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Dan Smoot

President and Chief Executive Officer
Riverbed Technology and Aternity

Dan Smoot was appointed President and CEO of Riverbed Technology in June 2021. Smoot brings more than 30 years of experience holding top leadership roles driving revenue growth and operations excellence at the top technology companies in the world. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Riverbed in September 2019, where he led the company’s Worldwide Sales, Channels and Alliances, Sales Operations and Customer Experience teams. In this role, he was responsible for Riverbed’s global sales, services and partner strategy focusing on the customer’s journey and their success, ensuring they receive outstanding value and performance from their technology investments. He joined Riverbed in June 2018.

Additionally, as an Operating Advisor to Thoma Bravo, Smoot helps portfolio companies achieve operational execution in sales, partner ecosystems and customer success with simplicity and focus.

Smoot was previously Executive Vice President of Global Partner Sales at Salesforce, managing the Worldwide Partner Sales organization. He was also Executive Vice President of Market Readiness at Salesforce, where he created a global organization to deliver critical go-to-market operations. Prior to Salesforce, Smoot worked at VMware as Senior Vice President of Global Customer Operations, overseeing advanced technology sales, global services, renewals, global channels and alliances, OEM/ISV sales and go-to-mark strategy. Before VMware, he spent more than 12 years in a variety of senior leadership roles at Cisco.

Smoot holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of California, Irvine.

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