John Aalbers is CEO of Volubill, a provider specializing in real-time monitoring, control and charging software for communication providers around the world, brings extensive experience in building high growth businesses based on innovative products. Prior to leading Volubill, John was responsible for the P&L and direction of Intec Telecom Systems' fastest growing product lines, including Singl.eView and the Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP). Prior to joining Intec, John built successful businesses in EMEA and APAC for CGI (Computer Generation Inc.) culminating in the sale of CGI to Intec for $268M in 2000.
Yossi Abraham is Chief Marketing Officer at Excelacom. As Chief Marketing Officer, he is responsible for the global strategy, planning and execution of all aspects of Excelacom‚Äôs marketing and portfolio.
Ilia Abramov is the Head of Security at Xura, a global telecommunications company offering a portfolio of digital services that enable global communications across a variety of mobile devices and platforms.
Aleksey Abramovich is head of the security testing department at A1QA. With six years of experience in quality assurance and his team of more than 20 QA engineers, he has become a true expert in the field. During his years with A1QA, Aleksey and his teams have executed various projects for multiple world-known companies. As someone who runs trainings at the Security Center of Competence, he is extremely knowledgeable in meeting software compliance requirements with HIPAA, PCI DSS and OWASP.
As Chief Technology Officer at Amdocs, Ran Achituv is responsible for planning and developing Amdocs‚Äô technology vision, as well as the architecture and roadmap of the entire Amdocs product portfolio, Amdocs‚Äô patents and innovation strategy and start-up ecosystem partners. His 20 years of professional experience includes senior positions at Verint in the areas of R&D, technology strategy, product management and P&L. Ran‚Äôs expertise, reputation as an innovative technologist, and global business experience means he‚Äôs frequently asked to brief analysts and speak in Computer Science and Speech Recognition Telecommunications forums ‚Äď he also lectured on Digital Architecture, Operating Systems and Communications courses for five years. Ran holds several patents in digital recording infrastructure, security\PCI, and Analytics, an International Executive MBA from Kellogg-Recannati and a BSc in Computer Science from the prestigious Interdisciplinary Center.
Sonu Aggarwal, founder & CEO, Unify2, is one of the true visionaries behind unified communications in the enterprise. He holds the first-ever patent for enterprise instant messaging and three others for real-time collaboration technology. Microsoft‚Äôs own entry into unified communications began with its 1998 acquisition of Flash Communications, where Sonu was a co-founder. While at Microsoft, Sonu drove the roadmap, technical feature set, and development for Lync‚Äôs predecessors‚ÄĒLive Communications Server (LCS) 2005 and Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007. Sonu earned his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nibha Aggarwal is currently Amdocs Customer Management‚Äôs Senior Director of Product Marketing. With almost 20 years software industry experience, Nibha has played a key role in major technology companies in transforming markets, developing products, and exploiting untapped opportunities. Prior to leading the product marketing efforts for Amdocs Customer Care, she previously founded a company to provide speech self-service solutions to call centers and has been working in the SaaS CRM space for many years, spanning areas such as sales automation, marketing automation and call center automation. Having spent the last decade in marketing and executive management, Nibha now focuses on finding new and emerging markets for nascent technologies and commercializing new and underutilized technologies, as well as translating market knowledge and insights into executable strategies. Nibha has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and graduated Beta Sigma Gamma. She also holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and a B.E. (Honors) in Electronics Engineering from India.
Alon Aginsky is the President, CEO & Co-Founder of cVidya Networks, with over 11 years of management and marketing experience in the telecommunications, software development and network management industries. Prior to cVidya, Mr. Aginsky served as Vice President of Business Development and Business Alliances at C. Mer Industries, where he was responsible for new ventures in Telco Customer Care and Billing and Network Management Solutions. Mr. Aginsky was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mer Telemanagement Solutions (NASDAQ: MTSL), where he was responsible for the company's global marketing and sales efforts. In this capacity, Mr. Aginsky successfully led a public offering of MTS on the NASDAQ. Mr. Aginsky holds a BA in Business Administration from New York Technology University.
Timo Ahom√§ki is CTO of Technotree. He is a seasoned Product Strategist with 20 years of experience in Product Management in telecoms, both in the operator and vendor side. Most recently Timo served as the Vice President of Product Management at F-Secure where he oversaw the transformation of the traditional computer security vendor towards a broad supplier of consume cloud services. Previously Timo served as Vice President of Product Management and Chief Scientist at Airwide Solutions through the acquisition of First Hop where he served as the CTO, transforming the company from a platform developer to a provider of a wide range of business critical solutions for CSPs. Early in his career Timo, like a good Finn shall, worked a brief stint at Nokia R&D. In addition to the vendor side, Timo spent 10 years at Telia-Sonera, serving in critical roles through several transformations from a state owned telephone company to one of the leading operator groups in Europe. Timo holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering major from the Espoo-Vantaa Institute of technology. He holds several patents in the area of service management and mobile advertising.
Mustapha Aissaoui is a Product Manager in the IP Division of Alcatel. He holds an Electrical Engineering Diploma from Polytechnic School of Algiers and a MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is an active participant of the IETF PWE3 and L2 VPN working groups, the MPLS/FR Alliance (MFA), and the ATM Forum.
Mustapha is a co-author and major contributor of multiple papers, including: draft-ietf-pwe3-atm-encap (ATM PW), draft-ietf-pwe3-oam-msg-map (PW OAM) and draft-ietf-l2vpn-vpws-iw-oam (PW OAM interworking), draft-ietf-pwe3-dynamic-ms-pw-00.txt (dynamic PW switching).
Matti Aksela is Vice President, Analytics and Technology | Analytics Business Unit at Comptel Corporation where he oversees the company‚Äôs predictive social network analytics solution positioning. Since joining Comptel in April 2012 upon its acquisition of fellow Finnish software company Xtract, Matti has focused on delivering next-generation customer value management with advanced predictive analytics powered by social and contextual intelligence. Matti has a Doctor of Science in technology and computer science from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Kerby Altmann is the Director - OSS Voice Architecture at Sigma Systems
Cedric Arnaud-Battandier leads Astellia‚Äôs Marketing department in charge of Product management, Global Solutions management and Communication. Cedric ARNAUD-BATTANDIER was the co-founder of a second screen start-up, who successfully launched the first e-commerce focused app and the first US kids show synchronized app. A seasoned executive, Cedric has built a career identifying relevant strategic opportunities and developing new businesses to generate additional revenues and enhance profitability at Technicolor. Within the Telecom industry, Cedric was instrumental in growing a business unit of $150 million into a $450 million powerhouse. He was also EMEA sales director to develop the IP Voice segment and launch new products. Previously, he designed game changing strategies for major companies and has launched new businesses in Europe and South America. He holds an Engineering MD from the ENPC Engineering School and an Executive Degree from the INSEAD Business School.
Dr. Colin Ayer serves as SwitchRay‚Äôs CTO and VP of Engineering & Product Management and is responsible for driving product development innovation and efficiency in pursuit of the company‚Äôs overall vision and strategy. Colin oversees the strategic development, R&D, test and deployment of our Class 4 and Class 5 VoIP Softswitch and related products. With his successful track record of product delivery, Colin brings more than 25 years of development and leadership experience in systems and software engineering and product development in the related fields of speech recognition, cordless telephony, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, VoIP and LBS/Navigation. In his prior role as a Senior Engineering Director at TeleCommunication Systems, he was responsible for systems engineering and mobile application delivery on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 platforms of an off-board navigation and LBS solution for GPS-enabled mobile phones. Prior to TCS, Colin was an Engineering Director in the semiconductor industry at Conexant Systems developing systems and software solutions for VoIP, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and spread-spectrum Cordless Telephony. These roles involved technical and program management across multiple sites and countries using both traditional and agile development approaches. Colin is a Chartered Engineer (MIET) and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Speech Recognition from Imperial College, London and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Kim Bagaasen is Senior Manager, Technical Marketing for Tekelec's Performance Management portfolio. She has 15 years of telecom experience including the past 10 years at Tekelec, where she has been focused on performance management and monitoring products. Kim holds an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in computer engineering management.
Dan Baker is a Co-Founder at Technology Research Institute, Inc. (TRI) and serves as its Research Director and Principal Market Analyst. During the past four years, Mr. Baker authored seven major multi-client reports that span the breadth of telecom IT systems: wireless and wireline billing systems, OSS/provisioning, customer care/CRM, and telecom data warehousing. Mr. Baker is a Byline Contributor to industry journals such as America‚Äôs Network and Telephony and presented his research findings in conferences and private briefings in Asia, Europe, and South America. Mr. Baker served as a Market Analyst at Venture Development Corporation (VDC), where he tracked the telecom and real-time computer markets. Mr. Baker also chaired a semi-annual conference on ‚ÄúMarketing and Selling Telecom IT Solutions,‚ÄĚ a joint production of TRI and Telestrategies.
Venky Balasubramanian is co-Founder of Plivo and a leading Voice & SMS API and carrier network innovator. Venky brings more than a decade of industry experience with multinational telecom companies including Huawei Technologies, Subex Ltd., and Narus Networks. His company has helped more than 40,000 businesses of all sizes in 230 countries build popular Voice & SMS applications, including call centers, conferencing, two-step verification, call tracking, mobile notifications, and much more. His mission is to take the complexity out of enterprise telecommunication and drive quality in Voice & SMS capabilities up and costs down.
Chris Ballard leads a new markets initiative in the TM Forum to address the requirements to manage end-user devices, for relevant stakeholders -- major device players, service providers, content providers, and large corporate enterprises. Chris has worked in management consulting, marketing, technical, and services roles for clients such as IBM, Telecom Italia, TIM, TCSI, Siemens Mobile, Lucent Technologies, Granite Systems, British Telecom, Detecon, and Cricket Communications.
Steve Bamberger is Chief Operating Officer at Netformx, where he has responsibility for global field operations including sales, marketing and customer services.√ā Mr. Bamberger came to Netformx in September 2010 from Oracle, where he was vice president of North America sales for Oracle Communications.√ā At Oracle, Mr. Bamberger managed Oracle's BSS, OSS, and service delivery platform businesses throughout the United States and Canada.
Mr. Bamberger is a nineteen-year veteran of the communications industry.√ā Earlier in his career, he spent seven years with Accenture working with the world's leading communications service providers. He has spent the last twelve years with Silicon Valley software companies, where he has held executive positions in sales, marketing, and business development with Clarify (now Amdocs), Cygent (now Convergys), Vitria Technology, Siebel Systems, and Oracle Corporation.
Mr. Bamberger is an expert in business, operations, and network enterprise solutions, and at various points in his career has designed, implemented, tested, sold, and marketed those systems throughout the world. He particularly enjoys working with customers on customer-facing, business, and process issues, helping senior executives maximize the value of their systems investments while driving positive change. Mr. Bamberger holds a B.A. in computer science from Duke University.
Ari Banerjee is Senior Director, Strategy, for NetCracker Technology, responsible for the strategic direction of the company and enabling the company to exploit the changing market and technology opportunities. In his role Ari has to interface with industry organizations, standards bodies, media and analysts and run marketing and strategic partner programs for NetCracker. Before joining NetCracker Ari led Heavy Reading's Service Provider IT (SPIT) practice which included all aspects of telecom software research. In his role Ari examined the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service and infrastructure management. His area of focus included all aspects of BSS, OSS, SDP, API exposure, policy management, digital commerce, revenue assurance, service assurance and elements that span both the infrastructure and network software markets, such as data warehousing, analytics and business intelligence. He was actively involved in operator cloud strategy research and evaluating the impact of SDN and NFV on operator's IT systems. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Ari was the vice president of next generation oftware systems at Yankee Group, leading and overseeing all aspects of their telecom software research.
Sekhar Banerjee is senior manager of product management for optimization at Openwave Mobility where he is responsible for the planning, development and go-to-market strategy for optimization products. He has over 20 years of product, engineering and software management and marketing experience. Sekhar holds a Masters in Computer Applications from Gujarat University, Gujarat, India and attended UC Berkley's, Walter A Haas School of Business Executive Development Program for Product Management.
John Bantleman has three decades of experience in the management of software companies. Prior to overseeing RainStor, John transformed LBMS from a small start-up business prior to its successful NASDAQ flotation in 1997. Today‚Äôs LBMS‚Äô technology is now part of CA‚Äôs product portfolio. The following year John was instrumental in the launch of Evolve, and drove the company through to a successful IPO on NASDAQ. Returning to the UK in 2003, John spent 12 months working on the advisory boards of venture capital organizations such as Apax Partners. He joined RainStor Inc. as Chairman in 2004 and became CEO at the start of 2007 and relocated back to the US to head-up worldwide operations in 2009.
Ittai Bareket is Chief Executive Officer at Netformx. As CEO, Mr. Bareket is focused on strategic direction, navigating the company to deliver mission critical solutions that simplify the complex lifecycle management of enabling-equipment and next-generation network-services. Prior to Netformx, he held various positions at Mercury Interactive Corporation (now HP) including President of Mercury Interactive Japan K.K. and General Manager for Japan and Korea.
Robert Barrows is the co-founder of the new Enterprise & Cloud Billing SW division within Comverse, As part of this new business, Robert is tasked to define the overall market strategy and lead the product management, marketing & presales for their new emerging cloud B/OSS portfolio that Comverse is bringing to the Global Enterprise Marketplace. In addition, Robert continues to be the Kenan global business leader with a global Enterprise customer base of over 100 customers.
Alice Bartram is Associate Vice President, Head of Portfolio Marketing, for Comverse. Ms. Bartram has been putting her strong technology background to use in the telecoms software industry for over a decade, currently as Head of Portfolio Marketing for Comverse‚Äôs family of solutions that enable Telecom operator success in the connected world through monetization and service innovation. Previously, Ms Bartram lead Product Management & Marketing for Comverse‚Äôs successful Business Support System (BSS) product line, where she oversaw the successful launch, branding and advancement of the Comverse ONE¬ģ Billing and Active Customer Management solution. Prior to joining Comverse, Ms Bartram was involved in various aspects of the product lifecycle through a variety sales, marketing and product management roles for companies such as Lucent, Silicon Graphics and Texas Instruments. Ms Bartram has a Master of Science degree in Management from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Vermont.
Mark Bell is VP, Industry Affairs, NCTA and manages all technical aspects of the Cable Show, North America's largest cable & telecommunications conference and international exposition. In partnership with CableLabs®, Mr. Bell is responsible for planning and execution of the Tru2way™ Developers' Conference as well as the NCTA Technical Papers™ program.
Gadi Ben-Gad is Product Marketing Manager for the Amdocs Revenue Management group, which spans the areas of charging & billing, mediation, service platform and partner settlement. He is responsible for defining and executing the product marketing of Amdocs‚Äô Partner Management and OTT Monetization solutions. Gadi draws on 10 years of experience in leading software and semiconductor companies, serving in various marketing management roles with expertise across the mobile communications ecosystem.
Todd Benjamin , joined Rodopi Software in 2003 as president and CEO. He has spent over 20 years in the telecommunications and technology industries, including management positions in sales, marketing and engineering. Previously, he was an executive in finance and corporate development at Dorado Software in Folsom, CA. Prior to that, he held senior management positions in service providers, hardware, and software companies. Mr. Benjamin earned his BSEE in Computer Engineering at the University of Washington and earned an MBA/JD from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ray Bennett has over 25 years of software and systems experience in the broadband communications and telecommunications industries. Ray joined Amdocs in 2006 and is responsible for the broadband, cable and satellite industry segments. He provides strategic solution and product direction, helps define go-to-market strategies, and develops and communicates Amdocs' market and thought leadership in the broadband communications arena.
Jeff Betteker is Chief Strategy Officer for One Source Networks (OSN). Jeff's primary focus is creation and implementation of corporate strategy with a focus on enhancing customer experience and driving operational improvements. Prior to joining OSN, Jeff held the role of Senior Vice President at Level 3 Communications where he was responsible for the Enterprise Sales Engineering organization. Before assuming this position, Jeff spent 20 years with Satellite Business Systems and MCI Communications.
Renuka Bhalerao is Senior Product Line Manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software for Radisys. Renuka can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Biasini is an Outreach Engineer for the Cisco Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group (Talos). His interest in computers and technology started at a young age when he tore apart his parents brand new 486SX PC. Ever since, he has been tinkering with computers in one way or another. Nick started down the path of information systems in college and has spent his professional career working in information security. Nick has spent time in most roles in a SOC including analyst, engineer, and managing teams. Nick has a master's degree in digital forensics from the University of Central Florida and has worked for government and private sector environments in his career. In his time with Talos, Nick has researched a wide range of topics including Exploit Kits and various malware campaigns being distributed through SPAM.
Todd Biddle is the general manager of Agilent's Network Solutions Division/Assurance, a worldwide Agilent business serving the test and monitoring needs of network equipment manufacturers and service providers in the telecommunications market. Prior to joining Agilent he was the vice president and general manager of Tektronix' Video Product Line. He has also held positions as managing director for Sales, Marketing and Service teams, Sales Director for Strategic Markets and managing director for Japanese operations for that company. Todd holds B.S. degrees in Accounting and Finance, with a minor in Computer Science. He graduated from the University of Oregon.
Gregory A. Billings is the Vice President - Customer Management Product Business Unit for Amdocs. Greg is responsible for product and solutions development, and thought-leadership related to Amdocs' customer management solutions, including contact center, customer self-service, customer intelligence and field service Automation. He has over 16 years' experience as a business executive, entrepreneur, practice leader and advisor in areas that are directly linked to customer management issues.
Dan Blacharski , Industry Journalist, has been a freelance writer and entrepreneur for over 12 years covering business, technology, and finance. He divides his time between Bangkok and South Bend, Indiana. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Marcelo Blatt is TTI Telecom's IMS Expert and Director of Product Management. Prior to joining TTI Telecom, Mr. Blatt spent several years at ECI and Tadiran Telecomm where he served as a Network Architect and Network Planner, respectively. He has authored numerous journal publications, as well as conference presentations. Dr. Blatt has taught graduate courses in computer networking at Ben Gurion University. He received his BA and MA degrees from Buenos Aires University and his Ph.D. degree from the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Adam Boone is Vice President of Marketing for Subex Azure's Fulfillment & Assurance Solutions Business Unit. He has 18 years of experience in marketing, communications, and strategy, with 12 years in technology marketing, including network equipment, telecommunications, software, and related industries. Before Subex Azure, Boone was Vice President of Global Marketing for Syndesis, a leader in telecom service fulfillment systems. He also has held marketing management positions with CoManage, Marconi and FORE Systems (now Ericsson).
Jeff Boozer is a technology industry veteran with more than 25 years working with both large and early stage technology companies. With an entrepreneurial spirit and strategic focus on creating long-term value, his career has focused on emerging and rapidly transforming industries including mobile, competitive telecom, cloud services, and smart grid. Jeff currently serves as the COO at Shango, overseeing business operations, including P&L responsibilities, and ensuring an efficient and effective management of resources. ¬† In his previous position as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Martin Group, Jeff built the commercialization strategy and sales model for the company‚Äôs flagship, next generation OSS software product. The company achieved dominant market share with independent communications services providers growing to more than 40% market share in 5 years. He also led the company‚Äôs successful pursuit of new domestic and international markets and developed strategies for two new product lines generating significant revenues. After Martin Group merged with CHR in 2009, Jeff led integration of the combined sales organization, developed the company‚Äôs emerging markets strategy for cloud services providers and smart grid, and transitioned the sales model from license to subscription (SaaS) sales. ¬† Jeff has also advised and consulted with multiple companies developing strategies to enter new markets, grow market share, and grow revenues. Over his career he has worked with 4 startups, 2 acquisition/roll ups for investor groups, and 2 turnarounds. He has served as advisor and consultant to 7 successful startup technology companies, with a passion for helping management teams capitalize on market opportunities through innovative differentiation strategies, focused value propositions, and consistent operational effectiveness. Jeff received his MBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
Becky Bracken, a writer, reporter and blogger with a specialty in communications technology. Equal parts nerd and part pop culture junkie, Becky distills the latest tech news and trends with a distinctly wry and human approach. A decade ago, Becky launched her career with publications including Phone + and X-Change and now lends her voice to Pipeline as a writer and managing editor.
Bernard Breton is SVP, Americas & APAC and CMO for InfoVista. Mr. Breton is responsible for Sales in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, as well as InfoVista‚Äôs marketing strategy. He joined the company following the acquisition of Mentum in 2012 where he was Chief Operating & Strategy Officer. In that capacity, he was in charge of business strategy, marketing, sales, deliveries and customer care. Prior to this, Mr. Breton was a director at Ericsson and member of the TEMS executive team following the acquisition of Marconi where he was vice-president of R&D for the wireless division, leading the product strategy and development of the network planning and billing mediation products. Mr. Breton is a recognized leader in the fields of radio propagation and wireless network simulation and optimization. He has spoken at numerous industry events, has authored multiple technical papers and patents and has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Breton holds a degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications from the Sherbrooke University in Canada.
Peter Briscoe is the Executive Director of Innovation & Solutions, in Telcordia's Strategy Office. Peter directs new programs aimed at addressing evolving priorities in telecom operations support. Peter has spent over 17 years working in telecoms operations support, with experience in consulting and software creation spanning fault management, service fulfillment and planning. Peter has worked on a number of large deployments around the world and has built specialization within new network technologies and working with network partners.
John Brooks serves as the Vice President for the Subex ROC analytics, solutions, and business development worldwide. He has over twenty four years experience in Telecommunications, spanning Fixed, Mobile, Data, and Video technologies. With Subex since 1999, he has directed over 40 successful Cost, Revenue, and Business Optimization engagements at over 24 top-tier carriers globally, including AT&T, America Movil, BT, Vodafone, and Verizon.
Darryl S. Brown is Director of Network Technologies at VPIsystems, where he provides cross-platform technology leadership for the company's OnePlan solution, leads the product design team and managing customer C-Level needs and expectations. Mr. Brown has 15 years of telecommunications and IT experience, and in his role at VPIsystems he is also responsible for negotiating deliverable timeframes and professional services obligations for customers, as well as evaluating and tracking technology trends across all industries to identify key opportunities for portfolio evolution. He holds degrees from Southampton University and Bournemouth & Poole College of Further Education in the U.K.
Paul Budde is the Managing Director of Paul Budde Communication (trading as BuddeComm), an independent global telecommunications research and consultancy company, which includes 45 national and international researchers in 15 countries. Since 1978 he has been involved in writing strategic plans and market reports for many of the world's leading companies involved in the new media. Since arriving in Australia in 1983 Paul has provided management consultancy services in the Asia Pacific region. The company operates from Bucketty, in the Lower Hunter Valley, Australia.
Brad Bush is EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of GENBAND. Mr. Bush has held a number of positions within GENBAND, including serving as Chief Information Officer and Chief Integration Officer, SVP of sales operations, and most recently Chief-of-Staff running the office of the CEO. Before joining GENBAND, he was responsible for business unit operations in the Tekelec Switching Solutions Group, which was acquired by GENBAND in 2007. Prior to Tekelec, he spent eight years at Nortel Networks, where he held various strategic positions in wireless operations and information systems. Previously, Mr. Bush founded Sharpsite Interactive, a successful startup specializing in Internet application development, and has management experience in the structural engineering and construction industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in structural engineering from Rice University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Michele Campriani is CEO, Accanto Systems. Mr. Campriani has over 15 years of experience in the service provider market and was previously General Manager of the Protocol Products Group at Sunrise Telecom. Campriani received a Master's degree in Electronics Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in Italy.
Brian Cappellani is Chief Technology Officer for Sigma Systems, and is responsible for the architectural and technological vision and deliverables for Sigma's award-winning Service Management Platform and Solutions Suites. He is a 12-year telecommunications industry veteran with extensive experience designing and building large-scale operations and billing support systems. Prior to joining Sigma, Mr. Cappellani worked for Accenture in numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including senior-level architecture, engineering and development management positions, held both internally and with Accenture's telecommunications practice, focusing on the wireless and satellite industries. He holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.
LeaAnn Carl is the product line manager responsible for CommScope's Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) solution. LeaAnn has more than 15 years of experience in software product development and integration. Prior to joining CommScope, she spent nine years at Hewlett Packard in the Business Critical Systems division and held IT management positions at other Fortune 500 companies. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in finance from Texas A&M University.
As Director of Actionable Customer Intelligence, Miguel Carrero is responsible for the strategy, creation and evolution of solutions and products, go to market, revenue generation and overall financial management of the Actionable Customer Intelligence domain within Communications and Media Solutions Business (CMS) at HP.
Paul Casinelli is Lead Marketer and Business Analyst for IneoQuest Technologies, Inc. He specializes in developing successful strategies and driving initiatives and campaigns for IneoQuest's HTTP adaptive streaming video solutions. He is recognized as a thought leader in the industry, works with leading industry analysts, and contributes papers on topics ranging from HTTP Video QoS metrics to the application of Program Availability statistics. In his role as Lead Marketer and Business Analyst, Paul collaborates with sales and engineering teams to round out IneoQuest's offering in the Internet and Mobile Video market. With 4+ years experience in marketing and communications, Paul holds a BA degree in Political Science from Boston College.
Peter Chahal is Director of Solution Marketing in the IP Division at Alcatel where he is responsible for Managed Communications Services targeting the service provider marketplace with a primary focus on next generation IP/MPLS carrier Ethernet and VPN solutions. Peter has more than 15 years of international experience in product marketing, product management, business development and technical sales in the area of carrier IP and Ethernet solutions and services.
Ashwin Chalapathy is Global Head of Consulting, Solutions and Managed Services, for Subex. With an experience spanning almost 19 years in the IT industry, Ashwin brings a rich blend of diverse strengths and experience encompassing Engineering, Operations, business development and a strong people orientation. In his current role as Global Head - Consulting, Solutions and Managed Services, Ashwin is responsible for developing domain-led solutions, services and technology offerings. He also leads the Managed Services Operations at Subex, building operational capabilities and competencies across the business optimization portfolio. Ashwin joined the company in 2007 and during his 7 years association with the company, he was instrumental in setting up the fulfillment and assurance business unit and from 2010 he took over the responsibility of developing the Managed Services Portfolio. Prior to joining the company Ashwin was the Group head for engineering across several product lines at Siemens Public communication Networks Ltd. He holds a Master‚Äôs degree in computer Science from University of Mysore.
David Chambers is a seasoned mobile expert having many years experience of new technologies and their market impact. His early career in telecoms software development included building a low cost PBX in a startup company and developing many signaling protocols. After actively participating in the development of the GSM and 3G standards representing Motorola, he then moved into product management of the GPRS core network. More recently, he was product marketing director of LogicaCMG's prepaid systems and is now responsible for Amdocs OSS solutions for mobile operators.
Chris Checco is President and Chief Analytics Officer at Razorsight. Christopher Checco brings more than 16 years of senior level experience in customer experience, communications, and advanced analytics to Razorsight. A respected industry thought leader, Chris has a range of expertise encompassing customer lifecycle, marketing optimization, fraud prevention & detection, and program integrity. While working with public sector agencies around the globe, as well as extensive private-sector experience in the telecommunications industry, Chris demonstrated prowess using advanced analytics to drive business and operational strategy and real-time decisions in the field. Previously, Chris held executive positions at Accenture, Agilex Technologies, DHSoft and SRA International. During his time at DHSoft, Chris led the development of advanced analytics that helped resolve customer experience challenges for telco clients. He also managed their Civilian P&L, aligning 40+ resources for major account development, business continuity, and labor management. Most recently he served as Lead Management Scientist at Accenture, where he helped design and launch their Public Sector Accenture Analytics practice. He was also instrumental in building the Analytics Innovation Center in Dublin, with a dedicated focus on fraud and program integrity. These helped provide major market differentiation, from analytical data methodologies to real-time risk identification. Chris also boasts extensive expertise in increasing marketing ROI as a subject matter expert. Chris has several patents in the area of advanced analytics that have been awarded or are pending. He holds a BBA from Pace University, and an International Executive MBA degree from Georgetown University
Dr. Ivan Chochlekov is the CTO and Co-Founder of ConceptWave. His Systems Architecture experience spans some 25 years, including leadership and guidance roles for many large Telcos. He served as Director of Systems Architecture at Architel, while his leadership involvement at Objectel resulted in the development of the Objectel OSS Strategy. Dr. Chochlekov holds a Masters degree in Science and a PhD in Software Development.
Matthew Clark is an associate editor at Pipeline. He graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fl, where he helped establish and wrote for a monthly folio before joining the Pipeline Publishing team. He's been published in The Florida Alligator, The Gainesville Sun and Quill and Scroll Magazine.
Axel Clauberg is VP Aggregation, Transport & IP, CTO-ATI at Deutsche Telekom AG. Axel Clauberg joined Deutsche Telekom AG in September 2011. Within the Group CTO team, Axel is responsible for IP Architecture, Aggration and Transport. Since December 2011, he represents DT in the Open Networking Foundation Board of Directors. Axel has more than 30 years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry. From 1998 until August 2011, he had various international leadership roles at Cisco Systems, his last role was Sales CTO in Cisco‚Äôs Emerging Markets theatre.
Craig Clausen , is Executive Vice President & C.O.O. of New Paradigm Resources Group, Inc., a Chicago-based consultancy providing strategic consulting and analytical services to communications innovators. Prior to forming NPRG, Mr. Clausen served as the Senior Policy Advisor at the Illinois Commerce Commission. A recognized expert on the competitive telecommunications industry, he frequently provides market analysis, business plan development, financial modeling, and strategic market entry advice to carriers, and helps equipment manufacturers and the investment community gain insight into the competitive market. Mr. Clausen is a frequent contributor to several leading trade journals.
Suzanne Clayton is Principal Product Marketing Manager at SAS, and is responsible for bringing emerging and innovative solutions to the Communications, Media, Entertainment, Travel and Hospitality industries. Suzanne‚Äôs achievements at SAS include bringing the SAS¬ģ Patron Value Optimization to the gaming, sports and hospitality industries. Additionally, she was a key driver in bringing to market SAS Revenue Management Price Optimization Analytics for companies seeking a revenue optimization solution that is different than the typical off the shelf systems. Prior to joining SAS, Suzanne held positions at DMB&B and JWT in New York City, both global marketing communications companies. She holds a bachelor‚Äôs degree in business administration from Hofstra University.
Georgia Clinton aka "the marketing angel" is an associate member of Pipeline's marketing team. Her goal is to provide you with excellent resources and information about Pipeline's clever and effective marketing services. Georgia can shine the light on hidden opportunities that will aid all marketers in their quests to build brand, educate customers and capture tangible sales interest.
Stuart Cochran is the Vice President, Activation and Mediation, at Evolving Systems. Prior to Evolving Systems, he was the Director of Product Management, Development and Marketing for Tertio Telecoms, having held a number of technical, pre-sales and product management positions in the company since 1994. Stuart has an MSc degree in Computing and Computer Modelling of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems and a BSc (Honours) degree in Theoretical Physics.
Ian Collins is Co-Founder and CEO at CrowdCare. Ian has spent the last 20 years founding technology ventures. Ian started his career as an engineer in the wireless industry working for Canada‚Äôs largest mobile operators. Ian founded his first company, Wyrex Communications Inc. in 1993, providing engineering services to wireless operators around the world during the 2G buildouts of the 90s. During that time Ian founded his second company, Wysdom Inc. with the mission to ‚Äútake dotcoms wireless‚ÄĚ. Wysdom grew during the boom years of 1998 to 2000 with over $80 million of venture capital to more than 300 employees and boasted many of the world's top dotcoms as customers. Ian also founded another company in 1999 called Web2Mobile, one of the world‚Äôs first wireless content portals. After a short retirement in 2001/2002, Ian founded Mobile Diagnostix in 2003. Mobile Diagnostix was focused on solving the problem of mobile data customer care facing the world‚Äôs wireless operators. After selling Mobile Diagnostix in 2004 Ian founded Storage Appliance Corporation (Clickfree) in 2005, with the intent of solving consumer‚Äôs backup nightmares. In 2012 Ian founded CrowdCare with the plan to revolutionize the way customer service is delivered to connected devices. CrowdCare‚Äôs Wysdom platform is a context-enhanced natural language self-care solution enabling service providers to deliver an exceptional customer experience while drastically reducing support costs. By using machine-read data from mobile devices and other sources combined with natural language processing, Wysdom allows customers to ask questions anywhere, anytime and get immediate, relevant answers that are unique to the customer‚Äôs device, thus providing real-time context-based self-care for the connected world. CrowdCare has initially deployed this platform to answer the more than 10 billion annual questions smartphone customers are asking today, with aggressive plans to expand support to all Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Stephen Collins is the vice president of product marketing and business development at Active Broadband Networks.
Costa Constantakis is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Nakina Systems Inc. Prior to Nakina, he spent over 10 years specializing in high tech marketing, engaging both as a strategic marketing consultant and in senior level positions with emerging companies in the fields of video networking, mobile data technologies, and telecom software solutions. With a focus on strategy and competitive differentiation, he's served as a driving force in helping businesses translate technology and products into value for customers, partners, and other key stakeholders. He's authored business plans that have garnered over $30 million in venture capital financing and has played a leading role in helping organizations develop operating plans that effectively execute their long-term strategies for success. Costa holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Rick Corker oversees all operations of Nokia Siemens Networks in the North America region. Rick is a dynamic leader, with more than 20 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry, who is known for his commitment to customer satisfaction and team achievements. He holds a bachelor‚Äôs degree in Communications and Electronic Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.
Chris Couch is the Chief Operating Officer and one of the co-founders of Transverse. Chris was instrumental in establishing the company's commercial open source business model. He launched the product design of the blee(p) platform and spearheaded the selection and integration of best-of-breed open source projects to integrate with blee(p) to form the Transverse Telecom Solution. He currently oversees development and operations and is working with his team to rollout the Transverse Community, which will launch in early 2009. Prior to co-founding Transverse, Chris spent 16 years with telecommunications software solutions companies like ACE*COMM; RateIntegration, Inc; and Evolving Systems.
Michael Couture is the Vice President of Solutions Marketing for Amdocs. Mr. Couture leads a global team of telecom and financial services professionals focused on bringing comprehensive packaged solutions to market based on Amdocs' products, services and deep business knowledge as well as those of Amdocs' partners. Previously, Mr. Couture served as Vice President, Global Marketing Communications, Vice President, Product Marketing and Director of Product Marketing in the areas of Mobile, CRM and Prepaid. Mr. Couture was formerly with the Solect division of Amdocs where he held the positions of Product Manager, Billing and Rating and Product Manager, Emerging Markets. Mr. Couture holds a BA in Economics summa cum laude, as well as an MBA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Randy Cox is Head of Product Management for Small Cells, responsible for the Small Cell strategy, product portfolio and driving business development for small cells at Nokia Networks. Prior to leading the Small Cell Product Management team, Randy‚Äôs product management responsibilities included leading 4G business development globally for Nokia Networks and previously at Motorola Networks prior to the acquisition by Nokia Siemens Networks in 2011. Before this, he served as Director, CDMA Program Management Office for the Motorola CDMA Systems Division. Prior to joining Motorola, he was part of the development team at Tellabs Inc. Randy has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and throughout his career has held various leadership roles, including software development, system integration, program management, business development and product management. Randy earned a BSEE from Marquette University.
Martin Creaner has been working in the Telecommunications Industry for 20 years and is currently President of the TM Forum. Prior to joining the TM Forum, Martin held a number of executive positions with Motorola, the global mobile equipment company, and British Telecom. Martin advises the boards of a number of telecoms companies, and is the Chairman of Selatra Ltd., a mobile content developer and publisher. Martin is widely published and is featured and quoted regularly in business and trade journals. He is also the author of the leading OSS/BSS book "NGOSS Distilled".
Michael Crossey joined Aepona in June 2006 and is responsible for directing all of the company's marketing activities, including Corporate Marketing, Product Marketing, and Business Development. He has worked extensively with mobile operators, service providers and industry groups in the realization of new business models around Open Network APIs and Network as a Service, as well as with engaging with ISVs and app developers on the development of next-generation services that leverage mobile network and billing capabilities. Michael has 23 years experience in the communications industry, having previously served as VP Marketing and Business Development with Transmode, a Swedish pioneer of Optical Networking technology, and as Director of Market Development with Nortel. He is a regular speaker at communications industry events and frequently contributes written articles for trade publications. He holds BEng and MSc degrees from Queen's University, Belfast.
Jesse Cryderman is a Senior Editor at Pipeline. Jesse has been a part of Pipeline Magazine for three years. His experience in both web and print journalism stretches fourteen years. Jesse is keenly interested in the evolution of modern communications networks, and the impact of wireless on the development of societies. He graduated from Western Michigan University with degrees in English and Philosophy, and is pursuing a master's degree at Northwestern University. When he isn‚Äôt covering telecom or editing books, Jesse can be seen performing music throughout the Midwest.
Jagadeesh Dantuluri is Vice President of Marketing and PLM at Velocent Systems. He is responsible for all aspects of product strategy and evolution and promotion of the Velocent brand and solution worldwide with our Customers and Partners. Jagadeesh is one of the original members of the Velocent team, joining in 2005. Prior to his current role, Jagadeesh served as VP of Product Management and before that as Director of Engineering and was instrumental in the successful development and rollout of Velocent products to the commercial market. Jagadeesh has deep knowledge and experience in various Wireless and Telecommunications Technologies and Software Engineering. Earlier in his career, Jagadeesh spent 13 years in various engineering roles with Tellabs, CMC, NFCL and HAL in Packet Core, Digital Cross Connect, Cable Telephony, RF communications etc. Jagadeesh has a Master‚Äôs degree in Telecommunications from SMU, Dallas and a Bachelors of Technology in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from JNT University, Hyderabad, India, and holds multiple US patents.
Kevin Dean is Chief Marketing Officer for Interxion. Kevin is responsible for Interxion's marketing strategy, segment marketing and business development and is the driving force behind the company's segment-focused business development activity across Europe. Kevin joined Interxion in December 2009 from Colt Telecom where he held senior marketing roles for six years. Before that he was at Cable & Wireless, where he worked in a number of sales and marketing roles including Vice President, Marketing. Kevin spent ten years in the IT industry prior to moving into communications, giving him a unique perspective on the emerging cloud computing market. He has an MBA from the Open Business School, a qualification in management consultancy from the Henley Management College and a degree in Applied Physics. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In driving Interxion's segment-focused business development, Kevin draws on his successful track record in developing and marketing services for data, voice, managed services, colocation and hosting in the global marketplace.
Jim Deerman is director of cyber security engineering for ISC8, a company actively engaged in the development and sale of intelligent cyber security solutions for commercial and government environments worldwide. Jim has over 30 years of extensive experience in network architecture, design and implementation. In his position with ISC8, Jim is heavily involved with network/system security, enterprise data networks, and VoIP networks.
Zvika Delman is CM Marketing Manager for Amdocs. With over 15 years of telecommunications industry experience at major operators and vendors in developing IT and telco B2B and B2C products, marketing specialist Zvika is an expert at bringing new, innovative products to market. Now holding a senior role at recognized industry leader Amdocs, he is responsible for defining the marketing and business strategy for Amdocs Customer Management‚Äôs ‚Äúdigital first‚ÄĚ products and solutions, which range from operators‚Äô self-service portals to the e-commerce of products and services. Zvika‚Äôs expertise in this area enables him to help operators to implement their digital care and sales initiatives, while improving their Net Promoter Score and reducing both their costs and time to market. With an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Sunderland, England, Zvika also successfully leverages his marketing skills to persuade his two children about the merits of going to sleep at the time they‚Äôre supposed to.
Matthew DelPercio , is an associate analyst at Yankee Group in their Small & Medium Business Strategies Decision Service. Matthew focuses on the buying preferences, requirements, channel support needs, and customer-centric strategies related to small and medium businesses. He has a particular focus on VoIP and IP telephony, from both a hosted and premises-based perspectives. Matt also brings experience with analyzing master data management issues as a part of a broader enterprise application focus. Before joining Yankee Group, he served as an analyst with UBS Financial Services, Inc. There he worked closely under a set of financial advisors conducing equity and fixed-income research as part of portfolio management strategies. He holds a B.S/B.A. degree from Boston University with a concentration in finance.
Federico Descalzo started his career in the Telecommunications industry more than 20 years ago, with experience on both the service provider side and the vendor side. After eight years at Telecom Italia (previously SIP) in technical roles, he joined Italtel in September 2000 as Technical Sales Support. At Italtel he has covered a wide variety of roles during the last ten years, and has even been involved in international activities abroad as project manager. He was assigned growing responsibilities within the company, leading several Project teams and R&D Units since 2010, when he was appointed Head of Product Unit.
Dinesh Dhanasekharan is the CTO at Excelacom, a leading global consulting, professional services and products company that delivers solutions for multiple industries, from telecommunications to healthcare, e-commerce and government agencies, based in Reston, Virginia. As CTO, he helps drive the company‚Äôs technology strategy, leads the engineering team towards continued delivery of innovative products, and provides executive-level consulting services. Kelly LeBoeuf is Director of Marketing at Excelacom and is responsible for the global strategy, planning and execution of all aspects of Excelacom‚Äôs marketing and portfolio.
Sunil Diaz , P.Eng, General Manager, Enghouse Networks Limited brings over 20 years of global technology experience in a number of industries including Telecommunications. Mr. Diaz is responsible for overseeing the company's activities, developing the product portfolio and services strategy, enabling key customer relationships, enhancing organic revenue performance and accelerating growth through acquisitions.
Alpna J. Doshi is in the Chief Solutions Officer (CSO) Office, Satyam Computer Services Ltd looking after all the IT Solutions for Telecom, Media and Entertainment, and other Enterprise Industries. She is responsible for the planning, benchmarking, and defining cutting edge solutions for the global businesses in supporting Telecom clients. She is also an Officer and Board Member of TM Forum for past five years, advising Operators on operational strategies. She has been a consultant to numerous Global Telecom Clients during her tenure to date. Prior to Satyam, she was working with Verizon, Telcordia, and Deloitte and Touche Management Consulting. She was the Industry Leader of Telecommunications and Content industry clients, while representing the Companies at global Standards organization like the ATM Forum. After doing her BTech and MS in Computer Science University of Maryland), she also received her U21 Certificate of Global Business Leadership from Harvard Business school affiliation.
For the last 16 years, Cyril Doussau has collaborated with the largest Financial and Telecommunication companies in shaping innovative solutions that improved services quality of experience, reduced spending and helped increase market share through service differentiation. At InfoVista, Cyril serves as a Worldwide Product Marketing Director where he manages an international team focusing on InfoVista‚Äôs portfolio of service assurance and network optimization solutions and responsible for market research, go-to-market strategy, analyst relations, and sales team‚Äôs enablement.
Barry Dowd is SVP Managed Services, MDS. MDS is a leading provider of convergent real-time charging, billing and customer management solutions, enabling digital service providers to monetise and bill any product and service rapidly and accurately. Its managed service solutions support customers and deliver a low total cost of ownership, with a one view platform that enhances the customer experience. Headquartered in the UK, MDS managed service solutions support customers across Europe and North America, including ACN, BT Business Mobile, eircom Business, Gogo, TalkTalk Business and TelefoŐĀnica UK. For more information, visit http://www.mdscem.com.
Chad Dunavant is Vice President of CSG's Product Management team. Chad develops the strategy and execution of a wide variety of CSG's products and services, ensuring that the company's solutions meet the current and future needs of a dynamic, global client base. Leveraging his deep knowledge base in the U.S. cable industry, Chad has most recently focused on the emergence of free-form content and its influence on the cable and satellite community as well as the impacts these new business models introduce to the BSS/OSS infrastructure currently in place.
Over the past 10-years Chad has worked in various Product Strategy and Product Management capacities where, most recently, he led strategy for CSG Customer Care product portfolio specifically focused on call center and web applications. During that tenure, he introduced a number of applications that helped CSG clients grow electronic adoption of bill presentment and payment through a multi-faceted strategy and new workflows to streamline call center operations. Prior to his work at CSG, Chad worked in the financial market for CIBC Oppenheimer as a market analyst.
Jim Dunlap is president and CEO of Cycle30, where he is responsible for strategic direction, operations and financial performance. He has 20 years of leadership experience in retail, consumer products, utility, and telecom. Prior to Cycle30, he held senior roles at GCI, Campbell Soup Company, and Nordstrom. Contact him at Jim.Dunlap@Cycle30.com.
Sam Dunning is a freelance writer living in Chicago, IL. He has written for numerous print and online publications, and has experience as an educator in technical fields. When not writing about telecom and OSS, Sam enjoys dabbling in fiction and riding his bike along the lakeshore.
Adam Dunstan is the president and CEO of Active Broadband Networks. Prior to founding Active Broadband Networks, Adam led a consulting practice providing services to the cable industry, and served as vice president of business development and vice president of technology at Avici Systems, where he was instrumental in the development and deployment of the world's first terabit, carrier-class router. Earlier, Adam was at Bay Networks (now Nortel Networks), where he served in various positions in wide area and routing technologies. An acknowledged expert in the networking and telecommunications industries, Adam has invented patented routing technology, presided over the Optical Internetworking Forum, and served as an advisor to the FCC. He is a regular speaker at industry events and frequent contributor to industry publications.
John Egan is President of the HomeGrid Forum. John has a background in leading edge technologies and was a pioneer in PON (Passive Optical Networks) and VDSL silicon technologies. He has worked closely with service providers and end customers, giving him a unique perspective of the needs of all stakeholders in the telecoms market
Tal Eisner has been active in the telecom arena for over a decade, in several fraud management roles. Tal started as a fraud prevention team leader at Cellcom Israel, the largest mobile carrier in Israel, then moved to assume the role of Director of global consultancy services in ECtel Ltd, then to Partner communications (orange Israel) as a fraud prevention department manager. Tal recently assumed the role of Senior Director of Product Strategy at cVidya networks, responsible for cVidya's fraud management products, strategy, road map and developments. Tal is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University and earned his BA in political sciences in 2002
Benjamin Ellis is Vice President of Global Marketing, Psytechnics. Prior to joining Psytechnics, Ellis was at Juniper Networks, where he was Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, and previously head of Product and Solutions marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His track record includes tenures at a number of successful blue-chip Silicon Valley companies, including Cisco Systems.
Robert Emery is executive director of product management and development at ConceptWave, a leading provider of order fulfillment solutions.
Jennifer Fellows is Senior Vice President - Product Management & Marketing for MDS. Jennifer manages product evolution and marketing for MDS‚Äô billing and real-time charging solutions. She has more than 20 years' experience in telecoms BSS, real-time charging, mediation and customer management systems. Prior to joining MDS, Jennifer held director and VP roles at major billing players, including bcgi, Argent Networks and CSG International, where she oversaw the global deployment of products and exceeded revenue targets.
Ken Ferderer is CTO of LineSider Technologies. His career in information technology and telecom spans more than 13 years. Before joining LineSider in 2007, he was Chief Information Officer for TelCove, overseeing their Information Technology department, systems and strategy. Prior to TelCove, he served as vice president and chief information officer for Priority Telecom, a telecommunications company headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In his career, he has also held other senior-level IT positions at companies such as Cignal Global Communications, Level (3) Communications, and PKS Information Services. Mr. Ferderer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1991. An experienced and widely respected industry professional, he was named as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2007 by Computerworld Magazine.
Marty Feuerstein is chief technology officer for Polaris Wireless, where he leads research into position location products. He has more than 20 years of experience in telecom, including positions with manufacturers, service providers and academia. Prior to Polaris, Marty held management and engineering positions with companies including Nortel, Verizon, Lucent Bell Labs and Metawave Communications. He has many publications, more than a dozen patents in wireless telecom, and is a frequent panel participant.
Suzanne Finch joined Rodopi Software as Director of Marketing Communications in August, 2004, and is responsible for the company's corporate communications, PR, branding strategy and marketing strategy. Finch brings 15 years of high-tech marketing experience to Rodopi, having previously worked in the network and wireless hardware industries. Finch earned a B.A. in journalism/advertising from Iowa State University.
Ed Finegold is Director of Strategy for NetCracker Technology Corp. He is an expert in the Communications and Media industry and its OSS/BSS software sector. In more than 18 years he has been a software architect, consultant, analyst, author, reporter and frequent presenter at major industry events worldwide.
Mr. Fitz manages a nationwide team of over 600 sales engineers who are responsible for selling, designing, implementing, and supporting solutions for Sprint‚Äôs business customers. In addition, Mr. Fitz is responsible for Sprint‚Äôs wireline business unit profit and loss.
Ed Fox is VP of network services for MetTel, a leading provider of communications solutions. He is responsible for the planning, deployment and operation of MetTel‚Äôs broadband, data and VoIP network infrastructure. He has over 20 years of telecommunications and network experience giving him strong insights into future industry developments and innovations.
Steve French currently is the Global Vice President of Product Management and Marketing of OpenMarket, a leading enterprise mobile engagement company. Prior to joining OpenMarket, Steve was the VP of Global Marketing at NewBay Software, a leading cloud services company. Steve was previously Director, Global Marketing, for Tekelec, a mobile data management vendor. He has also held a variety of product management, product marketing, marketing and finance positions at several communication companies, including Hatteras Networks, Global Crossing, Tellium and Nortel Networks. Before entering the communications industry, Steve spent eight years in the Navy after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a BS in Engineering. He completed his MBA degree at North Carolina State University while in the Navy.
Simon Frost is Head of TV Marketing, Ericsson, driving all aspects of communications and marketing for TV in Ericsson. He has more than 15 years TV experience spanning strategy, business development, pre-sales, solution design and technical selling for operators in all TV market segments, and a worldwide focus. Simon previously held the position of Head of IPTV Compression, Solution Area TV, Ericsson, driving the strategy and creation of business solutions, as well as technical evangelism to enable Telco operators to both deliver high quality linear TV services, as well as expand into multi-screen TV on all screens for the consumer. Prior to this role, Simon Frost was Business Development Director for TANDBERG Television. He led the company‚Äôs worldwide Mobile TV and Terrestrial TV (DVB-T) business development activities. Previously Simon was Head of Pre-Sales and Systems Architecture for Harmonic EMEA. Before this, Simon worked for Philips Digital Networks, Barco Communication Systems and RE. Simon holds a BEng Hons in Communication Systems from the University of Portsmouth and is long-term member of the IET.
Don Fujiwara graduated from Columbia College Chicago with an undeclared B.A. and, somewhere along the way, managed to win a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Collegiate Gold Circle Award in the Magazine Essay category.
Randy Fuller is Director, Business Planning at Tekelec. Fuller has more than 18 years of marketing, sales and business development experience with software, networking and consulting firms, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 organizations. He comes to Tekelec from the company's acquisition of policy control leader Camiant, where he was vice president of business development. A skilled market-assessment leader, Fuller has managed product and industry marketing efforts spanning competitive analysis, press/analyst relations, lead development, sales training and account management functions. He began his career as a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting before moving to AT&T's Business Markets Division, where he led a Global Services team that managed 32 accounts in long-distance voice and data services. He went on to serve as industry marketing manager for Kenan Systems Corp., a provider of telecommunications customer service software; and as vice president of marketing for Emperative Inc., a provisioning systems software maker backed by the venture capital firm Greylock Pequot and others. Fuller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.
John Gagliardo is Director, M2M Business Development at Iridium Communications.
Denis Gathanju is a journalist and writer based in Nakuru, Kenya's fourth-largest city. Born in Nyeri, Kenya, Denis spent time in Europe and the Middle East before returning to Kenya to start his own business. Having completed an academic program through the London School of Journalism, Denis has written for the Daily Nation, Central and East Africa's largest daily newspaper, as well as numerous other publications. Denis stays sharp on telecom through his work with US-based Stylus Communications. He lives in Nakuru with his wife, Liz Waithera, and is a die-hard Manchester United fan.
Morgan Gebhardt is VP, Channel Relations for IPsoft. Morgan‚Äôs primary focus is developing and executing critical business strategies for IPsoft. This includes targeting and opening new markets and forming strategic partnerships on a global scale. Morgan maintains active governance over several of IPsoft‚Äôs global business regions and strategic partner relationships. Prior to joining IPsoft, Morgan worked for seven years as a divisional Head of IT for Macy‚Äôs/Federated Department Stores, where he was also an early IPsoft client.
Chris Gibson is Product Manager at Clarity. Chris has 11 years experience in the telecommunications sector, primarily working in the field of infrastructure management, including a 2 year stint in Thailand focusing on the Asia-Pacific market. Chris has helped numerous mobile operators with their next-generation project automation solutions, from development and implementation through to consultancy, in environments ranging from green-field roll-outs to new technology deployment. Chris holds a BSc(Hons) in Business Computer Systems.
Peter Gilligan is the VP of Client services and oversees the delivery of all LTC projects globally and actively participates in business development. Peter has worked in telecommunications and utilities for over 25 years moving from customer service through systems development to consulting. Peter has been with LTC International since 1999, first in the role of Director, BSS/OSS Consulting. Peter has a degree in Information Technology from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
Preston Gilmer is a 17-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Preston Gilmer is Vice President, Product Marketing, at Sigma Systems. He is responsible for strategic product planning, product line management, product marketing, and business development.
Christoph Glingener, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Dortmund, Germany. Christoph Glingener joined ADVA Optical Networking in April 2006, assuming responsibility for all global research and development activities at sites in Europe, the United States and China. In 2007, Christoph was appointed CTO. Since that time, he also leads ADVA Optical Networking's product management and advanced technology teams. Christoph has focused on streamlining ADVA Optical Networking's innovative product portfolio, defining the product strategy and building the Company's standing as a global leader in optical networking. Christoph's activities at ADVA Optical Networking build on a long and successful industry career with experience gained in both academic and corporate roles. These include leading positions at Marconi Communications (now Ericsson) and Siemens Communications (now Nokia Siemens Networks).
Gary Gluzman is the executive director of product development for MetTel, a leading provider of communications solutions. With technical roots in the information technology space, Gluzman has over 15 years of startup and enterprise experience developing and implementing internet telephony services.
Flavio Gomes is CEO at LogiSense and is focused on strategic direction and navigating the company to deliver real-time usage rating and billing solutions to the telecommunications, machine-to-machine, unified communications and enterprise service provider marketplace. Flavio is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of business building experience who understands the critical role accurate, real-time usage rating plays in the modern service provider's ability to monetize offerings, maximize revenue and control costs in the Usage Economy: The dynamic convergence of subscription- and usage-based billing models, allowing service providers to monetize in real-time any triggered event in the connected world to gain significant competitive advantages.
Vishy Gopalakrishnan is currently the AVP, Product Marketing Management, Unified Communications & Collaboration for AT&T. Vishy leads the strategy and execution for the Unified Communications & Collaboration portfolio. Before taking on this role, Vishy was at SAP where he held the role of VP of Mobile Solutions, leading the global go-to-market plan for the SAP mobile portfolio. Prior to SAP, Vishy was with AT&T Business Solutions where he launched and scaled a nationwide sales force focused on mobile application platforms, mobile device management, and location-based services. He has held prior roles spanning technology and IT consulting, portfolio management, and alliances at Nokia, Capgemini, and Motorola. A frequent speaker at industry events, Vishy is also the co-author of ‚ÄúWork Goes Mobile‚ÄĚ (Wiley, 2006).
Jeff Gordon is Senior Vice President, Convergys Innovation Center. Convergys Corporation is the global leader in customer management, human resources, and billing services.
Paul Gowans , field marketing manager for Agilent Technologies' Network Solutions Division, is a 20-year veteran of the communications industry. He is currently responsible for Agilent's assurance and diagnostic portfolio of solutions focusing on mobile and wireline network equipment manufacturers and service providers in EMEA. Paul's expertise in telephony, IP, mobile, VoIP, IMS and IPTV comes from developing, supporting, marketing and consulting on major data networking and telecommunications projects. He is a seasoned spokesperson on many networking issues for a variety of international conferences and forums including VON, TMW, Billing World and Telestrategies and has written many articles. Paul is a graduate of Edinburgh University in Scotland with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Management Science.
Lucia Gradinariu is a Senior Solution Strategist with CA's Communications, Media and Entertainment Business Unit. She has over 18 years of combined experience in R&D, product management, operations and business development for ICT providers. Her technical contributions are in the domains of Internet real-time communications, design and operations of large scale Internet services, architecture and implementations of Service Delivery Platforms. Her business development experience is in selecting technology partners, M&As and other strategies for winning in new markets.
Wedge Greene is a regular Pipeline contributor, industry analyst and executive consultant who helps clients with their strategic initiatives; most recently for the Defense community via Soliel LLC.
Mr. Greene was the initiator of the TeleManagement Forum's (TMF) program of New Generation Operations Support Systems (NGOSS) and Fine Grain NGOSS. He was elected to the TMF board of directors and served as a board advisor to the TMF. He was CTO and founder of FineGrain Networks and CTO of Mission Assurance. At MCI/Concert/WorldCom for a dozen years, he was a Distinguished Technical Member responsible for the architecture and future direction of operations support systems. Mr. Greene was granted nine patents and is considered a world thought leader on Autonomic Communications, Self-* applications, Clouds, the Service Ecosystem, survivable systems, telecommunications, OSS, O&M, and collaboration systems. Prior articles are organized in the series TeleRenaissance [see wedgegreene.com]
Alana Grelyak is earned BM and MM degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and she works as a writer and a musician in Chicago.
Thierry Grenot is founder and chief technology officer of Ipanema Technologies. Prior to founding Ipanema, he was responsible for the architecture design and implementation of numerous telecommunications systems, including multi-service high-throughput networks. A recognized expert in the fields of ATM and quality of service, he owns numerous patents. Before Ipanema's creation, he was Vice President, of Engineering, at the Corporate Network Business Unit of Thales. Thierry is an E.N.S.E.R.G. graduate.
Thierry Grenot is founder and chief technology officer of Ipanema Technologies. Prior to founding Ipanema, he was responsible for the architecture design and implementation of numerous telecommunications systems, including multi-service high-throughput networks. A recognized expert in the fields of ATM and quality of service, he owns numerous patents. Before Ipanema's creation, he was Vice President, of Engineering, at the Corporate Network Business Unit of Thales. Thierry is an E.N.S.E.R.G. graduate.
Phil Griston as VP of Business Development at Cariden Technologies is responsible for building successful and sustainable business partnerships with network equipment vendors, professional services organizations and Cariden√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs channel partners. Prior to joining Cariden, Phil held a variety of business development and marketing positions within software and networking companies, including venture funded startups, Cisco Systems, BMC Software, and Cable & Wireless.
Ed Gubbins is Senior Analyst with New Paradigm Resources Group, Inc. (NPRG), where he conducts research on a wide range of telecommunications markets, trends and opportunities. Prior to joining NPRG, Mr. Gubbins was Executive News Editor at Telephony magazine, where he served in a variety of capacities for more than 10 years. In addition to chronicling key trends, issues and events within the telecommunications industry, from broadband to cloud computing, Mr. Gubbins was a frequent voice in live events including conference panel discussions and educational webcasts. Mr. Gubbins holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Ohio University.
Manish Gupta is Vice President Global Marketing at Kabira Technologies, Inc., and is responsible for all Kabira marketing functions world-wide, including product management, product marketing, marketing strategy, public relations, and marketing communications. Over the last nineteen years, Gupta has established marketing and business development excellence at Aperto Networks, Apple, Jetstream Communications, Megisto Sytems and National Semiconductor. In addition to his executive operational roles, Gupta has been a member of the Board of Directors at Aperto Networks and the WiMAX Forum. Gupta has provided thought leadership globally for several facets of the communications industry including 3G, WiMAX, DSL, VoIP, webcasting, interactive appliances, and satellite communications. Gupta received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Santa Clara University in California.
Uri Gurevitz focuses primarily on customer experience thought leaderwhip as Director of Amdocs Market Insight & Strategy, and is responsible for analyzing market dynamics collected from both research and service providers‚Äô senior management. Uri‚Äôs extensive communications experience includes leading roadmap planning, market strategy, and positioning for innovative business solutions, products and new markets such as SMBs. He also has extensive consulting experience working at Accenture in New York, and as part of Amdocs Consulting division, providing solutions to service providers' customer care and product lifecycle management challenges.
Rami Hadar is CEO and President of Allot Communications. Over his 16 year career, Hadar has had extensive experience founding and leading telecommunications companies and has worked in various countries including the United States successfully developing business in over 30 countries worldwide. Early in his career, Hadar founded and served as CEO of CTP Systems (micro cellular networks) until its acquisition by DSP Communications. Hadar continued with DSPC's executive management team for two years, and thereafter, the company was acquired by Intel.
Hadar went on to co-found Ensemble Communications, a pioneer in the broadband wireless space and the WiMax standard, where he served as executive vice president, sales and marketing. Following as CEO of Native Networks, Hadar was instrumental in successfully shaping the company into a market-driven provider of MPLS based solutions to tier-1 telecoms and in orchestrating the company's ultimate acquisition by Alcatel.
Chris Haddock is Head of Global Alliances and Applications at OpenCloud, and has worked in the telecommunications industry on a global basis for 30+ years: In VC-funded start-up and growth-stage product companies where he specialised in Partnering and Alliances; Chris was directly responsible for establishing the Ubiquity Software ISV partnering ecosystem and for strong partnerships with Nokia, Siemens, Alcatel and Huawei; and as the European business unit head at Newbridge, he was directly responsible for the successful partnering to enable Newbridge Networks to dominate the European ATM market.
Eileen Haggerty brings more than 15 years of expertise in networking and telecommunications to her role as solutions director for NetScout. Previously, she worked with WAN technologies at IP/MPLS switch maker Celox Networks, routing/switching vendor Racal, Motorola's frame relay division, and in voice solutions at GTE.
Cliff Halevi is the Project Director of the Telcordia Standards Knowledgebase (TSK). He has been with Telcordia since 1987 and has been active in standards for the past 20 years. Cliff is Telcordia's primary contact and voting representative to the standards committees of ATIS, ITU-T and ETSI. He created the concept and designed the interfaces and web tools featured in the Telcordia Standards Knowledgebase Web Site, and is the Senior Editor for all TSK reports and site content and is actively engaged in the TSK project. Cliff received his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering in August 1987 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. His area of specialization was Electromagnetics (i.e., microwave engineering, wave propagation, fiber optics, and telecommunications
As technical compliance manager for TOA Technologies, Alex Hamerstone is responsible for ensuring the company meets and exceeds worldwide compliance standards, including information security standards. Because TOA Technologies is the only natively-built cloud-based field service management provider, Hamerstone‚Äôs work in establishing cloud compliance and security for some of the world‚Äôs largest service organizations is building the foundation for expectations in the telecom industry for powerful, reliable and secure SaaS applications for field workforce management and other mission critical software. Hamerstone is an RABQSA certified ISO 27001 auditor and author of Wireless Reconnaissance in Penetration Testing published by Syngress in 2012.
Neil Hansen is co-founder of TierOne OSS Technologies, and has over 25 years of telecommunications and IT experience spanning OSS, BSS, CRM, order management, provisioning, vendor selection / negotiation and, design and implementation of custom solutions. TierOne OSS Technologies specializes in providing Operations Support System (OSS) related solutions and consulting services and offerings to communications service providers (CSPs) around the globe.
Calvin Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer for IneoQuest. Calvin is responsible for overseeing the strategic development and execution of the company‚Äôs corporate and product initiatives. From 2010-2014, Calvin served as Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for leading IneoQuest‚Äôs daily operations. He also previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, where he oversaw the strategic positioning of IneoQuest and its growth into the global leader in Video Service Assurance solutions. Calvin brings over 22 years of experience in the technology industry and a wealth of leadership and business expertise to the IneoQuest management team. Calvin‚Äôs professional experience prior to IneoQuest ranges from the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions to advanced Research & Development engineering at companies such as Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor, Surgient, and Zilog Semiconductor. This experience includes closing multi-million dollar OEM and strategic partnership agreements, international business development and management, product marketing, program management, professional services, and holder of four design patents. Calvin holds a Bachelor‚Äô degree in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and Master of Business Administration (magna cum laude) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Joe Harsch is currently focused on unified communications and business solutions innovation at BroadSoft. Previously at BroadSoft, Joseph served as Director of Unified Communications Solutions. He has spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry leading engineering, system engineering and release management teams. Prior to joining BroadSoft, Joe worked for Nortel where he was responsible for CS2K/A2E business solutions.
Ann Hatchell is Head of Network Marketing at Amdocs. She is a strategic marketing professional with over 20 years‚Äô experience in the high technology industry. Ann has extensive experience in global marketing and go to market strategy in network control and data plane software solutions, including AAA, Policy/PCRF, Subscriber Data Management, HSS, Diameter Routing, 3G-4G and Fixed/Wi-Fi networks, deep packet inspection and optimization, as well as Carrier Ethernet service orchestration, OSS, big data analytics, with a focus on next generation software-defined networking.
Steve Hateley is the senior director of industry and partner marketing at Comptel. He previously was responsible for product marketing of Comptel‚Äôs FlowOne Fulfillment portfolio and Service Orchestration business unit. With fifteen years of broad OSS industry experience, Steve is a veteran of Newbridge Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and InfoVista. He is passionate about telco innovation, marketing, software and ICT in general. He has deep understanding of the impact that technology can have over business and has strong experience developing go-to-market and thought leadership strategy. Steve is a veteran of Newbridge Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and InfoVista, and is a strong advocate of using software as a means to improve customer and service delivery experience.
Trevor Hayes is VP and Strategic Specialist for LTC International. Trevor has worked in the telecommunications sector for over thirty years. Prior to joining LTC, Trevor spent several years as an independent advisor to telecommunications enterprises in Europe, the USA, the Far East, Australia and Africa. Prior to that, as a manager with British Telecom, he held senior-level positions in network planning, network engineering, network operations, customer service management, customer engineering, and information systems management.
David Heard is the president of the JDSU communications test and measurement business unit that manufactures and sells equipment to all major network operators worldwide. Prior to JDSU, he held positions at AT&T, Lucent and Tekelec. He earned a Master's in Management Science degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Production and Operations Management from Ohio State University where he was recognized as entrepreneur of the year.
Dawn Hill is Vice President of Product Management with concentration on billing, customer care, provisioning, and facilities management within Martin Group's OSS/BSS software suite. Ms. Hill works closely with Martin Group's Development staff to manage software enhancement requests from existing clients and to assist with product direction. Ms. Hill is also a member of the IMS forum. During her tenure with Martin Group, Ms. Hill has also held the following positions: Director of Clients Services; Sales Engineer; Director of Support; and a member of the Activation Team.
Previous to Martin Group, Ms. Hill worked for a power company for 11 years with one million subscribers. Ms. Hill was selected a core member of the team responsible for launching a CLEC in 1996. During the successful turn up, which yielded 30,000+ subscribers in the first year, Ms. Hill lead the system selection and deployment in addition to developing the interconnection agreements, tariffs, call center and service provisioning process for facilities and resale service delivery.
Steve Hilton is the lead analyst for Analysys Mason's Enterprise program, which explores the needs of the enterprise, small enterprise and SOHO ecosystems. Steve formerly managed the Enterprise and SMB team at Yankee Group and held senior positions at Lucent Technologies, TDS and Cambridge Strategic Management Group (CSMG). Steve holds a degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a Master's degree in marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
As Vice President of Marketing, Aviram Hinenzon oversees both the direction of ViryaNet‚Äôs leading product capabilities and extensive marketing programs. Previously, as Vice President of Product Management, Aviram worked closely with partners and customers to drive the vision for ViryaNet's next generation platform, G4. Prior to ViryaNet, Aviram served as the VP, Products for Wadago, Ltd., an Israeli-based privately held company. Aviram's extensive technical experience also includes positions of senior product management & system engineering positions at ECI Telecom (ECIL), TTI Telecom (TTIL) and the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Aviram holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Juhani Hintikka heads the Operations and Business Software Business Unit at Nokia Siemens Networks. Prior to his current role, Juhani was the Head of Network Solutions, with responsibility for common sales functions, system sales support, and indirect and non-carrier sales. Juhani joined Nokia's Networks business in 1999 and held positions there that gave him a wide range of experience in sales, services, R&D, and new growth markets. He started his Nokia career as the General Manager for the Broadband Wireless Access Business in the IP Mobility Networks. In 2003, he became the Director of Mobile Entry Solutions for New Growth Markets. Juhani's final role before Nokia Siemens Networks was as the Head of Care Business Line in the Services Business Unit, which he was appointed to in 2004. Before joining Nokia, Juhani held various managerial positions at Konecranes Oyj in Finland and France, his last position there being the General Manager for the KCI Chain Hoists Business Unit in 1996-1999. Born in 1966, Juhani holds a Master of Science degree in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology. He is married and has two children.
Alex Hoffman is VP of Management Platforms for Acme Packet, the industry leader in session delivery networks. Formerly, Alex was CEO and Founder of Germany-based IPTEGO which was acquired by Acme Packet in April 2012.
Joe Hogan is the CTO, founder and a board member of Openet. He has more than 20 years of software engineering experience from his years with Openet, Retix Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. Joe is the principal architect of Openet's FusionWorks Platform, and is responsible for Openet's engineering group and CTO technology office. He represents the company in the IETF, 3GPP, IPDR.org and GBA forums, and frequently speaks and chairs billing mediation, IMS and prepaid conferences throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Dr Mike Hollier is CTO of Psytechnics, and has more than 12 years experience in the telecommunications industry within BT where he was Head of Multi-Modal Perception Research, responsible for directing BT's research into perceptual engineering. A founder member of Psytechnics, whilst at BT, his team created the award winning PAMS (Perceptual Analysis Measurement System) speech quality measurement method which later became part of the new world standard - P.862.
Tom Homer is Head of EMEA and the Americas for Telstra Global based in London where he is responsible for developing and driving the overall business strategy for the region. Tom has over 20 years experience in IT and telecommunications, including 10 years managing relationships with multinational enterprises at AT&T combined with a range of senior roles at Energis. After Energis‚Äô acquisition by Cable & Wireless, Tom became Director of the Major System Integrator channel. He then joined Reliance Globalcom (formerly Vanco) as Director of Client Management before taking up the post of Managing Director ‚Äď UK and Nordics in 2009.
Matt Hooper is Chief Marketing Officer, MDS and is responsible for the company's global marketing operation. Previously Matt was CMO of Celona Technologies, and EVP Marketing at Colibria AS. Matt brings extensive experience to MDS, achieved through 16 years of working in enterprise software and communications marketing, product management and business development. Matt has also held senior marketing positions in the UK and overseas with Orange, BT Global, Hewlett Packard and Parametric Technology (PTC). Matt holds a Degree in business studies and is an MCIM member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is also a member of the CMO Council.
Chris Hoover is VP of Product Management at Openet and has over a decade of experience in mobile and networking technologies. Chris has served as an executive at Unwired Planet and he was involved with the Ericsson, Nokia, and ATT coalition defining standards for the first IMS-based application initiative. Chris holds a master's degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Russ Housley is chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Mr. Housley is the founder of Vigil Security, LLC, and he is coauthor of¬†Planning for PKI¬†and Implementing Email and Security Tokens, published by John Wiley & Sons. He has over 25 years of communications and computer security experience, and his expertise is in security protocols, system engineering, system security architectures and product definition.
Andy Huckridge is Director of Service Provider Solutions at Gigamon, spearheading the strategy for Gigamon's entire spectrum of global Service Provider Solutions. Huckridge joined Gigamon from VSS Monitoring, where he was Senior Director of Telecom Strategy and Marketing. Previously, he was Director of Marketing at Spirent Communications, and Director of Product Management at 8√ó8 Inc. Huckridge holds a patent in VoIP and was an inaugural member of the "Top 100 Voices of IP Communications" list.
Michael Hylton is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Sterling Commerce, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), helps customers thrive in a global economy by connecting their business communities, processes, people and technology. Hylton oversees product marketing for the company's multi-channel selling solution. This includes the development and communication of long- and short-term marketing strategies and objectives, as well as serving as the solution spokesperson to internal organizations, customers, partners, industry analysts and the press. Hylton has 20 years of experience in marketing high technology enterprise licensed and SaaS applications and infrastructure. He previously worked for Tumbleweed Communications and Nortel Networks as well as several start-ups. Michael holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Certificate in Public Relations from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing concentration) from San Francisco State University.
Magnus Hyttsten is the chief technology officer of DigitalRoute. He has more than 19 years of experience designing and implementing mediation systems worldwide. After working for several years with its predecessor products, he cofounded DigitalRoute in 2000 to provide next-generation mediation technology to the communications market.
David Jacobs , co-founder of JacobsRimell, has over 20-years of experience in networking and the online industry. David led the company from its inception as a professional services company, through its transition to becoming the leading provider of service delivery software services. As CTO, he is responsible for JacobsRimell's service deployment and development activities.
John Janowiak is President of the International Engineering Consortium. With 25 years of industry experience, Mr. John Janowiak serves as one of the industry's most well-recognized leaders. Mr. Janowiak leads a team that helps catalyze progress in the global information industry through outstanding educational conferences and exhibitions, publications and complimentary online education. Mr. Janowiak is responsible for IEC's business and market development activities having grown the 63-year old association's domestic activities to a truly global level. Mr. Janowiak is active with and serves as IEC's principal liaison to many information industry corporations and non-profit organizations. He also guides the organization's university relations ensuring technology transfer between industry and academia.
Mikko Jarva is CTO of the Intelligent Data business unit at Comptel Corporation. Based out of the company‚Äôs Kuala Lumpur office, he started his career with Comptel in 2000 as a trainer and product specialist. Since then, he has held positions in product marketing, sales, technical sales and business development before entering his current position at the company in 2015.
Anandan Jayaraman (AJ) is the chief product and marketing officer of Connectiva Systems and has worldwide responsibility for corporate and product strategy, product management, marketing, value engineering and business consulting. Prior to Connectiva, AJ was the Vice President of Industry and Product Strategy for SAP's Communications, Media and Entertainment Vertical where he led the transformation of SAP from an ERP centric solution business to a market driven industry solution provider in telecom and media. Based in Silicon Valley, California, AJ has extensive management experience in leading change, transforming go-to-market models and driving revenue growth for telecommunications and media companies around the world. He is also a regular speaker at telecom, media and CRM events worldwide and has published extensively in trade journals.
Allan Johnson is General Manager of HelloSoft VoIP at Imagination Technologies. Mr. Johnson has 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry in VoIP, IP multimedia, mobile devices, and wireless communications including business development, product management, and engineering leadership in software and hardware telecommunications products. Contact Mr. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick Kapani is the CEO of Apptium Technologies, charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Apptium to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. He brings business acumen, people management skills and strategic vision in his leadership role He helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent. Over the years, he has been an integral part of the company while working closely with the top management in charting growth strategy by understanding his customer‚Äôs perspective through emphasis on discovery. In his previous roles, Rick has served in hands on technology, leadership and executive positions at Architel Systems Corporation, Nortel Networks, MetaSolv, and Concept wave. He has worked with service providers around the globe, gaining a deep understanding of the challenges facing the service provider industry. Rick carries over 20 years of Technology and Telecommunications experience which has been widely recognized for his creative mindset and visionary leadership. He has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards, and charitable and community organizations. He has notably also held board positions on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment authority of Virginia as well as the Center for Innovation and Technology of Virginia. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and has attended the Executive leadership program at MIT.
Bruce Kelley , Jr. is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NetScout Systems, and works directly with CEO Anil Singhal and NetScout's Fortune 500 service provider and enterprise customers to set the company's strategic technology direction. Mr. Kelley joined NetScout in 2000, following its acquisition of NextPoint Networks, which he co-founded in 1996. Prior to assuming his current position as NetScout's Chief Technology Officer in 2001, Mr. Kelley served as Vice President of Engineering, Service Level Management. Mr. Kelley has presented at various IT industry and financial conferences, including the CIO Perspectives Conference and Interop. He is also the recipient of two patents in network and performance management.
Charles R. Kenmore is president and CEO of ANDA Networks, the Silicon Valley-based provider of Metro-Ethernet access products for carriers and service providers. A telecom industry veteran with more than 35 years of progressive responsibilities in senior executive and general management roles, 25 of which were as CEO, President, or Vice President / GM, for major worldwide wire line and wireless telecommunications carriers and network equipment suppliers: fixed and mobile converged voice, internet, data, and streaming video systems and services. He has established four start-up businesses within larger companies and has successfully managed companies during prosperity and economic downturns.
Prior to joining ANDA Networks, Mr. Kenmore's responsibilities included President of ADC International; Vice President and General Manager of the international division Information Systems Group at Motorola; founding head of Sprint International; and Vice-President and General Manager of the international systems integration division at Comsat. He is a frequent speaker at technology, investment banking, and institutional investor conferences. Mr. Kenmore serves on the Board of TechNet, is a member of the executive committee of the TIA-Telecommunicaitons Industry Association Board, and is Chair of its Technology & Standards Committee. He is a 2008 recipient of the CEA Digital Patriot Award.
Ken Kennedy is Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Management and Software Development at CSG International. Mr. Kennedy is responsible for defining CSG‚Äôs technology roadmap and aligning the technical vision with CSG‚Äôs business strategy. Ken is responsible for all aspects of developing and implementing technology initiatives related to CSG‚Äôs product offerings.
Edward H. Kennedy is President and CEO of Tollgrade Communications. As Ed is putting his experience transforming the telecommunications industry to work by helping utilities modernize their nation‚Äôs power grid. Ed is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Probably best known as the CEO and President of Ocular Networks, a company he co-founded and sold in less than three years for $355 million dollars to Tellabs, Ed was lauded by Forbes for executing one of 2002‚Äôs top high-tech deals. He was also selected as Ernst & Young‚Äôs 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and one of Telephony magazine‚Äôs top ten leaders of telecommunications transformation.
Paul Kenyon is co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Avecto, responsible for driving the revenue and growing sales globally with a focus on North America & Europe. Paul is a successful business executive with an outstanding 20-year track record in building, growing and leading high-performing, multinational high-tech companies in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Prior to Avecto, Paul was CEO of Artificial Dynamics who pioneered browser virtualization technology similar to private browsing technology found in web browsers today. In 1999, he founded AppSense, the global leader in User Virtualization solutions. Leading sales and marketing globally within the business, Paul was responsible for driving sales from inception to profitability with revenues of over $30 million.
Joe Kestel is Director of Consulting & Industry Analysis with New Paradigm Resources Group, Inc. (NPRG). Prior to joining NPRG, Mr. Kestel provided market analysis and strategy consulting to domestic and overseas clients in high-tech and industrial business segments. His expertise covered market sizing and segmentation, competitive analysis, technology assessments and new product development, strategic benchmarking, and market penetration strategies. Mr. Kestel has advised companies both large and small, including NTT, Minolta, and the Italian Trade Commission. Mr. Kestel holds a Master of Science in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Davidson College. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society, the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and the World Future Society.
Fareed Khan is the Director of Product Management and Marketing at ConceptWave Software Inc. In his current role, his duties include the strategy and marketing of ConceptWave Products. The products include Order Care, Rapid CRM, and the Service Delivery Environment.
Prior to joining ConceptWave in December 2009, Mr. Khan was the CTO at ooober Inc., a telecom multimedia platform vendor for multiple cloud based products. Ooober's clients include Mobile Operators, Media Companies and Consumer Brands. The software included a Mobile Platform, a Mobile Marketing Platform called onSMS, and a Mobile Content Marketplace operated as Ringtones.mobi.
Prior to ooober, Mr. Khan served as VP of Technology at Wysdom, Inc., a provider of mobile Service Delivery Platform (SDP) software. Mr. Khan lead the strategy, development and deployment of several Wysdom products, along with the responsibility of delivering multiple international service delivery platform solutions to Wysdom's customers, with leading mobile network operators such as Motorola (OEM), Bell Mobility, AT&T, EuroTel, Orange and Telecom Italia Mobile. Prior to Wysdom, Mr. Khan held various software management and development positions.
Vivek Khattar is the Associate Vice-President & Research Services Director (Business and Industrial Research Division) of IMRB International.
Casey Kindiger is the CEO and co-founder of generationE Technologies, and has served as an industry thought leader for the past decade. He sets the organization's strategic vision with a focus and commitment on empowering telecommunication service providers, financial services firms and large enterprises to serve their customers in the most cost-efficient manner and with the highest levels of quality. generationE's IT process automation (ITPA) software places human ingenuity at the forefront of workplace activity, and breaks down traditional organizational and process constraints through an innovative approach to automation. Leveraging its deep industry experience, generationE has partnered with leading vendors such as IBM to package solutions that combine Resolve with other compelling service offerings and best-in-class technologies. Kindiger earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics, and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago.
Ken King is the Director of Telco & Media Convergence for SAS. His responsibilities include management of the product lifecycle and marketing strategies for SAS‚Äô Communications industry products. King has over twenty-five years experience in design, deployment, and support of voice and data networks for large corporations worldwide. He has extensive experience in migration of communication networks from circuit to packet switching. His background includes roles in Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Engineering, Testing, Training and Technical Support. As an active participant in the TeleManagement Forum, King‚Äôs views are helping to shape the evolution of Business Analytics within the communications industry. King has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Florida. He also has an MBA, with a concentration in Product Innovation Management from North Carolina State University. He has dual Australian and American citizenships.
Jay Klein is CTO and VP of Allot Communications, and has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications. Before joining Allot, he served as VP Strategic Business Development at DSPG (VoIP and multimedia silicon solutions) where he was responsible for strategic technology acquisitions. Prior to this, he co-founded and held the position of CTO at Ensemble Communications (wireless access systems) and was one of the founders and creators of WiMAX and IEEE 802.16. Jay was also CTO and VP of R&D at CTP Systems (cellular system manufacturer) which was acquired by DSP Communications and later by Intel. Jay holds numerous patents in the telecommunications field.
Jay Klein is Chief Technology Officer at Allot Communications. Mr. Klein has over 20 years experience in telecommunications and is responsible for driving Allot's technology strategy and core intellectual property. Prior to Allot, he served as VP at DSPG (VoIP and multimedia silicon solutions) where he was responsible for strategic technology acquisitions. Before this, Mr. Klein was co-founder and CTO of Ensemble Communications (wireless access systems) and was one of the founders and creators of WiMAX and IEEE 802.16; and CTO and VP of R&D at CTP Systems (cellular system manufacturer) which was acquired by DSP Communications and later by Intel. Mr. Klein holds numerous patents in the telecommunications field.
Indu Kodukula is vice president of Product Management for Oracle Service Delivery Platform. In this role, he leads the team that defines product strategy and sets overall product direction. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Kodukula worked for several leading technology and consulting companies. He holds an advanced degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.
John Konczal is a Global Industry Executive at Sterling Commerce, and sets the Sterling Commerce market and product strategy for positioning the Sterling Commerce selling, fulfillment, and business-to-business integration solutions in the communications, media & entertainment industry. His specialty is the design and deployment of e-commerce, channel integration, and order fulfillment solutions supporting customer-centric sales strategies in global communications and media environments.
Stephen Kosarko is vice president of engineering at billing and OSS software provider Info Directions, Inc. Beginning his software development career at Eastman Kodak, Kosarko now oversees management of the company's long-term technology vision, coordinates engineering development programs, directs internal systems development, and monitors quality standards. Under his direction Info Directions has expanded its product line to include solutions for wireline, wireless and convergent markets and achieved Gold Partner status under Microsoft's Independent Software Vendor (ISV) program. Kosarko earned his engineering degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Antti Koskela is Comptel's Chief Technology Officer
Stephen Krajewski is the Manager, Product Marketing - Amdocs Self Service for Amdocs. Stephen Krajewski is responsible for product marketing activities for Amdocs Self Service. In this capacity, he drives market awareness for the role Amdocs Self Service plays in enabling an integrated customer management business strategy for service providers. He has been with Amdocs since August 2004. Stephen has more than 12 years of experience in software product and service delivery in billing and customer care, working with leading clients across Europe and North America.
Randy Krenz is President and VP of Engineering for ComBrio. He brings 25 years of experience conceiving, building, and managing software technology businesses. Randy most recently served as VP of Products for PeerDirect Corporation, with responsibility for product development, product management, quality assurance,e and customer support. Prior to that, he served as VP of Engineering for InCert Software Corporation. He was also President and co-founder of Intellesprit Software and served in various leadership roles at Hewlett Packard Company.
R. Kripa Kripanandan is Director of Product Marketing for ConceptWave Software, a provider of order automation and product catalog solutions. ConceptWave improves operational efficiencies to facilitate the rapid delivery of new services for the communications service provider market.
Sanjay Kumar is the Industry Vice President for Communication & Media at Progress Software. He heads Progress Software's go-to-market strategy, activities and solutions for the global communications industry. Before Progress Software's acquisition of Savvion, Sanjay was the Vice President of Communications & Media Solutions at Savvion, where he lead the Savvion global communications industry practice. Prior to that, Sanjay was Vice President and Principle at The Management Network Group [NASDAQ: TMNG], a strategic and operational management consulting group for the communications industry. There, he was responsible for TMNG's North American business integration practice, leading the development and delivery of large carrier operations and IT Infrastructure initiatives. He has extensive experience in architecting and managing large-scale OSS/BSS solutions for global communication service providers and the vendors that support the communication industry.
Krzysztof Kwiatkowski is M2M & BSS Product Manager for Comarch SA, and has been working for Comarch for more than 10 years, evolving from a role of a software developer, through consulting to the position of a Product Manager which he currently holds. He is responsible for adding new products, such as the M2M Platform or the Central Product Manager to Comarch's portfolio as well as for the constant development of the Comarch BSS Suite according to customer requirements. Krzysztof holds a Master's degree in Information Technology from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow and is currently studying for an MBA at the Economic University in Krakow.
Sanjay Kumar is Head of Telecommunications Industry Solutions at VMware. Sanjay leads VMware‚Äôs strategy and solutions for the telecommunications industry to address the new challenges facing global communication service providers to help drive new revenue opportunities, streamline operations & costs and enhance the overall experience for their customers. He has previously lead the global telecommunications industry business practice for several enterprise software companies and management consulting firms to architect and delivery next generation solutions and worked extensively with global communication service providers to develop strategy, architect end-to-end OSS/BSS solutions, and drive new business initiative to help transform their business. He has been accredited for many industry solution firsts and is often quoted as a telecommunications industry thought leader.
Barbara Lancaster is founder and President of LTC International Inc., she brings in-depth experience of the telecommunications industry from a number of perspectives. Prior to founding LTC International, Barbara worked in telecommunications for more than twenty-five years, during which period she held a wide range of positions in telecommunications customer service and billing management. She is an acknowledged authority in this field, specializing in user requirements analysis, systems design, data analysis, sales prospecting and methods development. As a management consultant, she has worked with a wide range of clients in North America and overseas to create and implement customer care and billing solutions, organization strategies, and market position strategies. Barbara has a well-established reputation as an effective and powerful communicator, as a trainer, and as a professional speaker. Barbara is a regular presenter at industry conferences and seminars.
Christopher Laska is CEO at Telenor Hungary.
Michel Leber is Senior Manager, Product Marketing at Tekelec. He started his career as an R&D engineer in telecom test equipments. His experience includes positions in project management, product management, and marketing, taking a leading role in market analysis and definition of network monitoring system and various applications. Michel has global technical and marketing experience with telecom operators on all continents. He has been published in the numerous telecom magazines and has been a speaker in several ITU and other industry events.
Kelly LeBoeuf is Director of Marketing at Excelacom. As Director of Marketing, Kelly is responsible for the global strategy, planning and execution of all aspects of Excelacom‚Äôs marketing and portfolio.
Ken Lee is director of product marketing for the Oracle Communications Service Delivery product family, with global responsibility for the go-to-market planning and execution of the product line to a diverse audience, including worldwide sales, enterprise and telecom customers, partners, developers, analysts, and press. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Lee was director of worldwide product marketing at BEA Systems for the BEA WebLogic Communications Platform product family. Prior to BEA, Mr. Lee spent a total of eight years at Sun Microsystems in various leadership roles in product management and product marketing working on products such as Solaris, UltraSPARC, iPlanet, and Java. Mr. Lee holds a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and he completed his graduate studies in management at Yonsei University in South Korea.
Eran Leib, COO, Whitebox Security, and his colleagues, from the cyber-security division of the Israel Defense Forces, founded Whitebox Security to protect organizations‚Äô information from internal and external threats. He previously was a senior security consultant and architect at CA Technologies. Mr. Leib served four years in the IDF‚Äôs technology division. He is a licensed CISSP and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.
Grant F. Lenahan is Vice President, IMS Service Delivery Solutions, for Telcordia, and is responsible for defining product and market strategies. As part of these responsibilities, he leads the specification of Telcordia's next-generation of OSS, service platforms and technologies that will enable wireless and cable operators to offer content-rich, IP based and converged networks. Mr. Lenahan's experience includes 20 years with Telcordia Technologies, working in such diverse areas as Generic Requirements, transmission engineering, video services design, economic analysis and operational analysis of new communications technologies/services. Grant is also the author of numerous papers in the areas of Next Generation Networking ("NGN"), Wireless services, and the impact that advanced services will have on the business models and economics of fixed and mobile operators. Prior to joining Bellcore in 1984, Mr. Lenahan worked for GTE Lenkurt, Inc., GTE's transmission equipment manufacturing arm. He received his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics (Computer Science) from Drew University and a joint Master's Degree from the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Vincent Lesch is currently Vice-President of Product Marketing at network signaling, mobile messaging and performance management equipment vendor Tekelec. He has a diverse 20-year telecom and communications software background, with companies ranging from large communications services providers such as AT&T to early stage software start ups engaged in interactive advertising. He previously held positions with Bell Laboratories, Lucent, and General Electric in engineering, product management and marketing, and has served on the board of the IMS/NGN Forum and the strategic advisory board for Solid Technologies, which was acquired by IBM.
David Liu brings an extensive software and service provider background to the discussion. At Pica8, David's team has developed extensive intellectual property built into Pica8's SDN stack, resulting in three filed US patents. Before Pica8, David held software management positions previously with Cortina Systems, Ericsson and Lantern Communications. He holds a MS in Computer Science at the University of Michigan.
James Lochran , is the VP Solution Strategy - Communications, Media & Entertainment for CA. Jim has 10 years experience defining and developing service assurance solutions for the telecommunications industry inclusive of Wireline, Wireless and Cable providers. Jim's background is in development and solution architecture within Aprisma Management Technologies flagship product SPECTRUM. In this role, Jim lead several development projects focused on extending SPECTRUM's scalability, technology support and root cause analysis capability to address the needs of the service provider community. Currently, Jim is leading a team of solution architects within the CA Communications, Media & Entertainment business unit, focused on helping CA's Communication, Media and Entertainment customers achieve their goals by providing solutions that unify, simplify and secure the service delivery infrastructure.
Dennis Lottero lead Global Business Development M2M Solutions for Vodafone. With extensive professional background in both healthcare and M2M/IoT systems, he is currently responsible for Global M2M Business Development specializing in adapting mobile services within the IoT. Prior to joining Vodafone Dennis served as the co-founder and EVP of Corporate Development at Global Telematic Solutions (GTS), while concurrently serving as VP of M2M Solutions at Walsh Vision.
Josee Loudiadis works on IP network and service management activities at Alcatel-Lucent. She came to Alcatel-Lucent through the acquisition of Newbridge Networks, where she served in the business development of OSS independent software vendors (ISV). Ms. Loudiadis holds a masters degree in Engineering.
Scott Lukes is VP of Marketing, Accanto Systems. A well-known technical marketing expert and author in the communications industry, Scott leads Accanto's product marketing initiatives. He is a Silicon Valley veteran, and has successfully led many telecom equipment manufacturers to market dominance, three of which were acquired. Scott earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Kevin Macaluso is Vice President of the Service Router product group within the IP Networks Division (IPD) of Alcatel. In his current role, he manages the complete lifecycle and P&L of Alcatel's IP/MPLS Service Router and Ethernet Service Switch product lines and is a leader in developing Alcatel's IP strategy. Kevin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1993) and a BSEE from Santa Clara University (1985).
Robert Machin is Director of Product Marketing (EMEA) for CSG International. Robert has been part of the telecoms industry for over 20 years, working with software vendors, systems integrators and communication service providers (CSPs) in a variety of technical and business-focused roles. He is a regular contributor to business conferences and industry journals, most commonly on subjects related to the impact and management of next generation technologies. Robert spent four years as Head of Billing Solutions at Logica before heading up product marketing at mediation vendor Openet Telecom in Ireland, then moving into strategic marketing with Finnish OSS specialists Comptel Corporation. Robert has been with CSG since the start of 2012, and is part of the global Product Marketing team.
Robert Machin is principal analyst at Finnish OSS specialist Comptel Corporation. He has been part of the telecoms industry for 20 years, working with independent software vendors, systems integrators and communication service providers in a number of technical and business-focused roles. He is a regular contributor to business conferences and industry journals, most commonly on subjects related to the management of next-generation services.
Robert spent four years as head of billing solutions in Logica's international telecoms division before heading up product marketing first at mediation vendor Openet in Ireland and then at service fulfillment specialist Axiom Systems in the U.K. In April 2008, Axiom Systems was acquired by Comptel, and Robert joined its strategic marketing unit, where he has taken responsibility for market analysis and development of the company's value propositions.
Alec Main, CEO of Graphite Software, is an experienced business leader who develops and executes strategic business plans to drive company growth. Alec has been influential in the security industry, shaping the security models and technology that are used by many of the largest OEMs and service providers in the world. While with Nagra, he managed a large, cross-functional and international development and delivery team providing OTT streaming video solutions to a broad range of service providers and CE devices. As the CTO of Cloakware, Alec guided the product strategy and led engagements with key customers until the acquisition of the company in late 2007 for US$72.5 million.
Rick Mallon brings over 20 years experience in the IT and Telecom industries to his role as Vice President of Product Management at Sigma Systems, the proven global leader in subscriber policy management and fulfillment solutions. He has spent the past 11 years working to develop business and operational support systems for advanced IP services including VoIP, WiMAX, IP VPNs, IPTV and high-speed data access. Mr. Mallon has worked with corporations such as Nortel, TeleGea, Atreus Systems and IBM, holding senior positions across product management, business development and strategic planning. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Robert Malnati is Senior Director of Business Development at Leapstone Systems, Inc. He has more than 15 years experience defining and implementing communications solutions that address operator requirements for new revenue generation and efficiency. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Tom Mangan is the Senior Vice President in charge of customer management professional and consulting services at Convergys Corporation. Whether supporting companies with in-house customer care operations, or those that choose to outsource, Convergys' real-world expertise and experience solving complex customer management problems helps companies enhance the customer experience, reduce customer interaction costs, and apply business analytics to improve operations throughout the business to grow profits and customer satisfaction. Convergys is outthinking and outdoing√Ę‚Äě¬Ę on behalf of its clients every day.
Lars Mansson is the Senior Director of Product Management & Strategy at Digital Route. In this role, he is the owner of the company's product portfolio, go-to-market and the long-term development of its products & solutions as well as its product strategy, roadmap and thought leadership. Lars has a background in technical pre-sales and was previously a system architect and technical coordinator for mediation systems at Tele2 in Sweden.
Michael Manzo is the Chief Marketing Officer for Openet, overseeing all aspects of marketing and product management. Prior to joining Openet in August 2006, Michael worked in the Enterprise Solutions group at Nokia, where he consulted on M & A integration and marketing of enterprise mobility solutions. Michael has also held executive positions at Traverse Networks (acquired by Avaya), Omnisky (acquired by EarthLink), Telocity (acquired by Hughes DirecTV), and Notify Technology Corporation. Michael has a BA in Journalism from the University of New Hampshire.
Michael has spoken on behalf of Openet at many industry events, including the Billing and OSS World Conference and Expo (2008 and 2009), TelcoTV 2008 and several TM Forum events including Management World Americas in 2008.
Rob Marson is Vice President of Global Marketing at Nakina. In this role, Rob is responsible for directing Nakina‚Äôs strategic value proposition. He has authored a number articles and publications about various technology and market inflections and the associated impacts on the communications industry. Rob has held management, business development, and strategic marketing roles at a number of companies including JDSU, LSI and Nortel. Some of Rob's current focus areas include the network security, management and orchestration transformations created by SDN and NFV.
Joseph Martin is Director, Solution Engineering within Enterprise Solutions at Sprint. His team provides advanced solution engineering sales support for wireline and wireless products and services across all business sales channels and segments, including general business, mid-market, enterprise, public sector, federal, wholesale, and alternate channels for stand-alone and integrated solutions. Mr. Martin has been with Sprint since 1988, and has extensive experience in the ‚Äúinter-connect‚ÄĚ business, customer premise equipment, cable television consulting for municipal & county government, plus market research. He started his career with the Department of Energy in Washington, DC.
Dr. Gabriel Matsliach is the General Manager of Billing & Active Customer Management at Comverse, overseeing Comverse's BSS/OSS business and product portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience running successful product organizations and extensive experience in BSS/OSS. He holds Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science.
Liam Maxwell is Vice President of Products for Oracle Communications, responsible for Oracle's products spanning billing and revenue management and service fulfillment. Mr. Maxwell joined Oracle in 2006 via its acquisition of Portal Software where he spent seven years, last serving as Chief Product Officer. Previously, he held management positions with Aerial Communications and Computer Sciences Corporation. Mr. Maxwell graduated from Illinois State University in 1993, with a bachelor's of science degree in business administration and information systems.
Rich McBee was named President of Tektronix Communications following the acquisition of Tektronix by Danaher Corporation. He has assumed leadership responsibility for Fluke Networks, which together with Tektronix Communications are part of Danaher's Test and Measurement platform. McBee was also recently named Vice President and Group Executive of Danaher. Prior to the acquisition, McBee was Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Tektronix' Communications Business.
Steve McCarthy is the Head of Mobile Market Sales at Syndesis Ltd. Syndesis is a global provider of solutions for communications service delivery management and data integrity management, enabling service providers worldwide to profitably deliver Triple Play, IPTV, VoIP and other next-generation services. More information is available at www.Syndesis.com.
Andrew McDonald is Head of Network & Service Management Product Group, IP Division, Alcatel-Lucent. Andrew is responsible for the Network & Service Management (NSM) Product Group within Alcatel-Lucent's IP Division. In his current role as NSM business unit head, he manages the complete lifecycle and P&L of Alcatel's NSM portfolio which has set the industry benchmark for comprehensive end-to-end network and service management with it's 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager (CPAM), 5670 Reporting and Analysis Manager (RAM), and 5750 Subscriber Services Controller (SSC) products.This NSM portfolio is an integral part of the Alcatel-Lucent Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA) solution. The 5670 RAM is the newest addition to Andrew's product group, announced with Alcatel-Lucent's evolution of its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture on August 4, 2008.
Tim McElligott is a contributing editor to Pipeline and the former Editor-in-chief of Billing & OSS World (B/OSS) where he managed the editorial content of B/OSS and its associated conferences. He led the publication since 2008. Prior to that he was senior editor at award-winning Telephony magazine. His primary focus has been business and operations support systems and other cool communications stuff. McElligott has been a telecom journalist since 1999 when he left the sweet embrace of the carrier community after 14 years. He was a wireless data engineer for Ameritech and worked as a technician for both Ameritech‚Äôs wireline business and AT&T.
Steve McIntosh was one of the co-founders of BeQuick Software in 2002 and joined the company as Chief Operations Officer in December, 2003. Prior to BeQuick Software, Steve was Vice President of E-Commerce Development for World Choice Travel, which he co-founded in 1996 and sold to Travel Services International, Inc. in 2001. At World Choice Travel, in addition to leading the information technology department of 18 programmers and operations personnel, Steve was the original visionary behind many of the company‚Äôs core strategies such as private labeling. As a result, the company achieved an annual growth rate in excess of 125% for 7 consecutive years and grew to over $400 million in annual sales and 200 employees. World Choice Travel is regarded as the world leader in private label travel solutions. In November 2003, Steve played a key role in the sale of the company to the world‚Äôs second largest online travel seller, Travelocity, a division of Sabre, for $50 million. In 2000, Steve was awarded the Soloman Smith Barney award for Outstanding Sales Growth by Northwood University‚Äôs Excellence in Entrepreneurship awards program. Steve graduated in 2000 with highest honors from the University of Florida with a BA in Finance and minors in statistics and economics. In 2008, Steve was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
Tom McQuade directs the CellEngine and Trillium Software division of Radisys, having previously served as the company's Senior Director of Business Development and Worldwide Sales. Tom joined Radisys in 2012, after holding a number of senior sales and business development positions in the semiconductor industry. Prior to Radisys, Tom ran the Quality Control team at Signetics, worked in sales at Toshiba America and Brooktree, and then landed at Picochip where he became intimately involved in the maturing small cell market. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Dean Mechlowitz leads Nakina‚Äôs global sales organization. Dean is responsible for driving the company‚Äôs global sales strategy for its portfolio of software products, platforms, services and partner initiatives. He is focused on developing and leading a best-in-class sales organization and increasing the company‚Äôs customer base while driving new business. Dean is an industry veteran within the OSS/BSS segment, bringing extensive previous experience from senior positions at ADC Metrica, Granite Systems (acquired by Telcordia), Telcordia (acquired by Ericsson), and AceComm. Dean is a graduate from Lehigh University, and possess a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Alexandra Mehat joined Rodopi Software as Marketing Manager in August 2007, and is responsible for the company's marketing planning, coordination and strategy. She brings 10 years of high-tech experience to Rodopi, in areas such as Product Management, Product Marketing, Partner relationship and pre-sales for the VoIP softswitch and Intelligent Networks industries. Mrs Mehat earned two Masters in Marketing and in Telecommunications respectively from Universite Paris Dauphine and Institut National des Telecommunications in France.
Vinay Mehta is a Vice President in Convergys Corporation's product management group, responsible for product management and market strategy. Convergys' Infinys software offers an IMS-ready solution that enables operators to evolve their BSS environment with minimal risk.
Patrick brings over 24 years of communications engineering experience to his role as chief technology officer. Prior to founding Acme Packet, Patrick served as the vice president of engineering for Priority Call Management (PCM) from its inception in 1989 through its acquisition by the LHS Group a decade later. At PCM, Patrick developed and supported the company's network telecommunications products and grew the engineering team from two to 75 members. Prior to PCM, he was employed at Boston Technology. Patrick has developed intellectual property portfolios for PCM, LHS PCM, and Acme Packet. He has accumulated 49 patents of which 30 have been issued and 19 are pending. Patrick holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Boston University.
Lukasz Mendyk is OSS Product Manager at Comarch. His 14 years of professional experience includes 12 years of involvement in developing OSS products for the telecommunications industry. He obtained his Master of Science degree from AGH University of Science and Technology in the field of Computer Science. Lukasz is an enthusiast of TMF standards and best practices which proved useful during his career in helping to develop OSS products that add value to CSPs.
Tony Merenda is the VP of Engineering at Opengear, a company that builds next generation intelligent solutions for managing critical IT and communications infrastructure.
Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum Chief Executive Officer, joined the Broadband Forum as Chief Operating Officer in July 2006, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. Robin has held leadership positions in the telecommunications industry for over 18 years and was recently named on the Power 100 List by Global Telecoms Business.
Sanjay Mewada is the Vice President of Strategy at NetCracker. His responsibilities include overseeing the strategic direction of the company and managing the company's partnership program. Prior to NetCracker, Sanjay was at the Yankee Group, where he was the vice president of the Telecom Software Strategies (TSS) Decision Service. Sanjay holds a B.S. degree in physics and an MBA from Bombay University. He also holds a Master's Degree in international business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Catherine Michel is Chief Strategy Officer & VP of Products for Sigma Systems, responsible for the company's entire product portfolio. Previously, she was founder and CTO of Tribold, and principle architect of the company's products and solutions portfolio. Prior to co-founding Tribold, Catherine was a senior executive in Accenture's Communications & High Tech practice, devising and delivering business strategy and large-scale BSS / OSS solutions globally. Catherine also sits on the TM Forum Executive Committee.
Paul Mikkelsen is Chief Operating Officer at Aptilo Networks. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in international telecommunication and IT and was part of Aptilo Networks‚Äô founding team in 2001. Prior to Aptilo he was Director of Business Development at Axis, responsible for the European market for the Mobile Internet Division. Paul held different executive positions in marketing and business during 10+ years at Ericsson. While there, based in Kuala Lumpur, he was responsible for fixed public operator business for the region. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics from the University of √Ėrebro, Sweden.
Matt Milford is the CTO of Leapstone Systems, Inc. Matt has been designing and developing innovative software solutions for carrier networks and large corporate systems for more than 20 years. Before joining Leapstone, Matt was Vice President of Research and Development for Qwest, where he ran a large software engineering and development team responsible for building a converged network integration platform. He also has patents pending for the technology related to Leapstone's Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) products.
Cassandra Millhouse has global responsibility for positioning next generation OSS solutions and bringing them to market. She has 17 years of international software industry experience includes software design and development, consulting, strategy and marketing. Before joining Amdocs OSS Division, Millhouse was Ovum's lead analyst covering the customer relationship management (CRM) market. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (Honours 1) from the University of New South Wales, and is currently completing her Masters degree at the University of Sydney.
Hakan Millroth is CTO for Tail-f Systems. Before co-founding Tail-f Systems, Mr. Millroth held an executive management position at Interpeak, an embedded software vendor that was acquired by Wind River in 2006. Previously, he was a co-founder and CTO of Bluetail, a software company that was acquired by Alteon Websystems in 2000. Mr. Millroth‚Äôs career also includes several management roles at Ericsson and Nortel Networks. He holds a PhD in computer science and has served as a faculty member in the computer science department at Uppsala University.
Steve Mills is the president of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) where he has actively contributed to the governance of standards activities since 2001. Mr. Mills is retired from Hewlett-Packard Company, where he worked for 30 years in the research and development of products for the computer and telecommunications industries. As a strategist in the Industry Standards Program Office, he led HP‚Äôs participation in industry consortia and standards development organizations.
Horacio Miranda de Oliveira is Senior Product Marketing Manager for Tekelec's Integrated Application Solutions (IAS) portfolio, with specific responsibilities for the development and management of IAS Market Intelligence solutions. Horacio has 18 years of experience working with carriers worldwide on OSS/BSS issues. He joined Tekelec as a result of the acquisition of Steleus in 2004. At Steleus, he was responsible for the product development team for prOceSS7 and various other solutions, including the EVA traffic simulator product portfolio, at the Clemessy, France location. Horacio is a graduate of Ecole des Mines (Ales).
Arnab Mishra is Transera‚Äôs SVP of Products and Solutions. With over a decade in senior product leadership roles, Arnab has responsibility for Transera‚Äôs product management, product marketing, program management, and strategic alliances functions. Prior to joining Transera, Arnab held senior positions at Alcatel, where he led the team responsible for the definition and positioning of Genesys‚Äô core communications platform offerings. Arnab holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carl Moberg is VP Marketing at Tail-f Systems. Before joining Tail-f Systems, Mr. Moberg held several management positions at ServiceFactory, a company that he co-founded in 1999. Prior to ServiceFactory, Mr. Moberg was one of the principal architects of Telia‚Äôs Internet service platform. This platform was an industry first, supporting a wide variety of access types and application services in an integrated fashion to millions of subscribers.
Andrew Morawski joined Vodafone in 2013 as its head of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) in the Americas.
Andrew is responsible for leading Vodafone‚Äôs M2M sales, strategy and operational initiatives in North and South America. His key area of focus for the region is the application of M2M technologies which enable creative new business models to drive growth in both established and emerging markets. "The Americas region is a distinct combination of markets which Vodafone is uniquely positioned to serve. The expertise Vodafone brings as the true leader in M2M solutions carries significant advantage to enterprises looking to develop new revenue streams from solutions in this space".
Andrew brings a wealth of experience in the global telecommunications industry to the role. He joins from Cable&Wireless Worldwide where he was the Managing Director for the Americas for three years. In this role, Andrew had overall commercial and strategic responsibility for the company‚Äôs enterprise and carrier sales, marketing, HR and service delivery operations in the region. Prior to joining Cable&Wireless Worldwide, Andrew worked for Telstra for over a decade in multiple roles including President and CEO of Telstra Inc, leading the Americas region for Telstra International.
Andrew has also held senior management roles with organisations such as Nortel where he managed the relationship between Nortel and SBC through the acquisition of Pacific Bell and SNET. He has also worked as Director of Sales Operations and Regional Vice President of Sales for Prism Communications as well as holding sales and management positions with Nynex Meridian Systems.
Martin Morgan is VP Marketing at Openet. With over 25 years‚Äô experience in mobile BSS, Martin has worked in telecoms software since the early days of the industry. He‚Äôs ran the marketing departments of four BSS firms and has served on the boards of software companies and trade associations. A recognised industry thought leader Martin has spoken at over 50 telecoms conferences, written more than 40 white papers and has had over 80 articles published.
Yaron Morgenstern is the Marketing Manager for the Revenue Management products unit of Amdocs. He serves on the marketing team responsible for defining the business strategy and product direction for Amdocs' products support pre-paid and convergent wireless service. Yaron's previous experience within Amdocs includes leading business analysis and system integration projects for major North American operators. Yaron is studying for his MBA and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Dr. Mark H Mortensen is a Senior Analyst at Analysys Mason, responsible for Customer Care and Service Fulfillment research. He was formerly the Chief Scientist of Management Systems at Bell Labs and CMO of several venture-backed OSS companies. Mark holds an MPhil. and Ph.D. in physics from Yale University and is an adjunct professor in Strategic Management at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Mike Murphy is an international technology expert with extensive experience in running technology development programs on a global scale for some of the top companies in the telecommunications industry. He has an extensive background in both Research & Development and P&L ownership globally. As CTO for North America for Nokia Networks, Mike is responsible for supporting senior customer engagements and influencing corporate strategy in both product direction and roadmaps. Previously Mike worked as Head of Technology for the Asia-Pacific region, managing activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, his focus was roadmap planning for the region, LTE entry and development, as well as communicating the telecom vision with a focus on broadband profitability. Mike has a master‚Äôs degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Brian Naughton is VP Architecture and Strategy for Axiom Systems. Brian joined Axiom Systems in August 2006 from global telecommunications provider Cable & Wireless, where he reported to the Group CIO in an IT Architecture and Strategy role. Most recently Brian was responsible for C&W global fulfillment architecture and was instrumental in creating the next generation OSS blueprint that underpins C&W's I Want My IPTV to NGN (Next Generation Networks).
Over the last 15 years, Brian has held a number of senior roles within leading IT and Telecommunications companies focusing on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arena. Prior to C&W, Brian worked on defining strategic ICT initiatives for companies such as British Telecom, Sun Microsystems, BEA Systems and Intel. Prior to that, Brian was Director of Telecoms Strategy for Sonic Software, where he was an early evangelist for the value of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services-based approach to the industry.
Mark Nicholson , as Chief Technology Officer for Subex Azure, is responsible for the company's long-term technology strategy and for driving the definition, direction and development of the Subex Azure software suite, encompassing Service Fulfillment, Revenue Assurance, Fraud and Risk Management. Prior to joining Subex Azure by way of Syndesis, Mark served as CTO of the Nortel eBusiness Solutions, where he was responsible for the provisioning suite of products, their integration into the Nortel Service Management portfolio, and targeting the solutions to the service provider marketplace.
Brad Niven is the Regional Director for the Americas at Axiom Systems. With over 15 years in OSS and 20+ years in communications technology, Brad talks about the opportunities IMS presents and considers provisioning for convergent services in an IMS world.
Justin Norris is Managing Director and co-founder of DIGITALK, where he oversees the continued evolution of the DIGITALK business and of its market and industry leading telecommunications products, applications and services. An industry leader, Justin has throughout his career been at the forefront in the introduction of new technologies, and was heavily involved into the early developments and introduction of CTI (Computer-Telephony Integration) technology. It was Justin's vision of next generation intelligent switching platforms, based on open standards, that was the catalyst for the birth of DIGITALK. Before founding DIGITALK, Justin spent over 5 years working on the development of computer telephony hardware and software solutions. With a strong software engineering background, Justin contributes to both engineering and technology at DIGITALK, but his principal focus remains on business strategy. Justin has a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science from Manchester University
Israel Nov, Gilat's Director of Cellular Solutions, has over 25 years' experience in the cellular industry. He has managed and developed cellular projects worldwide, and has been instrumental in the creation of cellular networks now used by thousands of consumers.
Antonio Nucci is the Chief Technology Officer for Narus. Dr. Antonio Nucci brings a distinguished career in research and development and IT to Narus. He is conducting research in network measurement and management, traffic analysis, network security and surveillance, network design and traffic engineering. Prior to joining Narus, Antonio was employed by Sprint as a principal member of the technical staff. In his career, Antonio has published more than 50 technical papers, filed 22 patent applications covering various aspects of networking. He is the co-author of a definitive textbook on managing large IP networks, titled "Design, Measurement and Management of Large-Scale IP Networks. Bridging the gap between Theory and Practice" to be published by Cambridge University Press in March 2008. He recently joined the Technical Advisory Board of Panorama Capital LLC (spin-off of JP Morgan) to advice on emerging technologies and trends. Antonio was recently awarded the prestigious InfoWorld 2007 CTO Top 25.
Antonio received the Dr. Ing (B.S. and M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
Patricia O'Hara, is responsible for marketing communications at NetCracker Technology. She has extensive experience in the telecommunications arena from both equipment and software companies that delivered solutions to service providers and large corporate enterprises. Most recently from Quantum Bridge Communications, a pioneer in the fiber access marketplace, where she helped established the company as an industry leader. Pat also has been associated with Xircom and Brooktrout Technology, she has a BS in Marketing from Boston College.
Sean O'Reilly, is Lead Engineer at LTC International, Inc. and a wireless network specialist, with 20 years of experience in the communications industry. Sean has a comprehensive understanding of network operations, engineering, and design functions, and system architecture which he uses to support Service Providers seeking to optimize their International Roaming, Network Performance, and Network Operations capabilities. His ten years' experience working in a network operations environment has also given him a good grounding in the principles of bringing together people, systems, and processes to help bridge the gap between "business" and "IT" and assist companies in realizing their objectives.
Bill O'Brien is Director of the Adaptive Platforms Strategy & Development team in the CTO organization at Centurylink. Formerly the co-architect of Centurylink's international & industry leading NFV platform, the Programmable Services Backbone. He moved into the director position in 2014 to lead an innovative multi-disciplinary team to carry deliver on the vision he set forth in 2012 as the platform's Principal Architect. Bill's professional background includes over 16 years in telecommunications, designing IaaS architectures, carrier network management and analytic systems design.
Greg Oslan , is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Narus. Prior to joining Narus, Oslan was president and chief executive officer for Wireless Online, a provider of smart antenna solutions to the wireless industry. Earlier, he served as president and chief operating officer for CNET, Inc., a wireless operational support system company, where he effectively executed a turnaround strategy and acquisition. He began his career with AT&T and spent ten years with Ameritech. Oslan earned his master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Patrick Ostiguy founded Accedian Networks in 2004 and serves as president, chief executive officer and sits on the board of directors. With over a decade of pertinent telecom industry experience, Patrick is responsible for filing of several Patent Applications and has published dozens of industry conference proceedings and technology articles. Prior to founding Accedian, Patrick was co-founder Avantas Networks and launched the industry's first portable Ethernet and SONET field-services test-set. Avantas Networks was acquired for $100M by EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering and Patrick continued his role in product management and participated in several M&A activities at the executive level. Prior to Avantas, Patrick was part of the initial Positron Fiber Systems (PFS) team that commercialized the industry's first Ethernet over SONET Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). PFS was acquired by Reltec in 1997 for $200M, and subsequently by Marconi. Patrick is the recipient of the Ernst & Young‚Äôs Entrepreneur of the Year award in Quebec for recognition of his technology solutions, his exceptional leadership in driving growth, development and innovation in the industry. Patrick holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Sherbrooke.
Bill Otto is Chief Technology Officer at TIERONE and leads their team of technical experts that specifies and architects its NETPortal service delivery, provisioning, and management solution. Additional responsibilities include creation of OSS roadmaps, architectures, and solution definitions for TIERONE and its customers. Bill has over 30 years of systems and telecom experience. Prior to joining TIERONE, Bill held management positions at MetaSolv, Nortel, Architel, and Accugraph in OSS product management, definition, and application.
Srinivas Padmanabharao is a senior telecommunications sector professional with significant international experience across North America, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe over the past 17 years. As director, marketing with Oracle Communications, he currently focuses on sales force enablement, pipeline generation, thought leadership, and industry awareness for products and solutions across the globe, with a specific focus on the order management and service fulfillment domains. His prior experiences include leading sales consulting teams and as a certified consulting professional prior to that, he has managed all aspects of multi-million dollar programs with people, financial, and client relationship responsibilities. He has a graduate degree in engineering from IIT Bombay and an post graduate MBA from IIM Calcutta.
David Page is the Chief Technology Officer for Nexagent. Prior to co-founding Nexagent in 2000, David was Manager of Consulting Engineering with Cisco Systems' NSP Europe from 1998 to 2001. He was responsible for the technology strategy of a $1billion line of business, aligning customer strategy with Cisco's technology R&D plans. Prior to Cisco, David was responsible for the technical architecture of large-scale, multi-national, managed network service deals at IBM Global Network Services and BT Managed Network Services. Previously David was a Lead Engineer at NatWest worked in defence research at Marconi. He graduated from Bath University with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Mike Palackdharry - is a vice president in the Information Management (IM) line of business at Convergys Corporation, a global leader in relationship management. Mike is responsible for business development activities for this line of business, including sales, strategic partnerships, product marketing, and technical sales support. He reports to Bob Lento, president of IM. Prior to his current appointment, Palackdharry spent six years at Cincinnati Bell Information Systems - a Convergys predecessor - holding a variety of technical and business positions. His last assignment was Program Manager, responsible for managing the relationship with AT&T Wireless. Previously, he served in a number of executive positions including vice president of global sales for BCGI and director of information technology for Ameritech. Mike earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in physics from Illinois Wesleyan University. Mike and his wife, Sherri, live in Wheaton, Illinois, with their four children.
Prayson Pate is Chief Technology Officer and SVP of R&D at Overture, where he is also a co-founder. Prayson is a technology leader and evangelist with a proven track record leading teams and delivering products. Since 1983, he has been building Carrier Ethernet and telecom products for service providers and network operators around the world - both as an individual developer and as a leader of development teams. Prayson spends much of his time driving adoption of Overture's new Ensemble Open Service Architecture, which includes aspects of automation, virtualization, SDN and NFV. He has a BSEE from Duke, an MSECE from NC State and is the holder of nine U.S. patents.
Yogen Patel is Vice President of Market and Product Strategy within the Information Management line of business at Convergys. Yogen has over 15 years of operational experience in enterprise software and telecommunications. Most recently, Yogen was Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Ceon. Yogen completed his MBA at the Wharton School, and also holds a master's degree in engineering.
Dhananjay Pavgi is Sr. Consultant - OSS Product Management with TechMahindra, and has 11 years of Telecom Domain experience. Dhananjay has worked extensively on NM/OSS systems and solutions, architecting complex projects at large Tier 1 telcos across the globe. In addition, Dhananjay has delivered webinars on OSS/J SQM, TMF MTNM-OSS/J harmonization and other topics as a member of the TMF. In addition, Dhananjay has participated in various Telecom industry conferences as speaker.
Sergio Pellizzari is the Chief Solutions Architect for Nakina Systems. In his Chief Solutions Architect role, Sergio has responsibility for Nakina Systems' future product roadmap by working closely with customers to understand their needs and how Nakina Systems' expertise can solve their operational issues. Sergio spent 18 years working at Bell Northern Research and Nortel Networks and was involved in the infancy of Nortel's highly successful line of HiCap and Metro Optical products. Sergio led design and architectural teams delivering management solutions for all Optical products and was involved in unifying management solutions of newly acquired products or those affiliated through joint-ventures. Sergio is one of Nakina's founders and one of Nakina's key speakers and has presented several joint papers with Nakina customers at Telemanagement forum, Billing and OSS World and various HP software and customer forums.
Dean Perrine is the Director of Competitive Analysis at New Paradigm Resources Group, Inc.'s (NPRG). As the Director of this group, Dean is responsible for guiding the research strategies and analyses produced by the Competitive Analysis team. Dean's team provides real-time client specific competitive research and analysis, including pricing, product rollout, and market and carrier-specific data. Dean also assists in the development of new areas of research for the firm. Mr. Perrine has authored reports covering such areas as Telecom Sales and Retention strategies, UNE-P, and pricing analysis. Prior to joining New Paradigm Resources Group, Dean served as an athletic recruiter and admissions officer for Ball State University and Valparaiso University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations from Ball State University.
Bruce Peterson is the founder and CEO of Velocent Systems first to provide network-wide, per session, user plane monitoring that assists mobile broadband operators proactively resolve service quality problems. Mr. Peterson has 30 years experience in communications with 15 years in mobile communications. He has been a speaker at numerous industry events including the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Neil Philpott is the Director of Solutions Strategy at Amdocs. Neil's team is responsible for: understanding the impact of emerging trends and business drivers on Service Provider's business support systems today; defining the resulting market requirements; positioning Amdocs' offers to the market to address these requirements. Neil has more than 20 years management and consulting experience. He has worked extensively in the communications industry for fixed network and mobile operators in many parts of the world. His expertise covers business development, management, marketing, information systems strategy, change management and all stages of the software systems lifecycle. Neil was President of the Global Billing Association from 2002 to 2004 and remains a member of the GBA Executive Council.
Piotr Piatosa is VP of Telecommunications at Comarch. Piotr Piatosa graduated with a Master's degree in engineering physics from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. He holds an MBA from the Oxford Brookes University-Polish Open University joint program. Piotr has been with the Group for 9 years and has served as Director of Consulting in the Finance and Banking Business Unit and as Director of the Telecommunications Business Unit. He was promoted to Vice President in June, 2006
Chris Piedmonte is the Senior Editorial at Pipeline and the CEO of Suvola Corporation, a company providing enterprise software solutions on ARM-based microserver platforms.
Chris is a serial entrepreneur with a 30-year track record of successfully creating innovative state-of-the-art solutions to a wide variety of problems in complex information technology systems. From 2005 to 2012, he was cofounder and CTO of Algebraix Data Corporation where he pioneered the invention and development of algebraic data processing for Big Data. In 1990, he founded Eagle Creek Systems, Inc. as its sole employee and grew it into a multimillion-dollar software-engineering business providing product development services for a wide variety of industries.
Jean-Michel Planche, President and founder of Witbe, has over 20 years‚Äô experience in the Internet and digital technology fields. In the early 90‚Äôs, he founded Oleane the first Internet Operator in France. In 7 years, Oleane became the second largest ISP in France and was acquired by France Telecom. Planche became France Telecom‚Äôs Senior VP of Business Internet services. He then founded Trancred Venture to invest in digital breakthrough projects and left France Telecom in 2000 to create Witbe, building on his vision that all services would soon be based on IP and that the industry was lacking solutions to control content usability and monitor cloud services. Witbe has over 400 clients in 5 continents, with offices and centres of excellence in New York, Montreal, Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Dan Pocek is the founder and CEO of NetQuest Corporation, a communications manufacturer providing innovative network monitoring and access solutions since 1987. Under his vision and leadership, NetQuest introduced several industry firsts, including the first LPDA and SNMP Chipsets for network element management and, more recently, the first monitoring access optimizer for converged network test access. Dan's broad industry experience spans over 30 years of evolution in network access and monitoring techniques.
Prior to NetQuest, Dan held a leadership position in Telenex-General Signal. It was here that he developed and brought to market Autoscope, the industry's first network analyzer to use graphics and imaging. He also held leadership positions at Northern Telecom and Control Data Corporation before devoting himself to starting NetQuest.
Dan is an award winning speaker at several conferences and has written various articles about the industry over the years. He holds a Dipl. Ing. Degree in EE from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Malla Poikela is Senior Product Marketing Manager for Comptel. Malla joined Comptel in May 2012 and works in the field of product marketing concentrating on mediation, charging and policy control. She has over 15 years of experience in the telecom industry, in particularly in BSS domain working with companies including Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Telia.
Asher Polani is the CEO of FTS, a global provider of billing, CRM and policy control solutions for communications, content and service providers. Prior to joining FTS, Asher was CEO of Finjan and has also served in senior management positions at companies including HP & Amdocs. Over his career, Asher has co-founded a number of technology-oriented companies specializing in networking, media, imaging and artificial intelligence.
Roark Pollock is the Vice President of Marketing for Ixia‚Äôs Network Visibility Solutions business unit which includes the newly acquired Net Optics business. In this role he leads Ixia‚Äôs overall marketing strategy and execution for the network visibility business.
Prior to Ixia, Roark served as Director of Product Management in Dell‚Äôs networking business unit. In this role he was responsible for Dell‚Äôs campus networking product portfolio and development strategy including all product development programs.
Prior to Dell, Roark led security product marketing for HP TippingPoint. In this role, he was responsible for all of HP TippingPoint‚Äôs Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) products and go-to-market strategies. He also served as Director of Worldwide Product Marketing for TippingPoint prior to its acquisition by HP.
Roark joined TippingPoint after serving as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for MegaPath Inc., a national managed service provider in North America. In this role he was responsible for all product development efforts and go-to-market strategies. He also worked in product marketing with Covad Communications and as a management consultant with the Towers Perrin Strategy and Organization consulting practice.
Jim Poole, General Manager, Global Networks & Mobility, Equinix, is uniquely positioned to provide insight into the ecosystem of carriers, CDNs, ISPs, MSOs, cable operators, cloud, and web content and applications. With a background in telecommunications (wireless and wire line environments), broadcast communications and device manufacturers, Jim's team is focused on strategies that support all varieties of network connectivity to accelerate the monetization of services. Jim joined Equinix in January 2010. Previously he was vice president of Business Development at Roundbox. Over the last 18 years, Jim has held a variety of senior level positions in product management, sales management, and systems engineering with Savvis, Cable & Wireless America, DynamicSoft, and UUNET Worldcom.
Jeff Popoff is the Vice President of Marketing of Redknee. Jeff is responsible for the company's strategic market development, product marketing, and marketing communications programs to support Redknee's ongoing growth. Prior to Redknee, Jeff has been involved in the wireless and telecommunications industry since 1986, including supporting the first AMPS, TDMA and CDMA networks in North America and postings in both Europe and Asia Pacific launching GSM services. Jeff ran a wireless incubator in the Texas "Telecom Corridor" and led a Mergers and Acquisitions team in Silicon Valley. Jeff has a B.A.Sc. degree (Honors) in Systems Engineering (Canada), is a Chartered Engineer in Europe, and has an Executive MBA from Stanford University. He now lives in Silicon Valley, California.
Dana Porter is Vice President - Strategy for Amdocs. Dana Porter is responsible for identifying key market trends, and defining the business strategy and product direction for Amdocs' product portfolio. Dana is an expert in market analysis and determining service provider strategies, and has led many sessions on her vision and insight to senior executives around the globe. Prior to Amdocs, Dana held management consulting positions with Deloitte and Israel-based consultancy Tefen, focusing on customer-centric business and systems integration strategies.
Tony Poulos is Head of Revenue Management Sector, TM Forum. Tony Poulos has been involved with software development and systems integration in travel and telecommunications for over 20 years. He was involved in the development of convergent billing system in the early nineties in Australia and from there he worked in a business development role with Unisys' Telecommunications Practice in Europe. Tony was co-founder of Copernicus Global Billing Services, a London based, web-enabled, managed service provider for outsourced billing and payments collection. He has worked in the areas of revenue assurance, billing, payments, mobile internet access, mobile email and content delivery.
In addition to being a regular speaker and chairman at telco conferences in Europe and Asia-Pacific, Tony has written for Asia Mobile News, was a Contributing Analyst for IDC, written for a number of industry publications worldwide and is Editor, Asia Pacific for Telecom TV. He was an executive of the Global Billing Association for five years prior to its merger with the TM Forum. He now heads up the Revenue Management Initiative of the TM Forum and also conduct its training classes in billing and revenue management.
Mate Prgin is President and CEO at Avvasi. With over 15 years of experience pioneering technology to deliver video content across wired and mobile networks, Mate Prgin has a track record of identifying unmet demands and opportunities for operators and service providers. He was co-founder and CEO of Video Locus (acquired by LSI Corporation), and held several engineering roles at PixStream, a video networking systems company acquired by Cisco Systems. Prgin also played a key role in the early development of the Telco industry's first IPTV headends, including AT&T's U-verse. Coming into his current role as the president and CEO of leading mobile video optimization provider Avvasi, Prgin foresaw the impact of video on network capacity. With operators facing a do-or-die crossroads in the challenge to meet tremendous consumer demand for high-quality mobile video, Prgin set out to make Avvasi the top provider of solutions to enable operators to turn network strain caused by mobile video into a future-proof revenue stream. Prgin is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the company, and he has steered Avvasi to recent successes including winning Deloitte's Companies to Watch Award and the coveted Brahnam300 Award.
Marc Price is Senior Telecoms Strategist, CTO Office for Openet. Marc is a senior subject matter expert in telecommunications systems, with more than 15 years of experience working extensively with customers to define strategies and deploy world-class solutions for mediation, rating and billing. He has worked with some of the largest U.S. and European communications providers to achieve business success, most notably providing strategic assistance to some of the world's top wireline, wireless and cable companies implementing complex services across diverse networks. Before joining Openet, Marc was the lead software architect for a real-time, object-oriented rating and billing system for convergent telecommunications service providers. He holds honors degrees in mechanical engineering and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris Purdy brings more than 20 years of relevant OSS, EMS and NMS experience to Nakina in his role as Chief Technology Officer. In 19 years with Nortel Networks, Chris established a highly successful track record as Director, Product Line Management. Among his many accomplishments at NORTEL, Chris led the cross corporate project to create Nortel's end-to-end Optical Ethernet Network Management Solution giving Nortel a key market differentiator in their Optical Ethernet market offering built around the Optera Metro, Baystack, and Passport Ethernet switching platforms. Chris graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc (Electrical Engineering) in 1985.
With over 14 years of experience delivering service provider software solutions, Prabhu Ramachandran directs WebNMS, the service provider division of Zoho Corporation. Prabhu leads strategic marketing, product management, customer support, partnerships and professional services for WebNMS. Leveraging the technology of the corporation‚Äôs flagship WebNMS Framework, Prabhu has expanded the business from its longstanding leadership position in multi-vendor network and element management software into vertical solutions for Carrier Ethernet, MPLS, broadband, LTE and satellite networks. In 2012, Prabhu began driving WebNMS into network orchestration, SDN, NFV and IoT/M2M platforms, all critical enablers for service providers to grow profitable businesses. He holds a Bachelor‚Äôs Degree in Electronics and Communication from Madras University, Chennai, India.
Arvind Rangarajan is Director, Product Marketing at BroadSoft. Arvind has over 19 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in various roles that include Software Development, Product Management and Product Marketing, applied across Wireless, Unified Communications and in Cloud based communications. Prior to joining BroadSoft, Arvind led product marketing efforts for ShoreTel SKY, a Cloud Based UCaaS solution. He has held several Senior Product Management and Product Marketing roles with Cisco Systems and Philips Electronics, as well as Software Development positions for Nortel Networks and Ericsson. Arvind holds a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from UT Arlington, Texas and also an MBA degree from University of Dallas and a BE degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from India.
Dr. Suprana Augusta Ranjan is a senior member of the technical staff in the Office of Narus CTO. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and brings a wealth of expertise in designing solutions for detecting and tracking all things malicious in the Internet, including worms, spam, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and botnets. Dr. Ranjan also holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and obtained his Bachelor's in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has held research internships at HP Labs and Google. Dr. Ranjan has won numerous awards, including the prestigious National Talent Scholarship awarded to 500 scholars annually by the Government of India.
Mr. Vinay Rathore is the Director of Service Provider Marketing for CIENA. Mr. Rathore is a seasoned member of the telecom community with 15 years of experience. He has helped some of the world's largest service providers including Sprint International, Global One and MCI design, build and market their newest products and services. Mr. Rathore's areas of expertise include network engineering, operations, sales & marketing in both wireline and wireless systems and networking technology that includes IP, MPLS, Ethernet, ATM & Optics. Mr. Rathore holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute as well as an MBA from the University of Texas.
Patrick Rhude is Nakina‚Äôs Chief Technology Officer and head of product management, responsible for guiding all aspects of product evolution. Prior to Nakina, Patrick has held senior leadership positions with Syndesis (acquired by Subex), Atreus Systems, CrossKeys, and Newbridge Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent).
Monica Ricci is CSG International‚Äôs Director of Product Marketing, focused on synergies and value propositions across all elements of CSG International‚Äôs BSS portfolio. Monica has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry, 16 of which have been working with BSS vendors delivering billing solutions and consulting with service provider customers to evolve their billing-related processes for wireline, wireless and next-generation services. With a B.S. in Physics and a MBA from the University of Chicago, Monica‚Äôs current focus is understanding the drivers for new telecommunications business models, incorporating both customers and the growing assortment of partners in the operator value chain.
Norman Rice is the Vice President of CA's Communications, Media & Entertainment (CME) business unit, a group he helped form in October 2005 to better meet the needs of CA's CME customers. Norman joined CA through its acquisition of Concord Communications where he was Vice President of Business Development. Prior to Concord, he was a member of the management team for Aprisma (joined in 2002) where he was brought in by the private equity owner, Gores Technology Group, to help turn the company around and return it to profitability before was sold to Concord in early 2005. Prior to joining Aprisma, Norman served as Director of Solutions for HoustonStreet Exchange. He also served as the Director of Business Development - Europe for Strategy.Com, a subsidiary of MicroStrategy, Inc., where he managed the International Finance and Portfolio Services channels as part of a multi-national, pan-European online banking business for Deutsche Bank. Before his work at Strategy.Com, Norman co-founded and sold a software company that developed statistical software for the environmental services industry. Norman holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan, is a Distinguished Fellow from Dartmouth College where he earned an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Engineering, and is published in several academic and industry journals. Norman serves on the board of early stage companies and is an active member of Dartmouth Entrepreneur Network.
Manuel F. Rivelo is Executive Vice President of Security and Strategic Solutions at F5 Networks. Prior to joining F5, Rivelo served as Senior Vice President ‚Äď Engineering Operations and Systems for Cisco Systems, Inc. During his 19-year career at Cisco, Rivelo was a member of the Cisco Development Counsel, the senior leadership team of the Cisco Development Organization. While at Cisco, he also served as head of the worldwide systems engineering organization. His managerial career spans over 25 years in product engineering, strategic planning, business operations, field engineering sales and IT. Rivelo serves on the board of directors of Apollo Group, Inc., one of the world's largest private education providers. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Matthew Roberts is the Director of Product Marketing for Amdocs BDSI based in London, UK. BDSI is responsible for Big Data initiatives and a number of different Amdocs solutions that embrace new innovations in the market place and help Service Providers embrace these challenges from virtualization, the connected home and unified communications Matthew has nearly 18 years of experience in Telecommunications and has held management positions at Vodafone Group, Motorola and Nokia. Prior to joining Amdocs Matthew was part of the European Product Marketing team at LG responsible for new Content and Services in their Mobile Division for Europe. Matt holds an honors Degree in Economics from the University of Reading.
Ciaran Roche is the Lead Technical Consultant for Vanco, US. Ciaran joined Vanco in 2001 and is currently a senior technical consultant and member of Vanco's global design council. He is responsible for solution development in support of Vanco USA's customer requirements and in this capacity has worked with numerous US based multi-national corporations to design a range of custom global network solutions. Prior to working with Vanco, Ciaran spent a number of years with Virtual Access in both the United Kingdom and Ireland working on the design and deployment of managed broadband Solutions for large enterprises.
Drew Rockwell is the Chief Executive Officer of both MDS and MDA. Mr. Rockwell joined MDA (then Lavastorm) in 2002 to lead its transformation to a global analytic software and services company. He has 31 years of executive and management experience in the communications and software industries. Prior to Martin Dawes Analytics, Mr. Rockwell served as Chief Operating Officer of MCK Communications, and he began his career at now Verizon, where he held executive positions in general management, sales, marketing, operations, and corporate strategy and development. He led strategic business units in Vermont and Massachusetts, and was CEO of a Verizon backed "e-telco" start-up in 1999-2000. Mr. Rockwell is an Honors graduate of Dartmouth College.
Robert Rosenberg is President of the INSIGHT Research Corporation, a Boonton, NJ-based consultancy providing comparative market research and competitive analysis to the telecommunications industry. He has commented on telecommunications industry developments for the BBC, Fox and CNBC TV networks and has been quoted in Newsweek, USA Today, and leading telecom trade publications. INSIGHT's recent work includes studies in the areas of operations support systems, IP telephony, and telecommunications usage by Hispanic consumers.
Mr. Rosenberg has over twenty years experience in telecommunications and data communications. Prior to forming INSIGHT in 1990, he was a senior consultant with the Eastern Management Group. Mr. Rosenberg was also senior computer editor at Data Communications magazine and served as editor on the staff of Electronics magazine where he was responsible for all telecommunications coverage. He won several journalistic awards including the McGraw-Hill Award for Editorial Excellence and has written about telecommunications for the Encyclopedia Britannica. He has also been a consultant to the Northrop Aircraft Corp. and Ford Aerospace. Mr. Rosenberg attended the M.S. Program in Telecommunications, College of Electrical Engineering, at the University of Colorado. He holds a B.A. from U. of Colorado and an M.A. from the Claremont Colleges.
Vadim Rosenberg is director of worldwide marketing for telecommunications at CA Wily Technology. Vadim is responsible for all aspects of CA Wily marketing strategy and execution for telecommunications - evangelism, sales and channel enablement, business case development, as well as in-account support for strategic business opportunities worldwide. Vadim has broad experience in telecommunications and IT infrastructure. Before joining CA Wily in August 2006 Vadim was responsible for global sales support for Oracle's Fusion Middleware products for telecommunications. Vadim was also the product marketing manager for BEA WebLogic Server and oversaw several major product launches and marketing initiatives. As a senior engineer at Tandem Computer (presently HP), Vadim built fault-tolerant transactions processing for Non-Stop J2EE infrastructure, and a high performance mission-critical messaging systems.
Livia Rosu is a product marketing manager for Marvell Semiconductor. With an engineering and MBA background, Livia has benefited from an extensive exposure to silicon-enabled revolutionary technologies ranging from Smart Cards Evolution and Mobile Commerce to Powerline Communications (PLC). Livia served 12 years on telecommunications industry in semiconductor companies and standardization body ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), enjoying early, long term involvement in Smart Grid activities globally, starting with first PLC generation UPA and extending into G.hn standard and its market adoption.
Todd Rowan is President, Telecom Management Practice, for Vodafone. Todd has been with Vodafone since 2008, and is currently leading a team with direct reports in U.S. Germany, and UK across 105 accounts generating $150 million. He provides strategic focus and drive revenues and sales for Enterprise Mobility solutions and consulting. Mr. Rowan's career in telecom includes tenures with Verizon, BellSouth, and Level 3.
Ian Roy joined Comverse in May 2014 as VP, Product Management for Comverse, where he guides product and go-to-market strategies for billing and policy management solutions which help communications service providers monetize today‚Äôs digital lifestyle services. Prior to Comverse, Roy held senior positions with Amdocs, NetCracker Technology and BearingPoint ‚Äď amassing over 25 years of experience within the telecommunications market. Roy is considered an industry expert in Business Support Systems (BSS), and has been quoted in many industry publications.
Sue Rudd is Director of Service Provider Analytics for Strategy Analytics. Sue is responsible for forecasting broadband network capacity, OPEX, CAPEX and service profitability for fixed and mobile service providers as prices, features and service bundles change and as broadband traffic explodes. She has consulted to multiple wireless operators and regulated Incumbent U.S. Telcos on business and regulatory cases.
Kenneth Rugg is Vice President of Data Management Products for the Progress Software DataXtend and ObjectStore product lines. A 20-year veteran of the software industry, in 2002 Rugg joined the company as a result of Progress Software Corporation's acquisition of eXcelon Corp., where he was Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer. Rugg previously spent more than 10 years at eXcelon in leadership roles directing functions ranging from technical support and education to documentation, QA and product development. Rugg studied computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nancee Ruzicka is President & Founder of ICT intuition. With 25+ years experience in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) engineering and operations, Ms. Ruzicka is a trusted advisor to executives in the areas of ICT strategy and planning, market research, product development, communications, and ICT solution integration. She has defined and delivered strategic and tactical planning, technical and operational due diligence, process optimization, technology evaluation, and operational transformation in a variety of industries including: ‚ÄĘ Telecommunications ‚ÄĘ OSS/BSS ‚ÄĘ Power and utilities ‚ÄĘ Defense and government ‚ÄĘ Software development As the founder of ICT intuition, Ms. Ruzicka is pursuing a new model of customized strategy consulting and research across connected industries.
Sukki Sandhar is Head of Policy Orchestration for Kabira Technologies, Inc. Mr. Sandhar works directly with customers and prospects across the company and is responsible for the product line within the "Policy Orchestration by Kabira" product suite. This product suite is built upon, a real-time telecom-proven, software platform that accelerates the interaction between operational support systems and networks. Sandhar joined Kabira over 10 years ago and primarily focuses on wireless and IT integration applications and technologies. Prior to joining Kabira, he was a team leader for EDS Defence and was heavily involved with the development of IN software integration provisioning for Cable & Wireless. Sandhar began his career as software engineer for Mercury Communications, and holds a BSc Hons in Information Technology from the University of Sheffield in the UK, a Bachelor of Science with honors in Computer Science with significant performance in Math, Computer Science, Economics and Physics.
Tony Sceales is CTO and Founder of Celona and has spent the last 26 years working in the Telecoms, Financial Services and IT industries in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. He has driven major software development and implementation programmes for both user organizations and vendors including BT, The Prudential, AON and IBM. He is a regular author and speaker on the software and Telecoms industry. He co-founded Celona Technologies in 1997 and is now Chief Technology Officer for the company, responsible for strategic technology and product direction.
Tony graduated from the University of Wales with a BSc (Honours) in Plant Science. He is a keen sailor and lives in London with his wife and three daughters.
Jim Schakenbach is Pipeline's News Editor and has over 30 years of writing experience for broadcast, advertising agencies, and technology marketing communications. With a degree in journalism from Washington & Lee University and a career as a journalist, copywriter, and agency principal, Jim brings both real life experience and a depth and breadth of knowledge that enables him to write effectively and confidently about a wide range of subjects and industries.
Over the past three decades, Jim has written for a remarkable range of local, national, and international clients -- from US technology companies, business publications, and content marketing agencies to European manufacturers and a Middle Eastern media resources company. Jim has turned complex, often highly technical content into clear, concise and compelling stories, creating understanding for the reader and valuable brand identity for the client.
Rick Schmaltz is currently the Vice President of the Telecommunications Business Unit for the Wily Technology Division of CA, Inc. In his current role, Rick is responsible for developing and implementing the overall go to market strategy for Wily for the global communications market. He is a senior executive with over twenty-five years experience in technology, telecommunications and software. Rick has seventeen years experience as a company officer and six years experience as a member of the board of directors for both privately and publicly held companies.
Susana Schwartz comes to Pipeline as a freelance writer after 14 years writing about emerging technologies in the telecom industry. Previously she was Editor of Connected Planet Online's OSS/BSS, Data Center and Cloud Computing beats. Susana also spearheaded the Research & Publications arm of TM Forum after her tenure as Technology Editor with Telestrategies and B/OSS Magazine.
Louis C. Schwartz has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, operating executive and attorney in the digital media space. In 2000, Lou co-founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of Multicast Media Technologies, Inc. (‚ÄúMulticast‚ÄĚ), one of the first global online video platform companies, to reshape the way organizations create, manage and leverage video to communicate with their target audiences. Lou's latest venture, UUX, is the result of two merged companies (Totalmovie and OTT Networks) to create one of the first white-labeled Pay TV-as-a-service offerings for mobile carriers around the world. Lou has won several entrepreneurship awards, and is an internationally recognized expert in new media and IP video convergence.
Sam Sciacca is an IEEE Smart Grid subject matter expert, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Smart Grid consultant in the utilities industry. He has over 25 years of experience in the U.S. and international electric utility industries.
Michael Scott is General Manager of Wolfe, which provides high-performance, all-optical Ethernet and VPN solutions to help meet business and residential connectivity needs. Scott has spent the last 25 years in the telecommunications industry with companies like PG&E, Cascade Communications, Lucent Technologies, EDS, Microsoft Xbox Live, Fisher Communications and Whidbey Telecom.
Hubert Selvanathan is a Principal with Waterstone Management Group, a boutique management consulting firm that helps technology companies and investors create measurable value by identifying and capitalizing on disruptive growth opportunities and by driving excellence in Services, Cloud and Customer Success performance. Hubert has extensive advisory and operating experience in the technology industry. He has worked on a range of business issues, including development of organic and acquisition-driven growth strategies, transformation of perpetual license-based business models to subscription-based models, launch of cloud and managed services offerings, and improvement of professional services and customer support operating models. His work with technology providers spans enterprise and consumer software, equipment, devices, information services, and technology services companies ranging in size from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 firms.
Gareth Senior is the chief technology officer at Comptel Corporation, and serves as the innovator and creator of the company's products and solutions. He is also a member of Comptel's Executive Board. Formerly the chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Axiom Systems, Mr. Senior has 20 years of IT development experience, 15 years of which were spent working directly for national carriers with a focus on service fulfillment.
Mehdi Sif is Director, Triple Play Solutions Marketing for Alcatel, in Mountain View, California, USA. Mr. Sif has previously held multiple senior product line management and marketing positions at Bay Networks, Shasta Networks (Nortel Networks), and Juniper Networks. Mr. Sif is the recipient of the 2004 U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his ICT sector assessment work with the International Executive Service Corps.
Andrew Silberstein is Senior Vice President and General Manager at Globecomm Network Services. Mr. Silberstein leads the company‚Äôs operations, planning and execution of strategic business development, as well as sales and management of ongoing services. A 30-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Mr. Silberstein most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Schema Inc., a global wireless optimization software company, with operations in the United States, Israel and Latin America. Prior to his tenure with Schema, Mr. Silberstein served as GSI‚Äôs Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
Lucas Skoczkowski is the Chief Executive Officer of Redknee. As the company's founder and first employee, has been directing the execution of Redknee's business activities and corporate operations since 1999. He leads the development of the company's product portfolio and a global organization. Prior to Redknee, Lucas gained considerable experience in sales, operations, business and product development with a variety of international companies including Nortel Networks (USA, UK, Canada) and Clearnet Communications Inc. Lucas has been honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Information Technology sector for Ontario as well as a Top 40 Under 40 Award for Canada. Lucas serves on the Board of Directors for Redknee and has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he was a Loran scholar.
Melissa Smith holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in News-Editorial journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Smith is currently an English graduate student at Depaul University and a recent addition to the Pipeline team.
Christopher Smith is Chief Operating Officer for Clarity. Mr. Smith brings 15 years of business experience in the telecommunications sector to Clarity, and possesses the full range of development skills including engineering, fulfillment, pre-sales, sales, product management and strategy. Prior to joining Clarity, Christopher served as Vice President, Product Management at Telcordia Technologies, where he was responsible for their next generation OSS product line and managed a customer portfolio of more than 130 customers. Christopher developed his engineering and business skills at Alcatel in Australia, working in a number of roles including design and systems engineering. Christopher holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Engineering (Elec.) (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.
Dr. Gadi Solotorevsky is a Specialist in the field of Revenue Assurance (RA) with large experience in developing and deploying RA solutions. Dr. Solotorevsky is the chair of the RA team of the TeleManagement Forum, and is one of the authors of TR131. In addition, he is a member of the TMF advisory board. Dr. Solotorevsky joined cVidya Networks in year 2000 as its Chief Scientist, leading since then the design and development of cVidya's IP, methodology, and products. Dr. Solotorevsky holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Computer Science. Dr. Solotorevsky wrote several scientific papers on Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Resource Allocation.
Dr. Mohammad S. Shakouri , Corporate Vice President Strategy for Alvarion, has 22 years of experience in wireless system, microwave and fiber optic networks. Previously, during three years at Lucent, Shakouri was responsible for managing, building and developing network solutions for European and South American broadband wireless markets. Shakouri also spent 14 years in technical and management positions with Hewlett Packard developing microwave and fiber optic communication components and systems. Shakouri earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University on Subpicosecond GaAs Wafer Probe Systems.
Kent Steffen is President, CSG Digital Services, CSG International. Kent leads CSG‚Äôs digital services initiatives, helping communications service providers (CSPs), content producers and retailers to develop and implement digital content monetization, marketing, and management strategies. He is an authority on UltraViolet‚ĄĘ integrations, multi-device content offerings, digital lockers, and how direct-to-consumer providers are overcoming the challenges presented by today‚Äôs disparate marketplace. Prior to CSG, Kent was the co-founder and CEO of Telution, a software company serving leading communication and cable providers. He also led enterprise-level programs in the communications, healthcare, and financial services industries at Andersen Consulting. While at Andersen, Kent served as lead architect in the communications industry practice and worked with long distance and local providers to create customer care solutions.
Scott St. John is the Publisher and Managing Editor of Pipeline magazine. Mr. St. John was the original founding member of Pipeline, and has been deeply engrained in the communications industry for well over a decade. Mr. St. John provides a sharp perspective on the state of today's industry, technologies, trends, operators, and support systems. Mr. St. John is an accomplished author and a featured speaker pertaining to the issues and topics that are confronting communications information technology today. Mr. St. John's academic background encompasses the areas of Business and Law.
Manuel Stopnicki is chief technology officer for InfoVista, a leading proactive service assurance management software company. InfoVista empowers telecom operators, services providers and large enterprises to maximize business return and productivity by assuring the optimal performance of mission-critical networked services, applications, and infrastructures. Manuel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nery Strasman is chief technology officer of Vasona Networks, which works with operators globally to reduce cell congestion on 3G and 4G networks, and deliver better subscriber experiences. Before joining Vasona, Strasman was vice president of core technologies for BigBand Networks, where he led development of new capabilities for how media is best delivered in networked environments. He has also been a technologist and manager for Optibase and ELOP. Nery holds 26 patents and has participated in multiple international standards bodies, including DVB, SCTE and SMPTE.
Guy Strauss is Director - Amdocs Marketing. Guy leads the Amdocs Competitive Strategy division, responsible for the research and analyses of the competitive environment. His team provides insights that aide in the development of sound business strategies and superior sales support tools. Prior to this role, Guy headed up the Ordering division and held direct responsibility over the P&L, sales pipeline, sales activities, customer crisis management, product management, and marketing and business development at Amdocs.
Renee Stromberg is VP Marketing, Service Providers at Tail-f Systems.
Yaniv Sulkes is a telecommunications professional engaged in designing, developing, productizing and marketing industry leading solutions for over 14 years. Sulkes currently serves as the AVP of marketing for Allot Communications. Prior to Allot, Sulkes managed a large-scale telecom engineering project and served in different software engineering capacities. Sulkes has an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and B.Sc. in industrial engineering and management from Tel-Aviv University.
Douglas A. Suriano is chief technology officer (CTO) of Tekelec, responsible for product innovation, leadership in standards bodies and industry forums, and advocacy for mobile data solutions across Tekelec‚Äôs global customer base.
Douglas Suriano is VP of Products, Oracle¬ģ Communications Global Business Unit. Doug joined Oracle Communications from Oracle‚Äôs acquisition of Tekelec. Doug was appointed as Tekelec‚Äôs chief technology officer in August 2011, expanding on his vice president of engineering role to further develop Tekelec‚Äôs solutions for the mobile broadband era. Doug is responsible for product innovation and advocacy for innovative mobile data solutions. In his ten-year tenure at Tekelec, Doug led the company‚Äôs initiatives to transition from hardware-centric products to software-centric solutions and expand the market share of Tekelec‚Äôs text and voice solutions. He also headed the development of Tekelec‚Äôs Diameter Signaling Router (DSR), the first product of its kind sold to multiple LTE networks.
Doug joined Tekelec from dynamicsoft, Inc. where he was vice president of engineering as well as serving as chief information officer for QAD Inc., Before QAD, Doug managed the information technology division for the United States Marine Corps. Doug earned his Master of Science in Information Technology at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Paul Sutton is President and Chief Executive Officer at Kabira Technologies, Inc. Mr. Sutton has more than twenty-five years of experience in software and technology. He drove the effort to produce the 64-bit Kabira Infrastructure System and the revolutionary cross-network Kabira Transaction Switch. Before joining Kabira Technologies, Sutton was vice president of sales and marketing at Intellicorp, a business modeling software company. He has also held positions as vice president of sales at Softlab, a computer-aided software engineering firm owned by BMW AG, and as managing director of Boole & Babbage, a system management software company.
Patrick Sweeney has over 20 years experience in high tech product management, product marketing, corporate marketing and sales development. Mr. Sweeney is Dell SonicWALL‚Äôs Executive Director, Product Management, Dell SonicWALL where he oversees its Network Security, Content Security, Business Continuity and Policy & Management product lines. Previous positions include Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Minerva Networks, Senior Manager of Product Marketing & Solutions Marketing for Silicon Graphics Inc, Director of Worldwide Sales & Marketing for Articulate Systems, and Senior Product Line Manager for Apple Computer. Mr. Sweeney holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, CA.
Rajeev Tankha is Senior Director, Solutions and Product Marketing at Oracle Communications. Mr. Tankha develops and markets BSS and OSS solutions for the communications sector, including Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery, Unified BRM and CRM, Convergent Service Fulfillment Solutions for Consumer and Business Services.
Paul Teich is a Principal Analyst with TIRIAS Research, an independent high-tech industry research and advisory firm. Paul provides primary coverage for data center and network technologies, architectures, markets and ecosystems, and shared coverage of Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. He has over 30 years of industry experience spanning software, processor, system-on-chip (SoC), systems and web services. Most recently, Paul bootstrapped Moor Insights & Strategy's data center industry analyst practice, with the titles of both Chief Technology Officer and Senior Analyst. Earlier, he was Marketing Fellow in AMD's corporate strategy group. Paul has spoken and moderated panels at many industry events, including Dell World, TiEcon Silicon Valley and SXSW Interactive, and has been quoted in a diverse set of industry press, including: USA Today, SiliconANGLE, and Processor.com. Paul holds a BS in Computer Science from Texas A&M, an MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas‚Äô McCombs School of Business and 11 US patents. He is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE.
Michael Tessler brings over 20 years of business strategy and technology experience to his role as co-founder. As CEO and president of BroadSoft, Michael is focused on delivering advanced carrier-grade communications systems to service providers worldwide. Earlier in his career at Alcatel USA, as Vice President of Engineering in the Celcore organization, Michael was responsible for all product development activities for several product lines. A member of the senior staff, Michael participated in business strategy, helped manage the day-to-day, business activities, and led the business development activities in China. Michael has two patents in the area of local switching, AIN, and advanced call management services and was a recent winner of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year.
Chris Thatcher , CISSP, is National Practice Director, Enterprise Security, for Dimension Data North America.
Charlie Thomas is CEO of Razorsight, www.razorsight.com, the leader in cloud-based analytics solutions for communications companies. Charlie has led the transformation of Razorsight from a services based business process outsourcing company to a Big Data Cloud Analytics industry leader. In 2013, Razorsight was ranked #1 globally by Frost & Sullivan for Cloud Analytics in the communications industry. Charlie has led Razorsight to a #8 ranking on Deloitte's Virginia Fast 50 and a #114 ranking on Deloitte's National Fast 500 list. He's also established strategic partnerships with IBM and Xerox. Charlie has secured over $30 million in growth capital for Razorsight from leading institutional investors Sierra Ventures and Georgian Partners. Prior to Razorsight, Charlie co-founded, grew and sold 4 companies, and negotiated over $1 Billion in capital financings. He has successfully closed over 15 M&A transactions. Prior to Razorsight, Charlie founded and grew Claris Capital, a boutique investment bank, from 2002 to 2005. Charlie co-founded one of the nation's first Internet Service Providers which was acquired by Verio. He also founded an IT Services firm that was acquired by Private Equity firm GTCR, and a data center hosting company that was acquired. Charlie founded Net2000 Communications, a broadband communications provider, and led the company as CEO for nine years from start-up to an IPO led by Goldman Sachs in March 2000 with a market cap over $1.5 billion. Net2000 grew to $150 million in revenue and over 1,000 employees before being acquired in 2002. Charlie has also held sales and marketing positions with IBM and Verizon. He has invested in numerous early stage companies and has served on over 10 corporate boards including Cvent (IPO 2013), Base Technologies (acquired by CA in 2011), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy in 2011), Reliacast (acquired by Comcast in 2009), True North Solutions (acquired by ASC in 2007), and Capstone Turbine (IPO 2000). He presently serves on the boards of Potomac Officers Club, CFN Services, GuidePoint Security, Waterfall Software, Ostendio and is Vice Chairman of MindShare (Alumni). He is author of the book "Entrepreneur: A CEO's Lessons in American Capitalism" which was published in May 2005 (www.ceolessons.com). He was named a Top 50 statewide Entrepreneur by the Governor of Virginia in 2012 and a Top 10 Trendsetter by Pipeline Magazine. Charlie graduated from the University of Virginia where he played baseball.
Dale Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry and with consulting. As the general manager of Amdocs OSS Division, he oversees strategic planning and product development for the division. Dale joined Amdocs when the company acquired Cramer Systems Group in August 2006. Based in the United Kingdom, Dale has worked with major carriers including BT, Vodafone Portugal and TeleKom Austria.
Amit Thombre is a Senior Data Scientist at Tech Mahindra with more than 15 years of experience in IT. He has worked for Tech Mahindra in various research and development roles since 2005. Also an active and published academic, Amit was recently a reviewer for 9th International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining 2013. Prior to his tenure with Tech Mahindra, Amit worked for Tata Consultancy Services. Amit holds a Master of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology.
Roger Thompson is Technology Advisor, Wireline Solutions, at Nortel.
Dr Andy Tiller is the VP of Product Marketing at AsiaInfo. Prior to joining AsiaInfo in 2012, Andy was SVP of Product Marketing and Strategy for ip.access, a Board member and Director of the Small Cell Forum, the CTO and VP Product Marketing for ShoZu (a GSM Award-winning mobile service for sharing videos, photos and other user generated content), and VP of Product Marketing with Geneva Technology (a provider of telecoms billing software). Andy holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Cambridge University, UK.
Andy Tiller joined AsiaInfo in 2012 to create a global Product Marketing function and establish a European presence for the company. His responsibilities include all aspects of the marketing mix for AsiaInfo‚Äôs international business. Prior to joining AsiaInfo, Andy was SVP of Product Marketing and Strategy for ip.access, where he was also a board member and director of the Small Cell Forum. Previously, Andy was CTO and VP Product Marketing for ShoZu, a GSM Award-winning mobile service for sharing user generated content. From 1998 to 2002, Andy was VP of Product Marketing with Geneva Technology, a provider of telecoms billing software, where he helped to create a successful strategy for the company's entry into the mobile billing market. Andy holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Cambridge University, UK.
Richard Tomlinson , Ph D. is Executive Vice President overseeing the NPRG's consulting services. Over the years, Dr. Tomlinson has produced hundreds of market studies, business plans, technology evaluations, venture analyses and technical papers. Dr. Tomlinson has written and co-written several books and holds five technical patents. Prior to joining NPRG, he was founder and President of Connecticut Research, Inc., a boutique consulting firm specializing in technology analysis, business strategy and plan development and product development. Dr. Tomlinson is a Senior Life Member of the Institute of the IEEE and holds three electric engineering degrees; a PhD from Ohio State University and BS and MS degrees from Case-Western Reserve University. He also holds an MBA from RPI.
As Director of Marketing and Human Resources, Lisa Tovar is an integral part of the management team for Telarix, Inc., the market leader in OSS/BSS software. In charge of setting and implementing the Marketing and HR strategies, her unique and diverse background gives her a comprehensive understanding of both the company and market. Her education includes a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A from American University in Washington DC.
Vikas Trehan is responsible for the design and execution of InfoVista‚Äôs product strategy, delivery and technical alliances. With over 19 years of telecom industry experience in diverse roles including product management, marketing and business development, Vikas‚Äôs career spans telecom equipment vendors as well as OSS suppliers, providing him with a unique perspective for both networks and operations. His areas of expertise include various OSS domains and networking technologies including Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS and optical transport. Vikas‚Äôs previous experience encompasses several senior product management and business development roles in the Ethernet switching business unit of ADVA Optical Networking. He also worked with top companies such as Siemens, DSET, Fujitsu and Alcatel. Vikas holds a Masters in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.
Vikas Trehan is responsible for the design and execution of InfoVista‚Äôs product strategy, delivery and technical alliances. With over 19 years of telecom industry experience in diverse roles including product management, marketing and business development, Vikas‚Äôs career spans telecom equipment vendors as well as OSS suppliers, providing him with a unique perspective for both networks and operations. His areas of expertise include various OSS domains and networking technologies including Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS and optical transport. Vikas‚Äôs previous experience encompasses several senior product management and business development roles in the Ethernet switching business unit of ADVA Optical Networking. He also worked with top companies such as Siemens, DSET, Fujitsu and Alcatel. Vikas holds a Masters in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.
Vikas Trehan is responsible for the design and execution of InfoVista‚Äôs product strategy, delivery and technical alliances. With over 19 years of telecom industry experience in diverse roles including product management, marketing and business development, Vikas‚Äôs career spans telecom equipment vendors as well as OSS suppliers, providing him with a unique perspective for both networks and operations. His areas of expertise include various OSS domains and networking technologies including Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS and optical transport. Vikas‚Äôs previous experience encompasses several senior product management and business development roles in the Ethernet switching business unit of ADVA Optical Networking. He also worked with top companies such as Siemens, DSET, Fujitsu and Alcatel. Vikas holds a Masters in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.
Phil Twist is head of Portfolio Marketing for Nokia Siemens Networks. He and his team work closely with the business lines to provide content and collateral for marketing, analyst relations, competitor intelligence, press and media relations, messaging and materials to help enable the sales teams for the Nokia Siemens Networks portfolio. The scope of the portfolio covers radio and core infrastructure for GSM, WCDMA, FDD-LTE and TD-LTE, as well packet core, subscriber data management, packet networks, industry-leading OSS and Customer Experience Management software, and Global Services. Phil has been active in the telecoms industry since 1984 and has extensive experience working with operators to implement innovative solutions and achieve business success. In his earlier positions at Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks, which he joined in 1999, he was global Sales Director for Vodafone, head of the Customer Team responsible for Hutchison's business in the UK, and head of a Business Development team. Phil has a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA. He is married, has three daughters and lives in Hampshire, UK.
Richard Ullenius is Vice President, International Managed Services at CSG International. Richard joined CSG in 2008 and is responsible for building and managing CSG‚Äôs managed services business globally. Prior to CSG, he held leadership roles at Amdocs, British Telecom and a number of innovation startups. Richard has significant sales, business development, partnership, managed services / outsourcing, and strategy expertise in the telecommunications and software space. He is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events and has been a leading spokesperson as one of the early entrepreneurs in the mobile segment.
Elise Vadnais is a business development analyst for CommScope. Being a ‚Äúmillennial,‚ÄĚ Ms. Vadnais has purposed herself to analyze the significant implications of her generation‚Äôs technological trends and constantly connected mindsets on broadband networks. Ms. Vadnais has three years of experience in the industry, researching broadband network infrastructures across the Americas and Europe.
Reza Vaez-Ghaemi Ph.D., is the Emerging Markets, Alliances, and Technology Research Manager at JDSU. He leads the Americas Market Development organization at JDSU, and conducts research in Carrier Ethernet technologies. Reza has held positions in research, engineering, marketing, and management in telecommunications testing in Germany and the United States. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Berlin (Germany).
Rob van den Dam is the Telecommunications Leader for the IBM Institute for Business Value. In this role, he develops industry outlooks and business value realization studies for telecommunications. Rob has 20 years of experience working in telecommunications.
Dr. Stefaan Vanhastelis Director of Marketing for Fixed Networks at Alcatel-Lucent.
Thomas Vasen is Subscriber Experience Evangelist at Procera Networks, revolutionizing the way operators and vendors monitor, manage and monetize their network traffic. He has over 18 years operational experience with product and service development in the telecoms industry and, most recently, headed Product Management, Strategy and Marketing at DigitalRoute. Before that, he focused on solution development at service assurance pioneer Polystar OSIX, Thomas started as an entrepreneur in a series of Voice over IP start-ups at operators in Europe. At B2 Bredband AB, the largest ETTH broadband operator in Sweden, he was responsible for the setup and operations of the 1st primary line local-loop replacement service launched on the SIP technology in the world. Thomas studied at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and at the London School of Economics.
Dr. Venu Venugopal is the VP of Solutions Marketing at CA with responsibility for leading CA's solutions strategy and marketing efforts for the Industry Verticals, including Communications, Media and Entertainment. Previously he was a Director of Product Management for Security Management solutions at CA. Prior to joining CA in 2004 he was a Senior Manager for Product Management at Sprint-Nextel, where he was responsible for founding and directing Sprint's IP VPN and Security Services, a portfolio of over twelve managed and unmanaged services. His tenure at Sprint also included positions as Senior Manager for Network Security Services and Principal Program Manager for Managed Network Services, with responsibility for building OSS/BSS to support a portfolio of managed services. Prior to his eight years at Sprint, he was a research faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and a Senior Software Engineer at Wipro, Bangalore, India. He holds MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing, and has over 25 conference presentations/publications and 2 patents to his credit.
Alexandru Voica is Technology Executive for Imagination Technologies Group plc.
Eran Wagner is Vice President, Head of Product Strategy, Amdocs Products Group. Eran Wagner is responsible for developing Amdocs' overall product strategy, including portfolio planning, foundational products, product integration, demo capabilities, and the development of targeted solutions. He joined Amdocs in early 2004 as vice president - IPTV. His role has expanded from spearheading Amdocs' IPTV initiatives to overseeing all Amdocs' content products to, now, guiding the company's overall product strategy.
Prior to Amdocs, Eran co-founded in 1997 XACCT Technologies Inc., which Amdocs acquired in 2004. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Tel-Aviv University and patents granted by the U.S. Patent Office, including one for a distributed network accounting and billing system and method. He is based in San Jose, California.
Lars Wahlstrom is Group Vice President, Communications, Media, and Utilities; Oracle. Lars Wahlstrom joined Oracle in January 2000. His current role involves defining the strategy and go to market approach of Oracle in the Communications, Media and Utilities segments as well as assisting the countries in implementing these strategies and approaches. Lars has spent the last 17 years in the communications and software domain.
Walt Bowers Walt is the Senior Manager of Product Planning with Hitachi Communications Technologies America. He has been involved with Telecommunications and Java since 1996 and has extensive experience in development of Element Management Systems both as a developer and as a development manager. For the past two years Walt has focused on building an OSGi Ecosystem to deliver advanced services and applications to home networks. Walt has a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Georgia and over 24 years of experience in software engineering.
David Walters is currently Senior Director of Product Marketing at BroadSoft. He has also served in other various capacities at BroadSoft for the past 15 years, with a focus on partnering with telcos and service providers to develop innovation unified communications and business communications services; lead worldwide offer development team efforts; lead worldwide GTM support program, and help drive efforts around BroadSoft's cloud service, BroadCloud. Prior to BroadSoft, David held product, business development and marketing positions at Sansay and Nextwave Wireless.
Torbjorn Ward is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Aptilo Networks. Ward previously served as General Manager of Axis' Mobile Internet Division, a position he assumed after eleven years with Ericsson, bringing significant broad experience in the wireless industry. Ward holds a Master's in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and holds eight separate patents in the area of wireless/mobile communications.
Johannes Watzl studied Technical Mathematics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. He is working as a Product Manager for Zimory. Before joining Zimory he worked for EU funded projects in the field of standards and interoperability in grid and cloud computing and and held positions in working groups of the Open Grid Forum.
Neil Webb has almost 10 years experience in the IT Telecommunications industry, and over 20 years in the IT industry in general. He has be involved in many aspects of the development of the S2Net products since shortly after their inception. His experience in recent years has focused on the deployment and integration of the S2Net Automation and Inventory product suites Telco's OSS/BSS domains and systems, most recently with S2Net initiatives in North America.
Wolfgang Weber is Vice President of Business Development at Dali Wireless. Wolfgang joined the Dali Wireless team to develop the business with service providers, both on the market with a focus on Europe as well as on the solution side. Wolfgang brings with him more than 30 years of senior executive experience in the ICT industry. Most recently, he held a global role in business as well as corporate development for Cisco. Prior to Cisco, he led network and IT organizations of mobile and converged operators turning technology into business. Within Alcatel, Wolfgang was SVP responsible for the service provider business in the central and eastern part of Europe both in sales as well as in delivery. Wolfgang's IT background covers hardware and software development, running large data centers and software development organizations and consultancy businesses. He holds PhDs in physics and in computer science and finished an education in strategic management at INSEAD. Additionally, he received a degree in bioenergetics and organizational psychology.
Alastair Westgarth is the Chief Operating Officer for Tango Networks. He has more than 16 years of wireless and data communications experience, serving in executive-level positions at Airspan, Inner Wireless, First Broadcasting, Navini Networks, Nortel, and Bell Mobility. At Tango Networks, Alastair is responsible for ongoing operations management of the organization, overseeing engineering, business development, and sales and marketing. Tango Networks integrates mobile phones into the corporate enterprise, enabling any mobile phone to become a true PBX extension on the enterprise network. The Tango Abrazo is a fixed-mobile convergence solution that meets the needs of end users, enterprises, and mobile operators. For more information, visit www.tango-networks.com.
Karl Whitelock is senior consulting analyst within the OSS/BSS Global Competitive Strategies practice of Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan. He is one of the original founders of Stratecast and has authored more than 125 publications addressing the industry-level problems relating to the OSS/BSS software market. Over his 25+ year carrier in the communications industry, he has worked for a major North American service provider, a solution integrator and two software development suppliers prior to his current role at Stratecast.
Tom Wiencko is a professional consultant who has worked in the telecom industry for over 20 years. Mr. Wiencko is an expert in many areas of telecommunications technology related to systems and business processes. As President of Wiencko & Associates, he has led projects for major carriers in a wide variety of systems areas, such as the first switch based real-time billing application, a precursor to current prepaid systems, mediation platforms, performance management, and transport management, ordering and workflow systems. Mr. Wiencko has also personally managed large network integrations and technical consolidations as the result of industry consolidation mergers. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Keith Willetts is Chairman and CEO of the TM Forum and is also a board member and advisor to a number of other companies. His achievements have been internationally recognized, being honored twice in the Communications Week "Top 25" awards for industry visionaries; awarded the British Computer Society's Gold Medal for innovation and the BT Gold Medal for innovation. He writes and speaks regularly about the industry as authored the influential book, "The Lean Communications Provider".
Graham Williams is the Chief Operating Officer for Cologix, responsible for Operations, Construction, Commercial Management, Marketing and Strategy. In his time at Cologix, Graham has also led the Development and Sales Organizations. He has more than 15 years of experience in the data center, communications, Internet, content delivery and video industries. Prior to Cologix, Graham held Product Management and Strategy positions at Charter and Level 3. Graham holds a master‚Äôs degree in business administration and a bachelor‚Äôs degree in political science.
Craig Williams is Senior Technical Leader and Manager of the Cisco Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group (Talos). He has always had a passion for learning how things operate - and how to circumvent security measures. His deep interest in security technology led to a career at Cisco, which began with research into vulnerabilities, threats, and network detection techniques. New areas of network protection, including the utilization of new evasion techniques and threats, have emerged directly from Mr. Williams' work. In his current role, Mr. Williams is focused on building next-generation security products covering web and email security, threat defense systems, and security management systems. Through his work and involvement with Talos, he looks to give back to the Internet and security community by helping to bring attention to the breadth and depth of Cisco's threat research. As Manager of the Outreach team, Craig helps to guide some of the most experienced and knowledgeable threat researchers and analysts at Cisco - and in the industry. Their collaborative research and analysis work is intended not only to continually enhance the quality and efficacy of Cisco's security products, but also, provide actionable intelligence that helps all Internet users defend against both known and emerging network threats. Among Mr. Williams' significant contributions to Cisco is an issued patent, which involves obfuscated traffic inspection. He is also the proud recipient of two Google bug bounties.
John Wilmes is Chief Technical Architect, Communications Sector, Progress Software, with a primary focus on Progress' breakthrough data interoperability product, DataXtend Semantic Integrator (DXSI). John is co-chair of the TM Forum's SID Technical Program, co-lead of the TM Forum Interface Program (TIP) Service Assurance and Catalog Management teams, and an active member of other TM Forum technical programs. He also represents Progress in the OASIS Telecommunications Services Member Section. John was previously CTO at Ceon Corporation. He is a member of the IEEE and holds a degree in Computer Science from Regis University.
John Wilson is an associate editor at Pipeline. He went to school in London for Publishing and Creative Writing, where he had never even heard of OSS/BSS. Aside from his editorial duties, John writes news and features for the magazine.
Michal Winkler is the Senior Director of Product Marketing as Actelis Networks and has more than 15 years of Product Marketing and Management experience. Prior to joining Actelis Networks, Inc. in 2001, Mrs. Winkler was the CTO of startup Be Connected where she lead the company's strategic planning, intellectual properties and played a key role in transforming the technology into a leading commercial product. Earlier Mrs. Winkler worked for Telrad Telecommunications as product manager for the Access Division. Prior to that she was the system engineer of the Broadband Systems Department for Telrad where she led the OEM broadband access and transport product development for Nortel Networks. Mrs. Winkler also spent five years specifying products and guiding the development of various communication projects for the Israeli Army. Mrs. Winkler holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Technion and a MBA from Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel-Aviv University.
Ted Woodbery is Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Product Management at Synchronoss. Ted joined Synchronoss in 2014 and is responsible for leading the direction and execution of Synchronoss‚Äô White Label Product Management Team, Consumer product strategy, product planning and product marketing supporting global clients. Additionally, Ted leads the direction and oversees the execution of Synchronoss corporate marketing including branding, messaging and communications. Prior to joining Synchronoss, Ted was Vice President Consumer Wireless Product and Cloud Product at AT&T (Mobile division). Ted held multiple executive positions at AT&T including Converged Product and Mobile web product planning and Web marketing. Ted has also held creative and strategy leadership and positions at mobile startups and creative agencies including MarchFIRST. Ted holds a bachelor‚Äôs degree in Communications and Advertising from the University of Washington and a Visual Design degree from the Art Institute.
Chun-Ling Woon is vice president of marketing and business development at ConceptWave, a provider of order automation and product catalog solutions. ConceptWave improves operational efficiencies to facilitate the rapid delivery of new services for the communications service provider market.
Duby Yoely is VP, Solutions Engineering at TTI Telecom. Duby joined TTI Telecom in 2001 as engineering group manager, responsible for telecom content solutions and professional services, and is now responsible for solution engineering and marketing. He has held telecom management positions since 1988, when he began working at Bezeq as an engineer and later as a manager. After ten years at Bezeq, Duby joined Partner (Orange IL) as NOC manager, and advanced their greenfield GSM/UMTS rollout by establishing the company's network operation team, creating work procedures and by assimilating network management tools. Mr. Yoely holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
Tim Young is the Editor-in-Chief of Pipeline. He has been writing for Pipeline since shortly after its founding, and has served as Editor-in-Chief since early 2006. Prior to his joining Pipeline, Tim worked as a journalist and freelance writer with a specialization in business and technology. Tim did his undergraduate work at Appalachian State University and his graduate work at the University of South Carolina. He lives in Winston-Salem, NC, where he also works in higher education.
Bohdan Zabawskyj is the Chief Technology Officer of Redknee. Bohdan is responsible for formulating the framework of Redknee's strategic efforts with particular attention to directing the evolution of the Redknee application development framework to meet the requirements of next-generation mobile networks. Prior to Redknee, Bohdan worked at Telus Mobility (Clearnet), Bell Mobility and Bell Canada as Director for Research and Development. Bohdan has a B.A.Sc. (Honours) degree from the University of Toronto, an M.Eng degree from McGill University, and has an MBA (IT option) degree at Athabasca University. He now lives in Woodbridge, Canada.
Jakub Zaluski-Kapusta is OSS Product Manager, Telecommunications, for Comarch. Mr. Zaluski-Kapusta has a Master's degree in Telecommunications, and currently drives the strategic planning and managements of new OSS product launches. His background includes product architecture definition, implementation analysis, and project management.
Leo Zancani is CTO and Founder at Ontology Systems. Leo co-founded Ontology Systems in 2005 and is now leading the application of semantic technologies to management systems for IT, Data Center, and Network environments. Prior to Ontology Leo held the post of Head of Engineering at Zynap Ltd which he joined in 2003 to establish a product engineering team capable of delivering strategic talent management software to government and blue-chip customers. Leo spent the previous 6 years working for Orchestream which he joined as employee number 4, participating in both the original architecture of Service Activator and its subsequent development into one of the leading carrier-grade MPLS VPN activation solutions. Leo was appointed Head of Engineering in 2002 and became responsible for a large team of engineers at the company, which listed on both the US and UK stock markets before its acquisition by MetaSolv, and subsequently, by Oracle. Prior to telecoms, Leo worked in software and laser optics R&D for the photographic and petroleum industries. Leo holds a BSc. (Hons) in Physics from Imperial College.
Alan Zeichick is Principal Analyst at Camden Associates, where he focuses on networking technologies, cloud computing, software development and telecommunications/carriers. A former mainframe systems analyst, Alan has been researching, writing, speaking and consulting on cutting-edge information technology for more than three decades. Alan is a Senior Member of the ACM, and has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maine.
Sergio Zveibil is a product marketing manager with InfoVista; he is responsible for evangelizing the company‚Äôs end-to-end service assurance solution portfolio. Since joining InfoVista in 2010, Sergio has been heavily involved in major Operations Support Systems (OSS) consolidation projects with fixed and mobile operators worldwide. Sergio, based in Brazil, has more than 14 year of experience as a telecom solution consultant. Previously, he was responsible for the design of carrier-class networks, from backbone to access networks (IP, ATM, MPLS, DSL and 3G), for Tier 1 operators in partnership with leading network vendors such as Cisco. Sergio also spent several years with Business Support Systems (BSS) solution provider Volubill; while there, he specialized in helping mobile operators create differentiated rating and billing strategies to captivate and retain pre-paid and post-paid customers. Sergio received a computer engineering degree from the Polytechnic School at Sao Paulo (POLI-USP)