at Ciena, the company’s annual revenue grew from approximately $350 Million in 2002 to more than $1.74 Billion in 2011.  He also assisted Ciena with the integration of multiple acquisitions, including World Wide Packets and Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks business. Prior to Ciena, Mike held leadership positions at ONI Systems (acquired by Ciena), Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks), and IBM Corporation. Mr. Aquino holds a B.A. in psychology from Cathedral College, Queens, NY.   

Prayson Pate

Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, R&D

Prayson PatePrayson co-founded Overture and brings more than 28 years of experience developing software and hardware for networking products to the Company. He began his career in 1983 at FiberLAN, moved to Bell Northern Research (Nortel) and joined Larscom in 1992. He has extensive hardware/software design and management experience, and served as Director of Engineering at Larscom before co-founding Overture. Prayson is active in standards bodies such as the MEF and IETF, and he was chosen to be the co-editor of the pseudowire emulation edge-to-edge (PWE3) requirements and architecture documents (RFCs 3916 and 3985). Prayson holds a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and an MS in electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He holds nine patents.

Chris Swan

Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Service

Chris has over 24 years of experience as a senior executive in the global information and telecommunications technology industry.  Chris joins Overture from Narus Corporation where he held the position of Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Delivery.  Prior to Narus, he held senior executive positions at Syndesis, Spirent and Hekimian.  With a strong customer focus, Chris has led the sale and delivery of over $1.2 billion in technology solutions around the globe.  He specializes in helping privately funded start-ups find their market edge and grow into profitable, high-value businesses.  Chris has helped generate over $1.8 billion in shareholder value through the sale of his last three ventures. 

Chris holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Accounting from Virginia Tech.  He has also received executive training from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School.

Barry Shapiro

Vice President, Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Barry is responsible for global operations including all manufacturing, supply chain and logistics functions.  He brings over 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles at OEM’s and in the contract manufacturing industry, including Hatteras Networks, EMC2, Celestica and Creation Technologies.  Barry’s industry exposure includes telecommunications, infrastructure, industrial controls, servers and data storage with implementations in North America, Europe and Asia.  A native of Boston, Barry holds an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Keith Donahue

Vice President, Product Line Management and Customer Service

Keith DonahueBefore joining Overture, Keith led the network services business unit of Aviat networks, a provider of wireless network solutions, where he grew revenue and profitability for maintenance and support services and built Aviat’s global professional service and field service delivery capabilities. Before moving into services leadership, he led product line management for Aviat. Previously, Keith drove several new business and product programs for Harris Corporation. From 1997 to 2000, he was European Marketing Manager, based in the U.K. Keith has also held product management assignments at Premisys Communications (acquired by Zhone Technologies) and AiT (acquired by 3Com). He holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a Master of Business Administration from University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Sunil Menon

Vice President and General Manager, Overture India

Sunil Menon

Sunil has had a successful career spanning more than 20 years in leadership roles in the telecom and networking industry. He has extensive experience in building carrier class as well as large-scale enterprise products and solutions. He began his career in 1992 at Motorola Codex, subsequently moving to Cascade Communications. Sunil was a member of the founding team in 1997 at Sonus Networks, a leader in Carrier Class VoIP equipment. He moved to Bangalore in 2005, to setup and lead the Engineering Center for Sonus Networks in India. Prior to joining Overture, Sunil was Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems, Bangalore, where his responsibilities spanned software engineering, product management and sales enablement within the Collaboration Technology Group. Sunil has a B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an M.S (Computer Engineering) from Clemson University, SC.  He holds 3 patents.

D. Mark Durrett

Vice President, Marketing

D. Mark Durrett

Mark has over 20 years of experience in marketing, product management and engineering leadership roles with entrepreneurial growth-stage communications companies.  At Overture, Mark is responsible for driving market strategy, customer communications, market communications, brand awareness and industry relations. Mark is also the publisher and executive editor of CarrierEthernetNews.com, currently serves as the global marketing co-chair of the MEF and is a contributor the Open Networking Foundation and the ETSI NFV study group. Prior to joining Overture, Mark has led engineering and marketing efforts at industry pioneers such as Hatteras Networks (co-founder), Covelight Systems, NetEdge Systems and Wandel & Goltermann. Mark holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Betsy Creech

Vice President, Human Resources

Betsy CreechBetsy has more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of human resources positions. Prior to joining Overture, Betsy established and led the human resources efforts for several local startup companies in the technology sector. Her experience includes years of providing consulting services to a broad range of organizations on various human resources initiatives. Before working with smaller, emerging growth companies, Betsy spent almost 10 years at Alcatel Network Systems (now Alcatel Lucent) where she held a number of positions. In her last role at Alcatel, Betsy was the senior director of human resources where she and her team supported Alcatel's North Carolina operations during a period of explosive growth and transition. Betsy started her career in human resources at Data General Corporation (now EMC) after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BS in psychology and industrial relations.

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