Jayshree Ullal

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Jayshree V. Ullal
Jayshree Ullal Arista CEO.jpg
Ullal at Arista Bangalore office opening
Born (1961-03-27) March 27, 1961 (age 61)
London, England
Alma materSanta Clara University
San Francisco State University
OccupationCEO and president, Arista Networks
Spouse(s)Vijay Ullal
Children2 daughters

Jayshree V. Ullal (born March 27, 1961) is an American billionaire businesswoman, president and CEO of Arista Networks, a cloud networking company responsible for the deployment of 10/25/40/50/100 Gigabit Ethernet networking in the data center.

Early life[edit]

Ullal was born in London, and raised in New Delhi, India, through her school years. She eventually attended San Francisco State University[2] where she graduated with a B.S. in engineering (electrical). She went on to Santa Clara University where she received a master's degree in engineering management.


Ullal began her career with engineering and strategy positions at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Fairchild Semiconductor. She was director of internetworking products at Ungermann-Bass for four years before joining Crescendo Communications. At Crescendo, Ullal became vice president of marketing, working with 100-Mbit/s over copper, the first CDDI products and first generation Ethernet switching.


In September 1993, Cisco Systems acquired Crescendo Communications, marking Cisco's first acquisition and foray into the switching market. Ullal joined Cisco and began work on the Cisco Catalyst switching business, which grew from its beginning, in 1993, to a $5 billion business in 2000. As vice president and general manager of LAN switching in the Enterprise group, Ullal was responsible for unified communications, IP telephony, content networking and policy networking. She oversaw some 20 mergers and acquisitions for Cisco in the enterprise sector.

Ullal was eventually named Senior Vice President of Data Center & Switching, reporting directly to company CEO John Chambers. Responsibilities included the direction of the modular Nexus and Catalyst Data Center Switching and Application/Virtualization services which saw about $15 billion of direct and indirect revenue.[3] Ullal's career at Cisco spanned more than 15 years.


In October 2008, co-founders Andy Bechtolsheim & David Cheriton named Ullal CEO & President of Arista Networks, a cloud networking company located in Santa Clara, CA.[4]

Ullal was named by Forbes magazine as "one of the top five most influential people in the networking industry today" for her work at Arista Networks.[5]

In June 2014, Ullal led Arista Networks to an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ANET.[6]

Jayshree was named one of Barron’s “World’s Best CEOs” in 2018 [7] and one of Fortune’s “Top 20 Business persons” in 2019.[8]

Board of Directors[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • One of the 50 Most Powerful People in the 2005 Network World[12]
  • A Top Ten Executive in VMWorld 2011[13]
  • A Women of Influence award for Security CSOs in 2008[14]
  • One of the Top Women in Storage in 2007[15]
  • Nominated as one of the 20 powerful Women to Watch in 2001 by Newsweek[citation needed]
  • 2001 Innovator and Influencer Award by Information Week[citation needed]
  • First woman to be awarded the Entrepreneurial and Leadership award, sponsored by Silicon India, in 1999[16]
  • One of the seven prominent Indian-origin women in the IT industry, according to The Economic Times[17]
  • Recipient of the 2013 Santa Clara University School of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award[citation needed]
  • Ranked #2 in Top 25 Disrupters of 2014 list by CRN[18]
  • Ranked #3 in Top 25 Disrupters of 2015 list by CRN[19]
  • Ranked #9 in the 30 Most Impressive Female Engineers Alive Today list by Best Computer Science Degrees[20]
  • EY US Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Winner 2015[21]
  • World's Best CEOs: Growth Leaders 2018[22]
  • 1 on Masala's MOST INFLUENTIAL Asian Women in America list[23]
  • Named to Barron's “World's Best CEOs” list in 2018 and 2019.[24]
  • 18 on Fortune's Businessperson of the Year for 2019 list.[25]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Vijay Ullal. They have two daughters and live in Saratoga, California.[1][26] Vijay Ullal, now a venture capitalist and investor, was president and chief operating officer of Fairchild Semiconductor from September 2012,[26][27] until November 2014.[28] She is also the sister of the late Saratoga City Councilwoman Susie Nagpal, who has a surviving son and daughter.[29][30] Forbes estimates that Jayshree owns about 5% of Arista's stock, some of which is earmarked for her two children, niece and nephew.[31]


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  6. ^ "Arista Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering" (Press release). Arista Networks. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
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  8. ^ "Businessperson of the Year 2019". Fortune. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
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  13. ^ "Top 10 Executives from VMworld". SiliconANGLE. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
  14. ^ "Women of Influence Honorees - CSO Online - Security and Risk". CSO Online. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
  15. ^ "Top Women in Storage". Network Computing. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
  16. ^ "Jayshree Ullal - Cisco - - SiliconIndia Magazine". Siliconindia.com. 1999-08-01. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
  17. ^ "Jayshree Ullal - Seven prominent Indian-origin IT industry women in US". Economic Times. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  18. ^ "The Top 25 Disrupters Of 2014". CRN. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  19. ^ "The Top 25 Disrupters Of 2015". CRN. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  20. ^ "The 30 Most Impressive Female Engineers Alive Today". www.bestcomputersciencedegrees.com. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  21. ^ "EYVoice: EY US Entrepreneur Of The Year Winners Reach For The Clouds". Forbes. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  22. ^ "World's Best CEOs: Growth Leaders". barrons.com. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  23. ^ "Meet the 8 MOST INFLUENTIAL Asian Women in America". masala.com. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  24. ^ "Barron's "World's Best CEOs"". barrons.com. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
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  26. ^ a b "Jayshree Ullal: Queen of the wired world". thehindubusinessline.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Fairchild Semiconductor Appoints Vijay Ullal President and Chief Operating Officer". businesswire.com. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  28. ^ Chen, Angela (17 November 2014). "Fairchild Operating Chief to Depart Over Leadership Differences". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 March 2018 – via www.wsj.com.
  29. ^ "Saratoga councilwoman Susie Nagpal dies of lung cancer". The Mercury News. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
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