Alexander manages Level 3's global content delivery network (CDN) and its Vyvx broadcast solution, which he integrated into a single business unit to better align with the company's global strategy. Alexander has been instrumental in building international and domestic partnerships that have drawn broadcasters, professional sports organizations, cable MSOs, OTT and gaming companies and global enterprises. Alexander earned an MA and a MEng from the University of Cambridge.
Luana Alexe is responsible for innovation and product development for digital video services (IPTV, satellite, Web, iOS, Android) at Slovak Telekom. In this role she is focused on issues such as content monetization and new revenue generation, new feature development, user experience and UIs, integration with third party partners and overall roadmap development and delivery. Prior to this role, she was a senior product manager at Telekom Romania, where she designed and managed the annual digital TV services roadmap, deployed the first multi-screen solution and the first satellite HD service in Romania, along with a range of other responsibilities in the area of product development. Alexe has also previously held various roles in brand management and marketing.
In his role as a network architect, Anschutz is instrumental in the development of AT&T's software-centric network, and in advancing the key technologies that support it, including SDN and NFV. He is the editor and chief contributor to AT&T's Domain 2.0 Vision white paper that describes a large transformative initiative to improve public networking and cloud computing. He led the teams responsible for developing data center and access target architectures for AT&T. Anschutz also developed a number of Broadband Forum technical reports that enable business services on broadband access.
Michael Archer brings more than 20 years of telecom industry experience to his role of Chief Strategist of Mobile Business Unit at Akamai Technologies, where he defines the strategies that enable Mobile Network Operators to improve the subscriber experience, optimize network utilization and monetize mobile network assets. During his career he has worked on a range of technologies including transport networks, broadband access, mobile packet core, policy control and IP application service delivery in senior roles at Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia). MobiTV and Avvasi Inc.
Aschenbrenner is a senior manager for product management, business development and sales. He is also leading the introduction, go-to-market and sales of new technologies in software and IT. With a background in IT, consulting, cloud and IT-transformation, Aschenbrenner is focusing on standardization, scalability and digitalization of products, processes, services and development of new channels. He is also leading the sales and marketing of T-System's Open Telekom Cloud initiative.
Vishal Augustine has 16 years of hands-on experience in BSS/OSS domain of ICT, playing different roles such as solution architect, business Consultant, Technical Director, Technical Program Management etc. He has worked with different telcos across the globe and actively engaged with C-Level, D-Level and Practitioners.
Omar Baldonado is part of Facebook's networking software team, responsible for large-scale software systems that model, automate, monitor, and control Facebook's network. The network domains include Facebook's data centers; global transport and IP backbones; edge points-of-presence; and Connectivity Labs initiatives. The team also works on open networking systems, driving a set of disaggregated and fully open network hardware and software through the Open Compute Project (OCP) and projects such as FBOSS. A veteran of multiple startups, Baldonado has been developing networking software for over 20 years. He is the co-lead of the OCP networking project and on the board of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF.)
Barrett is a network product leader with nearly 20 years of experience driving innovations in enterprise networking. Eric designed some of the first commercial MPLS and VPLS services to reach the market. Today, he is instrumental in CenturyLink's strategy to leverage virtualization technology and software-defined networking in the development of innovative new IT solutions for business customers.
Bartolomeo is responsible for Verizon's IoT product strategy and the delivery of smart city, smart grid, healthcare, precision agriculture and intelligent transportation solutions. Prior to his current position, he was global vice president, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, deploying Verizon's wireless, global IP networks and advanced M2M, cloud, and security technology platforms. He also served as vice president, for Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation, Telematics and Energy Vertical industry markets.
Battenberg is a seasoned product and marketing executive. During his nearly 20 years in the high-tech industry, his primary roles – spanning from startups to Fortune 50 companies – have centered around identifying and entering new markets, as well as developing and launching products while deepening relationships in the ecosystems that surround them. He has led product marketing, product management, strategic planning, revenue marketing and corporate communications. Prior to joining CenturyLink, he was the Lead Cloud Product Marketeer at Rackspace where he championed the launch of many cloud products and was instrumental to the overall growth of their cloud portfolio.
Battenberg's time in "the cloud" dates back to the late 90s when the shared hosting, dedicated hosting and ASP markets first began implementing the core concepts of multi-tenancy and SaaS. He holds both a BBA in Finance and an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Houston.
Jared Baumann is Manager, Consumer Fiber Market Development and Deployment for C Spire. He is responsible for managing the operator's home services business. Previously Baumann was Product Manager for B2B Solutions at C Spire Business Solutions, where he led development of products and solutions for both the business and government sectors. He also has previous management experience in IT and mobile security as a former manager of enterprise structure at FNC Inc., a leading mortgage technology company, and as a private telecommunications industry consultant.
Steve's coverage at Heavy Reading includes the Internet of Things (IoT) and related technologies, focusing on the evolution of the mobile Internet and its impact on digital life. Steve joins Heavy Reading with more than two decades of experience as a strategy, marketing and technology advisor, analyst, speaker and commentator on the mobile Internet and the emerging IoT space. He previously worked with Motorola in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S., where he led technology roadmapping, strategy, product and business development teams that developed 2G, 3G and 4G cellular devices for the global market. In addition, Steve is an entrepreneur who has founded two companies: KeySo Global LLC, an analysis and advisory firm specializing in strategy, marketing and innovation, with a focus on mobile technology; and My City Tag LLC, a digital city services platform with an initial market focus on parking. Steve holds a First Class B.A. Honors degree in Business from Kingston University, England.
Daniela Biscarini has been with the Telecom Italia Group since 1996, before which she worked in marketing roles with various FMCG companies. Since then, she has held several roles in TIM's marketing and customer relationship management teams within the Consumer Mobile division. More recently, she has been dealing with the development of offerings related to digital entertainment.
Eric Black is the CTO of NBC Sports Group Digital, where he manages all IP-delivered platforms including its numerous websites, applications and connected devices. He also oversees Playmaker Media, a separate business which provides live streaming and VOD solutions. Over a 20-year career Black has been recognized with six Emmy awards, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for 9/11 coverage in 2004.
Thierry Bonhomme was appointed CEO of Orange Business Services in May 2013 and since March 1 2016 is also Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Orange. Thierry is responsible for business growth for the enterprise services division of Orange Group across France and international markets. He also drives the new Orange vision to support the digital transformation for our enterprise customers. Thierry has spent more than 30 years with the Orange Group in various leadership roles. Prior to his current role, Thierry was Executive Vice President of Networks, Carriers and Research & Development and in charge of R&D within the Orange Group. Previously he was responsible for the enterprise sales channel for the Orange Group in France. Thierry returned to FT Group in 1990 as a Director of technical management for the Grenoble and Marseille regional areas after a brief stint of two years with Idate. His first role at Orange involved field work in networks, transmission and switching. Thierry completed his engineering degree at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST) in Paris.
Bronder is a Member of the Board of Management of T-Systems International and is responsible for the Digital Division. The Digital Division, which was launched in 2015, supports companies in implementing their digitization strategies. Prior to T-Systems, she was Director of Group Technology Enterprise Solutions at Vodafone Group Services. She began her professional career at Hewlett-Packard, where she held several management positions, including Director of Professional Services for Central and Eastern Europe and Director of HP Consulting Deutschland. Bronder has a degree in business and social sciences with a major in political science from the University of Stuttgart.
As a professional blogger, Ariella Brown writes about analytics, marketing, branding, social media, big data, and the impact of the internet on education and society, among other topics. She holds a PhD in English and has years of experience as a writing instructor. Through her business, Write Way Productions, she offers writing, editing, marketing, ad design, and social media services. Her site is http://writewaypro.weebly.com/
David Butler has 25 years of experience in the communication and broadcasting industries, from analogue and RF design to network infrastructure and virtualization. He has worked on ETSI and IEEE standards as well as industry working groups, such as the DVB and EBU. He is currently working on software defined networking for automated TV production over IP networks.
Fernando García Calvo
Fernando García Calvo leads the product and UX team at Telefónica, tasked with designing and evolving the operators portfolio of TV and Video products in the LATAM market across all of its operations. This covers Telefónica's lineup for IPTV, DTH, CATV and OTT. García has more than 18 years experience in the telecommunications industry, having worked in a variety of roles in the area of Video/TV services. These include technical roles as well as marketing, strategy, product design and big data. He studied telecommunications engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and has been with Telefonica since 1995.
Prior to being named as OCP's CTO, Carter held a position on the Foundation's incubation committee. He has 35 years of experience in a variety of architecture, engineering, and product management roles. Carter has led server and workstation design and validation teams, provided consulting services to data center operators around the globe, and is a respected subject matter expert on product design, data center design, energy efficiency, and operations optimization. Bill brings broad industry experience and technical depth to the foundation and has provided vision and leadership to the open hardware community.
In her role as Ai digital's CEO, Castiglioni brings many years of leadership experience from various international senior management positions in the technology, media and telco industries. She was CEO of the global media business in Siemens until 2011. Earlier in her career she worked in London for MCI Business, now Verizon Business, as EMEA director of product marketing. She also oversaw the rollout of MCI's network expansion in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Castiglioni was a member of the Telekom Austria Group's supervisory board from 2013 to 2016. She holds a PhD in Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Munich Technical University and an MBA from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.
Caywood is responsible for building a strong community of support for the project by bringing together developers, users, IT services providers and members to build, promote and implement innovative and relevant open-source SDN solutions. She has been involved with the SDN movement since 2011 and with the OpenDaylight Project as an employee of Brocade, a founding member, since 2013. At Brocade, she initiated outbound marketing for the company's SDN strategy, and launched the company's OpenDaylight-based controller. Prior to Brocade, she served in a variety of data center and security marketing and communications roles at Cisco, with previous experience in the enterprise software and semiconductor sectors. Caywood holds a B.A. in Asian Studies and English from Tufts University.
Caroline Chappell leads Heavy Reading's research into service provider cloud adoption for internal IT, enterprise service delivery and network functions virtualization (NFV) purposes. She also covers technologies that support telco application development and delivery and customer experience management. She is currently tracking the impact of SDN and NFV on telecom organizations and has a major interest in the new architectures and management systems needed for operating SDN and NFV-based networks. Caroline has over 20 years' experience of researching and writing about the ICT industry for global analyst firms and her work synthesizes a broad understanding of ICT innovation with a deep knowledge of telecom market dynamics.
Anthony Christie is chief marketing officer for Level 3 Communications, responsible for worldwide marketing, product management and customer experience. Christie has previously held several roles at Global Crossing, including chief technology and information officer, and chief marketing officer; as well as key positions with AT&T Solutions and with AT&T's Asia Pacific International Operations Division.
Clarke is responsible for leading Telstra's global portfolio of products and associated pricing strategy, and driving the company's international marketing activity. Previously the head of global wholesale for Telstra, he is based in Hong Kong and has more than 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, four of those with Telstra in Asia. Clarke's time in wholesale saw him develop the relationships of existing customers, expand into new territories as well as increase new business and drive double digit growth. Previously, Clarke spent four years at WorldCom International in London where he managed the international wholesale pricing team for WorldCom's EMEA business.
Marc Cohn is Vice President of Network Strategy for The Linux Foundation based in Silicon Valley. He is the Executive Director of the OPEN-O Project, which recently merged into the Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP). Cohn has been a major contributor to the software-defined networking (SDN) community, as the Market Area Director for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). In 2016, he was appointed the third ONF Fellow. He also served as the sole Silver Member representative for the OpenDaylight Board of Directors, where he was elected Treasurer. Cohn was formerly an advisor to the Chairman of the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) ISG on communications and edits the ETSI NFV leadership Blog, and NFV Insider series on SDxCentral. Prior to joining the Linux Foundation, Cohn was Senior Vice President Marketing at ClearPath Networks, and was the outbound face for Ciena's SDN strategy.
Dan Cooper serves as vice president of critical infrastructure for Time Warner Cable. In this role, he is responsible for managing mission critical facilities, from planning to design and operational standards. Cooper's recent focus has been the development and implementation of a corporate critical infrastructure strategy to consolidate and improve reliability across Time Warner Cable's critical facility portfolio. For the past four years, Cooper has also served as Chairman of SCTE's EMS Energy Management Subcommittee (EMS) and in 2012 became a member of SCTE's Engineering Committee.
Coppens is responsible for aligning Colt's data network product portfolio to customer demand in Europe. His career spans nearly 20 years in the telecom sector. Prior to Colt, he worked at Alcatel-Lucent and Global One. Coppens has been active at Colt for more than 16 years in various senior positions. Based in Benelux, he is responsible for pricing, business development and product marketing and management. Coppens graduated from the Free University of Brussels as a Civil Engineer in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in Photonics and Optical Communications.
Elizabeth Miller Coyne
Elizabeth Miller Coyne began her career on the small stage of a Western Pennsylvania mall in 1980 in the role of a Jawa next to one of Darth Vader's stunt men during the "Empire Strikes Back" mall tour. Upon her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English Writing, she quickly earned a MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and then made the jump to light speed to Carnegie Mellon University's alumni magazine where she covered robots and more robots, and occasionally interviewed movie stars and Hollywood producers.
After a two-year stint in Singapore as editor of a new age healthcare magazine, and reporter for the German Press Agency, she landed in Chicago in the late 90s. There she fell in with a rough crowd of telecom reporters at Telephony Magazine, and an even rougher crowed at The Net Economy where dance-offs were a common amongst the competitive editors who stalked the virtual water cooler.
Fast forward 10 years (sans Tardis), and a successful and exciting career in PR for Connect2 Communications and TM Forum, she is managing editor of Light Reading's New IP community site where she takes on the hottest topic to hit the sector since deregulation – the management and orchestration of IP networks. Most recently she was appointed as a Solar System Ambassador, a program sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., an operating division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a lead research and development center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She looks forward to hearing from you.
James Crawshaw is a contributing analyst to Heavy Reading's Insider reports series. He has more than 15 years of experience as an analyst covering technology and telecom companies for investment banks and industry research firms. He previously worked as a fund manager and a management consultant in industry.
Michael Crimp is the CEO of IBC. In this role he is responsible for leading the IBC team and ensuring that IBC is a success for all stakeholders. With 24 years experience in the industry, he has an extensive background in publishing and events. He holds an MBA from Leicester Business School specializing in marketing and business strategy.
Andrew Crouch is regional president of EMEA and GAM division for Level 3 Communications, responsible for overall business results of the region including sales, marketing and operations. His oversight also includes the GAM (Global Accounts Management) division, which includes sales and support across all regions for enterprise and carrier customers in the global accounts program. Crouch joined Level 3 in 2001 as senior vice president of the cable and ISP channel group and has since held a variety of positions within marketing, product and commercial leadership.
Gerardo Dada is Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy for SolarWinds' database and applications business globally. Dada is a technologist who has been at the center of the Web, mobile, social and cloud revolutions at companies such as Rackspace, Microsoft, Motorola, Vignette and Bazaarvoice. He has been involved with many database technologies, from dBase to BTrieve to SQL Server and NoSQL to DBaaS in the cloud.
Devin has more than 15 years in enterprise technology marketing and communications. In that time, he's marketed a spectrum of technologies including big data, IoT, software development platforms, security and small business tech. He has spent the past several years working in cloud and developer-centric software products. He's worked with businesses from tiny start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Avaya, GoDaddy, Hitachi Data Systems, Plantronics, SAP, and many more. Devin started his career as a newspaper reporter and was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine.
Samir Desai is Director of Product Management and leads the managed services portfolio at GTT. He is also responsible for next generation enterprise WAN solutions, including software-defined networking, cloud connectivity and security services on the GTT global network. Samir has over 15 years of wide-ranging product development and marketing management experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining GTT, Samir spent nine years at Level 3 Communications where he managed their security, IPVPN and managed network services. Samir holds an MSc in Data Communications from Brunel University in London.
Domingo leads the new business and innovation area for du including digital services, ICT, video and media services, IoT, M2M and smart cities, analytics and big data. Prior to du, he was director of product development and innovation at Telefónica Digital and the CEO of Telefónica R&D. He is an investor in several startups in the TMT industry as well as a board member of several ventures.
Since October 2014, Robert Dube has managed RTL Interactive's video-on-demand service. In his role he is responsible for all video on demand activities of the TV content of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, Germany's most successful private television broadcaster. Prior to that, Robert has held many positions in the VoD space, including maxdome and Amazon Instant Video.
Andrew Dugan is responsible for global network technology, architecture, engineering, systems and security at Level 3 Communications. Dugan joined Level 3 in 1998 and has 30 years of experience leading technology teams and in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms. Prior to joining Level 3, Dugan held leadership positions at MCIWorldcom and AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he designed and built transport network support systems, enhanced voice services platforms and architecting next-generation voice switching networks. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado as well as an M.S. Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Elbaz is in charge of the Ecosystem and Innovation (E&I) organization at AT&T, whose charter is to sharpen AT&T's focus on innovation both internally and externally, with an emphasis on speed, agility, and to work with external ecosystems such as venture capital firms, start-ups, and developers. His organization is responsible for operating the global AT&T Foundry network where a combination of design thinking, open collaboration and agile development can bring ideas to life rapidly. He is also responsible for one of the world's largest crowd-sourced employee innovation programs, The Innovation Pipeline (TIP.)
David Eurin joined Liquid Telecom in 2013. He is responsible for leading the formulation of the commercial strategy in his role as Group Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to Liquid he was a Partner and Head of Africa at Analysys Mason, a management consultancy specialising in TMT. David has extensive experience in the fixed and mobile telecommunications industry, gained in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa where he advised senior management teams on strategic, regulatory, financial and commercial issues. He has a MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs (France), a MSc from the University of British Columbia (Canada), as well as an engineering degree from ParisTech (France). David was born in France and now lives in London.
Travis Ewert oversees the development of SDN Control Automation for network and service activation, management and programmable networking as tied to data/analytics and extended to the customer for dynamic service enablement. He also oversees software development of OSS platforms and network applications (UCC, CDN, IP-Video and NFV). Prior to his current role, Travis spent more than 20 years in technology, engineering, IT/development, operations and marketing leadership capacities.
Jim Fagan leads the Cloud Practice at Telstra. Based in Hong Kong, Jim joined Telstra from Pacnet, where he held the position of President, Managed Services responsible for the overall financial management and pricing structure of the company's services division. Prior to Pacnet, Jim worked at Rackspace as Managing Director of Asia Pacific, overseeing the management, strategy and growth of the company's Asia Pacific operations. Jim brings with him more than 15 years' experience in product and financial management.
Thierry Fautier is the current President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for defining industry best practices for UHD technologies. Fautier is also currently leading the commercial requirements for ABR Multicast within the Digital Video Broadcasting project (DVB) and is vice president of video strategy at Harmonic, responsible for the long term strategy of Harmonic's video business. He previously held various positions at Philips in research, engineering and marketing, and was instrumental in the companies development of MPEG technology and the first MPEG-2 STB SOC solutions.
Feldman is a director on the product and new business Innovation - IoT team where he leads the smart communities product development. He is responsible for delivering solutions that leverage Verizon's platform elements, including telematics, cloud, security, professional services, wireline and wireless networks. Feldman joined Verizon in 2006 and has held various positions there including area vice president of sales, Verizon Enterprise Solutions and group vice president-sales, at Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group.
Andrew Ferrone is responsible for all pay TV deals including over-the-top multichannel services, managed network services, and co-branded device deals for Roku. Most recently, he led consumer product management at RealD, a licensor of 3D technologies. Ferrone started his career at Videoguide, the leading licensor of interactive program guides for TVs and DVRs, which was acquired by Gemstar-TV Guide and then bought by Macrovision, currently called Rovi.
Matthew Finnie is the Chief Technology Officer and one of the founders at pan-European service provider Interoute, Europe's largest cloud services provider built on Europe's largest network infrastructure covering 60,000km of lit fibre. Matthew has innovated Interoute from the ground to cloud from the digital optical platform, core MPLS Ethernet switch routing, Europe's largest SIP interconnect platform to their combined networking and computing platform Virtual Data Centre, giving Matthew a warts n' all view on getting technology platforms to work at scale. Matthew trained as an electrical and electronic engineer, starting life in semi-conductor design, founding several internet start-ups through the early days of VOIP to find himself at Interoute.
Vito Forlenza leads Comcast's TV Everywhere (TVE) initiative by guiding implementation on partners' TVE offerings and shaping content strategy for Comcast's Xfinity TVE platforms. He has been instrumental to the addition of live streaming networks available on Comcat's Xfinity TV Go app. In various roles at Comcast, Forlenza has shaped the cross-platform offering for sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, March Madness, the FIFA World Cup, NFL Draft and The Masters. He joined Comcast as a member of Comcast Interactive Media, where he managed the Xfinity.com Sports Channel. He previously served in editorial and product roles at the Associated Press and Fox Interactive Media.
Joseph Franell is the Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Oregon Telecom (EOT), a rural competitive telephone company and Internet service provider serving residents and businesses in the Hermiston/Pendleton area of Northeastern Oregon. EOT is currently providing residential and commercial Gigabit services in four of the communities in its service area.
Prior to coming to work at EOT, Franell was the Director of Information Technology for the city of Ashland, Oregon, where he was responsible for the Ashland Fiber Network, a municipally-owned and operated broadband telecommunications company. During his tenure there, Ashland was selected as one of the Intelligent Communities Forum Smart 21 Communities for 2007 and 2008, because of its innovative and visionary use of broadband technologies.
In 2009, Franell was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council (OBAC) on which he has served as the chairman for the past five years. The OBAC's mandate is to advise the legislature and Governor's office on matters pertaining to broadband in the State, and to specifically promote the adoption and utilization of broadband for economic development, e-government, tele-health/tele-medicine, education, public safety, and tribal lands.
Franell is a ten year veteran of the US Army, is happily married, and has one daughter.
Niilo Fredrikson joined Comptel in 2016 as EVP and Head of the Intelligent Data business unit. Prior to his position at Comptel, he was hired in 2006 by Microsoft, where he held several management positions. His last position with Microsoft was Director of Partner Marketing for Office 365 and Skype for Business. Fredrikson was as an entrepreneur from 1999 to 2005.
Freund leads the global marketing efforts CenturyLink's data center colocation business. Freund joined CenturyLink in 2013. Prior to CenturyLink, he served as a product marketing director for Verizon supporting a variety of service and solution portfolios, including managed network and security services, managed mobility, and integrated solutions. In his 15 years with Verizon, he held a variety of roles including sales engineering and product marketing. He holds a MBA from John Carroll University and a BA in Computer Science and Biology from Wittenberg University.
Fuetsch is responsible for delivering the architecture and design of AT&T's future networking evolution. He leads a team of over 2,000 engineers and computer scientists working on programs encompassing both the business and market customer segments. Since joining AT&T in 1995, Fuetsch has supported and led several organizations responsible for information technology, systems and network architecture, planning and engineering, and software systems development, where he holds six patents in the field of network traffic optimization and relational database design.
Galassi is a senior digital video industry and technology expert. He has driven over 10 digital video start-ups supporting the world's largest operators by designing their video technology and service architectures to catch the exponentially growing IP video market opportunity. He is part of the Accenture Products and Platforms leadership team, driving Accenture Video Solution (AVS) product strategy and engineering.
Davide Gandino is OTT & Cloud Processing & Delivery Manager at Sky Italia. His role is focused on the various OTT services the company offers as well as CDNs, virtual and physical infrastructure for Sky Italia's technology department. Gandino has extensive telecom industry experience, with 8+ years in telecoms both in Italy and abroad.
Michael Gatzke serves as Vice President of Video Subscription Services for Comcast Cable. In this role he manages the Xfinity TV subscription business including product planning, new product development, subscriber acquisition, package and pricing, and strategic development of new partnerships and business models for video subscriptions including Cloud DVR, Stream TV and Xfinity on Campus.
Gilbert leads the Intelligent Systems and Platform Research organization for AT&T Labs. His areas of focus include software-defined networking, control loop automation, effortless customer experience, business intelligence and data analytics and management platforms. He has over 25 years of R&D experience from working at British Telecom, BBC, and AT&T and in academia at Rutgers University, Liverpool University, and Princeton University. Gilbert has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and an MBA for Executives from the Wharton Business School.
Keith Goldberg is responsible for managing all contribution and distribution transmission for Fox Networks Group (FNG). His team supports strategic development across 21st Century Fox global properties with a focus on enhanced solutions for linear and digital platforms. Groups supported include Fox Entertainment, Fox Sports, the 14 Regional Sports Networks as well as international properties within APAC, EMEA and LATAM.
Carlos Goncalves is a R&D Engineer on the 5G Networks team at NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He works in the areas of NFV and carrier-cloud operation and management, developing technologies and tools for the design, deployment, operation and management of cloud-native virtualized network functions. He has been participating in open-source projects, such as OpenStack and OPNFV. He received his Master of Science degree in Computers and Telematics Engineering from the University of Aveiro, and prior to joining NEC he was a R&D Engineer in the Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal.
A leading expert in WAN/LAN switching and routing, Gottlieb co-founded Talari Networks and served as its first CEO after previously serving in executive roles in both startups and public corporations. He was vice president of marketing at RouteScience, a route optimization startup, and before that led marketing at MMC Networks. He also served on the board of LVL7 Systems, a network processing software company. Previously, he spent more than a dozen years at 3Com Corporation, highlighted by his leadership of the switching systems business unit through its development and introduction of the CoreBuilder 9000 enterprise switching platform. He also served as 3Com's vice president of marketing for Large Enterprise Markets and held a number of other senior marketing, product management, and engineering roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Paul Greendyk is responsible for the architecture, design, and delivery of advanced Mobile Core network functions and Network Services applications, and end-to-end services across Consumer, Enterprise, Internet of Things, and Government services. He is also leading significant components of AT&T's Domain 2.0 Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) strategic initiatives. Greendyk is responsible for the virtualization of the Mobile Core and Network Services as part of AT&T's overall strategy to move away from appliance based network platforms to virtualized, software based network functions and applications.
Greendyk's responsibilities and accomplishments during his 29 year career at AT&T include: AT&T's Mobility Evolved Packet Core Design and Development, AT&T's IP/MPLS Core Network Design & Development, Strategic Operations and Reliability Planning, Network Architecture Planning, Network Quality and Reliability Planning, Internet Services Technology and Operations Planning, Transport & Switching Technology and Operations Planning, and Data Network Synchronization Design.
Grivner was named Chief Executive Officer of Colt in January 2016. He joined Colt having spent three years in Singapore as CEO of Pacnet, directing the global strategy of one of Asia's leading end-to-end communications service providers. Prior to that, Grivner was CEO of XO Communications, a US network provider, for eight years where he played a key role in transforming the business from a local exchange carrier to a national carrier. He brings over 25 years of international executive and leadership experience including 12 years' operating at the level of Chief Executive Officer at major telecommunications companies in North and Central America, Europe and Asia.
Grønsund joined Telenor ASA in 2007 now holding a senior research scientist position, mainly focusing on NFV, SDN, Orchestration and Hybrid Clouds. He has experience with radio access and core network technologies including 3GPP, WiMAX, WiFi, cognitive radio technologies and Cloud-RAN. He has been working on virtualization of network and IT functions since 2008 and since 2013 has been fully focused on NFV and SDN while working in research, technology strategy and technology execution divisions. As a researcher, he has been involved in several EU funded research projects. He is vice chair in the ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM) project and has standardization experience in ETSI NFV ISG and ETSI RRS (Reconfigurable Radio Systems). Grønsund holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Oslo (Norway) on Cognitive Radio and has been a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Electrical Engineering at UCLA.
In 2012, Deutsche Telekom appointed Günther as its Senior Vice President Technology Europe, with responsibility for Technology, IT and the Technical Service in all 12 countries of Deutsche Telekom's Europe Board area. She was named Managing Director Deutsche Telekom Pan Net in April 2015. Günther joined the Deutsche Telekom Group in 1991 and since then has held various management positions. She is member of the board of directors of several companies of the Deutsche Telekom group in Europe. She was Senior Vice President Planning Technology for Deutsche Telekom Germany, Senior Vice President Service and Demand Management at T-Home.
At Cox, Hart is responsible for providing overall leadership, strategic and operational direction to the planning and development of an integrated technological platform. Hart, who assumed his roles at Cox in 2011, is also charged with aligning the technology strategy with overall business objectives. Prior to Cox, Hart was CIO at Clearwire where he was responsible for the company's Information Technology, Enterprise Network Deployment Planning Office and Business Process Management functions. Before Clearwire, Hart was Chief Information Officer for Level 3 Communications from 2005 to 2009. At Level 3, he led a large technology team and was responsible for IT, which included the process integration of eight companies acquired by Level 3, improving the processes for the sales and operational functions, and creating several innovative people leadership programs specifically geared toward IT professionals. He began his professional career at SBC Communications. He earned a bachelor-of-science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA in Finance with Honors from Notre Dame.
Henthorn-Iwane has more than 20 years of experience bringing new technologies in networking, security and software to global markets. He leads the global marketing strategy for Kentik. Prior to joining Kentik, Henthorn-Iwane was Vice President of Marketing at QualiSystems, where he oversaw worldwide marketing of DevOps cloud orchestration software for hybrid IT infrastructure, and Vice President of Marketing for Packet Design. He has held product management roles at CoSine Communications, Corona Networks, Lucent Technologies, and Livingston Enterprises.
Paul leads research projects into media related virtual reality for Huawei. He has over 20 years in the media and communications industries with an emphasis on new technology innovation and implementation, especially in the internet and computing domains. Huawei is a founding member of the VR Industry Forum in which Paul presently serves as an officer and the treasurer.
Sarah is the CEO & Chief Storyteller for StoryUP VR, an immersive media company. A national Edward R. Murrow, NAB Service to America and 12 time mid-America Emmy award-winning Storyteller, Sarah's reporting has taken her team around the globe capturing VR stories about the human spirit in the Amazon, UAE, Congo, Haiti and Zambia. In 2015, Sarah built a program called "Honor Everywhere", that uses Virtual Reality to allow aging World War II Veterans the opportunity to see their WWII memorial. Sarah is a former interactive news anchor for the NBC & CBS affiliates in mid-Missouri. Her team at KOMU-TV pioneered the use of multi-way video chat during a newscast. She's covered the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia and produced documentaries in Vietnam and Guatemala on the world's mobility problem. Most recently, her team produced VR documentaries from the Amazon and eastern Congo about energy poverty.
Jamie Hindaugh joined BT Sport in 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer to build the infrastructure, broadcast chain and operating model for its launch. The BT Sport offering has since been expanded to 13 channel outlets delivering Champions League and Europa League coverage, as well as the launch of Europe's first 4K UHD sports channel. Prior to this role, Hindaugh held multiple roles at the BBC, including Head of Production, where he was responsible for the BBC's multiplatform coverage of the Olympics, Paralympics and other key national events in 2012.
Hoffman oversees various lines of business, including the GSMA's portfolio of trade shows and conferences, its online, print and broadcast media properties, industry research services and a range of network-managed services. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the GSMA. Prior to GSMA, Hoffman was CEO and director of fastmobile, Inc., a supplier of software-based network operator solutions. Before fastmobile, he was the president, CEO and director of Roamware, Inc., a global provider of voice and data roaming solutions. In addition, he has held executive level positions at several mobile telecommunications companies including BellSouth, Pocket Communications and SONOFON.
Hopkins brings more than 14 years of finance, mergers and acquisitions, executive management and technical experience to Verizon. Prior to joining Verizon, Hopkins served as head of channel sales and strategic partnerships at iStreamPlanet where he developed and managed partnerships with companies such as Google, YouTube, AT&T and the United States Olympic Committee. His experience spans across all areas of the content lifecycle from production through distribution, and includes his current role in bringing innovative over-the-top (OTT) solutions to IP-connected devices for users around the world.
Hubbard is responsible for core network business product management including Mobility, VPN, VoIP, Ethernet, Internet Access and small business core networking solutions and collaboration. Previously, he led a team responsible for developing, negotiating, and contracting for complex network sourcing opportunities as well as creating new business additions to existing network sourcing accounts. He also has experience in business services across sales, sales management, business planning, distribution strategy and sales operations. Hubbard led the field marketing and AT&T Connected Communities organizations during the launch of AT&T U-Verse services. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Decision Sciences/Information Systems and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from George Mason University.
Joseph Hundah is the Chief Executive Officer for Econet Media Group. With over 20 years' experience both on the continent and around the globe, Hundah has held executive roles across various disciplines and industries including FMCG and broadcasting. Previous roles include senior positions at South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Multichoice Group and Modern Times Group.
Matthew leads the design, development and delivery of Freesat's future technology roadmap, whilst also ensuring the smooth running of existing services. Previously Vice President of Product Marketing for NAGRA, Matthew was responsible for managing the company's product strategy and positioning. He has more than 18 years of experience in developing solutions, services and products for digital and interactive television, starting with video-on-demand trials in the early '90s.
Hussain leads the product development and technology organization at CenturyLink. Hussain and his team are responsible for design and delivery of next generation products, services and technologies critical to achieving CenturyLink's strategic growth priorities. He has a diverse background in data, security, voice, video and wireless technologies. Prior to joining CenturyLink in 2014, he held senior leadership roles at Liberty Global, Covad, TELUS and Qwest. Hussain sits on several startup and non-profit boards, is technical advisor to technology companies and holds 11 patents in telecommunications.
With more than 25 years in the telecom industry, Isch started his career at MCI Telecommunications (now Verizon) before moving in 2001 to Orange Business Services, a global integrator of communications solutions for multinational corporations. He has worked in various operations and presales technical capacities covering a wide array of data networking, voice and Internet solutions. He is well versed in networking technologies, including SDN/NFV, SD WAN, IP, MPLS, SIP, among others.
Janice Janik has been responsible for the multiplatform growth of and content distribution for Smithsonian Channel since its inception and initial launch in September 2007. The Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has secured distribution with all of the top MVPDs. Prior to her current position, she developed a significant record of achievements and broad business experience in the telecommunications industry from her 15 years at Showtime Networks.
Technology development across the telecom, cable, publishing and broadcast properties at Block Communications. Jensen is responsible for the operations of the telecom sector for Block Communications.
Kishore Jethanandani has been a technology business writer in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 12 years. His current focus is on software-driven telecom, analytics, and the Internet of Things. His forte is writing on technology architecture and its impact on business efficiency and solutions design. He has worked for numerous clients in the technology industry besides publications.
Jordan-Smith leads a team of industry sales experts at Red Hat who work closely with information and communications technology (ICT) clients to develop architectures for next generation networks. For over 12 years Jordan-Smith worked for SunOracle and was vice president of the communications media and entertainment business. Before his current position, Jordan-Smith had career stops at AT&T, Lucent, Novell and NCD, where he set up and managed some of Europe's sales and services organizations. He received an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and his bachelor degree in computing science from the University of Glasgow.
Joshipura's primary role at the Linux Foundation is to help harmonize the open source networking ecosystem with the goal of rapidly increasing deployments as open source networking goes mainstream. Prior to the Linux Foundation, he was instrumental in leading major industry disruptions across enterprises, carriers and cloud architectures, including IP, broadband, optical, mobile, routing, switching, security, data center networking, L4-7, cloud, disaggregation, SDN/NFV and open networking. He has served as CMO/VP in startups and larger enterprises such as Prevoty, Dell/Force10, Ericsson/Redback, ONI/CIENA and BNR/Nortel leading strategy, product management, marketing, engineering, and technology standards functions
Ian Charles Kahan
Kahan is focused is on the future of the telecommunications industry, involving network-, compute- and core function virtualization and their operational implications in the context of legacy transformations to 4G, 5G and software-defined everything. He also has expertise in data network communications and infrastructure cost reduction strategies including the journey to the cloud. Kahan joined Accenture in 2007. Upon arriving, he focused on complex infrastructure transformation and change programs. Prior to his current role, Kahan was responsible for the network transformation business in German speaking countries. He graduated as Diplom-Informatiker from the Technische Universität München (TUM) with a focus on theoretical computability and efficient algorithms.
As the leader of the Advanced Solutions group, Katibeh oversees product development and marketing for AT&T's emerging growth services, which include security, cloud, WiFi, Big Data, and public safety. Previously, he was vice president of global technology planning and project management at A&T. Katibeh has one patent and others pending. He holds a bachelor's degree in business with majors in International Business, Marketing and Philosophy from Oklahoma State University and graduated with an Executive MBA from the University of Texas, Dallas.
Shen Ke helped establish a laboratory to study Big Data inventory management. He is also the author of the published white paper "Research on Big Data Platform and Key Technologies for Inventory Management of Carriers"
Khan is charged with formulating the carrier's long-term industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) portfolio, partnership and product management strategies. He had 15 years of experience in technology marketing, business development and operations and strategy before joining AT&T. Khan holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, in addition to an MS in Communications Engineering and a BS in Computer Engineering, both from Rutgers University
Aditya Kishore is the Principal Analyst at Diametric Analysis, a consultancy focused on analysing the disruptive impact of Internet distribution on the video and telecom sectors, and developing the necessary strategies and technology solutions required to drive profitability. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aditya Kishore is Practice Leader, Video Transformation, at Telco Transformation and the Light Reading group. He is focused on the evolution requirements for the telecom industry, with a specific concentration on emerging video services and their network impact. Kishore has spent more than 20 years in the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) sector. His experience includes television production, web media, advertising and market research and analysis. He is based in the UK.
Clara Mai Kunstmann
Clara has worked with digital media for more than 20 years. As Head of OTT Development at TDC Group for brands like TV-service provider YouSee and VOD-store Blockbuster, Clara has built a department from 15 developers and designers to 60, in the last four years. The team works solely within an agile and innovative paradigm that secures rapid product and application development for more than 1.5 million customers.
Mike LaJoie spent 22 years at Time Warner Cable before retiring in December 2014. Prior to retiring, he served as CTO at Time Warner Cable for 12 years and also held the title of executive vice president. He also served in the same capacity for TWC's Entertainment division. Among other posts during his career at Time Warner, he was vice president of corporate development of Time Warner Entertainment (TWE) and president of TWE's broadband applications development group.
In 2015, LaJoie joined Big Data vendor Guavus as member of its board of directors and was also named chairman of the board. He is also on the board of advisors of SD-WAN startup Viptela, as well as a board member for several other emerging technology vendors.
Gahn Lane joined CenturyLink as VP, Software Industry. Gahn's career includes direct as well as channel and vertical sales leadership with Nortel Networks, and most recently with The Westcon Group, where he led both service provider and vertical market sales.
Marvin Lange is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of maxdome GmbH. Previously he headed the commercial segment of the online video library as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. Before joining the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, he was in charge of finances and business analytics at Gameforge AG, a leading developer and publisher of online games and held various commercial positions at Bertelsmann AG for 8 years prior to that.
Laplane is in charge of IT Infrastructure, VDI, cloud IaaS and PaaS line of business in Orange Business Services, which includes 1,400 employees in France and abroad, from pre-sales to delivery. In 2015, Cloudwatt, which is a French cloud service provider, was included into Laplane's scope of activities. Laplane has more than 25 years of experience in the IT and telecom industry with a strong focus in the B-to-B market. He graduated from both Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris Tech.
Vasyl Latsanych was appointed MTS Vice President for Marketing in September 2011. Between March and September 2011 he served as General Director of MTS Ukraine. Over the 2005-11 period, Latsanych worked as Marketing Director of MTS Ukraine. He joined the marketing department of MTS Ukraine in 2001. Latsanych graduated from Higher State University n.a. N. Lysenko (Lviv, Ukraine) in 1995. In 2010, Vasyl Latsanych became co-chairman of the Telecommunications Committee under the US Chamber of Commerce.
Ray Le Maistre
Don't be fooled by the weird cod-French surname: Ray's as British as corned beef and bad teeth, despite affecting a sheen of Continental sophistication by his constant references to fancy-dan "proper" coffee. He's even trained as a barista, for god's sake.
Ray joined Light Reading in 2002 shortly after being shown the door and a very long corridor at Total Telecom. He has been in technology journalism since 1988, having worked at Computer Weekly, Communications WeekInternational and Communications International.
A slave to fashion, Ray is never seen in the same outfit twice. When not trawling the malls of Epsom, U.K., for the latest in skinny jeans and what-have-you, Ray is often to be heard banging on about SPIT (Service Provider Information Technology), which is also known as TATRTCA (The Acronym That Refuses To Catch On).
As a soccer nut, Ray likes nothing better than cheap jibes about Manchester United. If you bump into him at a trade show, be sure to make some remark about prawn-sandwich-eating supporters or similar – he'll love it!
Ms. Janice Lee is Managing Director of PCCW Media Group in charge of the Company's media businesses including its pay-TV and new media businesses of now TV and MOOV digital music service. She has over 20 years of experience in media and consumer businesses, including STAR TV, a regional role at Warner Bros' Consumer Products division, and Hong Kong Telecom's Interactive Multimedia Business Unit.
Jongmin Lee is the manager of SK Telecom's Broadband and Media Lab, which is part of the Corporate R&D center. He is responsible for the development of media technology. The current focus for his team is in the area of immersive media technologies, such as VR, AR and 360-degree video, particularly live streaming of 360-degree video in very high quality with very low latency.
Linney is a chartered engineer with extensive knowledge of access networks, including xDSL and fiber technologies.He has worked on broadband-related services for BT since 2005 and performed graduate work for the telephone company for three years before becoming an employee. Prior to his current post, which he has held since November 2012, he was a UK Access Architect for the company.
Lonker is responsible for the evolving suite of virtualized network functions that will be realized with the advent of software defined networking. She is also responsible for the Intelligent Cloud Control platform, which provides customers analytics on cloud performance and cost in order to optimize the placement of their workloads in public clouds. With more than 29 years of business development, management, engineering, sales, marketing and financial leadership to the communications and IT industry, Lonker was previously responsible for carrier and network product strategy at Verizon for the U.S., LatAm and Canada. Prior to these product management roles, she was a finance director for pricing and contract management for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Lonker has a master of engineering administration in industrial and systems engineering and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, both from Virginia Tech.
Diego R. Lopez
Diego Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert on network infrastructures and services. He is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the Transversal Projects and Innovation Unit. He joined Telefónica in 2011 after several years in the academic sector. During this period he was appointed as member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission, and as member of Internet2 MACE.
Diego is currently focused on identifying and evaluating new opportunities in technologies applicable to network infrastructures, and the coordination of national and international collaboration activities. His current interests are related to network infrastructural services, new network architectures, and network programmability and virtualization.
Juan Carlos Lopez Vives
Lopez-Vives has overall responsibility for the B2B, multinational and wholesale business units, as well as global roaming. Lopez-Vives joined Telefónica in 2004 and in 2005 he was appointed CEO of Telefónica Data and General Director of the Telefónica Spain Corporate Unit. In 2007 he was appointed CEO of Telefónica solutions and marketing, pre-sales and post-sales as the director of the enterprise business unit. In 2010, Lopez-Vives was named as head of the global multinational unit of Telefónica. He was also a member of the Telefónica Europe Executive Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a Master's Degree in Business Management (PADE) from IESE Business School.
Dr. Madkour manages the company's global wireless branding and demand generation function. He also serves as an advisor for Huawei's wireless solutions strategy. Beside Huawei, Madkour has held a number of senior positions in telecom industry as well as academia during his 20 plus years of experience including Ericsson, Artel Inc. and Alexandria University.
Ingo Marten is a senior vice president of cross industry and market development at T-Systems, the IT networking business of Germany's Deutsche Telekom. He has held managerial responsibilities at Deutsche Telekom for more than 20 years in areas including sales and marketing and business development. He is currently focused on Deutsche Telekom's B2B activities and specializes in the field of the industrial Internet and Internet of Things. Marten has a Masters Degree from Brunel University in London.
Marty is currently responsible for Mobility and Cloud Security in support AT&T's transformation to software-enabled architecture. She has 15 years of experience and has held various positions in AT&T. Marty is also responsible for developing the security architecture and framework for Mobility, Network Virtualization based on the User Defined Network (UDNC), and Emerging Services including Connected Car, Digital Life, U-Verse, etc. She served as a member of the CTO Technology Council that was chartered to provide technology thought leadership for AT&T and the partner community that makes up AT&T Technology Ecosystem. She led strategic initiatives to accelerate innovation through internal rapid development efforts and focused industry collaborations.
At CenturyLink, Matherson's areas of focus include business strategy, product management, sales enablement, go-to-market, tracking performance and alignment of the business. Previously, he led the product and marketing strategy at ElasticBox. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Microsoft related to its Azure cloud.
McQuivey covers chief marketing officers and media technology. His consumer models identify the ways consumers have embraced digital experiences and platforms, and his strategy models help companies prepare to serve those consumers. He spends the majority of his consulting time with consumer media and consumer electronics companies that are at the forefront of dealing with digital disruption. Previously at Forrester, James served as a vice president and research director, running Consumer Technographics North America, Forrester's consumer research effort.
Neil J. McRae
Neil runs BT Group's technology strategy, including fixed, mobile, TV and IT & systems and is leading BT's 5G and programmable networks programs. He was appointed BT Group Chief Architect in 2016, after . McRae has built several networks and datacenters from the ground up as well as contributing and creating open software for networking and routing back in 1992. Previously, he led BT's network strategy and architecture for several years, held senior technology roles at Cable & Wireless and Colt, and was a non-executive director for the London Internet Exchange for 16 years.
Chris McReynolds is responsible for the ethernet, cloud and transport services globally and has been with Level 3 for eight years in various product management and corporate strategy roles.
Karl Mehta has over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the US and international markets. He is currently Founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., a next-generation knowledge platform company, and former venture partner at Menlo Ventures. He also is the Founder of Code for India, which is a nonprofit organization founded in Silicon Valley. Karl also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, selected by the Obama administration during the inaugural 2012-13 term.
Menier has spent the last 15 plus years as a sales executive with a focus on the cable and telecommunications vertical. Prior to joining Guavus, he led sales initiatives at Netezza, which was acquired by IBM, NexTone Communications, which was bought by Genband, KMC Telecom Holdings, Inc., and helped found Exit 18, Inc., creating an ISP serving Southwest Florida. Menier studied computer engineering at the University of Iowa.
At XCellAir, Menon develops and evangelizes the technology strategy and roadmap, and leads product development. Prior to XCellAir, he drove research and development for InterDigital, leading elite teams to innovate and implement next-generation wireless solutions – including the inception and early development of the XCellAir product. Menon has over 25 years of experience in the wireless field, holding leadership roles at Siemens Mobile Networks, Omnipoint Technologies and Hughes Network Systems in the development of TDMA, GSM/GPRS and 3G systems.
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. Robin has worked in business development and alliance management for various OSS software companies in the United States, mainly in network and service provisioning and activation, where he negotiated and managed several large OEM agreements. He is originally from Cambridge in the UK. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1992.
Middleton is responsible for CenturyLink's operational and financial performance in the state of Minnesota. During his 30 years of professional experience in the information technology and telecommunications industries, Middleton has held positions at Wang Laboratories, MCI and Qwest Communications. He joined CenturyLink during the acquisition of Qwest Communications in 2010.
Middleton is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, with a degree in Business Administration and Computer Science.
Moore is responsible for the creation and execution of an overall customer experience strategy for all services — cable TV, internet, wireless, and local/long distance phone — as well as all customer touch points. During her 19-year career with GCI, Moore has served in several capacities for the company, including being part of the GCI team that launched cable modem service in 1998, which expanded services throughout Alaska. Born and raised in Alaska, she holds a degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Andrew Morawski joined Vodafone in 2013 as its head of Internet of Things (IoT) in the Americas. In this role, he is responsible for leading Vodafone's IoT sales, strategy and operational initiatives in North and South America. Prior to Vodafone, Morawski was with Cable&Wireless Worldwide where he was the Managing Director for the Americas for three years. In this role, he had overall commercial and strategic responsibility for the company's enterprise and carrier sales, marketing, HR and service delivery operations in the region. Before joining Cable&Wireless Worldwide, he worked for Telstra for over a decade in multiple roles including President and CEO of Telstra Inc, leading the Americas region for Telstra International. Morawski has also held senior management roles with organizations such as Nortel where he managed the relationship between Nortel and SBC through the acquisition of Pacific Bell and SNET.
Martin first started working in BSS marketing when mobile phones weren't very mobile, GSM hadn't been invented and BSS comprised of billing and customer care systems. Now almost 30 years later Martin is still working in BSS and surpringsly hasn't lost all his hair. Martin is the VP of Marketing at Openet.
Brian Morris is Vice President and General Manager of Tata Communications Global Media & Entertainment Services (GMES) business, focused on providing next generation managed services that drive efficient production, management and distribution of digital media assets globally. Previously he worked at Cisco, Scientific Atlanta and Siemens in a variety of worldwide roles including R&D, Operations, Product Management and Global Business Development and Sales.
Iain Morris joined Light Reading as News Editor at the start of 2015 -- and we mean, right at the start. His friends and family were still singing Auld Lang Syne as Iain started sourcing New Year's Eve UK mobile network congestion statistics.
Prior to boosting Light Reading's UK-based editorial team numbers (he is based in London, south of the river), Iain was a successful freelance writer and editor who had been covering the telecoms sector for the past 15 years. His work has appeared in publications including The Economist (classy!) and The Observer, besides a variety of trade and business journals. He was previously the lead telecoms analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and before that worked as a features editor at Telecommunications magazine. Iain started out in telecoms as an editor at consulting and market-research company Analysys (now Analysys Mason).
Nassaur leads research, architecture and standards initiatives at AT&T. He drives strategy, architecture and standards efforts to advance the deployment of container-based applications at scale, cloud native computing and the Internet of Things across the industry. Nassaur represents AT&T at the Open Container Initiative (OCI), the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Open Fog Consortium (OpenFog). As part of his responsibilities, he leads efforts to align proof-of-concept (POC) and development initiatives with architecture to achieve strategic goals leading innovation across technology architecture, technology development and operations organizations. Nassaur leads the Target State Architecture and Governance Board, Northbound API Governance Board, the Cloud Computing Center of Excellence and the Cloud Native Computing Center of Excellence.
Thomas is Vice President of Business Development & Innovations for TEOCO. Thomas was the founder and Managing Director of Symena, acquired by AIRCOM in April 2012. AIRCOM was subsequently acquired by TEOCO in December 2013. Thomas Neubauer has more than eleven years of experience with automatic cell planning (ACP) and mathematical optimization. His experience has been applied to GSM, WCDMA, CDMA, WiMAX and LTE network design and operations. Thomas' academic background is in smart antennas and MIMO systems. He holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.
Newkirk oversees the development of CenturyLink's cloud management platform. He brings almost 30 years of experience in the software industry. Prior to CenturyLink, he held senior leadership roles at Microsoft, Caradigm (a GE/Microsoft Joint Venture) and ThoughtWorks.
Dr. Randolph Nikutta started his career at Deutsche Telekom in 1996 at a R&D subsidiary.
Since April 2005 he has been assigned to Telekom Innovation Laboratories. He is responsible for the project field "Interactive High End Media" dealing with IPTV and convergent/multi-screen TV, TV Apps and TV Companion services and also more mid- to long-term related innovation topics like virtual set-top boxes, cloud TV and virtualization of TV services using SDN and NFV architectures. Development activities are directly product related in close co-operation with business units, as well as more future oriented proof of concept service implementations.
Olivier joined Orange Labs in 1998 as a developer for MPEG4 technologies. He went on to manage the 3G services standardization team and then the "Devices and LiveBox" programme. In 2006, he joined the Orange Group's regulation directorate to steer negotiations with the regulator concerning interconnection, net-neutrality and Orange network access charges for the newcomer on the French mobile market. In 2011, Olivier joined Orange Business Services, to manage Marketing and Customer Experience for Orange Applications for Business, whose 2,700 employees support more than 10,000 companies and institutions in three areas: customer experience, big data and connected objects. In addition to these responsibilities, at the end of 2015 he was handed the direction of the Datavenue B2B programme, which encompasses Orange's ambition for the Internet of Things and big data. Olivier is an Engineer from the Corps des Mines and a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in theoretical physics (1994) and Télécom ParisTech.
Roman P. Pacewicz
Pacewicz is leading the team responsible for the transformation of the AT&T Business value proposition through the creation and development of the next generation services platform, Network on Demand. Additionally, his team is responsible for product prioritization, positioning, pricing, and experience integration across the entire AT&T Business Solutions portfolio.
Prior to his current role, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing & Global Strategy. Pacewicz has also served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Application Services and as Senior Vice President of Regional Marketing. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Laurent Paillassot began his career in 1989 at La Compagnie Bancaire (Paribas group). In 1997 he moved on to Mitchell Madison Group, an American strategy consulting firm specializing in the financial field. In 2000, he joined the Caisse d'Épargne group, where he was the director of distribution and partnerships at the Caisse Nationale des Caisses d'Épargne, then became CEO of Caisse d'Épargne Financement. From 2005 to 2007, he also was Chairman and CEO of GE Money Bank in France, a subsidiary of General Electric Consumer Finance. In 2007, Laurent Paillassot was appointed Deputy CEO of LCL (Le Crédit Lyonnais) and then CEO Delegate in May 2011.
Laurent Paillassot holds an engineering degree from the Ponts et Chaussées (1989) and he received his MBA from the Institut européen d'administration des affaires (INSEAD) (1996).
Parisian is responsible for the development and support of the primary platforms that enable AT&T's strategic Mobility and Business Solutions businesses. She also is responsible for the AT&T Global End-User Experience, including desktop, midrange and mainframe operations. Parisian is known for her experience and expertise in merger integration activities, including the BellSouth Cellular and SBC Wireless, AT&T and Cingular Wireless, and AT&T and DirecTV mergers. She previously served as chief information officer for Mobility, Business and Home Solutions, where she oversaw IT strategy, software delivery, and production operations for systems that support consumer and enterprise wireless, wireline, U-verse video, high speed internet, and wholesale lines of business.
With more than 15 years of experience in the wireless industry, Parker is working to increase the presence of Huawei wireless, mobile broadband and IoT solutions in the United States. Prior to Huawei, he held positions at AT&T, Samsung and NEC Americal. Parker is vice president of the Texas State Wireless Association, as well as a member of the Small Cells Forum and the Wireless Innovation Forum.
Rashik is the leader of the European and Asia Pacific Cloud Advisor team, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and previously President of IBM's Academy of Technology. During his more than 30 years of practical experience in IBM, he has worked for financial, retail and manufacturing clients on IT transformation projects of all sizes. Overall, he specializes in ensuring the technical success of complex IT projects that transform business models. He is currently advising clients on their cloud innovation roadmap from a technology and business perspective.
Peterson came to ON.Lab from Princeton, where he was the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Princeton-hosted PlanetLab Consortium. He served as chair of the CS Department from 2003-2009. In 2007, Peterson co-founded CoBlitz LLC to commercialize CDN technology developed on PlanetLab. CoBlitz was acquired by Veriue Inc. in 2010, and subsequently by Akamai in 2012. Peterson is co-author of the best-selling networking textbook "Computer Networks: A Systems Approach." He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayahi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University.
Ben Pietrabella is a Global Technology Leader with over 20 years of experience in enterprise communications, telecommunications, IT products, and solutions. He has significant knowledge and experience in enterprise architecture, product management, product development, and Integration for telecommunications as well as multi-vertical enterprise application solutions. Prior to joining Xura, Pietrabella held leadership roles as Vice President of Deployment Architecture at Pitney Bowes. He also led solution integration and development teams at Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T Bell Labs.
Carl is VP Strategic Programs at TM Forum. He is now leading the Smart City Forum with the vision to provide the business and technology blueprint for a scalable and sustainable smart city. Carl has been working for 20 years in the IT and communications industries and has a background in consultancy and global software organizations. Carl holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University.
Jason Porter currently leads AT&T's cyber security business. He is responsible for driving growth and profitability for the AT&T Security portfolio, consisting of network, premise, cloud and mobile security products, threat management and consulting. He leads a large team consisting of Sales, Product, Marketing and Consulting leaders.
Since joining AT&T in 2002, Jason has held various leadership positions in Engineering, Strategy, Operations and Marketing spanning consumer and business. He maintains a track record of successfully introducing and maturing emerging technologies and business units as well as transforming businesses.
Previously, Jason Porter was Vice President of DevOps for AT&T Partner Solutions where he was responsible for driving profitability and growth of the AT&T Partner Exchange channel. He and his team launched over 25 products, reduced cycle times by 75% and transformed the user experience to earn one of the highest Net Promoter Scores in the industry.
Prior to that role, Jason Porter was AVP, Business Development for AT&T Business Solutions, responsible for evaluating and forming strategic cloud partnerships to extend AT&T's market share, develop differentiating features and scale the As a Service business.
Jason also was the AVP of Mobility Service Operations for AT&T Global Network Operations. He was responsible for the health, maintenance and growth of voice and data services for over 80 million worldwide wireless subscribers. In this role, Jason successfully introduced products and services such as the 3G MicroCell, Location Based Services, and devices including the iPhone, the iPad, and the Kindle.
Prior to his role in AT&T Mobility, Jason was Director of U-verse Operations, responsible for crafting and executing a strategy to introduce a first ever technology and grow it to a scalable solution. He created and executed an "Incubation Center" concept founded in the end-to-end customer experience, maximizing rapid learning and establishing operational discipline in a nascent environment. Jason's leadership in U-verse resulted in numerous patents, awards, and enabled the growth of the first million U-verse customers.
Jason holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering from The United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Regis University. He served in the Army as an Armor Officer, leading a Tank Platoon and a Mortar Platoon. He and his wife, Tiffany, have three children and currently reside in Frisco, Texas.
Jarred Potts - Jarrett Potts
Potts has been in the IT infrastructure industry for more than 25 years starting with Colorado Memory Systems and HP where he was a network and product support analyst. At IBM, he spent 20 years supporting, selling and marketing the IBM storage hardware and software portfolio. At Huawei, he is part of a new global integrated Data Center Sales and Marketing team that covers the complete enterprise Data Center portfolio.
Rau's job at Verizon includes developing technology to connect things to the network. It also includes hiring a range of developers with embedded experience, to cloud infrastructure and to distributed Internet services. He previously was CTO, consumer solutions, for Sun Microsystems.
Christopher W. Rice
Chris Rice, Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design, is responsible for delivering the architecture and design of AT&T's software-centric network. This transformation uses software-defined networking and network functions virtualization to deliver products and services to the customer. Prior to this role, Chris was the Vice President of AT&T Labs, leading the research and advanced development for the software-centric network. Since joining AT&T in 1995, Chris has contributed expertise and focus on wireless and broadband communication systems. He worked on satellite and broadband data communication systems. He also led development efforts for a digital radio-based, pico-cellular basestation, which provided in-building, mobile voice communication on standard cellular phones.
Rich is Managing Director of the TM Forum's Transformation Research Center, and TM Forum Insights Group, the Forum's market research arm. In this position, he is responsible for all facets of the TRC and Insights, and is a regular contributor to the Research portfolio. Rich has more than 15 years experience in market research and consulting, including two years as an independent consultant, 11 years as Executive Vice President of Communications & Networking Research & Consulting for the Yankee Group, and two years as Director of Communications Equipment and Services at Dataquest.
Richter is responsible for the company's Global Managed and Professional Security Services line of business. He leads a team of professionals tasked with ensuring achievement of revenue and margin targets, R&D and investment objectives, operational excellence, strategic objectives, and customer satisfaction. Prior to Level 3, he served as vice president of Managed Security Services at CenturyLink.
Mike Robuck is the Editor of Telco Transformation. He has a long history of reporting on the telecom and cable sectors on topics such as SDN, NFV, cloud, wireless and OTT, for publications such as CED Magazine, Communications Technology and Boardwatch. He also reported on high school sports for The Rocky Mountain News, a sure sign that he is destined for some sort of Nobel prize. Mike is based in Montrose, Colorado, and can be reached at email@example.com
Rosen is responsible for the consumer and business segments as well as leading overall product management and strategy for the company. Before Bezeq, he was the founder and CEO of a digital MVNO, IMMMR, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Prior to that, Rose was the VP of New Media at the strategic innovation arm of DT, T-Labs, where he helped launch several marketing solutions, such as Tolino Tab, as well as other media and TV projects. Before joining DT, Rosen was VP Innovation & Digital Services at Amdocs and the Head of AT&T's first International Innovation Center (Foundry) in Israel. In this role Gil was responsible for the setup of the new innovation center and the creation of a new hybrid R&D and partnership model that led to the successful launch of several innovative projects for AT&T. Rosen is a specialist in telecom, Internet, mobile, B2B and B2C services with more than 15 years' experience in setting up and leading global communications and start-up ventures.
Rosenberg leads advertising strategy and sales, partnering with content and consumer brands to market to the Roku audience. Prior to Roku, Scott was CEO of Umami, a venture-backed companion TV startup. Earlier in his career, he held senior product, sales and engineering roles at Gemstar/Rovi, BlackArrow, ReplayTV and Intel.
Sabir is responsible for Colt's delivery of next generation connectivity service platforms, specializing in SDN and NFV technologies. He has almost two decades experience in telecoms, managed IT and network services, and cloud computing, focusing on the architecture, development and operation of complex platforms, with a keen interest in orchestration, automation and interoperability.
Adam Saenger is Vice President, Global Product Development & Management for Level 3 Communications, with responsibility for leading all aspects of Level 3's global solutions development in addition to lifecycle product management responsibility for the company's Customer Interaction Strategy and Adaptive Network Control Solutions. Prior to his current role, Mr. Saenger spent 16 years in various marketing executive leadership positions at TW Telecom, which included directing the product management and development departments where he played a critical role defining the Company's Internet, Ethernet, Managed Services and Intelligent Network Strategies.
Mark Sage is the Executive Director of the AR for Enterprise Alliance (AREA), the global member-based organization focusing on accelerating adoption of Augmented Reality in the enterprise. Prior to this, he has worked as a consultant for several technology companies and as a business mentor for start-ups. Sage was also chair of operations for the Tizen Association, and spent several years working in a variety of roles at Orange earlier in his career.
Bjørn Taale Sandberg
Bjørn Taale Sandberg joined Telenor in 2000 and is Senior Vice President and Head of Telenor Research. Previously, he served as CEO of AeroMobile Ltd, based in the UK, Chief Marketing Officer in Telenor Pakistan and Head of Strategy for Telenor Mobile Communications. Sandberg has a Master in Computer Science from the University of Oslo and a Master of Management from the Norwegian Business School (BI). Telenor Research is Telenor's internal scientific research unit. The unit works with Telenor's 13 subsidiaries and external academic and industry organizations on research into regulatory, competition, customer, technology and organizational development issues relevant to Telenor and the industry. Telenor Research publishes regularly in scientific journals and functions as an advisor to the top management.
At Light Reading, Santo is focused on the test & measurement and components sectors. Prior to Light Reading, he spent more than nine years at video and broadband industry publication CED, where he was editor-in-chief. He previously worked as an analyst at SNL Kagan, as Technology Editor of Cable World and held various editorial roles at Electronic Engineering Times, IEEE Spectrum and Electronic News.
Saxena is leading the transformation of IT and AT&T's evolution to a software-based company. He leads the delivery of AT&T's Integrated Cloud, APIs, Data, Business Function and other software platforms. Additionally, he manages delivery and production support for the software defined network. Saxena and his organization are responsible for technology solutions and architecture for all IT projects, AT&T Operation Support Systems (OSS) and software driven business transformation programs. He manages more than 11,000 resources, and his organization is playing a critical role in AT&T's workforce development and skills pivot by providing technology training. He is also tasked with leading cultural transformation initiatives enabling AT&T's evolution to a software and cloud-based company.
Saxena began his career with AT&T (Bell Labs) in 1995 as a systems engineer working on and managing business support systems for all functions and aspects of the software delivery lifecycle. He has owned the full lifecycle of software product development including business, client andiUser relationships.
He holds a Bachelors in Electronics and Communications from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Dan Schinasi is the UHD Alliance's U.S. Promotions Working Group Chairperson. He has more than 20 years of work experience in the electronics industry, with extensive knowledge and experience in display technology including direct and projection displays with a focus on marketing next generation technology and features such as internet connected TVs, networked TVs, 3D television and 4K UHD TV.
Schrock is a technology sector executive with extensive and diversified experience in operations, partnership and strategy management specializing in all aspects of professional and managed service delivery. Prior to his current role at BT, Schrock previously was the vice president of corporate alliances for BT-INS. He managed partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Polycom, and other UC/voice/video vendors. Before joining BT, he worked with INS, Immedient and other firms in the technology professional and managed services space.
At Level 3, Scola is leading the product marketing team for Hybrid WAN, VPN, Internet, Ethernet, Transport, CDN, APM and cloud connectivity. He is responsible for driving the go to market strategy through regional sales and marketing. Scola is also an active and certified member of MEF, where he regularly speaks at industry events promoting the adoption of Lifecycle Service Orchestration which brings dynamic flexibility and agility to network services. In 2016 he won an Active Contributor award from the MEF.
Michael E. Serrano
Serrano has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. He is currently responsible for Service Provider Marketing at NetScout. He began his career at PacBell (now part of AT&T) where he designed service plans for the business market and where he was responsible for demand analysis and modeling. His career continued with Lucent technologies where he brought to market the first mobile data service technology. At Alloptic, he was responsible for marketing the industry's first EPON access solution and bringing to market the first RFOG solution. At O3B Networks, Serrano headed up marketing bringing to market the first MEO-based constellation of satellites for serving internet service to the other 3 billion on the planet. He also worked at Cisco, where he helped to define MediaNet (Videoscape) and the network technology transformation for cable operators.
Shafiq is the global IoT practice leader responsible for Verizon's enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) strategy, analytics and enablement. Shafiq's responsibilities include leading the long term IoT portfolio strategy, analytics, customer experience, professional services and IoT go-to-market. Prior to Verizon, Shafiq was the lead for AT&T IoT product development and management. He also led AT&T's Big Data advertising vertical with focus on the Big Data strategy and operations for the targeted marketing. He started off as a principal engineer for network engineering and played key roles in evolving AT&T's network infrastructure to 4G and setting the stage for NFV/SDN. Shafiq holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He also teaches Data Science and Strategy as well as Applied Innovation as a part time instructor at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Steve Sklar has worked in the video and communications industry since 1988. In his current role, he oversees the company's OTT and TV Everywhere initiatives and content strategy for all video products at CenturyLink. Previously he led CenturyLink's Video Strategy and development group, and prior to that held senior roles at Cablevision Systems Corporation, Insight Communications, Starz and HBO.
Nader Sobhan is the Head of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for iflix. Prior to joining iflix, Sobhan was the founder of Iktomi, a digital design and film production company with operations in Dubai, Barcelona and Bangkok. Sobhan also formerly led strategic planning for the major digital platforms at MBC, the largest private media company in MENA.
Niklas Sonkin joined Tele2 in 2009 as executive vice president and market area director for central Europe. Named chief operating officer during a management reshuffle in October 2015, he is also acting chief technology and information officer and overseeing shared operations for the Tele2 Group. He has previously held senior roles at companies including Wataniya Telecom and TeliaSonera.
Matt Stagg is Head of Mobile Video & Content at EE. He is responsible for content technology in the mobile arena for EE, which is now owned by BT. He looks at new and emerging technologies such as LTE Broadcast and edge computing in the mobile network, but also user behavior and barriers to adoption of new mobile content and services. He is also the chair of the Mobile Video Alliance, and involved with the LTE Broadcast Alliance.
Joe Stanganelli is founder and principal of Beacon Hill Law, a Boston-based general practice law firm. His expertise on legal topics has been sought for several major publications, including U.S. News and World Report and Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine.
Joe is also a technology writer, business consultant, and produced playwright. In his free time he enjoys playing bridge and spending time with his zero cats. Follow Joe on Twitter at @JoeStanganelli.
Mats Svardh is in charge of Group networks and IT infrastructure for TeliaSonera. His responsibilities include steering the operator's strategy on 5G, SDN and NFV as well as the overhaul of its back-office systems. Svardh has been in his current role since March 2014. Before that he worked as global director of terminal products and technology for UK-headquartered Vodafone.
Ihab Tarazi is responsible for Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) network operations, platform strategy, leading the next generation technology and innovation function and contributing to the company's cloud initiatives. He joined Equinix in 2013 from Verizon, where he was Vice President of Enterprise Network Services. There, he was responsible for product management, strategy, technology and development for Verizon network products. During his tenure at Verizon, Mr. Tarazi led planning and technology development for Verizon's global IP network connecting customers in over 150 countries. He also led the design and development of next-generation optical and submarine cable systems driving many industry innovations in 100G optical technology globally.
Tatipamula works closely with service providers around the world on their next-generation network deployments. He has over 20 years of industry experience in telecom and networking technologies, and has worked on various aspects of research and development, business administration, architecture and standards, technical marketing, product management, outbound marketing, product strategy, and business development. Prior to F5, he was the head of packet technologies research at Ericsson. He has also held leadership positions at Juniper Networks, Cisco, Motorola and Nortel. He has a Ph.D in Information Science and Technology, from the University of Tokyo, Japan and Master's from Indian Institute of Technology. Tatipamula has been a speaker or presenter at leading industry conferences such as CTIA, MWC, and IEEE.
Templin is the Senior Vice President of Mediacom Business Solutions, President of Mediacom's CLEC holdings and Senior Vice President of OnMedia, Mediacom's media sales division. He joined the company in 2008 as Group Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Product Development. Templin has more than 25 years in the cable and telecommunications industries.
Terhune is responsible for developing complex technical solutions for prospective customers, existing customers, ISV and consulting partners. He is a Salesforce MVP as well as a certified sales cloud consultant by Salesforce. Prior to his seven-year career at Conga, he held roles at Disaboom.com and nGenera Corporation.
Jason Thibeault is the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance, a global consortium of companies dedicated to helping shape the future of online video. In this role, Jason manages, grows, and evangelizes the organization. Prior to this, Jason held various marketing, product management, and technical services roles over 8 years at Limelight Networks, one of the world's leading content delivery networks. He is a published author and holds numerous technical patents. You can follow him on Twitter at @_jasonthibeault.
Gao graduated from the Changchun Institute of Posts and Telecommunications with a major in telecommunications engineering and received a doctorate degree in business administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He served as Deputy Director General of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Posts and Telecommunications Administration, Deputy General Manager and General Manager of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Telecom Company and General Manager of China Telecom Jiangsu branch. He is also a Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation. Gao has extensive experience in management and the telecommunications industry.
Sudhanshu Vats is Group CEO, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd., and responsible for all its lines of business, including the digital entertainment service VOOT. Under Vats' leadership the group has grown from 6 to 36 channels and opened up 3 more lines of business leading to a 30X growth in revenue. Prior to Viacom 18 Media, Vats spent 20 years at Hindustan Unilever (Unilever India) and BP India in a variety of roles. He is also currently Chairman of the National Media and Entertainment Committee of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), Vice President of the IBF (Indian Broadcasting Foundation) and Director on the Board of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council).
Venkatraman is responsible for supporting new network technology and all the operating systems for network products offered to consumer, enterprise and wholesale customers on a global basis. These systems provide automation of major functions like inventory management, engineering and construction, service and infrastructure provisioning, service assurance, surveillance and work process optimization. Venkatraman has more than 17 years of expertise in telecommunications and technology and has held several leadership positions in Verizon, including vice president and executive director.
After joining Orange in 1981, Viginier has been the CIO of the Orange Group since 2010. He leads Orange's IT strategy, ensures its governance and, through its teams, supports the Orange and Orange Business Services countries to provide a sustainable information system open to innovation for both internal and external solutions. Since 2016, he has led the digital transformation at Orange to adopt a software culture across all areas. During his career at Orange, Viginier has held various operational, IT and commercial positions. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole nationale suprieure des Telecommunications, as well as the Institut dAdministration des Entreprises.
Volinsky leads the Big Data research platform with a focus on the field of statistics and data analytics. He joined AT&T in 1997 and has expertise in large-scale data analytics recommender systems, social networks, statistical computation and anomaly detection. Volinsky's research at AT&T focuses on large scale data mining including recommender systems, social networks, statistical computation and anomaly detection. In 2009, Volinsky was a member of the seven-person, four-country team, BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos, that won the $1 million Netflix Prize, an open competition for improving Netflix's online recommendation system. Volinsky got his PhD in statistics from the University of Washington in 1997.
San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.
He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.
Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.
Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').
John A. Ward II is Senior Vice President, Content Operations for DirecTV (under the AT&T Entertainment Group). He oversees the on-air operations for AT&T Entertainment, including the Audience Network. He also oversees the Sports Operations group, responsible for the delivery of more than 100,000 events per year to out-of-market subscribers. Previously Ward held a variety of positions at FOX Sports Productions, supervising all studio production for FOX's NFL, MLB, and NASCAR coverage. He also launched two new FOX sports networks – Speed and Fuel TV – and has won 11 Sports Emmys for his work in sports broadcasting.
Warner is the past president and CEO of the TM Forum and a Distinguished Fellow. During his tenure there, he helped create, launch and manage several programs including business process optimization (eTOM), catalyst proof of concept demonstrations and helped guide the Forum's move into the smart, digital services space. Currently, he advises CSPs on their digital transformations, including new service development and improving the customer experience. He is a pioneer in leveraging cloud and platform-based business models to drive market and revenue growth for communications providers.
Jeff Webb is Principal Streaming Architect at Sky, one of the leading commercial TV operators in Europe. He is responsible for the strategy and architecture of the company's live streaming services and driving them forward. Critical areas of focus for him are the protection and scalability of the streaming platform and providing customers with an excellent streaming experience.
Simon West leads global marketing and communications for Cyxtera, responsible for all aspects of the company's global marketing efforts including brand management, communications, field, channel and product marketing. He has spent his career marketing business-to-business technology solutions, and played a key role in three of the largest transactions in the cloud and infrastructure services sector, most recently as CMO of Virtustream, a leading enterprise-class cloud provider, acquired by EMC in 2015 for $1.2 billion. Prior to joining Virtustream, he served as CMO for SoftLayer Technologies. Prior to SoftLayer, West served as CMO for Terremark, where he executed a comprehensive brand relaunch. Previously, he spent 11 years with Data Return, where he was part of the initial startup team and played an instrumental role in taking the company through foundational business planning, product definition and systems development, through the planning and execution of an IPO and the successful sale of the business.
Jennifer Whalen has more than 25 years of writing and editing experience, with 15 years of that as a trade journalist. During her career, she's covered telecommunications, cable TV, broadband engineering, utilities, human resources, intellectual property, logistics, enterprise architecture, and numerous other topics.
After a quarter of a century covering telecom, what Carol doesn't know about the industry can't even be Googled. Carol's CV, which is available as a partwork, includes spells at Telephony, Interactive Week and The Net Economy. She was also the founding of a telecom news website, BroadbandEdge. Prior to covering telecom, she covered higher education, business, politics, the arts, and sports for publications in North Carolina and Wisconsin. [Ed note: Is there such as thing as the arts in Wisconsin, technically speaking?]
Now working for Light Reading from her home aviary with faithful dog Sunny as her executive assistant and personal trainer, Carol welcomes feedback from her readers, particularly if they shout "Go Heels!" in her face at any given trade show.
In her current role, Carol is the link between the editorial team and other parts of the UBM Tech organization, including events. As part of her brief, she will be the Dean of the soon-to-be-launched Light Reading University, so if you were wondering about the outfit, now you know.
Zelesko leads teams responsible for the delivery of Comcast's advanced video experiences, including the X1 platform and the Xfinity TV applications for consumer devices. He previously was Time Warner Cable's Senior Vice President of Technology, where he was responsible for technology strategy and product development across all video products, all Time Warner Cable web properties, and the set of converged services that enabled the video and web experiences.
In his current job at AT&T, Zeto is responsible for the teams that drive the strategy, product development, business development and go to market for AT&T's Smarter Cities business unit. Prior to that, he was a Director of Strategy at AT&T in the Mobile & Business Solutions organization. In this role, Zeto focused on technology related, organic and in-organic emerging growth opportunities for AT&T in the areas of IOT, Big Data, consumer engagement and cloud technologies. Before AT&T, Zeto was the co-founder and CEO of Proximus Mobility. He is an Industry Fellow with the Georgia Research Alliance. Zeto co-chairs the Mobility Task Force and the Mobility Leadership Council for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
As president of Huawei's Carrier Business Group, Zou oversees the group's strategic direction, operations, and development. He leads the business group as it strives to become a leading strategic partner for telecom operators. Prior to this position, he held various leadership roles within the company. From July 2013 to early 2014, Zou served as president for global sales and services at Huawei's Enterprise BG. From 2010 to 2013, he was president of Huawei North Africa, supervising the company's business across 22 countries in the region. Since he joined Huawei in 1998, Zou has overseen the management of multiple Chinese and international Huawei offices, including Shenyang, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Xian, Guangzhou, and Indonesia.
Guy Zibi is Principal Analyst with Xalam Analytics, the Africa and Middle East (AME) Research unit of Heavy Reading, focused on AME ICT and enterprise markets. Guy has more than a decade-long experience in researching and analyzing the business of technology in developed and developing economies around the world. He was previously Co-Founder and Managing Director with AfricaNext Investment Research, an Africa-focused telecom equity research firm, where he led financial analysis on African technology assets and managed projects around carrier due diligence, wholesale capacity markets and new carrier models.
Guy is widely recognized as a foremost expert in TMT markets in growth economies. In prior years, Guy was Head of Pyramid Research's Global Consulting Practice and Director of EMEA Research. In those roles, Guy managed a team of consultants tasked with developing and executing the company's research into new technologies and innovative business models at a global level (cloud, OTT, VoIP, enterprise, infrastructure bandwidth, mobile profitability in emerging markets). He also acted as the lead consultant for due diligence projects in Africa/Middle East on the buy and lending sides, spearheading financial and operational due diligence projects on the operations of fiber, mobile, fixed and Internet services providers in emerging markets.
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GTT Communications bolsters its SD-WAN profile with the acquisition.
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Level 3's long-term goal with SD-WAN is to couple it with other network solutions.
Isch says that SD-WAN as a service is a better bet than an over the top overlay of SD-WAN.
CenturyLink's vice president of video strategy discusses the right approach to marketing OTT services for a pay TV operator.
On-the-Air Thursdays Digital Audio
ARCHIVED | June 15, 2017, 12pm EDT
In this Telco Transformation radio show, AT&T's Mazin Gilbert and the Linux Foundation's Arpit Joshipura will discuss some of the key concepts of ONAP, including the recent formation of its technical steering committee as well as opening up the code and documentation to the industry.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
12:00 p.m. New York/4:00 p.m. London
The promise of 5G connectivity is a truly Networked Society. 5G is not just about making the throughput larger, it is also about offering use case optimized user experiences and inclusion of new vertical sectors. Use cases predicted for 2020 will need new types of connectivity services that are highly scalable and programmable in terms of speed, capacity, security, reliability, availability, latency and impact on battery type. 5G will need to be an agile, dynamically programmable network that can meet diverse needs with new, as-a-service models on a single infrastructure. In this Webinar, you will learn how the Open Networking Foundation is combining open source and software defined standards through its Open innovation Pipeline to advance innovative architectures such as mobile CORD (M-CORD). M-CORD is being developed by the CORD Project community under ONF's leadership and hosted by The Linux Foundation. Built on the pillars of SDN, NFV and cloud technologies, the end-to-end M-CORD open reference solution is arming operators with the capabilities needed to start planning for the upcoming 5G transition.
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