Berge Ayvazian is leading a 4G Network Consulting practice to help global operators and their vendors develop a complete mobile Internet business case and plan their 4G technology roadmaps. He also leads the 4G Executive Advisory Service, conducting research and consulting projects on the convergence of broadband and mobility, business strategies mobile broadband service providers and 4G network technology vendors. Ayvazian joined Heavy Reading following more than 20 years as a senior telecom industry analyst and strategy consultant with Yankee Group. He served as Yankee Group's CEO from 1999 through 2001, and later served as strategy director for the Reuters Research and Advisory Unit. Ayvazian is a frequent speaker at Light Reading and other telecom industry events, and was contributing editor of 4G Trends and co-chairman of the 4G World, WiMAX World and Mobile Internet World conference programs.
Rupert Baines is Chief Marketing Officer of Real Wireless (www.realwireless.biz), an independent advisory firm in wireless technology, spectrum and strategy. He has a background in both wireless and wired communications, for technology developers and operators, and most recently was VP Marketing at Picochip, where he worked on 4G chipsets and helped pioneer the concept of small cells.
Eduard Beier is an experienced communications networking engineer at T-Systems International, where he works as part of the Solution Design team with a focus on Network & Communication Voice & Security. He has worked at T-Systems, part of Deutsche Telekom, since 1995, working on projects as diverse as Dante's GEANT, CERN and the 100G Testbed Dresden – Freiberg (2010).
V.R. (Richard) Benjamins
Dr. V.R. (Richard) Benjamins is Director of Business Intelligence at Telefonica Digital, the newly created digital branch of Telefoncia. Before that he was responsible for Global BI programs across Telefonica's footprint, and Director of User Modelling, where he was responsible for research and development in areas related to customer intelligence. Richard is a frequent speaker on big data, BI and analytics events. Previously he was Director of Technological Strategy at the same company which he joined in July 2007. Before joining Telefonica, he was director and board member at iSOCO - a Semantic Web company - which he co-founded in 1999. Dr. Benjamins has held positions at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the University of Paris-South, France, the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona, and the Technical University of Madrid. He has published over 100 scientific articles, and was awarded a PhD in Artificial Intelligence in 1993 from the University of Amsterdam.
Steven K. Berry is President and CEO of Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), the nation's leading association for competitive wireless providers serving rural, regional, and nationwide markets in the United States. The licensed service area of CCA members covers more than 95 percent of the nation. A seasoned lawyer who worked for Congress, the Executive Branch, and as a partner at Holland & Knight law firm, Berry has held positions as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for three associations, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the CTIA-The Wireless Association, and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). Prior to joining CCA, he served as Director Governmental Affairs (Global) at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., New York and Washington, DC.
Rick Boucher served as a member of The US House of Representatives from 1983-2011, co-founded the Congressional Internet Caucus and chaired the Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet. He is presently head of the Government Strategies Practice at law firm Sidley Austin, which among other clients represents mobile carriers. He is also Honorary Chairmen of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
Alan Breznick Cable/Video Practice Leader
Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.
As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.
Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.
He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.
Dennis Brouwer is president of The Brouwer Group, a business services firm focused on strategic consulting and executive leadership development. Prior to founding The Brouwer Group, Dennis served as senior vice president, Products and Marketing, for Enterprise and International Markets at CenturyLink Business. In that role he was responsible for product strategy and marketing for $3b in global enterprise revenue, including integration with Savvis cloud services, data networking, professional services, and solutions marketing. Brouwer joined CenturyLink through the acquisition of Savvis, where he launched the Converged Cloud strategy as General Manager of the Network Business Unit. Prior to joining Savvis, he served in senior product, partner, and program management positions with industry leaders, including UUNet, Compuserve Network Services, and as a co-founder of SmartPipes, a pioneer in Software Defined Networking. Brouwer holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He served as a Naval Flight Officer and anti-submarine mission commander in the US Navy for eight years.
Gabriel Brown Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading Gabriel Brown's coverage at Heavy Reading focuses on wireless data networking technologies, including 3G/HSPA, WiMax, and LTE, with a specific focus on how these technologies impact the wider mobile Internet services market. He has covered the wireless data industry since 1998, previously as Chief Analyst of the monthly Unstrung Insider, published by Heavy Reading's parent company Light Reading. Before moving to Heavy Reading, Brown was additionally responsible for the overall editorial planning of Light Reading's entire line of Insider research newsletters. Prior to joining Unstrung, Brown was the editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor. He often presents research findings at industry events and is regularly consulted by wireless networking technology leaders. He is based in the U.K.
Philip Carden is a founding partner of Number Eight Capital and a well-known figure in the telecommunications industry. He chaired two of the first telecoms industry conferences on customer experience, and is extensively published on that topic as well as security, telecommunications engineering and operations management. He was formerly the global head of the Consulting Services business division at Alcatel-Lucent.
Caroline Chappell is widely recognized as a leading authority on the service delivery platform (SDP) technology sector. She has more than a decade of experience tracking the telecom industry as an analyst. She also produces Heavy Reading Service Provider IT Insider, a bimonthly research service that tracks SDP and related markets. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Chappell was most recently employed at Ovum, where she wrote a number of market reports and led large market research projects for clients including IBM and BT. She has been a freelancer since 1993, focusing on various aspects of the IP market and IT/telecom convergence. Her clients have included the European Commission, for which she carried out several research projects in conjunction with European partners, a range of U.K. ITC services companies, and several other analyst firms. Chappell is based in the U.K.
Robert Clark is an independent technology editor and researcher based in Hong Kong. In addition to contributing to Light Reading, he also has his own blog, Electric Speech (http://www.electricspeech.com).
With more than 25 years experience with Information, Telephony and Networking Technologies, Bill Coward is the lead Strategic Architect responsible for technical leadership and direction with the IPv6 deployment at Cox Communications. Bill has designed, supported and implemented many complex video solutions during his 8 years at Cox including Backbone Video Encryption, VOD L3 Multicast VPN, Switched Digital Video and Cox TVConnect. Bill contributes and presents at various IPV6, Carrier Ethernet and SDN forums and events, he is also a member of the CEA IPV6 Transition Working Group and the DLNA IPV6 Task Force.
Owen DeLong is anIPv6 Evangelist at Hurricane Electric and a member of the ARIN Advisory Council. Owen brings more than 25 years of industry experience. He is an active member of the systems administration, operations, and IP Policy communities. In the past, Owen has worked at Tellme Networks (Senior Network Engineer), Exodus Communications (Senior Backbone Engineer) where he was part of the team that took Exodus from a pre-IPO start up with 2 data centers to a major global provider of hosting services, Netcom Online (Network Engineer) where he worked on a team that moved the internet from an expensive R&E tool to a widely available public access system accessible to anyone with a computer, Sun Microsystems (Senior Systems Administrator), and more.
David Dines is a Principal Analyst for ACG Research. His coverage areas include video infrastructure, mobility, and M2M. In addition to quantitative market research, David tracks and analyzes the probability and timing of key inflection points in technology innovation cycles.
David has been a networking and telecommunications analyst for The Aberdeen Group and other highly respected firms. He has also held executive roles with Fortune 100 and early stage technology companies, and has been a marketing and management advisor to a variety of companies. Some of his clients and projects include: big-data analytics, demand side management, smart grid/distribution automation and cloud storage.
David holds a Masters degree from Harvard University, a BS from Cornell University, and a certificate in Clean Technology Entrepreneurship from Boston University, Graduate School of Management.
Lee Doyle is Principal Analyst at Doyle Research. He has conducted extensive research on the inter-relationship of SDN, NFV, and COTS and their impact on intelligent networks in both enterprise and service provider environments. Lee's work at Doyle Research includes over 20 articles written for Network World, Tech Target, UBM, GigaOm, and the ONF. He has provided analysis for a number of webinars, podcasts, and videos on Intelligent Network topics.
AT&T's Andrew Edison is the head of AT&T's business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has extensive experience across a variety of sales, operational and management positions for the company both in Europe and in the United States. Prior to his present position, Edison was Vice President Global Operations Planning for AT&T Business Solutions (ABS). Based in the US, he was accountable for leading the strategy and execution of key initiatives to drive the expansion of AT&T's Global Business outside of the US. Edison holds a post graduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and is a Fellow Institute of Professional Sales. He also completed the executive finance and accounting program at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Edison, a UK national, is located in London. He is married with three children and lives in the Home Counties close to London.
As President and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar Figueroa has led an unprecedented period of growth for Wi-Fi®, with about 2 billion devices expected to ship in 2013 alone. Under his leadership, Wi-Fi Alliance has grown to more than 550 member companies, maintained an aggressive development roadmap, and adopted a vision of seamless connectivity. He forged numerous strategic partnerships to facilitate penetration of Wi-Fi into established and emerging markets. He also defined the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program development framework, and guided the launch of several generations of interoperable Wi-Fi programs that have proliferated Wi-Fi into mass markets such as mobile and consumer electronics. Prior to Wi-Fi Alliance, he was at Ridgeway Systems & Software (now Cisco). Edgar was instrumental in delivering the industry's first session border controller, and the H.460.18 and H.460.19 International Telecommunications Union standards for secure network traversal. Before Ridgeway, he held product management and engineering roles at 3M Company. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in a fighter pilot training squadron and received numerous awards including Sailor of the Year. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and various community programs in Austin Texas. In 2009, Edgar was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Master's degree in Technology Commercialization and undergraduate degrees with honors in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.
Jeff Finkelstein is the Executive Director of Network Architecture at Cox Communications in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been part of the engineering and architecture groups at Cox since 2002, and was part of the team responsible for the deployment of DOCSIS technologies, from DOCSIS 1.1 to DOCSIS 3.0. Jeff has made significant contributions to the access network design and deployments at Cox, and has the new role of being responsible for future technology planning of backbone, metro, edge, access, and home networks. He is now part of the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.1 PHY and MAC teams, in addition to being part of the IEEE EPOC specification effort.
Graham Finnie Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading
Graham Finnie has been researching telecommunications for more than 20 years, formerly as a journalist and latterly as an analyst and consultant. Since joining Heavy Reading in September 2004, following a ten-year tenure at the Yankee Group, Finnie has been responsible for a wide range of research, focusing primarily on next-generation broadband services and IMS. He became Chief Analyst of Heavy Reading in February 2007. He has also hosted numerous Webinars and Live events for Light Reading, and is a regular speaker at other major industry events. As a journalist, Finnie was formerly editor-in-chief of the award-winning industry paper Communications Week International and has edited several other leading trade publications. He is based in the U.K.
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.
As Solution Director for Mobility, Peter Glock leads the marketing of the mobility portfolio for Orange Business Services worldwide, one of the core components of the Conquests 2015 corporate strategy. Drawing on over 30 years experience in IT and telecommunications, he evangelizes a wide range of capabilities and packaged solutions from the Orange family and its partners. Prior to this appointment heGlock held various sales, consulting, and management positions within Orange. As head of solution development and marketing for the IT Services business unit, he led a multinational team responsible for the development and product management for the global line of security,application hosting, and messaging solutions. He successfully developed and launched all of Equant's (later Orange Business Services) security solutions as head of the Security line of business. His work helped propel Equant to become the top global provider of secure gateway, managed authentication, and digital certification services. Glock joined Equant in 1997, where he developed the business plan and launched Equant's first Global Support Centre. He was also leader of Equant's Y2K risk management consultancy, developing and launching the Health Check Program, which analysed companies' Y2K preparedness. Prior to working at Equant, he spent seven years at Cable & Wireless and 10 years at BT. A native of the UK, he studied physics at the University of London and completed the short course International Manager program at the INSEAD International Business School in France. He is an active member of the British Computer Society.
Jeff Heynen is an author, speaker, and consultant with expertise in telco, cable, and satellite pay-TV networks and services, multiscreen video, and broadband access technologies and services.
Jeff leads Infonetics Research's broadband access and pay-TV coverage, authoring numerous market share and forecast reports, surveys, and opinion pieces on video-on-demand, IP/satellite/cable set-top boxes, video encoders and transcoders, edge QAMs, CMTS and CCAP, DSL infrastructure and broadband CPE, including fixed wireless CPE, PON, and FTTH.
As a consultant to startups, service providers, vendors, and the investment community, Jeff helps clients identify new market opportunities, provides due diligence, and advises on positioning, product development, business plans, and M&A activity.
Jim Hodges Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading Jim Hodges has worked in telecommunications for more than 20 years, with experience in both marketing and technology roles. His primary areas of research coverage at Heavy Reading softswitch, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and application server architectures and virtualization, control plane protocols such as Diameter and OpenFlow, IP service delivery, subscriber data management (SDM) and managed services. Hodges joined Heavy Reading after nine years at Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape, most recently as a senior marketing manager. Other activities at Nortel included definition of media gateway network architectures and development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional industry experience was gained with Bell Canada, where Hodges performed IN and SS7 planning, numbering administration and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Hodges is based in Ottawa.
Bob has over 24 years' experience in the North American and European cable spaces helping clients architect, build and manage the technology relationships in complex video and data network environments.
Bob was recently VP, IP Engineering at Charter Communications where he led the development and management of DOCSIS, IP backbone and regional cores, VoIP, video and data labs as well as capacity management and planning.
Bob has an extensive senior management background with companies such as Charter Communications, BigBand Networks, RoadRunner (Part of Time Warner cable), MediaOne, Continental Cablevision, Adlink, Times Mirror Cable Television, Polska Telewizja Kablowa (Part of Chase Enterprises) and Videotron (U.K.). Bob was also a strategic advisor to Cable Europe Labs from 2007 until 2011 working with European operators on the necessary standards and technologies to move the European cable market forward.
Joseph D. Jensen
In 1996, Joe joined Buckeye Cablevision, Inc. where he served in dual capacities; in addition to his role as cable CTO, he also functioned as president of the competitive local exchange carrier, Buckeye TeleSystem, Inc. In 2010, Joe was promoted to his current position where he is responsible for the Block Communications, Inc. subsidiaries, Buckeye Cablevision, Inc, the cable TV company serving Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, and Buckeye TeleSystem Inc., the competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) serving customers in 13 states. Joe also retained his title of Chief Technology Officer for the Buckeye Companies. Joe also serves on the board of directors of the Society of Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and chairs the society's engineering committee.
Dan Jones Mobile Editor
Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.
But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."
His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.
He lives in Brooklyn with cats.
Will has more than 18 years' experience in the business communications and technology services Industries. True Arc is a marketing research company that works with businesses to synthesize internal data with key market intelligence and turn it into profitable operational execution. Prior to True Arc, Will served at Time Warner Cable Business Class overseeing marketing research and analytics to support multiple areas of the business. During this time he also co-chaired the CTAM Business Services Research Council. Before joining TWCBC he held research, marketing, and sales leadership positions in successful telecom and software companies across the industry.
Ray Le Maistre Editor-in-chief
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!
Craig Leddy is a leading authority, writer, lecturer and consultant for the cable industry, specializing in the latest technological advances for television, the Internet and broadband-connected devices. Based outside New York City, Leddy founded Interactive TV Works, Inc. to promote understanding and deployment of advanced digital media. Leddy is a 30-year cable veteran who develops and teaches the highly acclaimed How Cable Works courses (including CTAM's How Cable Goes to Market) and produces Cable Interacts events, including the annual Interactive Launch Competition between MBA student teams. Leddy has a background in business journalism and he frequently writes for industry publications and web sites. Currently he serves as a contributing analyst for Heavy Reading's Cable Industry Insider Reports, writing in-depth reports on advanced cable technologies. His background includes roles as editor of Cablevision Magazine, senior market research analyst and cable consultant for The Myers Group, news editor for Electronic Media (now Television Week), and contributing editor for Multichannel News. He often speaks on industry panels and is quoted frequently in the press for his analysis of digital media developments.
Prior to joining Bandwidth, Steve was General Manager of Motricity's (ticker: MOTR) Off-Deck Division, a leading provider of mobile solutions to carriers, media companies, and application developers. Prior to Motricity, Steve was the Founder and CEO of GoldPocket Wireless, a leading SMS network provider in the U.S. which was later acquired by Motricity. Steve developed expertise in large-scale network and data system management, working with companies such as John Hancock, Compaq, and Lightbridge across a variety of industries, including insurance, wireless, finance and education. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, cum laude, from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. He spends his free time with his wife and three children cheering for various Boston sports teams.
Steve Livingston is senior vice president of carrier development at iPass, and leads sales and marketing for the company's service provider business. Livingston has more than 30 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. He was chief marketing officer at CellularOne, which was acquired by AT&T Wireless, where Livingston went on to lead enterprise and data offer marketing. He then was a founding executive at Bytemobile, a leading web and video optimization solutions provider for mobile operators. He also served as chief marketing officer for MBlox, the world's largest mobile transaction network, and most recently as general manager of Windows Phone strategic partner marketing at Microsoft. Livingston has served on the board of the Mobile Marketing Association, as a member of CTIA's Wireless Internet Caucus (WIC) Leadership Council, and as an advisor to the AmberWatch Foundation. He was also a founding leadership member of the Center for Marketing and Technology at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.Livingston holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Mansell is President of John Mansell Associates, which provides consulting, valuations and expert witness testimony relating to sports media, cable TV and wireless spectrum. Previously, he was a senior analyst with Paul Kagan Associates.
Dennis Mendyk Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading Mendyk is Vice President of Research for the Light Reading Communications Network and its research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research. His career in technology and telecom industry coverage spans more than 25 years and includes work for such major firms as McGraw-Hill, Ziff-Davis, and United Business Media. Mendyk is a past winner of the American Business Media Association's Jesse H. Neal Award for editorial achievement and a graduate of New York University and the University of Connecticut.
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 United Kingdom. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1992. His favorite movie is Barbarella (honestly!).
Vish Nandlall is Head of Strategy, Marketing, and Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson's North American region. He is responsible for identifying Ericsson's long-term vision, defining the overall company strategy, and driving business value creation for Ericsson's customers in North America. He joined Ericsson in 2010, most recently serving as CTO for the company's AT&T Customer Unit. He previously served as CTO of Extreme Networks and CTO and distinguished member of technical staff for Nortel Carrier Networks. Nandlall has led architecture and standards direction for product portfolios ranging from GSM, CDMA, WiMax, and LTE, to metro DWDM, carrier routing and switching, and carrier VoIP portfolios. His recent areas of research include M2M, augmented reality, and mobile virtualization.
Dan O'Shea Managing Editor
Sterling Perrin Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading Sterling Perrin has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage areas at Heavy Reading include optical networking, cable MSO infrastructure and services, and digital content. He also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Quarterly Market Tracker, a special quarterly research service. Perrin joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Perrin worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Perrin is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and is a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press.
Derek is responsible for building and operating Boingo's core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions. Derek has rich experience with billing systems, both as a billing engineer and executive for Internet service providers United Online and GoAmerica, and as a global technical instructor for leading billing software company Portal. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor, serving with the United States Air Force. Derek holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education and Technology from the American Intercontinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on Enterprise Information Systems from Colorado Technical University. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.
Dan Pitt is Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation, joining on its public launch in March 2011. Dan spent twenty years developing networking architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems in North Carolina, IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland, Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, and Bay Networks in Santa Clara, Cal., where he was vice president of the Bay Architecture Lab. When Nortel bought Bay Networks, Dan became vice president of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions Technology Center, spanning nine cities on four continents. From 2002–2007 he served as dean of the school of engineering at Santa Clara University and holder of the Sobrato Chair in Engineering. From 2007–2011 he advised and served in executive operational roles in startup companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, most recently as an executive in residence at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, Cal. Dan received a B.S. in mathematics (magna cum laude) from Duke University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois. He taught as an adjunct professor at Duke University and the University of North Carolina for ten years and has fifty publications and one patent to his credit.
Alan has spent 23 years working at the "bleeding edge" of IT and telecom. Work experience includes: BT, Cambridge Technology Partners, founded Teltier (sold to Cisco) and 10 years as an independent focused on theintersection of IT, Web and telecom. Customers range from global leaders such as AT&T, Etisalat, M1, Telstra, Verizon, Huawei, Oracle to innovative start-ups such as Apigee, AppTrigger (sold to Metaswitch), Camiant (sold to Oracle), Guavus, Layer 7 (sold to CA), OpenCloud, and Tropo. For more information check out his blog,www.alanquayle.com/blog, or follow him on Twitter, @Alan_Quayle.
Paul Rainford Assistant Editor, Europe
Based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins, Paul has worked as a copy editor and sometime writer since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.
During the nougthies he took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.
Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.
Sarah Reedy Senior Editor
Sarah Reedy's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad. It sounds like a cute story but she ended up in the emergency department of Chicago General and has not spoken to her father for ten years.
She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.
Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.
Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.
As a director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. He has spent more than 18 years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.
Stephen Saunders Managing Director, UBM DeusM
Steve Saunders is the Managing Director of UBM DeusM, an integrated marketing services division of UBM, which has successfully launched 45 online communities in less than three years.
Seth Schachner is a digital business executive, with experience in entertainment, digital media and technology. Schachner is currently Managing Director of Strat Americas, a Miami-based business development enterprise which provides strategic guidance and helps global clients connect with partnership and deal opportunities. Strat Americas works with media companies, carriers, and entities seeking mobile and digital business partnerships. Schachner's background includes digital and mobile roles at Microsoft, Sony Music, and media companies like Fox, Liberty Media, and Viacom. He has developed mobile partnerships in the Americas with operators, handset partners, and major artists.
Stewart Schley the founder and principal of Stewart Schley Content Services and serves as a Contributing Analyst for One Touch Intelligence. Stewart has been reporting on and writing about the telecommunications and media industries for more than 25 years, for publications and organizations including Multichannel News, Cable World, CED Magazine and Paul Kagan Associates. He has founded and served as editor of several national business magazines and is the author of the book Fast Forward: Video on Demand and the Future of Television; the editor of the book Definitive Broadband; and a co-author of Broadband Planet, published in 2004 by Cisco Press.
Mari Silbey Independent Technology Editor
Mari Silbey is an independent tech writer based in Washington, D.C. With a background in cable and telecom, she's a contributor to several trade publications, and also writes for the long-running digital media blog Zatz Not Funny. In addition to reporting work, Mari has written for both corporate and association clients focused on broadband networks, mobile apps, and video delivery. In 2007, she launched the corporate blog for Motorola's Home division - a novel endeavor at the time – which she ran until the end of 2010.
Bruce Sinclair has been in the IPv6 business since 2006 and is CEO of gogo6, provider of IPv6 products, the gogoNET community and the Freenet6 IPv6 connectivity service. Original market data for his blogs are gathered from the gogoNET social network that has over 95,000 registered members who use the community as a resource to transition to IPv6. Bruce hosts "The IPv6 Show" podcast on iTunes and writes an IPv6 Market Intelligence newsletter for vendors selling into the IPv6 market.
Baruch Sterman is Vice President of Technology Research for Vonage, focusing on next-generation projects including the design of the Intelligent Routing platform and mobile video. He has more than 15 years of experience with VoIP technology. Prior to joining Vonage, he was CTO at deltathree. He also was also the founder and CEO of Kayote Networks, and is author of RFC 5090, an extension to the SIP protocol. Mr. Sterman began his career in telecommunications and computer communications with Bell Labs in the late 80s. He has a Doctorate in physics with a concentration in molecular gas lasers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He recently authored the critically acclaimed book, The Rarest Blue, about the science and history behind the ancient technology of shellfish dyeing.
Stephen currently serves as CEO of FreedomPop, the highly publicized disruptive mobile broadband start-up. In this capacity, Stephen leads all aspects of company development including product innovation, customer acquisition and partner alliances. Prior to FreedomPop, Stephen served as Woo Media's CEO where he headed one of the Internet's fastest growing and most innovative interactive video companies. Under Stephen's leadership, Woo Media built a multi-million dollar revenue stream, raised $19 million in venture capital, and was successfully sold in November 2011. Stephen also served as British Telecom's VP of Strategy and Product Development through 2007. At BT, he generated over $500 million in new wave revenue putting BT in the forefront of online communications, digital media and open Wi-Fi. Stephen started his career with Accenture then left to co-found JustWhatiWant.com, profitably sold in 2000. Stephen also worked in venture capital and was Director of eCommerce for Qwest Communications.
Karl currently serves as Group Vice President of Enterprise Sales for Level 3 Communications. Prior to this role, he served as Senior VP of Level 3's midmarket sales, where he managed segment activity for business customers below the Fortune 1000. He has also managed Level 3's global carrier channel, including international and domestic carrier, and wireless segments. Formerly, he served as Executive VP of corporate development and EVP of operations with NetRail Inc., with responsibility for growth and operations of a 46-city US network. Mr. Strohmeyer held various positions with BellSouth including development manager, assistant market development manager, and national accounts assistant executive. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master's degree in international business from Mercer University.
Brian Sutterfield is Director of Technology/Principal Technologist for DukeNet Communications. He is responsible for providing leadership to the company on a portfolio of technologies, including development of subject matter expertise, business case development and providing guidance and thought-leadership to both internal and external organizations. Brian has been in the technology field for more than 17 years and has worked with numerous companies developing their technology strategy and infrastructure.
Gemini is a veteran of cable and telecom systems and technologies, and his software company, UXP Systems, powers blended, personalized experiences for next-generation video. As CEO, Gemini is passionate about the opportunity service providers have to de-construct households into individual user relationships and to re-invent video as the anchor of a much broader and immersive connected experience.
Sarah Wallace Analyst, Heavy Reading Sarah Wallace focuses on service provider IT, including all aspects of BSS/OSS. She also focuses on BSS/OSS managed services, analytics, mobile commerce and mobile banking. She is particularly interested in examining how service providers will enable customers to enjoy voice, data, video, app, gaming, cloud and enterprise services while at the same time trying to survive in the competitive landscape. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Wallace served as an OSS Analyst for RHK and as a Senior Editor for TelOSSource Magazine. She has worked as a journalist for trade publications in the call center industry and has also served as a writer/consultant in social media for global brands.
Carol Wilson Editor-at-large
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.
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