John Abel is Chief Information Officer of Extreme Networks. John has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry leading large teams and driving results for global Fortune 500 companies. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Veritas. As CIO at Extreme, John will be responsible for all aspects of the global IT organization and will report to Norman Rice, Chief Operating Officer.

As SVP and CIO at Veritas, John drove significant improvements in the IT landscape and team that enabled the company to exceed its financial goals, achieve higher renewal rates, and improve employee retention over a three-year period. Prior to Veritas, John was SVP and CIO for Ellie Mae where he built a strategy around automating, scaling, and securing the enterprise backed by the cloud. Previously, John served as SVP of IT at Hitachi Data Systems, and before that was VP of Information Technology at Symantec Corporation where he led the integration of applications following its merger with Veritas in 2005. Ahead of Symantec, John worked at JDS Uniphase and started his career at KPMG Consulting.

John is a graduate of Staffordshire University in the UK where he received a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.