SVP & Chief Product Development Officer, Verizon
Srini Kalapala is the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Development Officer for Verizon. He is responsible for developing next-generation network technologies and strategies, identifying and partnering with suppliers to enable Verizon’s technology strategy and driving technology architecture efforts across Verizon. Srini is also responsible for development of Network cloud and Edge platforms and for driving virtualization and automation across the networks.
Prior to his current role, Srini was managing strategy and architecture functions in the Information Technology organization. In that role, Srini led technology transformation efforts in the areas of work force mobility, Wireline network transformation and platform rationalization. Srini’s team also developed world class CRM platforms for technicians and call centers supporting Fios business. Forrester recognized Srini’s team as one of the top five leading architecture organizations in the world for these efforts.
Srini also played notable roles in the delivery of long distance, voice unbundling and development of broadband strategies at Verizon. Prior to joining Verizon, Srini worked at British Telecom, IBM and MCI in various technology roles driving workforce and network management transformations.
Srini is a member of the board for the Linux Foundation for Networking and is active across other areas tied to software and networks. Srini is also on the board of trustees for New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). In addition, Srini mentors middle school students in STEM and coaches students competing in Robotics. Srini holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Technology from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Birla Institute of Science (BITS) in Pilani, India.