Gagan Puranik Director SDN/NFV Architecture Planning, Verizon
Gagan Puranik is Director of Software Defined Network (SDN) Architecture Planning for Verizon. He is responsible for collaborating with wireless, wireline, and capital planning teams on all functional and service level migrations tied to a software-based architecture. This includes strategic design standards implementation, and industry engagement.
Over his last 18 years with Verizon, Gagan has held numerous leadership positions in various parts of the business. Gagan’s most recent assignments include leading Verizon’s Phase 4 LTE Trials, which took place in Boston, and helping to foster the rapid adoption of LTE at Verizon’s Innovation Centers, which are designed to spur the growth of new business. Gagan has also been issued 5 US patents.
Gagan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mysore, India and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. He earned also earned a MBA from Belhaven University and attended “Leading Product Innovation” from Harvard Business School.