Venu Ayala is the President of Zen Strategics and an experienced executive, recognized for his solid experience in product strategy, corporate development, operations, business transformation and organic/inorganic growth. He brings over 16 years of experience in the cyber, cloud, telecom, aerospace and federal strategic consulting. A thought leader and Subject Matter Expert in Enterprise and Cyber Security Solutions, he is instrumental in providing cost effective secure business and technology solutions and serves as a trusted advisor to senior executives in the federal government and commercial enterprises. Overall, an enthusiastic, innovative, and decisive leader, he manages strategic and tactical operations by building innovative and transformational analytic solutions addressing emerging management, technology and operational issues.In other roles Venu brings a solid understanding of COTS cyber solutions and has also architected an integrated solution using the various components to provide a cloud based Continuous Monitoring solution, with FEDRAMP compliance. Venu has architected and managed the wireless systems/product infrastructure design and development for commercial (XM Sirius), Federal (DHS, FEMA, FAA, FCC, NASA) and State (MEMA) agencies. He was involved in creating corporate brand strategy and awareness, conducting due diligence and financial analysis for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) scenarios and led growth for component business units. He has held several senior level positions at ITT Exelis, SRA Touchstone Consulting, and Trenwith Group, before launching his own small business consulting firm, Zen Strategics. Venu’s holds an MBA from Cornell University, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering (Honors) from India.