Candidate: Ron da Silva
Ron da Silva is the Vice President of Network Engineering, Architecture & Technology for Time Warner Cable. He is responsible for evaluating emerging technologies, defining network strategy and scaling Time Warner Cable’s next generation broadband architecture.
He is driving major technology initiatives across the company and is the focal point for Time Warner Cable’s metro, regional, backbone and data center routing, switching and optical platforms, supporting both residential and commercial businesses. Over more than 10 years with the company, Ron has led network convergence, constructed a national backbone, oversaw the implementation of IPv6, helped define and implement DOCSIS 3.0 and many other major network programs.
Ron transferred to Time Warner Cable in 2004 after being at America Online for six years. As Principal Network Architect, he was responsible for designing and scaling the company’s data center and access networks. During his first couple of years with AOL, Ron had the unique experience of building an international backbone from scratch, which subsequently evolved to be a full scale, tier-one ISP. Additionally, Ron oversaw the development of the datacenter hosting networks as the business experienced some of its greatest successes.
Prior to joining AOL, Ron began his networking career as Principal Engineer for Sprint’s Internet backbone after ranking first in the competitive Associate Engineering Program. Ron’s first experience with networking began as Engineering Clerk and later Production Planner for Bauer Compressors in Norfolk while completing his Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and English at Old Dominion University. In those early days under “duties as assigned,” he started systems and LAN administration, barcoding systems, EDI (precursor to web commerce) and related industrial technologies that lead him to TCP/IP, wide-area networking and the Internet.
Ron is well known in the service provider and cable industries and is very active in various industry organizations. He previously served as Chairman of the Advisory Council for American Registry of Internet Numbers, co-chair of the L2TPEXT working group in the Internet Engineering Task Force, currently serves on the Number Resource Organization’s Number Council, is a member of the SCTE, IETF, ISOC, past speaker and participant at NANOG, CableLabs and NCTA. Ron lives in northern Virginia with his wife and six children.