Management

Ben Askarinam

Ben Askarinam

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Askarinam’s visionary perspective combined with his operational focus and customers first approach over a period of two decades has built Interface Masters Technologies, Inc. into a premier supplier of market-leading network equipment solutions, sold primarily to OEM customers, serving cutting-edge new companies to major industry-leading suppliers. Over a decade ago, Ben made the decision to invest in software for a new family of Network Visibility solutions, for the OEM channel. As end customers started buying products directly, Ben began planning the spin off Niagara Networks as a world-class end user-focused company to meet the visibility, network monitoring enablement, and networking security requirements of enterprises and service providers.

Before founding Interface Masters Technologies, Ben served in engineering and executive roles at Xerox Corporation.

Yoram Ehrlich

Yoram Ehrlich

Vice President, Products

Yoram leads the product group and is responsible for strategy and marketing of Niagara’s product family. With over 15 years of experience, he has held various leadership roles, successfully managing and evangelizing products throughout their life-cycle in the telecom/network and security industry.  Previously he served as Director of Products (Analytics) at Cellebrite. Yoram has a B.Sc. EE from the Technion and an MBA from Duke University.

Adnan Ansari

Adnan Ansari

Vice President, Operations, QA & Support
Vice President, Sales APAC

Adnan is responsible for Niagara’s global operations, product quality and overall customer experience. Adnan is a 20+ year veteran of the networking industry with a strong track record of building out and managing business operations, support, worldwide distribution and alliances. Prior to joining Niagara Networks, he led Services and Operations for Viptela until it was acquired by Cisco Systems. There he built and led key functions such as manufacturing operations, channel and distribution, 3PL and reverse logistics, supply chain and order management, regulatory and export compliance, and facilities. Previously he spent many years at Cisco Systems in multiple leadership roles including consulting, sales, business development, channels and alliances. Adnan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Yigal Amram

Yigal Amram

Vice President, Sales and Business Development

As a VP of Sales and Business Development, Yigal oversees a team focus on the development and implementation of technology alliance and integration of technology solutions. He has more than two decades of experience in the telecom and networking space and has extensive background leading global teams. Prior to Niagara Networks, Yigal served at MRV Communication acquired by Adva in multiple functional teams.

Zeev Draer

Zeev Draer

Vice President Marketing

Zeev serves as VP Marketing and responsible for market strategy of Niagara Networks solutions. Most recently, he served as VP of Global Business Development for ADVA (ETR: ADV) packet portfolio as part of CTO department since 2017. Prior to this role, Zeev served as VP Strategic Marketing for MRV Communications (NASDAQ: MRVC - acquired by ADVA) responsible for marketing strategy and technology innovation research with focus on multi-layer convergence and transformation to virtualised and programmable networks.  

Zeev brings over 20 years of experience in senior roles in the high-tech industry, with a unique mix of technology, sales and B2B digital marketing knowledge along entrepreneur spirit. He is a long time contributor to industry forums and broadly active in making technology outlook presentations at industry events. 

His latest role as part of MEF forum contribution was co-chair of Marketing and Education committee.

Marco Hartog

Marco Hartog

Vice President Sales EMEA and India

Marco has more than 25 years of experience in International Sales Management, Business Development and Marketing. Specialized in emerging markets analysis, development of marketing and sales strategies with a focus on short term sales growth. In depth knowhow of network architectures and telecommunications equipment and network management structures, based on a background in R&D Management and Product Management.
Prior to Niagara Networks, Marco served as VP Sales at PacketLight NetworksLtd. and MRV Communications acquired by ADVA.