How Jayshree Ullal Turned Arista Networks Into A Market Leader
Jayshree Ullal hasn't won accolade after accolade for nothing, as she brings Arista Networks to the forefront of computing.
March 29, 2021

In an industry where less than a quarter of the workforce is made up of women, Jayshree Ullal has come a long way as the head of Arista Networks (NASDAQ: ANET), earning accolades such as:

  • Named in Barron's list of World's Best CEOs two years in a row. 
  • Top 20 in Fortune's Businessperson of the Year 2019. 
  • EY US Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Winner

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Taking the fight to Oracle!

Ullal, a rising star at Cisco, left to become CEO of Arista Networks in 2008, a technology company that builds networks for data centers and cloud computing systems. In this time, she has brought the company public with great success and gained the company a significant market share in the high-speed data switching market by innovating and addressing consumers' needs for performance and scalability, which market-leader Cisco lacked. 

Today, under Ullal's impressive reign, Arista has over 5,000 customers that are the "who's who" of companies and partners, including Amazon AWS, EMC/Dell, GCP/Google, Intel, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, and many more.

The list of business accolades is unlike any other either. In 2018 alone, Arista joined the S&P 500, was ranked #8 on the Fortune Fastest Growing Companies List, #3 on the 2017 Forbes' Fast Tech 25, named to the Forbes Global 2000 list, the leader in "The Forrester Wave: Hardware Platforms For Software-Defined Networking 2018", and recognized by Gartner as a "leader" in its 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking. 

All with a female CEO at the helm!

Arista has performed excellently since its IPO in 2014, with its stock growing almost 500% since, compared with rival Cisco's roughly 115% rise in that time. Ullal will continue to grow Arista Networks for years to come with its ever-improving product and expanding addressable market, which is expected to grow from $23 billion in 2021 to $33 billion in 2025.

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