Mr. Kandappan has nearly 30 years of computing and communications technology and management experience. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as Infinera’s Senior Vice President and Head of Architecture from 2013 to 2018. Mr. Kandappan was General Manager, Transport Business Unit at Applied Micro from 2011 to 2013, and before that, he held a variety of technology and leadership roles at Infinera over the course of nearly a decade, including Vice President, Advanced Systems Design and Vice President, Systems Engineering. Earlier, he held leadership roles including Vice President, Hardware Engineering at Zaffire Inc. (now Centerpoint); Switch Architect and founding member at Berkeley Networks (now Fore Systems) and various senior engineering roles at 3Com and Digital Equipment Corporation.
Mr. Kandappan holds a B.E. with Honors from University of Madras, India, and an M.S.E.E. from Virginia Tech, where he also completed part of the Ph.D. program. He has eleven issued patents, with others filed.