Nick McKeown is senior vice president and general manager of the Network and Edge Group (NEX) at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for driving technology and product leadership throughout the network to the intelligent edge.
Born in the U.K., McKeown founded five networking companies and received more than 25 industry awards, including 2021's IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. Before his role leading the Network and Edge Group, Nick was a part-time Intel Senior Fellow, having joined Intel in 2019 with the acquisition of Barefoot Networks, which he co-founded in 2013.
McKeown has been a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University since 1995. In 2005, he started the Clean Slate Program at Stanford, which with Martin Casado and Scott Shenker, led to “Software Defined Networking.” He co-founded Nicira (now part of VMware), Abrizio, and Nemo (“Network Memory,” now part of Cisco), as well as ONF, and P4.org.
Considered a thought leader in internet switch and router design, McKeown won the British Computer Society Lovelace Medal (2005), the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award (2009) and the ACM Sigcomm Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).
McKeown is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK). He received an honorary doctorate from ETH (Zurich, 2014).