Management Team

NIKSUN Leaders



Dr. Parag Pruthi
Founder, CEO & Chairman

Dr. Pruthi is the Founder and CEO of NIKSUN which he has grown from a startup to a highly successful global company in the cyber security, wireless and network monitoring markets. Recognized as one of the foremost experts in advanced cyber security technologies, Dr. Pruthi advises on cyber defense strategies at the highest tiers of governments and enterprises around the world. He is a frequent speaker on cyber security issues, including keynotes to delegates from across 28 NATO nations, agencies and strategic commands at the NATO Information Assurance Symposium.

Dr. Pruthi holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master's in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and received his Doctorate in Telecommunications from The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. His thesis, "An Application of Chaotic Maps to Packet Traffic Modeling," was the first to apply chaotic and fractal systems to accurately model the seemingly erratic nature of network traffic. Dr. Pruthi continues to drive the advancement of cyber security and network monitoring applications and practices to new levels, by regularly introducing highly innovative and state-of-the-art products that address the continuously evolving landscape of network performance and security.


Satish Pruthi
President, COO & CFO

Mr. Satish Pruthi has been actively involved with NIKSUN since the last quarter of 1998. He has a wide range of business experience, spanning over 36 years, with both small and large companies, and has participated in three business startups. He has also played a key role in turning around various divisions of large multinational companies in the U.A.E. Mr. Pruthi was the founder of, and has served as the President of various multinational companies such as, APEX USA INC, and WOTEK INC (New Jersey, USA). He has also served as the General Manager of Jumma-Al-Majid Est. and Al Futtaim Group in U.A.E., where he built-up market leadership in various divisions of these companies starting with a staff of around 20 to a steadily increasing staff of more than 400 within three years. Mr. Pruthi brings extensive practical experience in business operations, including but not limited to: operations, marketing, and financing. Mr. Pruthi is the guiding light which keeps NIKSUN on firm footing even at times of tremendous growth.


Chris Dervishian
Vice President, Operations

As NIKSUN's Vice President of Operations, Chris Dervishian manages both operational and in-house legal matters. His areas of expertise include computer architecture, intellectual property protection, semiconductor design and fabrication, networking and image processing, and electronics and software technologies. Chris earned his Bachelor's degree from Lehigh University and his Master's degree from the University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering. Later on, Chris graduated Cum Laude with a J.D. degree from the Widener School of Law with commensurate experience negotiating high-tech transactions. Due to his hybrid technical and legal background, Chris's senior counsel is a natural match for NIKSUN.


Paul Spencer
Vice President, Engineering

As NIKSUN's Vice President of Engineering, Paul Spencer brings over twenty years of technical and managerial experience in software engineering and data communications technology. His tremendous expertise in establishing and implementing cutting-edge design, infrastructure and processes has proved invaluable in meeting the demands of a high growth market. Paul originally joined NIKSUN in January of 2000 as a Senior Software Engineer working on the early versions of NetVCR® and NetDetector®. Among his many achievements include a patent for a software algorithm and apparatus for achieving high speed packet data collection in support of network accounting and usage-sensitive billing. Paul holds a Bachelor's degree from The City College of New York and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University.


Andrew Heybey
Vice President and Chief Architect, Core Technologies

As Chief Architect, Andrew Heybey is responsible for the design, architecture and implementation of NIKSUN Core Technologies. Andrew has over twenty years of industry experience in operating systems, networking, and software engineering. With his unparalleled experience in implementing and leading complex, multi-faceted projects involving extremely high rate network traffic processing, data warehousing, application analytics, forensics and security, Andrew has successfully led the design and development of NIKSUN's solutions since 1998. He was an instrumental force in bringing the company's patented technology to market. Andrew holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Clinton Plietz
VP of Finance

A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Plietz joined NIKSUN in 2000. As the VP of Finance, Clinton leads the finance, accounting, and operations portfolios within the accounting department. He oversees the annual budget and forecasts, yearly audit and ensures compliance with local, state and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings. Prior to joining NIKSUN, Clinton held senior executive positions as Controller at Electronic Associates, Inc, Finance VP and Controller at WPI Group, and Manager of External Accounting & Reporting at PATHMARK Stores. Clinton holds a BA and MBA in Accounting from Rutgers University.


Chris Mac-Stoker
Distinguished Engineer and Executive Director, Product Management

As the Executive Director of Product Management, Chris "Skip" Mac-Stoker steers the technical direction of NIKSUN's product portfolio. Prior to joining NIKSUN, Chris was a consulting design engineer for trading infrastructures with specializations in high availability data integrity/security issues, and multi-disciplinary failure analysis. Chris brings his technical expertise to NIKSUN, stemming from over twenty years of industry experience in large scale networking, infrastructure, high performance, and supercomputing sectors.


Dr. Walter Willinger
Chief Scientist, Innovation Center

Dr. Walter Willinger is NIKSUN's Chief Scientist and is responsible for leading the NIKSUN Innovation Center. A published author, Dr. Willinger is best known for his research and work on the self-similar, "fractal" nature of Internet traffic. Focusing on the topological structure of the Internet, he has developed a theoretical foundation for the study of large scale communication networks. Dr. Willinger received his Dipl. Math from the ETH Zurich and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of ACM (2005), Fellow of IEEE (2005), AT&T Fellow (2007), and Fellow of SIAM (2009), as well as the co-recipient of multiple awards for his outstanding publications.


Charlie Booth
Vice President, Sales, Americas

Charles "Charlie" Booth is the Vice President of NIKSUN's Sales for the Americas. Charlie's organizational skills and understanding of a customer's long term requirements and ROI, makes him a strong and effective leader. Charlie has completed twenty years of honorable service to United States Navy which culminated as the Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Headquarters Staff. While in the Navy, Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Physics from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to joining NIKSUN, Charlie was a key member at Cisco®, Inc. and later served as the VP of Sales, Marketing and Strategic Operations at Objective Interface Systems (OIS). With his remarkable business acumen, he is driven to support clients with NIKSUN's innovative technologies to ensure optimal service delivery, risk reduction and enhanced cyber security.


Jochen Patzer
Vice President, System Engineering

No stranger to technology, Jochen Patzer has over twenty years of professional experience working with security solutions and software, network and wireless technologies across the world. Jochen joined NIKSUN in 2006 as an international manager. Since then, his technical expertise has catapulted NIKSUN's cyber solutions forward with his high-level project and quality management as the Vice President of System Engineering. Jochen has a Diploma in Information Technology and a MBS in Business Art from the University of Stockholm.