Extensive international and domestic experience in executive leadership (CIO/CTO, Global Innovation Exec) and consultant roles. Recognized authority and frequent speaker on the strategic application of Information technology to drive revenue growth, service quality, improve production, and cost controls. Proven ability to envision and orchestrate innovative corporate projects requiring high-performance teams, complex business analysis, and timely results. Equally adept at approaching, integrating, and solving problems from a business or technology perspective.
Specialties: Innovation, Business acceleration, enablement and optimization through effective use and alignment of technology, process re-engineering and business strategy.
Arif joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud, infrastructure, AI, and data driven applications. Prior to joining Lightspeed, he worked in the Corporate Business Development Group at Cisco Systems where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and investments in the Unified Communications, Enterprise Collaboration, Mobile, and SaaS market segments. Before joining Cisco Systems, Arif was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, Arif worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems.
Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
In his free time, Arif plays ice hockey with his wife, who yells at him for never passing the puck to her.