Bryan Adamson is a principal consultant at IBB Consulting, where he serves leading cable operators, media companies, and wireless companies by managing large-scale, transformational initiatives. His diverse experience in these industries includes BSS/OSS migration, post-merger integration, technology strategy, marketing, linear broadcast and web. For the past five years, Bryan has specialized in product launches for the low-income and poor credit customer segment.
Charlie Ashton, senior director, business development, Wind River, is responsible for business development initiatives for the networking and telecommunications markets. He has held leadership roles in both engineering and marketing at software, semiconductor and systems companies including 6WIND, Green Hills Software, Timesys, Motorola (now Freescale Semiconductor), AMCC (now AppliedMicro), AMD and Dell.
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.
Ari Banerjee Principal Analyst, Service Provider IT, Heavy Reading
Ari Banerjee focuses on service provider IT, including all aspects of telecom software research. Banerjee examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service, and infrastructure management. His area of focus includes all aspects of BSS, OSS, SDP, digital commerce, revenue assurance, service assurance, and elements that span both the infrastructure and network software markets, such as data warehousing, analytics, and business intelligence. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Banerjee was the vice president of next generation software systems at Yankee Group, leading and overseeing all aspects of their telecom software research. Banerjee holds a B.E. in electronics and communications from Manipal Institute of Technology in India, an M.S. in computer information systems from Bentley College, and an M.B.A. from the University of Glasgow Business School.
Alon is a Product Marketing Manager at Amdocs, with over 14 years of experience in the communication IT industry. He is currently responsible for creating awareness, positioning and bringing to market Amdocs' Portfolio Solutions. This role includes defining the business strategy and direction and encompasses the areas of new offering development, innovative technology and market insight.
Dan Joe Barry
Dan Joe Barry, VP Marketing for Napatech has over 20 years' experience in the IT and Telecom industry. Prior to joining Napatech in 2009, Dan Joe was Marketing Director at TPACK, a leading supplier of transport chip solutions to the Telecom sector. From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of Sales and Business Development at optical component vendor NKT Integration (now Ignis Photonyx) following various positions in product development, business development and product management at Ericsson. Dan Joe joined Ericsson in 1995 from a position in the R&D department of Jutland Telecom (now TDC). He has an MBA and a BSc degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.
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. Richard Benjamins Group Director BI & Big Data - Internal Exploitation, Telefónica
Dr. V.R. (Richard) Benjamins is Group Director BI & Big Data responsible for internal exploitation across Telefonica at the recently created Chief Commercial Digital Officer at Telefonica. Previously he was Director of Business Intelligence at Telefonica Digital, the 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. His responsibilities included the development and technology transfer of products in data mining, big data, targeted advertising, personalisation, and privacy. Richard is a frequent speaker on big data, BI and analytics events. Previously he was Director of Technological Strategy at Telefonica R&D, which he joined in July 2007.
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.
Ernie Bergstrom Founder and President, Crystal Cube Consulting
Ernie Bergstrom is founder and president of Crystal Cube Consulting, an analyst firm focused on AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, MicroTCA, PICMG standards, and high-speed switch fabrics. He has over 35 years of industry experience including previous positions as a Senior Research Analyst for In-Stat and marketing manager and system engineer for Verizon (formerly GTE). He holds a B.A. in Business from Central Washington University, and attended George Washington University.
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.
Naveen Bhatia is vice president-network engineering at Nexius Solutions, Inc., a provider delivering end-to-end wireless services and software solutions. For more information, visit http://www.nexius.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NexiusInc, Twitter: http://twitter.com/NexiusInc, and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/nexius.
Tom has been in the network and security field for over 20 yrs. During this time he worked for large enterprises as a Network Engineer and for multiple network management and security vendors where he has had roles in Sales Engineering /Management, Technical Field Marketing and Product Management. Currently at Arbor Networks he's a Director of Product Marketing focusing on the fixed and mobile Service Provider markets.
Working closely with GSMA members, Mr Bocquet is responsible for defining and building consensus around spectrum policy positions, and promoting best practice in spectrum management. Previously, he was deputy director in charge of spectrum strategy and international planning at Orange – France Telecom Group, and he led the Orange delegation at WRC-12. Mr Bocquet worked in Japan for several years, first in mobile broadband communication for Fujitsu Laboratories and subsequently as senior manager of broadband access technologies for Orange Labs Tokyo-Seoul (formerly France Telecom R&D). Mr Bocquet earned a degree in telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France) and a doctorate from the University of Kyoto, Japan.
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.
Gil Brice Director of Engineering, Tufin
Gil Brice is a CISSP and security industry veteran with 20 years experience. His experience spans corporate operations, professional services for manufacturers and resellers.
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 Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
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.
Dr John Chevers is Chief Business Development Officer at DANTE, the operator of GÉANT, the 500 Gbit/s pan-European backbone network for research and education. He has a PhD in Physics and is a spare-time mechanic for his vintage cars.
With over 30 years in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Chimsky brings an impressive track record across technology, product, and marketing. In his most recent position, at inCode, he was responsible for managing the company's technology thought leadership and knowledge capital, while guiding clients on technology evolution strategy including migration to LTE and spectrum management, with an emphasis on next-generation wireless technology and services. Mr. Chimsky also led inCode's work with private equity clients in the evaluation of potential acquisitions in the telecom industry. Before joining inCode, he spent over seven years as Vice President of Technology Development at Nextel, overseeing Nextel's dramatic growth from niche carrier to one of the top carriers in the US. Prior to Nextel, he spent a total of 12 years in management positions at MCI and AT&T.
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.
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.
Denise began her career in technology journalism in 1996, serving most recently as markets editor of The Net Economy, a biweekly publication that covered the North American service provider market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer for Interactive Week, tele.com, Wireless Review, Intelecard News, Perspectives on Public Communication and other technology and trade magazines. She is a past winner of the American Business Media Association's Jesse Neal Award for editorial achievement and a graduate of Texas A&M University.
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.
Danny is an analyst and consultant with over 20 years' experience in technology markets who contributes regularly to Heavy Reading Insider. He began his career in academic publishing before moving into marketing communications consultancy in the telecom equipment sector. For seven years he tracked the telecom IT and OSS/BSS market for Analysis Research while directing single-client research studies for organizations throughout the telecom sector.
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.
Colin Dixon created nScreenMedia as a resource to the Digital Media Industry as it transitions to the new infrastructure for multiscreen delivery. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the Digital TV, Over-the-Top and IPTV spaces garnered from his 15 years working in those industries. Before founding nScreenMedia, he spent seven years as an analyst and partner with The Diffusion Group. Previously he held senior executive positions at Microsoft/WebTV, Liberate and Oracle delivering products and services to the Cable, Satellite and IPTV industries.
Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry for the last 20 years on both sides of the Pond. Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and, most recently, Light Reading.
Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry for the last 20 years on both sides of the Pond. Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and, most recently, Light Reading.
Patrick Donegan Senior Analyst
Patrick Donegan has more than 20 years of experience as a telecom market journalist, analyst, and strategist. His in-depth knowledge of wireless technology issues is critical to Heavy Reading's expanding coverage in this area.
Donegan also authors Heavy Reading's Ethernet Backhaul Quarterly Market Tracker, a special quarterly research service. Donegan joined Heavy Reading after five years at Nortel Networks, where he was a senior manager of strategic planning for the company's wireless business – spanning GSM, CDMA, UMTS, WiMax, and other wireless technologies. Prior to Nortel, Donegan spent two years in business research for Motorola's Corporate Strategy Office in EMEA and two years as a wireless analyst for the Yankee Group.
As a journalist, Donegan was deputy editor of Public Network Europe from 1990-1995 and editor of Mobile Communications International from 1995-1997. He holds a B.A. in industrial relations and politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Donegan is based in the U.K. and can be reached at Donegan@heavyreading.com.
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.
Christopher Eldredge leads NTT America's Global Solutions and Datacenter Services Business Units. He oversees all facets of the business, including product and service delivery of NTT Com's pioneering Enterprise Cloud in the United States, product and service delivery for managed hosting, collocationsolutions, and NTT Com's datacenters located throughout the US. Christopher also oversees business development, enterprise sales, product marketing, pricing, sales engineering, product mapping, and strategic business planning.
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 Gordon has more than 33 years' experience in the IT and communications sectors and has an outstanding track record in holding executive leadership roles with large corporate entities in the telecoms sector as well as various executive and non-executive roles with venture backed businesses. Jeff's previous experience includes heading up Motorola's EMEA infrastructure business in which he was responsible for $1.6 billion in annual revenues and leading 1400 employees. Prior to Motorola he chaired the Unisys European Management Board. Jeff was previously chairman of Axiom Systems, a leading provider of service delivery solutions to the telecommunications industry and Celltick, a leading provider of mobile content discovery and marketing solutions. Jeff has been CEO of OpenCloud since 2008 and is also non-executive Chairman of Teacher Tech, a UK based provider of IT outsourcing solutions to the SME market.
Ronny A. Haraldsvik
Ronny Haraldsvik rejoined SpiderCloud Wireless in June 2012 as SVP/CMO, having formerly served as VP Marketing July 2008 through mid December 2010. Prior to that he was the SVP/CMO at BelAir Networks (acquired by Ericsson in April 2012). Prior to BelAir Networks, he was VP of Global Marketing at Bytemobile Inc. (acquired by Citrix). Previous roles include VP of Strategy and Marketing for mobile broadband at Qualcomm and VP of Marketing at Flarion Technologies (a company acquired by Qualcomm). Before Flarion, Mr. Haraldsvik was VP of Marketing with Nortel Networks' Shasta IP Services BU (Shasta was acquired by Nortel) and Director of North American field marketing with Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks). He holds a BA from the University of San Francisco.
As vice president and general manager of the Software Business Unit at Brocade, Kelly Herrell leads software networking strategy and execution at the company. He leads an organization responsible for driving growth through the delivery of an innovative virtual networking platform and advancing the company's technology portfolio and customer base in cloud and service provider markets.
Herrell previously served as CEO of Vyatta, a pioneer and industry leader of virtual routing, which was acquired by Brocade in 2012. Prior to Vyatta, he played key leadership roles in a series of successful disruptive IT companies including Blue Coat, Cobalt Networks and MontaVista Software, and directed strategic product and marketing initiatives for Oracle and Teradata.
Herrell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and economics from Washington State University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Kevin is a talented technologist who is constantly innovating at the forefront of telecommunications and IP technology. He has designed and implemented a highly scalable, large capacity, flexible and fully redundant global communications network that perpetually maintains a 99.999% uptime. With more than a decade of experience in technology development and advanced network architectures, Kevin's expertise and accomplishments has made him a pioneer in cloud communications technology.
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.
John Holobinko is an independent business transformation consultant who helps companies regain their competitive edge by revamping their product development strategies, improving their business operations and regaining customer intimacy. He has over 25 years' leadership experience as a GM, VP of Strategy and VP of Product Management and Marketing in large corporations and CEO of emerging companies within the cable, networking and software industries. Most recently he was VP of Strategy of the $1B Network Infrastructure business for Motorola Home, where he was responsible for driving product innovation and business transformation in areas such as next generation IP video acquisition, storage and delivery, next generation optical, wireless and RF access networks, and cloud-based services.
Tom Homer Head of EMEA and the Americas, Telstra
Tom Homer is Head of EMEA and the Americas for Telstra based in London where he is responsible for developing and driving the overall business strategy for the region. Tom has more than 20 years of experience in IT and telecommunications, including 10 years of managing relationships with multinational enterprises at AT&T combined with a range of senior roles at Energis. After Energis's acquisition by Cable & Wireless, Tom became Director of the Major System Integrator channel. He then joined Reliance Globalcom (formerly Vanco) as Director of Client Management before taking up the post of Managing Director – UK and Nordics in 2009.
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.
Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom's work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.
As founder & CEO, Sunil leads the vision and direction at Nuage Networks. He brings over twenty years of experience in the communications and networking industry, including his former role as VP of business development for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), as well as VP of global product management for Alcatel Lucent's IP Division.
Sunil gained expertise in networking startups at TiMetra Networks, where he led product management and standardization. And before that, he held a variety of product management and consulting engineering management roles with Bay and Nortel Networks in New York and Santa Clara.
Alex has over 17 years of experience in both technical and business roles within the internet and telecommunications sector. He started his career by co-founding LONAP, which is now one of the largest internet exchange points in the world. He then went on to become of the most prolific Cisco network architects in the UK, building Cisco-based IP networks for the likes of BSkyB and Versatel, before taking a career sabbatical to launch a dance music radio station on Sky.He then specialised in messaging, building SMS platforms for business applications and consulting for the likes of Truphone, Infobip and JT. His most recent venture is Ziron, a next-generation telecommunications operator.
Gerri Kodres is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Carrier Relations at Fortumo. Gerri has 10+ years of background in working with mobile operators in regions as diverse as Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In Fortumo, he is responsible managing sales to strategic customers as well as overseeing carrier relations.
Steve Koppman Contributing Analyst
Steve Koppman has covered the North American carrier industry for 20 years – nearly half that time for Gartner, where he was a principal analyst. He has covered IP voice and public Ethernet for Heavy Reading, coverage areas he launched for Gartner Dataquest. As an analyst, he has focused on market forecasting and analysis, issues of industry structure, convergence and public policy, and next-generation (IP voice and optical services, including public Ethernet) as well as legacy (voice, private line, wholesaling) services. Koppman has also worked as an analyst for the Yankee Group, IDC, SRI International, Decision Resources, Frost & Sullivan, Insight Research, and other research and consulting companies.
Jennifer Kyriakakis has been working in the Communications Industry for over 15 years in Marketing, Sales and Systems Delivery. Prior to MATRIXX, Jennifer worked for Portal Software (acquired by Oracle) where she was responsible for the global marketing strategy of Portal's product suite for the broadband and mobile markets. During her 7 years with Portal and Oracle, she also held positions in Services Marketing, Customer Programs, and Sales Engineering. Before joining Portal, she worked with Verizon International Wireless managing large implementations of billing and customer care solutions for their global operating partners. Jennifer began her career in the Communications Practice at Accenture where she developed billing, invoicing, and payment processing applications for wireless operators. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and Operations Management from the College of William and Mary.
Anukool Lakhina CEO & Founder, Guavus
Anukool founded Guavus with a vision to provide solutions for dynamic, data-driven decision-making. He brings more than a decade of thought leadership in large-scale data analytics and has published more than a dozen papers on the subject. His Ph.D. dissertation put forth the theory and algorithms for streaming analytics on high-dimensional data, which forms the basis for the technology at Guavus. Prior to Guavus, Anukool was at Intel Research and Sprint Labs. He holds a B.S., M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Boston University.
Laurie Lawrence, CMO at Vubiquity, is responsible for global corporate and affiliate marketing as well as product development and management. Laurie has also served in a variety of marketing and management roles at XM Satellite Radio, NBC Universal, Sony Electronics, Request Television, CBS and CNBC. She played a leadership role in the successful branding of XM, Request Television and the launch of CNBC. At Sony Electronics, Laurie was responsible for leading the development and implementation of an Internet storage and services business. Her expertise spans branding, product management, business strategy, marketing, media and strategic partnerships.
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!
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.
Francois Locoh-Donou Senior VP, Global Products Group, Ciena
Francois Locoh-Donou is the Senior Vice President, Global Products Group at Ciena Corp., with responsibility for the company's research & development, supply chain, product line management, quality and customer advocacy functions on a global basis. Prior to his current role, his positions with the company included Vice President and General Manager, EMEA and Vice President, International Sales, with responsibility for expanding Ciena's operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He also held various technical and sales management positions at Ciena since joining in 1997. Prior to Ciena, Locoh-Donou was with Photonetics, a French opto-electronics company, where he held various Research and Development roles focused on Fiber-Optic Sensors and Optical Test Equipment. Locoh-Donou holds an M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Master's in Optical Telecommunications from the National Institute of Telecommunications of Paris (ENST), and a "Diplome d'Ingenieur" in Physics Engineering from the National Institute of Physics in Marseille (ENSPM), France.
Doug Lodder oversees the strategy and development of WiFi and DAS (distributed antenna system) networks for Boingo's new and existing partnerships in vertical markets where reliable mobile data connectivity is now a necessity, including stadia, arenas and other large-scale venues. Doug works with stadia including Chicago's Soldier Field, the University of Arizona's Arizona Stadium, and Pinnacle Bank Arena, home of the University of Nebraska basketball teams.
Alain Louchez is Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT), Georgia Institute of Technology, and Chairman of the Steering Committee for the International Workshop on Internet of Things organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
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.
A site editor for UBM's EDN and EE Times, Mathas covers LED, Sensors, Wireless Networking and Industrial Control technologies. She also writes for Hearst Publishing's Electronic Products. Previously, she was a Sr. Editor and West Coast Correspondent for PennWell's Lightwave Magazine and CleanRooms Magazine, respectively. Mathas holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology and a BS in Marketing from University of Phoenix. In addition to editorial, her past life experience includes Director of Marketing for Securealink and Micrium, Inc., providing PR services to such companies as Philips Semiconductors, Altera, Boulder Creek Engineering, and ghost writing for Lucent Technologies.
Brent Mello, Vice President of Origination and Messaging Products at Bandwidth.com, is responsible for the strategy, growth, P&L management, and execution for these product lines. Mello brings more than 15 years of industry experience and has held leadership positions at both Level 3 and IntelePeer, leading strategy, business development, voice peering, direct interconnection, and special access cost management
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!).
Jason Meyers Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT
Jason Meyers has been writing about the telecom and mobile industries for more than 20 years. He is a proud member of the "Former Editors-in-Chief of Telephony Magazine" club, and regularly attends reunions with Carol Wilson and Dan O'Shea to reminisce about what things were like back in the day. He's also the former executive editor of Entrepreneur magazine.
Iain Morris is a freelance writer and editor who has covered the telecoms sector for the last 15 years. His work has appeared in publications including The Economist 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).
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
You want Dans? We got 'em! This one, "Fancy" Dan O'Shea, has been covering the telecom industry for 20 years, writing about virtually every technology segment and winning several ASBPE awards in the process. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Telephony magazine, and was the founding editor of FierceTelecom. Grrrr! Most recently, this sleep-deprived father of two young children has been a Chicago-based freelance writer, and continues to pontificate on non-telecom topics such as fantasy sports, craft beer, baseball and other subjects that pay very little but go down well at parties. In his spare time he claims to be reading Ulysses (yeah, right), owns fantasy sports teams that almost never win, and indulges in some fieldwork with those craft beers. So basically, it's time to boost those bar budgets, folks!
Ravi Kumar Palepu
Ravi Kumar Palepu heads Virtusa's Telecom Solutions Group. In his role, Ravi has led technology council for Telco across locations and drove consistent standards, best practices as well as domain and technical competency across the Telco accounts. He was also part of the Global Technology Office leadership and has bridged the gap between the GTO and the global Telco accounts. Prior to joining Virtusa, Ravi served as Principal Consultant with Tech Mahindra from July 2002 to Nov 2010. He has been responsible for managing the CRM Centre of Excellence and helped Tech Mahindra deliver green field implementation in Europe and Asia region. He has over 17 years of experience in Telecommunication, managing large complex transformation programmes and innovating industry solutions. Ravi graduated from Delhi University with Bachelors in Commerce, earned his Master in Computer Application from NCC UK, and earned his Master's in Business Administration from Cass Business School, London.
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.
Roz Roseboro Senior Analyst
Roz Roseboro has nearly 20 years' experience in market research, marketing and product management. She covers developments specifically related to telecom data center transformation, including the changing architectural requirements and approaches for switch and server hardware and software solutions. Roz joinedHeavy Reading following eight years at OSS Observer and Analysys Mason, where she most recently managed its Middle East and Africa regional program, and prior to that, its Infrastructure Solutions and Communications Service Provider programs. She spent five years at RHK, where she ran the Switching and Routing and Business Communication Services programs. Prior to becoming an analyst, she worked at Motorola on IT product development and radio and mobile phone product management. Roz holds a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA in marketing, management, and international business from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is based in Chicago.
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.
Saunders began his publishing career in 1984 as a van boy (n., Chiefly Brit.: a boy who rides on a van) for BBC Publications, delivering its Radio Times magazine in the East End of London. For the next nine years he held a succession of low-paid and menial positions, before being plucked from obscurity by Light Reading co-founder Peter Heywood, who hired him as his editorial assistant / bitch at Data Communications magazine. As the other editors left, fell sick, were imprisoned, or died, Saunders ascended to the tippy top of Data Communications' editorial masthead – from whence he promptly crashed when, in 1999, CMP bought the magazine and shut it down (wankers).
The combined threat of imminent starvation and offers of work in the PR industry prompted Saunders and his grizzled mentor to create Light Reading, followed in short order by Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com) and Dark Reading (www.darkreading.com). This triptych of online startups covering telecommunications news, telecommunications research, and security news, respectively, were acquired by UBM in 2005 for $33 million. Saunders then bought Light Reading and Heavy Reading back from UBM (not for $33 million) in January 2014.
In the intervening years (2008 – 2013), Steve founded Internet Evolution, a ground-breaking (and window-shaking, and bar-rattling), award-winning, global, online community dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet, and DeusM (www.deusm.com), an integrated marketing services company targeting the fastest growing segment of the online publishing industry: business social media. In the space of three years DeusM launched nearly 50 communities based on Saunders' vision for a structured system of community publishing, one that creates unprecedented engagement among highly qualified business users. DeusM's communities won an absurd number of awards – more than 90 before everyone lost interest and stopped counting. The full list can be found here:http://www.deusm.com/awards.asp.
In March 2008, Saunders was inducted into Min's Digital Media Hall of Fame. In 2010, he redecorated.
In April 2009, he was named to the No. 2 spot on Folio magazine's Folio 40 ranking of magazine industry influencers and innovators, one ahead of President Barack Obama. The magazine subsequently revised the list following a public outcry, demoting Saunders to the No. 3 spot.
He was named Min's Marketer of the Year in September 2010. No outcry ensued.
Saunders is the author of three more books than you: The Data Communications Gigabit Ethernet Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1998), The McGraw-Hill High-Speed LANs Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1995), and The True Story of King Arthur (48hourbooks, 2009). Gripping reads, all. Especially the last.
He holds an utterly worthless joint honours [sic] degree in English Literature and Drama from Hull University, and plays guitar (enthusiastically) in a hard rock alt band called War Toad.
Saunders is the owner of an [sic] hilarious LinkedIn profile:www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-saunders/2/816/684.
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.
Simon has nearly 20 years' experience of tracking, reporting on and providing consultancy about technology markets, and has spent a large proportion of that time focused on the telecoms sector. He has worked with service providers, equipment vendors, government departments and regulators, telecoms end users and content providers, and still finds himself continually surprised by others' ability to innovate. Simon writes about a wide variety of topics – with current favourites including carrier Ethernet, virtualization, big data and next generation mobile services.
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.
Simon Stanley is Founder and Principal Consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd., an independent market analyst and consulting company based in the U.K. His work has included investment due diligence, market analysis for investors, and business/product strategy for semiconductor companies. Simon has written extensively for Heavy Reading and Light Reading. His reports and Webinars cover a variety of communications-related subjects, including LTE, Policy Management, SDN/NFV, IMS, ATCA, 100/400G optical components, multicore processors, switch chipsets, network processors, and optical transport. He has also run several Light Reading events covering Next Generation network components and ATCA.
Prior to founding Earlswood Marketing, Simon spent more than 15 years in product marketing and business management. He has held senior positions with Fujitsu, National Semiconductor, and U.K. startup ClearSpeed, covering networking, personal systems, and graphics in Europe, North America, and Japan. Simon has spent over 30 years in the electronics industry, including several years designing CPU-based systems, before moving into semiconductor marketing. In 1983, Stanley earned a Bachelor's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, London.
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.
Joanne has been covering the global telecoms industry since 1999, when she joined Communication Week International in London. Joanne went on to become Deputy Editor of Total Telecom Magazine in Paris. Now back in the UK, Joanne continues to write about all things telecoms, but also makes time to contribute to a French military history magazine, "Guerres & Histoire."
Richard Thanki is an economist specializing in issues related to telecom in general and the role of unlicensed spectrum in particular. He was formerly Senior Associate Economist at Ofcom, the UK telecom regulator. Whilst at Perspective Associates he was the principal assistant to Kip Meek in his role as the UK Government appointed Independent Spectrum Broker. He has written extensively on the organization and success of unlicensed wireless technologies.
Barry D. Umansky
Barry Umansky is a professor of telecommunications at Ball State University and a senior fellow at the Digital Policy Institute (DPI), an independent digital communications research and policy think tank established in 2004.
Vivek Vadakkuppattu is Director and Head of the Analytics Business Unit at Azimuth Systems. In his current role, he has P&L responsibility for the Analytics Business Unit and is responsible for the overall strategy and is focused on organic growth and partnerships. He has more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry, including different roles in product management, market development, and product development. Vivek brings a global perspective to his work through previous experience in Europe and India for companies such as w2bi, Spirent, and Motorola. He has earned an MBA from NYU, an MS(EE) from Rutgers, and a BS(EE) from the University of Madras.
Steve Vogelsang CTO, IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent
Stephen Vogelsang is vice president of Strategy and CTO for the IP Routing and Transport Business Division at Alcatel-Lucent. Relying on a background that includes more than 20 years' experience in the telecom and networking industries, he helps develop road maps for the company so it can seize the opportunities that are a best fit. Before joining Alcatel-Lucent, Stephen served as vice president of Marketing for ECI Telecom's Data Networking Division following ECI's acquisition of Laurel Networks, which he co-founded. Prior to Laurel, he started his career serving in multiple roles with FORE Systems, including systems engineering, product management and strategic marketing.
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.
Mitch Wagner West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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').
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.
Ken Wieland contributing editor
Ken Wieland has been a telecoms journalist and editor for more than 15 years. That includes an eight-year stint as editor of Telecommunications magazine (international edition), three years as editor of Asian Communications, and nearly two years at Informa Telecoms & Media, specialising in mobile broadband. As a freelance telecoms writer Ken has written various industry reports for The Economist Group.
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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June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
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