About Forward Networks

Transforming networks to be agile, predictable, and secure

TIMELINE

Company Milestones

From academic concept to 
enterprise network transformation

FORWARD FOUNDERS UNITE

July 2013
David Erickson, Nikhil Handigol, Brandon Heller, and Peyman Kazemian officially register the name Forward Networks, Inc. 

$11M SERIES A FUNDING 

November 2014
Investors SV Angel, Andreessen Horowitz, and A. Capital provide early-stage funding for Forward Networks. 

PALO ALTO HQ OFFICE OPENS

October 2015
Company founders and six employees set up the first Forward Networks office on California Avenue in Palo Alto, California.
Forward Networks team picture

$16M SERIES B FUNDING

August 2017
Investors Threshold Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and A. Capital provide second-round funding for Forward Networks.

$35M SERIES C FUNDING

November 2019
Funding led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management

MOVE TO SANTA CLARA HQ

February 2020
Forward Networks becomes the first company to move into 200-person capacity office space in Mission City Center

$50M SERIES D FUNDING

January 2023
Investors MSD Partners (lead), Section 32, Omega Venture Partners

Leadership

Forward Networks founders, 
executives, and board of directors

FOUNDERS

DAVID ERICKSON

Co-founder

NIKHIL HANDIGOL

Co-founder

BRANDON HELLER

Co-founder

PEYMAN KAZEMIAN

Co-founder

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

DAVID ERICKSON

CEO
Yasser Ganjisaffar

YASSER GANJISAFFAR

SVP of Engineering

LISA GARVEY

VP of Marketing

BRANDON HELLER

CTO

DENIS MAYNARD

Chief Revenue Officer

TYLER OLSEN

VP of Finance & Accounting

STEVE PACE

VP of Talent Acquisition & HR

CHIARA REGALE

SVP of Product Management

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DAVID ERICKSON

Co-founder and CEO

BRANDON HELLER

Co-founder and CTO

VICTOR HWANG

Director

L. WILLIAM KRAUSE

Director

JOSHUA MATHEUS

Director
Andreas Stavropoulos

ANDREAS STAVROPOULOS

Director

Forward Customers

From global financial institutions to international media distributors, the world's largest mission-critical networks depend on Forward Enterprise.
  • FORTUNE 50 MEDIA COMPANY

    FORTUNE 50 FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

    FORTUNE 50 TELECOM PROVIDER

    MULTIPLE U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  • FORTUNE 100 PHARMACEUTICALS COMPANY

    GLOBAL 500  SERVICE PROVIDER

    FORTUNE 500 COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

    FORTUNE 50 ENERGY COMPANY

  • The platform is truly amazing. 
    What I can do with this is unlike anything 
    else I have used in the past.
    Forward Networks customer

    FORTUNE 500 
    SEMICONDUCTOR COMPANY

  • Forward helps us clean up our network,
     be more consistent, and allows us 
    to introduce automation.
    Forward Networks customer

    FORTUNE 100 
    PHARMACEUTICALS COMPANY

  • Before Forward, I would spend hours
     troubleshooting/reverse engineering a firewall issue, 
    and now using the Forward platform, 
    it only takes 3 minutes.
    Forward Networks customer

    GLOBAL 50 
    TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

Read our reviews on Gartner Peer Insights and see why customers love Forward Enterprise
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Customer Success Stories

Six million dollar savings, reducing reconciliation time down to minutes, and other ways that customers win with Forward
  Read their stories  

GOLDMAN SACHS CASE STUDY

Goldman Sachs- once just a customer, now also an investor. Read why in the case study.
READ CASE STUDY

A JOURNEY IN 200 TICKETS

Read how a Global 10 financial institution improved network reliability with Forward. 
READ CASE STUDY

GARTNER PEER INSIGHTS

Forward Enterprise is unanimously rated 5-stars 
by real customers.
READ REVIEWS

Awards

Winner of over 20 industry awards, Forward Enterprise is the best-in-class network modeling software that customers love.
Mobile Breakthrough 2022 Award winner2023 Cloud Computing Product of The Year winnerStratus Cloud Computing 2022 Award winnerFortress 2022 Cyber Security Award
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