Speaker profile

Marc Cohn

Principal Technology Strategist - Spirent Communications

Marc Cohn is Principal Technology Strategist for Virtualization at Spirent. He is responsible for qualifying opportunities that leverage Spirent’s testing/assurance core competencies in SDN, NFV, and automation.
Marc created and lead the MEF SD-WAN Certification Program, working closely with MEF. He was appointed Co-Chair of the MEF Certification Committee (2019-20), and is leads the MEF Security Test and Certification Incubation Group. Marc also authors the MEF SD-WAN Insider Blog on AvidThink.
Recognised as a thought leader for the open SDN/NFV movement, he has held senior leadership roles in the Open Networking Foundation, ETSI NFV ISG, and open source networking projects: OPEN-O (Executive Director), OpenDaylight (Silver Level Board Representative), and PNDA.
Prior to joining Spirent, Marc held senior executive roles for innovative NFV/SDN market leaders such as EnterpriseWeb, the Linux Foundation, ClearPath Networks, among others.
Marc also served as Editor for the industry’s most important SDN/NFV publications including the original ONF SDN White Paper, NFV Insider Blog (SDxCentral) on behalf of the ETSI NFV ISG leadership and the Linux Foundation Harmonization White Paper.
Marc earned a MS EE degree from the University of Southern California, where he was a Hughes Fellow, and also received the first Computer Engineering degree granted by the University of Missouri.