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.
Paul Beastall is a Consulting Director and leads Cambridge Consultants' wireless consulting activities. He recently joined to develop and grow technical and market consulting activities that take advantage of Cambridge Consultants' key strengths in wireless product development.
Prior to joining Cambridge Consultants, Paul spent 20 years working in wireless and fixed broadband networking, from developing prototype millimetre-wave radio systems through to leading global presales and market development activities.
Diego Becker is Comptel's senior vice president for the Americas. He is responsible for exceeding regional goals (financial and operational, as well as commercial) while increasing operating performance. Diego has more than 13 years of experience in international business development within Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. He previously held managerial roles at Tecnotree Corporation and NEC Corporation.
Bill is the founder and chief strategy officer at Saisei. He started his career as a network operator and has been on the network operations or engineering side of the house many times in his career. He operated two worldwide data networks that are now part of Verizon Communications and has designed and operated network carrier services across US major markets and for many of Asia's top carriers. He's been designing, operating and supporting Internet services and data network infrastructure for carriers for almost two decades.
Serving as Vice President of Solutions Marketing and Strategy for GENBAND, Sanjay Bhatia oversees the company's product marketing organization and alignmnent of GENBAND's go-to-market strategy across different market segments including NFV, Cloud, Enterprise Unified Communications, MSO and Wireless. Bhatia is an accomplished telecommunications professional with over 28 years of wide-ranging global experience.
Bhatia has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Product Marketing, Product Line Management, and Research & Development for leading technology companies. He possesses a strong track record of successfully introducing new technologies via innovative product and solutions launches. Bhatia is an accomplished speaker who has presented at several global events.
Prior to joining GENBAND, Bhatia served in senior business unit and marketing roles at Tekelec and various leadership positions at Nortel Networks. Bhatia holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech University.
Mr. Breton is responsible for Sales in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, as well as InfoVista's marketing strategy. He joined the company following the acquisition of Mentum in 2012 where he was Chief Operating & Strategy Officer. In that capacity, he was in charge of business strategy, marketing, sales, deliveries and customer care. Prior to this, Mr. Breton was a director at Ericsson and member of the TEMS executive team following the acquisition of Marconi where he was vice-president of R&D for the wireless division, leading the product strategy and development of the network planning and billing mediation products. Mr. Breton is a recognized leader in the fields of radio propagation and wireless network simulation and optimization. He has spoken at numerous industry events, has authored multiple technical papers and patents and has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Breton holds a degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications from the Sherbrooke University in Canada.
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.
As a technology writer, Ariella Brown has covered 3D printing, analytics, big data, digital currency, cloud computing, green technology, marketing, and social media. She holds a PhD in English and taught college-level writing before becoming a full-time writer, editor, and social media consultant. Links to her portfolio, blogs, favorite quotes, and photos can be found at writewaypro.net
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.
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.
Robert Conger is the AVP of Carrier Strategy for ADTRAN's Carrier Networks Division. In this role he is responsible overseeing new technology development and ADTRAN's global carrier networks strategy. Prior to this role, Robert has served a wide range of roles within ADTRAN, most recently as Director of Product Management and Business Development Manager for Asia-Pacific. Robert holds a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Elizabeth Miller Coyne
Elizabeth Miller Coyne began her career on the small stage of a Western Pennsylvania mall in 1980 in the role of a Jawa next to one of Darth Vader's stunt men during the "Empire Strikes Back" mall tour. Upon her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English Writing, she quickly earned a MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and then made the jump to light speed to Carnegie Mellon University's alumni magazine where she covered robots and more robots, and occasionally interviewed movie stars and Hollywood producers.
After a two-year stint in Singapore as editor of a new age healthcare magazine, and reporter for the German Press Agency, she landed in Chicago in the late 90s. There she fell in with a rough crowd of telecom reporters at Telephony Magazine, and an even rougher crowed at The Net Economy where dance-offs were a common amongst the competitive editors who stalked the virtual water cooler.
Fast forward 10 years (sans Tardis), and a successful and exciting career in PR for Connect2 Communications and TM Forum, she is managing editor of Light Reading's New IP community site where she takes on the hottest topic to hit the sector since deregulation – the management and orchestration of IP networks. Most recently she was appointed as a Solar System Ambassador, a program sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., an operating division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a lead research and development center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She looks forward to hearing from you.
Mark Cummings, Ph.D., is the CTO of Orchestral Networks, and inventor of the company's patent pending technology. To understand the requirements for and directions towards virtualization supporting holistic end-to-end operations, Mark has participated in the ETSI NFV ISG, 3GPP SA5, NGMN NGCOR, TM Forum and IEEE 802. Earlier, Mark was the principal inventor on the first patent granted on SDR, and created two successful SDR start-ups. He started the Pocket Intelligence Program at Stanford Research Institute, and worked in a broad range of industry and academic organizations. He has over 200 publications, four granted and two in-process patents, holds an MBA in Communications Management from Wharton., and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Tohoku Imperial University in Japan.
Ken Dilbeck is the vice president of collaboration R&D for TM Forum. He has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years and an integral part of TM Forum's Collaboration program for over 13 years. He has been involved implementing and developing a broad range of OSS systems, from billing systems to element management systems, wireless and wireline. Ken has a Masters of Software Engineering from Seattle University and a BA in Mathematics.
Patrick is the Founder and Principal Analyst of HardenStance Ltd, a leading analyst firm providing best in class research, analysis and insight in telecom and IT security. A lot of Patrick's research is focused on best practise for telecom operators in securing their own networks and providing security services to end customers. In recent years his research has focused increasingly on the security opportunities and threats presented by the telecom sector's efforts to evolve to more software controlled networking including the evolution in network security requirements from 4G to 5G. Patrick has worked in the telecom sector for over 25 years, including in strategic planning roles for Motorola as well as for Nortel's mobile infrastructure business. Prior to forming HardenStance Ltd in January 2017, he worked for eleven years at Heavy Reading, the last three as Heavy Reading's Chief Analyst.
Didier Duriez is Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, at Orange Business Services.
Kevin Fitchard has been writing about telecom and mobile networking for the 15 years. He most recently worked at Gigaom covering wireless technology and now freelances for several tech and business publications. Kevin lives in Chicago and cooks a mean cassoulet.
Susan Fourtané is a Science & Technology journalist, writer, and philosopher with a life-long interest in science and technology -- and all what is interesting, fascinating, and thought-provoking.
She has been a technology journalist for nearly 10 years writing and reporting for global print and online publications such as Helsinki Times, UBM DeusM's Internet Evolution (probably the best site dedicated to the analysis of the future of the Internet that has ever existed), Big Data Republic, TheCMOSite, Enterprise Efficiency, HPIO_UK, Global Blue Marketing, SixDegrees Magazine, and World.Edu.
Currently, she writes for UBM Tech Electronics Division's EETimes and EBN; also for Light Reading and The New IP. Prior to journalism and writing, she worked extensively in the international B2B environment in several countries on two continents specializing in international business communication.
Susan has been the media advisor for tech startups, European correspondent and media advisory board member for Crypto Biz Magazine. Susan considers herself a citizen of the world who currently tries to split her time between Helsinki, London, and the French Riviera.
You can find her on Twitter @SusanFourtane
With over 15 years' experience in the telecom industry, Anand co-founded Centina Systems. Prior to his current role, Anand was the Director of Systems and Software Engineering at Xtera. Anand also held management positions in software and program management at Fujitsu where he worked on FLM and FLASHWAVE product lines. He holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. He has published in Proceedings of ACM and holds patent in network management.
Chris has written two books: Day One: Exploring IPv6 and Day One: Advanced IPv6 Configuration; as well as several IETF Internet Drafts, various industry papers, a CircleID blog, a personal weblog, and several other publications. Plus he is often sought out to present at conferences and NOGs around the world. His specialties include network design, protocol design, consensus building, technology evangelism, research and development (R&D), leading collaborative groups, communicating abstract ideas to diverse audiences and generally getting stuff done!
As the Director of Amdocs' Market Insight & Strategy group, Uri Gurevitz is responsible for analyzing market dynamics that are collected from both new research and directly from service provider senior executives. He then translates these into thought-leadership programs, business strategies, and business models which he presents at tailored workshops for C-level service provider executives worldwide, to help them forge new business and marketing strategies and grow their business. Focus areas in the last year included service provider innovation, customer experience, network monetization, and effective ways for retention and loyalty. Uri's extensive communications experience includes leading roadmap planning, market strategy, and positioning for innovative business solutions, products and new markets such as SMBs. He has worked on multiple projects in the customer care, strategy, operations, and sales-force readiness areas at some of North America's largest service providers. Uri also has extensive consulting experience working at Accenture in New York, and as part of Amdocs Consulting division, providing solutions to service providers' customer care and product lifecycle management challenges.
John Healy is the General Manager of the Software Defined Networking Division (SDND) in Intel's Datacenter Group. He is responsible for executing a global Intel strategy to transform all networks through Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) within Communication Service Provider, Enterprise and Cloud Service Provider networks.
Healy joined Intel in 2001, and his leadership in the communications industry is includes 26 years of experience in planning, engineering, deploying and maintaining next generation communication networks. Previously, Healy held senior positions in Finance, Information Systems and business and technical consultancy.
Healy is a regular industry speaker analyzing the transformation of all networks in their adoption of SDN and NFV.
Healy is an electronic engineering graduate from the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Barry G. Hill
Barry has more than 20 years in executive management in telecommunications sales, marketing and business strategy development globally, including in Asia-Pacific, Japan, North America, Latin America and Europe. He spent 15 years at Hewlett Packard in the telecommunications industry group. Then, he worked with startups in Silicon Valley for five years, focused on telecommunications software and systems, eventually founding his own startup which developed a virtualized evolved packet core.
Jim 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 include the media and control plane impact of NFV and SDN on core and edge network components such as the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), and Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs). Jim is also focused on the impact of NFV and SDN on data center evolution, including the role of application delivery controllers (ADCs). Other areas of research include managed services evolution, subscriber data management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and worked on the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional industry experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.
A 25-plus year veteran of the telecom industry, John Isch started his career at MCI Telecommunications (now Verizon) before moving to Orange Business Services, a global integrator of communications solutions for multinational corporations in 2001. He has worked in various operations and presales technical capacities covering a wide array of data networking, voice and internet solutions. He is well versed in networking technologies, including SDN/NFV, SD WAN, IP, MPLS and SIP, among others.
John is currently involved in creating sales strategies and presenting technical solutions to Fortune 500 clients throughout North America. He also ensures the presales engineering team is trained and proficient on the latest products and services. Closely linked with the global product management organization, he helps to ensure product development meets customer requirements while tracking industry trends and emerging technologies.
As OpenDaylight's executive director, Nicolas "Neela" Jacques works with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures. He oversees and provides guidance for all aspects of the project, from governance and technology to community and marketing. Formerly at VMware, Jacques was part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company's software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware's vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.
Anita Karvé is a writer and editor with 20 years of experience covering just about everything in the technology space with a focus on computer networking and telecommunications. She was managing editor of Billing & OSS World magazine and technology editor at Network magazine and most recently was in charge of newsletter coverage at TM Forum.
Bora Kizil is Managing Director at Ezako. Before co-founding Ezako in 2014, Bora was Country Manager for Rocket Internet – the largest venture capital fund outside the US – that builds and invests in Internet companies. Bora has spent most of his career in senior management positions in private companies, from general counsel to CEO, but has always been actively involved with e-commerce, telecom and big data.
Gary Knee is in charge of the Software Solutions Business Unit at CHR Solutions. He is responsible for overseeing the adoption of technology, information systems architecture, software development, business process outsourcing, technical support, and software implementations for clients.
Gary's career includes technology and business leadership roles in start-up, mid cap public and Fortune 100 companies. A Senior Executive, with global experience, Gary has established high performance development and business teams to define and bring to the market, products for the telecommunication industry. Most recently, Gary was a key member of the management team at Bridgewater Systems (AAA and policy products) when they were acquired by Amdocs Inc. Prior to Amdocs, Gary led the development and operations teams at Redknee, Inc and was part of the executive team that led the company through successful IPOs in London (AIM) and Toronto (TSX). Gary's career started at Nortel Networks where he was involved in multiple aspects of the telecommunications industry including wired and wireline access, fiber to the home, low power wireless, optical transport, VoIP call control, enterprise telephony and data and voice networking. Gary is passionate about exceeding customer expectations and creating an environment that encourages all team members to rise to the challenge. Other duties have included leading Acquisition teams as well as establishing two successful entities in India. Gary is sharing his expertise by being an active board member of a private Canadian Technology company.
Gary graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with Diploma of Electronic Engineering Technology and successfully completed his Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.
As Director of Technical Marketing, Ulrich Kohn translates market requirements into highly competitive solutions based on ADVA Optical Networking products. With global experience in communication systems for fixed and mobile as well as enterprises and governments, Ulrich is familiar with the challenges and pain points of today's networks and is able to show how the latest technology provides answers and an economic, future-proof path forward.
Morgan Kurk serves as the senior vice president and Wireless segment leader at CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. His group is responsible for the strategy and development of wireless infrastructure from tower solutions to distributed antenna systems, including product lines and solutions such as coaxial and fiber cable, antennas and filters, amplifiers and repeaters, indoor wireless and small cells, microwave backhaul and consulting.
Mr. Kurk has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry. He focused on wireless coverage problems in 1997 when he joined Allen Telecom, which later became part of Andrew Corporation, and held a variety of positions including director of business development in the United States and China; vice president of R&D, PLM, and Strategy; and vice president and general manager of the Wireless Innovations Group worldwide. In 2009, he joined CommScope as senior vice president of the Enterprise business unit.
Dave Larson is responsible for directing the Corero technology strategy as the company continues to invest in its next phase of growth: providing next-generation DDoS attack and cyberthreat defense solutions for the service provider and hosting provider segments. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the network security, data communication and data center infrastructure industries. Most recently, Larson served as Chief Technology Officer for HP Networking and Vice President of the HP Networking Advanced Technology Group. In this role he was responsible for creating the long-term technology vision and strategy for HP Networking across a variety of product divisions and geographies.
Ray Le Maistre
Don't be fooled by the weird cod-French surname: Ray's as British as corned beef and bad teeth, despite affecting a sheen of Continental sophistication by his constant references to fancy-dan "proper" coffee. He's even trained as a barista, for god's sake.
Ray joined Light Reading in 2002 shortly after being shown the door and a very long corridor at Total Telecom. He has been in technology journalism since 1988, having worked at Computer Weekly, Communications WeekInternationaland 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!
Oliver Lindner joined FNT Software as Senior Consultant for Server Management after 20 years of business experience working as a System Analyst. Today, Oliver is heading the business line Data Center Infrastructure Management at FNT Software.
Doug Marschke is the CTO at SDN Essentials, a professional services company focused on SDN Education & Training, Professional Consulting and Managed Services.
Teresa Mastrangelo, a 28-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, recently joined Heavy Reading as a Senior Analyst. She is regarded as one of the leading analysts covering network transformation, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure and services, Smart Services as well as policy and customer experience management of these services. She was previously the founder of Broadbandtrends, an independent analyst firm. Prior to Broadbandtrends, Teresa held senior level product marketing and product management positions with, Cisco Systems, Advanced Fibre Communications (now part of Tellabs) and NEC America and started her career as a Telecommunication Engineer with Appalachian Power Company. Teresa was awarded her BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1987. Post-graduate work includes The Management Institute at Roanoke College as well as executive programs at Penn State University.
With over 20 years of experience in the communications industry, Mr. McFarland currently leads Airvana's product management and marketing. Prior to Airvana, he was a Sr. Product Line Manager at Cisco Systems for several multi-billion dollar product lines. He was a founder of SetWave, and has had strategy and technology roles at Mercer Management Consulting, Ameritech, and Accenture. Mr. McFarland holds an MBA from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management and a BSME from Northwestern University, and graduated first in his class from both schools.
Mike McFarland leads product management and marketing for the Small Cells team within CommScope, having served in the same capacity for Airvana, which CommScope acquired in 2015. With more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry, he was previously a Senior Product Line Manager at Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for the strategy, product planning and marketing of Cisco's $1-plus billion Carrier Ethernet product line. Also at Cisco, he was a software product line manager for a $2 billion data networking product line designed for the small business and enterprise market. Prior to Cisco, Mike was Founder and Vice President of Product Management and Business Development for SetWave, and he has held strategy and technology consulting roles at Mercer Management Consulting, the Corporate Development and Strategy Group of Ameritech Corporation and Accenture.
Kevin Meagher is the SVP Business Development for ROC-Connect, a technology company offering an enterprise-grade cloud platform to support the IoT and the deployment of smart home products and services. Kevin has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT sectors. He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d'Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force.
Kevin Mitchell brings over 15 years of business strategy and technology experience to his position as Vice President of Marketing and Product. In this role he directs all marketing strategy, communications and sales enablement activities for Alianza as well as defining product direction and leading the product management organization.
Previously Kevin led service provider product and solution marketing at Acme Packet and helped drive greater awareness and success of the company's portfolio of products and solutions. His entry into the telecommunications industry was with Infonetics Research where he served as Principal Analyst focusing on IP routers and next generation voice. He obtained his bachelor degree in marketing and philosophy from Boston College.
Andrew joined Vodafone in 2013 as its head of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) in the Americas. Andrew is responsible for leading Vodafone's M2M sales, strategy and operational initiatives in North and South America. His key area of focus for the region is the application of M2M technologies which enable creative new business models to drive growth in both established and emerging markets.
Andrew brings a wealth of experience in the global telecommunications industry to the role. He joined from Cable&Wireless Worldwide where he was the Managing Director for the Americas for the past three years. In this role, Andrew had overall commercial and strategic responsibility for the company's enterprise and carrier sales, marketing, HR and service delivery operations in the region.
Prior to joining Cable&Wireless Worldwide, Andrew worked for Telstra for over a decade in multiple roles including President and CEO of Telstra Inc., leading the Americas region for Telstra International. Andrew has also held senior management roles with organizations such as Nortel where he managed the relationship between Nortel and SBC through the acquisition of Pacific Bell and SNET. He has also worked as Director of Sales Operations and Regional Vice President of Sales for Prism Communications as well as holding sales and management positions with Nynex Meridian Systems.
Iain Morris joined Light Reading as News Editor at the start of 2015 -- and we mean, right at the start. His friends and family were still singing Auld Lang Syne as Iain started sourcing New Year's Eve UK mobile network congestion statistics.
Prior to boosting Light Reading's UK-based editorial team numbers (he is based in London, south of the river), Iain was a successful freelance writer and editor who had been covering the telecoms sector for the past 15 years. His work has appeared in publications including The Economist (classy!) and The Observer, besides a variety of trade and business journals. He was previously the lead telecoms analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and before that worked as a features editor at Telecommunications magazine. Iain started out in telecoms as an editor at consulting and market-research company Analysys (now Analysys Mason).
John Noh is Senior Director, Corporate Communications for Brocade where he is the department head for branding and media strategy, digital marketing and executive communications.
Tom Nolle is the president and founder of CIMI Corporation and the principal consultant/analyst. Tom started his career as a programmer, and moved through various programming and programmer/analyst positions to manage software project teams and entire software projects. His background as a software programmer and architect makes him a hands-on kind of expert, a blend of strategic insight and in-the-trenches practical knowledge.
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!
Gal Ofel is the Head of Software Solution Product Line Management at Telco Systems. Gal is responsible for the company's SDN and Distributed NFV software products and ecosystem.
Roman Pacewicz is Senior Vice President, Offer Management and Service Integration at AT&T Business Solutions.
Mohan Palat is Director, Product Marketing for Comverse, where he oversees the product marketing of Comverse's Digital Services and solutions to help Mobile Operators monetize their services through technologies such as RCS, WebRTC, Messaging, M2M, VoLTE, Video, Social Media, and more, to meet the needs of today's digital consumers. Prior to Comverse, Palat held product marketing and management positions with Sonus, CarrierIQ, Aylus Networks, Citrix/Bytemobile and Motorola. Palat is considered an industry expert in Digital Services, and has been quoted in many industry publications.
Aaron Partouche is a leading Product Marketing for Dark Fiber and High-Speed Services at Colt Technology Services. He is also in charge of developing vertical proposals and partnerships for supporting Mobile Backhaul/Fronthaul and smart city projects. He consolidates strategic alliances with metropolitan stakeholders and wireless technology providers to move towards connected city concepts. Before joining Colt, Aaron occupied several strategic positions in major mobile technology players (Nortel, EADS-Telecom, Bouygues-Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent) for 12 years. Follow him on Twitter @Colt_USA or @AaronPartouche.
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.
Based in our offices in New York, Chuck Pol oversees Global Enterprise accounts based in North and Latin America as the President of the Americas region.
Chuck Pol is also the Country Chairperson for Vodafone Americas, responsible for the compliance, governance and integration of all Vodafone entities that operate in America.
Chuck joined Vodafone Global Enterprise in 2010 from British Telecom, where he held various senior executive positions in the US and UK spanning over 20 years in varying industry sectors, from Mobile Markets in BT Wholesale to the Global Financial Services sector.
Last year Chuck was named Chairman of the Vodafone Americas Foundation which helps communities resolve shared problems and advances social change by harnessing the power of wireless technology. He is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College. He has been married to Angella for over 30 years and has three grown children. He lives between New Jersey and Florida and spends any free time playing golf and spending time with his family.
Jason Porter currently leads AT&T's cyber security business. He is responsible for driving growth and profitability for the AT&T Security portfolio, consisting of network, premise, cloud and mobile security products, threat management and consulting. He leads a large team consisting of Sales, Product, Marketing and Consulting leaders.
Since joining AT&T in 2002, Jason has held various leadership positions in Engineering, Strategy, Operations and Marketing spanning consumer and business. He maintains a track record of successfully introducing and maturing emerging technologies and business units as well as transforming businesses.
Previously, Jason Porter was Vice President of DevOps for AT&T Partner Solutions where he was responsible for driving profitability and growth of the AT&T Partner Exchange channel. He and his team launched over 25 products, reduced cycle times by 75% and transformed the user experience to earn one of the highest Net Promoter Scores in the industry.
Prior to that role, Jason Porter was AVP, Business Development for AT&T Business Solutions, responsible for evaluating and forming strategic cloud partnerships to extend AT&T's market share, develop differentiating features and scale the As a Service business.
Jason also was the AVP of Mobility Service Operations for AT&T Global Network Operations. He was responsible for the health, maintenance and growth of voice and data services for over 80 million worldwide wireless subscribers. In this role, Jason successfully introduced products and services such as the 3G MicroCell, Location Based Services, and devices including the iPhone, the iPad, and the Kindle.
Prior to his role in AT&T Mobility, Jason was Director of U-verse Operations, responsible for crafting and executing a strategy to introduce a first ever technology and gr
Bryan Powell is a Director within Cognizant Business Consulting's Communication and Technology Practice. He has over 12 years of experience partnering and delivering consulting support for key customer experience initiatives, including digital strategy and enablement, channel effectiveness, contact center management, customer satisfaction improvements and cross-channel functionality design. Bryan holds a bachelor's degree in business computing systems from Bradley University.
Josh Rabina co-founded Sentinel Data Centers in 2001 and has since that time served as Co-President of the company. Under Josh's leadership, Sentinel was an early pioneer in the "wholesale collocation" space, fine tuning its business model over multiple design generations to cater to the needs of the industry's most demanding large users. Josh is intimately involved in Sentinel's continual push to exceed the industry's engineering, construction and operations standards and has worked hand-in-hand with dozens of the largest global enterprises over the last decade to optimize solutions for their needs. Josh previously worked at Credit Suisse in its Private Equity Group with a focus on telecommunications and is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School. Learn more about Sentinel Data Centers by visiting www.sentineldatacenters.com.
Stephan Rettenberger is Vice President, Marketing and Investor Relations at ADVA Optical Networking.
Stephan Rettenberger has many years of experience in the telecom industry and far-reaching expertise with fiber-optic transmission technologies. He has made numerous speaking and video appearances at industry and investor conferences and written about technological developments and trends for various industry publications.
Matthew Roberts is the Director of Product Marketing for Amdocs BDSI based in London, UK.
BDSI is responsible for Big Data initiatives and a number of different Amdocs solutions that embrace new innovations in the market place and help Service Providers embrace these challenges from virtualization, the connected home and unified communications
Matthew has nearly 18 years of experience in Telecommunications and has held management positions at Vodafone Group, Motorola and Nokia. Prior to joining Amdocs Matthew was part of the European Product Marketing team at LG responsible for new Content and Services in their Mobile Division for Europe.
Matt holds an honors Degree in Economics from the University of Reading.
Rosalyn Roseboro - Roz Roseboro
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.
Vincent Rousselet is the vice president of insight and strategy at Amdocs, and has more than 20 years of strategic and operational marketing experience in IT and telecommunications.
Shauli Rozen is Director of Product Strategy in Amdocs, devising Amdocs strategy around NFV and more specifically NFV Orchestration and Management. Shauli has over 10 years of industry experience, combining hands-on technology expertise and business leadership. In his previous position as management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, Shauli Advised the executive management of some of the largest North American carriers on business transformation and growth strategy – identifying technology growth areas and advising on product offerings and go to market strategies. Prior to that Shauli held several leading positions in Israeli telecom startups. Shauli holds a BS.C in communication systems engineering from the Ben Gurion University and an MBA from the Wharton Business School in the University of Pennsylvania
Santo joined Light Reading on September 14, 2015, with a mission to turn the test & measurement and components sectors upside down and then see what falls out, photograph the debris and then write about it in a manner befitting his vast experience. That experience includes more than nine years at video and broadband industry publication CED, where he was editor-in-chief until May 2015. He previously worked as an analyst at SNL Kagan, as Technology Editor of Cable World and held various editorial roles at Electronic Engineering Times, IEEE Spectrum and Electronic News. Santo has also made and sold bedroom furniture, which is not directly relevant to his role at Light Reading but which has already earned him the nickname 'Cribmaster.'
Steve Saunders is the Founder of Light Reading.
Kevin Shatzkamer is the CTO, Mobile Networking at Brocade with responsibility for long-term strategy and architectural evolution of the intersection points of cloud technologies, digital media assets, and mobility devices/networks. Mr. Shatzkamer's work in these areas encompasses deep industry trend analysis, business strategy, and technical architecture and infrastructure evolution.
Mr. Shatzkamer works directly with customer CTOs and their organizations on aligning long-term technology investment strategy to emerging trends. For mobile carriers, these architectures align to next-generation business models, including mobile + cloud, Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking, analytics and digital media distribution and delivery.
Mr. Shatzkamer's ecosystem-wide, experience-centric approach to working with customers allows for the identification and exploitation of synergies between disparate organizations to derive new technology and business models for the mobile industry.
Mr. Shatzkamer recently joined Brocade in 2014 after 15 years at Cisco.
Mr. Shatzkamer holds 50+ issued and pending patents related to all areas of work. Mr. Shatzkamer holds a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University. Mr. Shatzkamer is also pursuing a 2nd Masters Degree at MIT.
Mr. Shatzkamer is a regular speaker at trade shows and industry forums and has published two books discussing the architectures, designs, technologies, and protocols shaping the future of the Mobile Internet, from RAN to services. Mr. Shatzkamer is also active on a number of Advisory Boards related to his industry experience.
Mukund Srigopal is a Product Marketing Manager at Brocade for its Network Visibility and Analytics product portfolio. An entrepreneurial product professional, he has driven product and go-to- market strategy at several startups. He most recently headed marketing and business development at Vistapointe Inc., a provider of Big Data Analytics solutions for service providers that was acquired by Brocade in 2014.
Mukund's areas of interest include Deep Learning, Big Data, API Integration Platforms, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things. He holds an MBA and MS in Information Systems from Boston University.
Joe Stanganelli is founder and principal of Beacon Hill Law, a Boston-based general practice law firm. His expertise on legal topics has been sought for several major publications, including U.S. News and World Report and Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine.
Joe is also a technology writer, communications consultant, and produced playwright. In his free time he enjoys playing bridge poorly and spending time with his zero cats. Follow Joe on Twitter at @JoeStanganelli.
Jon Summers leads AT&T's Growth Platforms group. He has product development, marketing and technical sales responsibility for network security and cloud, including AT&T's network, cloud and mobile security solutions, cloud-networking, hosting, content delivery and consulting services.
Jon and his team serve millions of customers of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies, who are adopting cloud and security solutions. They design growth strategies, develop new solutions and implement marketing programs. Jon oversees the growth and development of AT&T's market-leading ecosystem of cloud partners, which includes Microsoft, Amazon, SalesForce, IBM, HP, Cisco, Box and others. This ecosystem is built on the AT&T NetBond™ platform and provides a secure foundation for growth as companies adopt cloud-based solutions and business models.
Jon previously served as senior vice president of Applications and Services Infrastructure. In this role, he led product realization and development for many AT&T consumer and business offerings. Jon also launched the AT&T Foundry, a fast-paced collaborative environment, which enables new ways to innovate. Many technology "firsts" have come from the Foundry including AT&T's Application Programing Interface (API) platform and initial OpenStack cloud deployment.
Setting the telecommunications marketing strategy for Oracle and the industry, Mr Tait is defining and building out the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for Communications. As Global Director of Marketing for Oracle Communications, Mr Tait is driving the strategy and tactics for SDP, NFV, and WebRTC. Prior to Oracle, Mr Tait was the director for Global Telecom Markets at BEA and founded the JAIN initiative defining Java™ technology for communications at Sun. He organized international standards, community, and user group meetings for creating standards and driving the communications market toward standard based interfaces, platforms, and protocols.
William Terdoslavich became a contributing writer at Light Reading after a long and meandering career in journalism. He has written about technology, business, airlines, finance, history, politics, government, murders and school board meetings. He has filed stories on typewriters, VDTs, ATEX terminals, PCs, Macs and tablets -- iPad, not stone. He never got the hang of using Morse Code or smoke signals though. Writing mistakes are easier to fix on a screen; No rewriting is necessary. In media today, there are three types of journalists: those who can work with numbers, and those who can't. He is among the latter, turning unreadable, pen-written scratches into clear, readable prose by deadline. Journalism is also the first draft of history, and when you can't make history (or change it), you might as well write about it. Email him at: email@example.com.
Sarah Thomas'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.
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.
As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.
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.
Jay Turner is head of the CloudRouter Project, the leading open source project for network collaboration and innovation. Jay has more than 20 years' leadership experience in open source software, encompassing development, quality risk assessment, operations and support. In addition to his open source work, Jay works as Senior Director, Development and Operations at IIX, a global software-defined interconnection company.
Prior to joining IIX, he was Director of Quality Engineering at Red Hat, responsible for the quality risk assessment of all product deliverables in the Red Hat Cloud Business Unit. During his 16-year tenure at Red Hat, he was a founding member of Red Hat's Satellite Engineering Team overseeing the development of code that was later released to the community as Spacewalk. He also played an instrumental role in the release of Beaker, an open source utility for managing and automating test systems/labs. He is also a contributor to several open source projects such as Fedora, oVirt, Gluster, Red Hat JBoss Operations Network and Red Hat Global File System.
Ari Vänttinen oversees all marketing activity for Comptel. He previously held various marketing executive and management roles at McAfee and Stonesoft since 2010. Prior to that, he was a management consultant at Talent Partners from 2007 to 2010.
Stephen Vogelsang - Steve Vogelsang
As vice president of Strategy and CTO for the IP Routing and Transport Business Division at Alcatel-Lucent, Stephen Vogelsang is responsible for looking at the road ahead and determining which new projects and emerging markets the company should consider for investing its resources.
Stephen spends his time analyzing the current state of the marketplace and identifying emerging trends, products and opportunities. 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. Some of his key successes in this role include driving Alcatel-Lucent's investments in Packet Core and CDN technology, as well as being an early advisor on the company's work in SDN.
However, if you ask Stephen, he'll say that some of the most successful calls he's made have been in determining which trends to stay away from. Based on his expertise and foresight, Alcatel-Lucent has managed to avoid investing in flash-in-the-pan technologies that ultimately turned out to be financial busts.
Highly analytical, Stephen epitomizes the team player, quickly passing praise and recognition for his successes off to teammates, preferring to focus on the work at hand. Colleagues describe him as "brilliant," not only for the depth of his knowledge of the networking and telecommunications industries, but also for his ability to extrapolate future opportunities for the company from available data and identify the most positive potential routes for the company moving forward.
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.
A Pittsburgh native, Stephen is a passionate fan of his hometown Steelers and Penguins sports teams. He also enjoys cooking and has built up quite a repertoire of international dishes across a range of cuisines, including Sushi, Thai, Indian, Italian, Eastern European and down home BBQ.
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').
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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.
With nearly two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, Genius heads up the Tata Communications' Global Network, Cloud and Data Center Service business which includes all network connectivity solutions, as well as Enterprise Cloud, Hosting and Security services. She is also responsible for the engineering and the global network partnership function for these business lines.
Prior to joining Tata Communications, Genius served as Vice President - Product Management and Development for Asia Netcom, where she was responsible for the development, launch and management of Asia Netcom's entire portfolio of products and services for both the Enterprise and Carrier markets. She also played a crucial role in the development of Asia Netcom's IP services platform as well as the formulation of complex solutions to meet the unique requirements of individual customers.
Genius previously served as the General Manager of Technology Support and Development for New T&T, a FTNS operator in Hong Kong. In this role, she played a key part in the start-up of the organization. Genius also worked for IBM IGN where she was an instrumental player in establishing the company's presence in Hong Kong.
Genius holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in the United States.
Leo co-founded Ontology Systems in 2005 and is now leading the application of semantic technologies to management systems for IT, Data Center, and Network environments.
Prior to Ontology Leo held the post of Head of Engineering at Zynap Ltd which he joined in 2003 to establish a product engineering team capable of delivering strategic talent management software to government and blue-chip customers.
Leo spent the previous 6 years working for Orchestream which he joined as employee number 4, participating in both the original architecture of Service Activator and its subsequent development into one of the leading carrier-grade MPLS VPN activation solutions. Leo was appointed Head of Engineering in 2002 and became responsible for a large team of engineers at the company, which listed on both the US and UK stock markets before its acquisition by MetaSolv, and subsequently, by Oracle.
Prior to telecoms, Leo worked in software and laser optics R&D for the photographic and petroleum industries. Leo holds a BSc. (Hons) in Physics from Imperial College.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser studied journalism and mass communication with a second major of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications where she worked with a variety of clients focused on communications network infrastructure, including switches, routers, SBCs, data center equipment and systems. There, she witnessed the growing influence of fiber in the industry, as packet optical service delivery platforms transformed network performance and scale.
Her drive for communicating the impact of new technology translated into a communications position at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. While at FREEDM, Kelsey orchestrated the center's webinar program which crossed multiple college campuses and covered research projects like cyber security in the smart grid, the center's smart solid-state transformer, fault isolation devices and distributed energy storage devices. She most recently worked in marketing at a healthcare company and is excited to take on the role of editor for Light Reading's Upskill U website.
Outside the office, she can be found riding her aging Raleigh-brand road bike or dodging snakes on runs through the local Raleigh, N.C., greenways. A glass half-full gal, Kelsey is grateful for the sunning reptiles because they motivate her to improve her timed miles.
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