Jayshree Ullal, also known as Jayshree Vedantham Ullal is an Indian Indian-American businesswoman. She is known to be the Chief Executive Officer of Arista Networks. She is known by multiple names such as Jayshree G Ullal, J Ullal, G Ullal, and V Ullal.
Jayshree Ullal was born on Monday, 27 March 1961 (age 60 years; as of 2021) in London. She spent early 5 years of her life in London and later, shifted to India and pursued ger schooling at Covent of Jesus & Marry, New Delhi. She did her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical engineering at San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management at Santa Clara University. Forbes
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Eye Colour: Light Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Jayshree’s father’s name is Sudarajan Vedantham (Physicist) and her mother’s name is Nirmala Vedantham. Her father is known to be among the founders of the Indian Institutes of Technology that was a group of higher -education centres established in India to train scientists and engineers after India received independence from the British colonisation in 1947.
She had a sister, Susie Nagpal who died of Lung Cancer in the year 2010.
Relationships, Husband & Children
Jayshree Ullal got married to Vijay Ullal on 15 May, who is also a businessman by profession. The couple is blessed with two daughters, Adeeti Ullal and Tarini Ullal.
Jayshree gave a startup to her career by engaging as a chip designer in a semiconductor company and developing high-speed chips for big organisations like IBM and Hitachi. She worked in the semiconductor industry for 11 years. In 1988, she proceeded to Ungermann-Bass as she evolved her interests more in marketing. This company extracted a yearly turnover of $ 40 million by developing and selling networking products. Soon, Ullal planned to join a startup company, Crescendo Communications. In 1993, it was acquired by the Cisco Systems. At that time, Cisco was a well-established firm. As the executive at Cisco, she managed its business in key enterprise markets including wiring closet switching, datacenter backbone for increasing layer 2-3 convergence, and Customer Premise Equipment for remote WAN access. Cisco was emerging as one of the leading company’s in LAN switching business with an annual sales of 5 million dollars. She also evolved as the senior vice president of Data Center & Switching and supervised more than 20 mergers and acquisitions. Later, in 2008, she pulled out herself from the company and joined Arista Networks. Andy Bechtolsheim & David Cheriton, co-founders of Arista networks, titled Jayshree Ullal as the CEO & President of Arista Networks, in October 2008. Initially, when Jayshree joined the company, it was only a 4-year old company, with an employee count of 50 people and was short in revenues also. In June 2014, after the company acquired a successful IPO, it extracted a turn over from 2.7 billion to 20 billion dollar market capitalisation on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ANET. Moreover, Arista is a cloud networking company responsible for the deployment of 10/25/40/50/100 Gigabit Ethernet networking in the data centre.
- Barron’s “World’s Best CEOs” in 2018
- One of Fortune’s “Top 20 Business persons” in 2019
- SFSU Alumni Awards in 2013
- SCU Alumni Awards in 2016
- A Top Ten Executive in VMWorld 2011
- A Women of Influence award for Security CSOs in 2008
- Nominated as one of the 20 powerful Women to Watch by Newsweek in 2001
- Innovator and Influencer Award by Information Week in 2001
- The first woman to be awarded the Entrepreneurial and Leadership award, sponsored by Silicon India, in 1999
- Recipient of the 2013 Santa Clara University School of Engineering
- World’s Best CEOs: Growth Leaders 2018
- Named to Barron’s “World’s Best CEOs” list in 2018 and 2019
- 18 on Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year for 2019 list
Note: She has various awards and allocates associated with her name.
- According to Forbes, Jayshree Ullal has a net worth of 1.5 Billion Dollars (1,09,45,53,75,000 Indian Rupees). Forbes
- According to Forbes, she is also listed as America’s 60th richest self-made woman, In an interview, talking about being a woman entrepreneur, she quoted,
You need to be tenacious and never give up, despite setbacks. Being a female in a male-dominated technology sector has not been a barrier in rapid and innovative industries like high tech. Talent is deeply appreciated and as women, we bring complementary instincts and intuition.”
- As claimed by her, one of the hardest times of Jayshree’s life was losing her younger sister, Susie Nagpal, as she suffered from lung cancer. After the demise of her sister, in her honour, Jayshree began with a foundation SITA that funds the cancer patients and diseased people. In an interview, talking about her sister’s loss, she said,
My sister, Susie lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 46. I worked by her bedside for months and one of the most valuable lessons she taught me was to deeply appreciate our lives and the connections we make. After Susie’s passing, our family started the SITA foundation for Women which works to fund women internationally in pursuing education, particularly in regions where access to schools can be challenging. SITA also funds cancer research.”
- Forbes has listed Jayshree among “the top 5 most influential people in the networking industry ” for her work at Arista Networks; moreover, she is also counted in the list of 72 self-made billionaires on earth. She also holds 5% stakes in the company, Arista networks.
- Jayshree Ullal with her husband, Vijay Ullal presented a duet “Zoobie Doobie” at the Saratoga’s Got Talent, on 14 January 2012.