Vab focuses his efforts on mobile, security, cloud, networking, services and Internet investments. He serves on the boards of Virtela, which was acquired by NTT Communications, and World View. He also works closely with Apigee (Nasdaq: APIC), Pontis, Mist Systems, and 8th Wall. Other investments include C2C Pte. Ltd., LifeSize Communications (acquired by Logitech), Qumranet (acquired by Red Hat), Ravello (acquired by Oracle), Unisfair (acquired by InterCall), Veveo (acquired by Rovi) and Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola).
Before joining Norwest, Vab served Qwest as vice president of emerging technologies, a group he founded. In that position, he was responsible for identifying new networking technologies. He also fostered strategic relationships with start-up companies such as Qtera, Corvis, Sonus Networks, Redback Networks, Siara Systems, Juniper Networks, and Extreme Networks. Earlier, as vice president of IP network engineering and advanced technology, he created and implemented the “Qwest IP Network and Data Center Strategy,” designed to enable seamless services with open standards and a strong customer focus.
Prior to joining Qwest, Vab worked at Sprint, where he was a principal architect for the Sprint Internet backbone and contributed to the company’s IP and optical network strategy. He created the optical Network Strategy which drove the world’s first IP over Sonet and the first IP over DWDM network. He played a key role in the Global One IP network, a venture partnership among France Telecom, Sprint, and Deutsche Telecom.
Vab earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.