Viptela, a software-defined WAN company, announced the appointment of Praveen Akkiraju as its new CEO. Most recently Akkiraju was at VCE, a division of Dell EMC. Prior to VCE, he spent more than 19 years at Cisco in various roles of increasing responsibility.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. announced that Mihir Patel has joined as the company’s new executive VP and chief risk officer. Patel previously held risk-related leadership roles at Capital One Bank. He has also held senior executive leadership roles at PNC Bank and practiced corporate law at a top tier international law firm.

Skyhigh Networks, a cloud access security broker, named Abhay Solapurkar as VP of global support and customer success. Solapurkar was previously at ServiceNow, Zscaler, Symantec, SonicWALL and Force10 networks.

Vikram Pawah has been appointed as the president of BMW Group India, effective March 1. Pawah started his career at Jay Engineering Works in India and has held multiple leadership positions within Honda Cars in India and Australia. Most recently, he was the managing director of Harley-Davidson India. Pawah graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from Delhi University and holds an M.B.A. from Victoria University in Melbourne.

Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage VC firm, named S. Somasegar managing director. Somasegar joined Madrona in November 2015 as a venture partner following more than 25 years at Microsoft. He holds a master's degree from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's degree from Guindy Engineering College at Anna University in Chennai. He also received an honorary doctorate from Anna University for accomplishments in the fields of technology and computer science.

Sysorex, an indoor positioning and data analytics company, announced that Soumya Das has joined the company as chief marketing officer. Previously, Das was at Identiv, SecureAuth, CrownPeak, LogicalApps, IXOS, FileNet and Continuus.

• Dr. Nadeem Dhanani, medical director of Urology at Modernizing Medicine, has been elected as the newest member of the Electronic Health Record Association Executive Committee by the HIMSS EHRA. The EHR Association is a trade association comprised of experts and thought leaders from companies across the healthcare industry that provides the vast majority of operational EHR systems to physician practices and hospitals across the United States.

Everbridge Inc., a global software company that provides critical communications and enterprise safety applications to help keep people safe and businesses running, named Vick Vaishnavi as GM of IT Alerting and IoT. Vaishnavi co-authored eight patents in enterprise IT management software. He has worked at Yottaa, EMC’s RSA security division, Aveksa, BMC Software’s ESM division and BladeLogic.

Mobileum, a market leading provider of roaming systems and analytics solutions for telecom business transformation, named Arun Sarin to its board of directors. Sarin was the former CEO of telecom giant Vodafone Group plc. He also serves on the board of directors of Ola Cabs, Cisco Systems, Charles Schwab and Accenture. He has previously served on numerous boards, including The Gap Inc. and Safeway Inc.

Phaneesh Murthy has joined the board of Cigniti Technologies Inc. as a non-executive director. He has worked in leadership roles at iGate Corporation and Infosys Ltd., as well as a consultant for many other businesses.

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