NIKSUN Leaders

Satish Pruthi
President, COO & CFO

Mr. Satish Pruthi has been actively involved with NIKSUN since the last quarter of 1998. He has a wide range of business experience, spanning over 45 years, with both small and large companies, and has participated in three business startups. He has also played a key role in turning around various divisions of large multinational companies in the U.A.E. Mr. Pruthi was the founder of, and has served as the President of various multinational companies such as, APEX USA INC, and WOTEK INC (New Jersey, USA). He has also served as the General Manager of Jumma-Al-Majid Est. and Al Futtaim Group in U.A.E., where he built-up market leadership in various divisions of these companies starting with a staff of around 20 to a steadily increasing staff of more than 400 within three years. Mr. Pruthi brings extensive practical experience in business operations, including but not limited to: operations, marketing, and financing. Mr. Pruthi is the guiding light which keeps NIKSUN on firm footing even at times of tremendous growth.

Chris Dervishian
Vice President, Operations

As NIKSUN's Vice President of Operations, Chris Dervishian manages both operational and in-house legal matters. His areas of expertise include computer architecture, intellectual property protection, semiconductor design and fabrication, networking and image processing, and electronics and software technologies. Chris earned his Bachelor's degree from Lehigh University and his Master's degree from the University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering. Later on, Chris graduated Cum Laude with a J.D. degree from the Widener School of Law with commensurate experience negotiating high-tech transactions. Due to his hybrid technical and legal background, Chris's senior counsel is a natural match for NIKSUN.

Paul Spencer
Vice President, Engineering

As NIKSUN's Vice President of Engineering, Paul Spencer brings over 25 years of technical and managerial experience in software engineering and data communications technology. His tremendous expertise in establishing and implementing cutting-edge design, infrastructure and processes has proved invaluable in meeting the demands of a high growth market. Paul originally joined NIKSUN in January of 2000 as a Senior Software Engineer working on the early versions of NetVCR ® and NetDetector®. Among his many achievements include a patent for a software algorithm and apparatus for achieving high speed packet data collection in support of network accounting and usage-sensitive billing. Paul holds a Bachelor's degree from The City College of New York and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University.

Clinton Plietz
Vice President of Finance

A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Plietz joined NIKSUN in 2000. As the VP of Finance, Clinton leads the finance, accounting, and operations portfolios within the accounting department. He oversees the annual budget and forecasts, yearly audit and ensures compliance with local, state and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings. Prior to joining NIKSUN, Clinton held senior executive positions as Controller at Electronic Associates, Inc, Finance VP and Controller at WPI Group, and Manager of External Accounting & Reporting at PATHMARK Stores. Clinton holds a BA and MBA in Accounting from Rutgers University.

Dr. Walter Willinger
Chief Scientist, Innovation Center

Dr. Walter Willinger is Chief Scientist at NIKSUN. Prior to joining NIKSUN, he worked at AT&T Labs-Research from 1996-2013 and before that at Bellcore Applied Research from 1986-1996. He is a Fellow of ACM (2005), Fellow of IEEE (2005), AT&T Fellow (2007), and Fellow of SIAM (2009), co-recipient of the 1995 IEEE Communications Society W.R. Bennett Prize Paper Award and the 1996 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award, and co-recipient of the 2005 and 2016 ACM/SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Paper Awards. His paper "On the Self-Similar Nature of Ethernet Traffic" is featured in "The Best of the Best - Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research," a 2007 IEEE Communications Society book compiling the most outstanding papers published in the field of communications and networking in the last half century.

Dr. Willinger received his Dipl. Math degree from the ETH Zurich and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

Andrew Heybey
Chief Architect, Core Technologies

As Chief Architect, Andrew Heybey is responsible for the design, architecture and implementation of NIKSUN Core Technologies. Andrew has over 30 years of industry experience in operating systems, networking, and software engineering. With his unparalleled experience in implementing and leading complex, multi-faceted projects involving extremely high rate network traffic processing, data warehousing, application analytics, forensics and security, Andrew has successfully led the design and development of NIKSUN's solutions since 1998. He was an instrumental force in bringing the company's patented technology to market.

Andrew holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chris Mac-Stoker
Distinguished Engineer

As the Distinguished Engineer, Chris "Skip" Mac-Stoker steers the technical direction of NIKSUN's product portfolio. Prior to joining NIKSUN, Chris was a consulting design engineer for trading infrastructures with specializations in high availability data integrity/security issues, and multi-disciplinary failure analysis. Chris brings his technical expertise to NIKSUN, stemming from over 25 years of industry experience in large scale networking, infrastructure, high performance, and supercomputing sectors.

Niti Sahni
Vice President, Human Resources

Niti Sahni currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources at NIKSUN. Niti has led its Human Resources group since September, 2004. With over 25 years of progressive Human Resource experience, she is responsible for the company's organizational design, talent development, and building strong corporate cultures and highly performing teams. Her expertise has provided the company with strategic direction and helped create an environment that promotes innovation while supporting the company's goals.

Niti holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, India and a Master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, New Jersey. She also has an American Management Association University Certificate in Human Resources.