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Ron Parker brings to his role as Affirmed Networks’ Chief Architect more than 25 years of experience in systems architecture, software development, and software management – including stints in all three simultaneously. Ron previously held positions with successful network equipment providers and start-ups, including Chipcom, Cascade Communications, Ascend Communications, Lucent Technologies, Wavesmith Networks, Ciena Corp., Cartiza Networks, and Movik Networks. Ron’s technology expertise includes: large-scale distributed system design, high-performance data plane, queueing and traffic management, signaling and call control, OAM/FCAPS, and service orchestration. In addition to contributions to multiple standards bodies, including active participation with the IETF Service Function Chaining Work Group, he has been awarded more than a dozen U.S. Patents. Ron received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Boston University.