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Juniper 'Founder' Flees

One of Juniper Networks Inc.'s (Nasdaq: JNPR) original engineers and the head of its ASIC team have left the company, Light Reading has learned.

Ashok Krishnamurthi, VP of the infrastructure products group, and R.K. Anand, VP of ASIC engineering, have both left, according to sources. Timing on their departures is unclear, although it could have been as much as a month ago.

Juniper officials would not confirm whether the two had left, citing a policy not to comment on the status of current or former employees. However, Krishnamurthi's bio was removed from Juniper's Website sometime in the last 48 hours.

Krishnamurthi was one of Juniper's original engineers, having joined "in early 1996 to help found the company," according to the erstwhile bio, but he wasn't part of the founding team, a Juniper spokeswoman notes.

It doesn't appear that the two have left to join BCN, a router startup led by yet another Juniper departee, Michael Beesley (see BCN Joins Router Race). Instead, sources say it's likely Krishnamurthi and Anand have decided to start their own venture.

So, what's with these Juniper folks catching the startup bug? Is it a coincidence? A brain drain? A flight from a coworker who refuses to use deodorant?

Some say the executives' departures are a logical effect of Juniper's current adolescent period. The company started with a mission to outdo Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) IP routers. Now it's bolstering its ATM and multiservice offerings with products such as the M320 and getting into enterprise business with the acquisition of NetScreen Technologies Inc. (see Juniper Hatches the M320 and Juniper Buys NetScreen). It's possible the old guard is pining for the days of an IP-focused startup.

Krishnamurthi's departure is significant, but there are no outward signs of a deeper problem. "It's not like Juniper's falling apart," one competitor says.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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got_light 12/5/2012 | 1:22:04 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees BCNcoming into light, Krishnamurthy departing JNPR, is this soemthing to really worry about for JNPR Management? I don't agree with what was quoted by Juniper's competitor that "It's not like Juniper is falling aprat" Can someone throw light on long term impact of these happenings on JNPR?

Got light?
scroy 12/5/2012 | 1:22:03 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees It means the valley is still the valley.

(while humming the circle of life ;)
Tony Li 12/5/2012 | 1:22:03 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees
Well, for one thing, it means that LR didn't get their facts straight. Ashok was an early employee of Juniper, but he was NOT a founder. [Pradeep, Bjorn and Dennis are...]

Tony
Juniper employee #5
mrcasual 12/5/2012 | 1:22:02 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees Hm, sorry about that. I took the "founder" part from Juniper's Web site (when Ashok was still listed there).

I've seen people granted "Founder Status" after the fact before.

That may have been the case with Ashok.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 1:22:02 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees Well, for one thing, it means that LR didn't get their facts straight. Ashok was an early employee of Juniper, but he was NOT a founder. [Pradeep, Bjorn and Dennis are...]

Hm, sorry about that. I took the "founder" part from Juniper's Web site (when Ashok was still listed there).
edgecore 12/5/2012 | 1:22:02 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees Tony,

Different topic, but I am very courious on your opinion, and any others.

Is the telco business softening as we come through calendar Q3/Q4?

What is your take?

Thanks,

-Pierre
oaktree 12/5/2012 | 1:22:01 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees "I've seen people granted "Founder Status" after the fact before. That may have been the case with Ashok."

Ashok was NEVER granted the founder status. I remember him always touting that he was the founder of Juniper while everyone in the company knew he was not. I sure Tony Li can attest to this. Frankly speaking all Ashok did was play politics. The rank & file really hated him. BTW R.K. Anand is his elder brother.
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 1:22:00 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees You can see where he is listed as helping found the company on an archive of the Juniper website:

http://web.archive.org/web/200...
reoptic 12/5/2012 | 1:22:00 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees First the Gani announced he is moving on, now the head of all development slips out the door in the night. Seems like quite a bit of turnover at the top...
got_light 12/5/2012 | 1:22:00 AM
re: Juniper 'Founder' Flees >>You can see where he is listed as helping found the company on an archive of the Juniper website:

http://web.archive.org/web/200...

>>

That kinda justifies Ashok bragging about his "founder-status" at JNPR. How true is the news that R.K.Anand is his brother?

got light?
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