Craig Connors is currently VP and CTO for Service Provider and Edge at VMware. Previously, Craig served as the CTO for SD-WAN and SASE at VMware. Prior to being named CTO, Craig served as the Chief Architect for VMware SD-WAN, both before and after VMware’s acquisition of VeloCloud. He came to VeloCloud from Cisco Systems, where he worked in the Corporate Development Technology Group's Advanced Development Team. Prior to Cisco, Craig spent time as a Principal Engineer and Software Development Manager for Talari Networks. His programming work prior to Talari Networks was centered in the online gaming space which is what led him to networking. Craig is a veteran of the United States Army and holds a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.