About Volta

Volta was founded by Dean Bogdanovic, a long time networking veteran and former Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks. Working with fellow networking vet, Ivo Raznjevic they founded the company that is rethinking routing.

The name Volta Networks comes from the Italian word voltare which means to turn.  We believe that now is the time to turn networks and rethink routing. Dean built a team that has delivered a full-featured routing control plane in the cloud.

Volta is headquartered in Boston with a development office in Barcelona which has emerged as one of the hubs of the European tech scene, especially for open source projects like Quagga, DPDK, and DevOps. Boston and Barcelona share much of the same tech DNA with top-flight universities producing great technical talent, an abundance of networking companies and innovative start-ups and dominant football teams.

Management Team

Dean Bogdanovic

Dean Bogdanovic

founder and CEO

A seasoned technical executive with more than twenty-five years of experience in high technology, Dean is the founder and CEO of Volta Networks. Prior to founding Volta, Dean was a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks and Chief Evangelist at CounterPath. During his career, Dean lead development of several products deployed by major tier 1 service providers, mobile and wireline. Dean held several lead engineering roles with Bridgeport Networks, most recently as VP of Emerging Technologies, Tazz Networks, MCK Communication and IBM.

Dean is active participant in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), with extensive contributions in voice over IP and network management areas. He holds multiple patents in networking technology and a BS in Telecommunications from the University of Zagreb.

José Miguel Pulido

José Miguel Pulido

VP of Engineering

José Miguel is VP of Engineering at Volta Networks. Prior to Volta, JM co-founded Promofarma.com, the leading consumer health and beauty e-commerce marketplace in Spain, where he built and delivered a full-fledged marketplace platform on the AWS cloud platform, serving up to +1M daily visitors.  Prior to Promofarma.com, he was one of the first members of the engineering team at RouteScience in Silicon Valley where he contributed to the creation of route optimization, a technology that exploited path diversity in IP networks to increase application availability, and that ultimately resulted in the company’s acquisition by Avaya.

He has an Eng.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a Telecommunications degree by UPC, Barcelona Tech. JM was a laCaixa fellow, a Balsells fellow and holds a portfolio of patents in networking technologies.

Benson Schliesser

Benson Schliesser

VP of Solutions Engineering

Benson is Vice President of Solutions Engineering where he works closely with customers on network architecture, presales and post-sales support. He has deep experience designing, building, and operating mission-critical networks and cloud infrastructure in global, metro, and datacenter footprints. Benson came to Volta from Brocade where he was Distinguished Engineer.  Prior to Brocade, Benson was a DE at Juniper and a Principal Engineer at Cisco.   Benson spent over a decade at Savvis where he was Technical Vice President, Office of the CTO.

Benson has contributed in a ranges of volunteer positions in the industry including the IETF, OPNFV and the OpenDaylight Project.  He is currently on the NANOG’s program committee.

Manouch Khezri

Manouch Khezri

VP Global Sales and Business Development

Manouch Khezri has over 25 years of experience in direct sales management, sales operations, channel sales, and business development activities; he is responsible for all sales and business development activities at Volta Networks.

Prior to joining Volta Networks, Manouch served as GM- North America at Compass-EOS, a developer of carrier grade scalable SDN Forwarding Plane. Before joining Compass-EOS, Manouch was General Partner at the Jazuc Group, a Go-To- Market consultancy firm, based in Northern Virginia. He was Sr. Vice President of Global Sales at Movaz Networks, a leading supplier of DWDM transport and switching equipment, where he was responsible for sales growth from zero to over $100 million per year. Before joining Movaz Networks, Manouch served as AVP sales and BD, at Premisys Communications and various sales positions at Nortel Networks and Tekelec.

He earned his BSEE degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Hugh Kelly

Hugh Kelly

VP of Marketing

Hugh is Vice President of Marketing for Volta Networks. Hugh has more than 25 years in software, networking and related technology businesses, ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies.  Most recently, he was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Kwicr (acquired by Instart Logic). He was at Avior Computing as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and Senior Vice President of Marketing for NEI (NENG, acquired by Unicom). Prior to NEI, he was CEO and co-founder of West Ridge Networks (acquired by OPNET), Senior VP of Marketing and Business Development for Celox Networks and VP of Marketing at Visual Networks (VNWK.

Hugh has an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BS from Linfield College. He is a Venture Partner at Ascent Venture Partners and volunteers as a mentor with EforAll.