Speakers





 


 

Meet the speakers of Mobile Future Forward 2014

 

 

 

Andreas Gal

CTO

Mozilla

 

Dr. Andreas Gal is Chief Technology Officer and VP Mobile at Mozilla, leading technical decision making, representing Mozilla externally on technology, and managing R&D programs. Dr. Gal co-founded the Boot to Gecko open mobile ecosystem and is driving its continued evolution as Firefox OS. Previously, he worked as a project scientist at the University of California, Irvine, working in the Secure Systems and Languages Laboratory of Professor Michael Franz. His background is in secure systems, type-safe languages, dynamic compilation, and VMs. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

     
 

Andy Chu

VP – Mobile Commerce

Sears Holdings


Andy Chu is the Divisional Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile and Community Experiences (MCE) at Sears Holdings. Andy leads the MCE product organizations and is responsible for the P&L of the Sears and Kmart mobile business. Sears Holdings Corporation has been recognized by a number of industry analysts and experts for its innovative technology approach to Omni-channel integration and its Loyalty Program.  Prior to Sears, Andy spent over 11 years at Microsoft where he held a number of leadership roles in product, strategy, planning, and business development.
     

Benedict Evans

Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

 

Benedict Evans is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz. As a long-time mobile analyst, Benedict has been working in the media and technology industries for 15 years. He first entered the industry as a sell-side equity analyst for investment banks before moving on to strategy and business development roles at Orange, Channel 4 and NBC Universal. Benedict writes about and discusses strategic and operating issues around consumer technology, ecosystems and mobile platform on his blog, and on Twitter @BenedictEvans.

     
 

Biju Nair
CTO

HYLA Mobile

Biju Nair is Chief Technology Officer at HYLA Mobile. In this role, Mr. Nair is responsible for leading the strategic vision of the connected devices business unit for the company. Prior to joining Synchronoss, Mr. Nair was the Chairman & CEO of Sapience Knowledge Systems, Inc., a venture backed wireless software company (acquired by Synchronoss Technologies in 2011). Previously, Mr. Nair held the position of Senior Vice President & GM of the Connectivity and Security Group at Smith Micro Software and Corporate Vice President & GM and founder of Mobility Solutions Group at PCTEL, Inc. Mr. Nair holds a Master of Science degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Politechnika Warszawska and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

     
 

Bill Ruh

VP – Global Software

GE

 

William is responsible for setting and leading GE’s software services and solutions portfolio strategy, development and operations. His team develops software to power the Industrial Internet and put data to work to help GE customers make more sustainable and safe products. He has more than 25 years of industry experience in enterprise application integration and object oriented technology. Previously, William was vice president at Cisco, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Concept Five Technologies, Inc., and chief technology officer and senior vice president of Software AG, IncHe holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from California State University, Fullerton.

     
 

Bobby Morrison

President – Pacific Northwest Region

Verizon Wireless      

 

Bobby Morrison is responsible for directing the company’s sales, marketing, operations, customer service and financial performance in Washington, Oregon, North Idaho and soon, Alaska. In this role, Morrison oversees expansion of the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network along with a full range of mobile voice and data products. Morrison joined the company’s West Area team following 13 years in the Midwest, where he served as executive director of sales & marketing. Prior to that, Morrison was director of business & enterprise sales in Illinois/Wisconsin, leading a team of 200 employees responsible for business sales, including Fortune 500 and Global 350 customers.

     
 

Chetan Sharma
President
Chetan Sharma Consulting

 

Chetan Sharma is President of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is probably the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 6 global mobile data operators. Chetan is the author or co-author or editor of 12 best-selling books on mobile and over 150 articles related to mobile.

     
 

Chris Putnam

SVP

Synchronoss

 

Chris Putnam has been with Synchronoss since January 2004 and currently serves as SVP, Product Sales and Business Development.  Chris has over 22 years of sales, business development and executive sales management experience, including 20 years exclusively supporting the telecommunications service provider and manufacturing industries.  He leads the company's product sales teams in the areas of Personal Cloud, Workspace, Integrated Life and Indirect Activation, and develops and manages solution and partner channels.  Prior to Synchronoss, Chris spent five years as Director of Sales for Perot Systems telecommunications and strategic markets vertical business units.  In 1999 he was recognized with IBM’s prestigious Global Golden Circle award recognizing the top 1% worldwide revenue producers for his work in the telecommunications industry solutions unit.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University.

     
 

Chia Chen

SVP

Digitas

 

As Mobile Practice Lead, Chia (@talk2chia) works across the DigitasLBi network of clients to create innovative mobile solutions and help clients connect to customers and drive outcomes in the Mobile Era. He has led mobile efforts for clients including: Sprint, American Express, Delta Air Lines, P&G, Whirlpool, L’Oreal and Taco Bell. Chia also works alongside other members of the DigitasLBi leadership team to ensure mobile is at the forefront of the DigitasLBi offering and value proposition.

Besides leading the mobile practice, Chia also heads up the DigitasLBi efforts to connect with the startup ecosystem in the US to activate emerging and innovative solutions with clients. Prior to DigitasLBi, Chia was an executive with a digital ad tech start-up and worked in database marketing at American Express. Chia holds a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University.

     
 

Corinna Lathan

CEO

AnthroTronix

 

Dr. Corinna Lathan is co-Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix, a biomedical engineering product development company and leader in mobile platform technology. Their DANA product is an evidence-based mobile medical app intended to collect and display cognitive performance information for use in the evaluation of patient brain function. Dr. Lathan's diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology. Previously, Dr. Lathan was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Lathan was named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and currently serves as Chair of their Global Agenda Council for AI and Robotics.  Her work has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines as well as led to such distinctions as Maryland's  "Top Innovator of the Year," MIT Technology Review Magazine's "Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company Magazines “Most Creative People in Business.” Dr. Lathan received her B.A. in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT.

 

     
 

Dave Webb
CIO
Equifax

 

David (Dave) Webb is Chief Information Officer for Equifax, with responsibility for the company's global technology strategy, operations and support for the delivery of the company's innovative solutions.

 

Webb, a 30-year veteran of the IT and financial services industries, joined Equifax from Silicon Valley Bank where as COO. Previously, Webb was a vice president at Goldman Sachs, where he coordinated a global team of IT professionals, supporting the Investment and Merchant Banking Divisions. Until 1999 Webb served as the chief information officer of Finance One at Bank One Corporation.

 

Before joining Bank One, Webb was the chief technology officer for GE Capital's Auto Finance business. Between 1986 and 1992, he served as a technology consultant to several large corporations in the U.S. While living in Europe, Webb held positions at companies servicing the oil industry, including Kestrel Data Limited, Marathon Oil UK Ltd., and Brown and Root Ltd. Webb earned a bachelor's degree in Russian from the University of London and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

     
 

David Richter

VP – Strategic Initiatives

Uber

 

As Uber’s VP, Strategic Initiatives, David is responsible for business development and strategic relationships.  From 2011-2013, David was Chief Strategy Officer at Say Media.  From 2010-2011, he was Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, of Sonic Solutions (formerly NASDAQ: SNIC), a leading video-on-demand provider acquired by Rovi (NASDAQ: ROVI) in February 2011. Before that, from 2004-2010, David was Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, at DivX, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: DIVX), a digital media company acquired by Sonic Solutions in October 2010.  At DivX, he led the business and corporate development, product and legal teams. David is a graduate of Yale Law School and Cornell University.

     
 

David Sprosty

CEO

The Sprosty Network

 

Dave’s expertise is translating customer insights into thriving businesses and commercializing connectivity products for scale. A driving force in the wireless communication industry, he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of TigerDirect CompUSA, a $2B computer and computer-related online retailer. In 2009, he was nationally recognized as a recipient of the TechFellows award for General Management of Entrepreneurialism. Prior roles include Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Customer Centricity at Best Buy; Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Best Buy Mobile JV; and Managing Partner at The ROIG Group. He was also a founding member of MobilWorks in California. Dave has served as Chairman of Speakeasy, Chairman of Peek, and on numerous advisory boards.

     

Erin Simino

SVP

Starcom MediaVest

 

Erin Kienast is a SVP/Director of Mobility at media agency SMG. A hybrid talent with a background in traditional media, digital and mobile, Simino’s strength in innovation is her ability to see what the mobile marketplace has to offer and assess the opportunities to best reach people on behalf of clients. Playing a key role in pitches for mobility assignments, Kienast has been known to build a mobile practice from the ground up while also driving integration with the larger AOR. She has also led her teams in developing a foundational playbook that serves as a manual, setting the stage for brainstorming sessions regarding mobility innovation for clients’ brands.

 

Kienast joined the agency in 2005 to help build the technology expertise working on accounts such Sun Microsystems, Autodesk and RIM. During her time on RIM, she grew the business from a single product launch initiative to a multi-million dollar global account, helping to pitch and win both the search and global digital business in under four years. Kienast has also launched a handful of SMG’s first mobile campaigns and served as a driving force in socializing the importance of mobility throughout the agency.  She was named to Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising in 2013.

     
 

Eric Mugnier

SVP

M&C Saatchi Mobile

 

Eric Mugnier is Senior Vice President of M&C Saatchi and leads the global marketing agency’s presence in the Americas. He has vast marketing experience having worked with a number of major global brands over the last decade including HSBC, Reebok, Sprint, and Adidas.

In 2006, Eric joined the founding team of Inside Mobile, established to provide international brands mobile marketing solutions with a creative edge. As one of the first purely mobile focused marketing and advertising agencies, Inside Mobile was viewed as visionary in the industry and Eric has played an important role in this. Eric has worked across all areas of Inside Mobile’s business with a particular focus on managing technology and strategy. By 2010, following a track record of award winning successes, Inside Mobile was sold to M&C Saatchi and rebranded M&C Saatchi Mobile.
Eric has used his extensive knowledge and experience to help drive M&C Saatchi Mobile’s business forward.

     
 

Erik Ekudden

EVP

Ericsson

 

Erik Ekudden is Senior Vice President, Head of Technology Strategy and Chief Technical Officer for Ericsson in Silicon Valley. Since 2005, he has been responsible for Ericsson’s technology strategies and industry activities. He is based in San Jose, California.

 

Prior to assuming his current position, Ekudden held various positions within research and development in Ericsson, including research area director and vice president of standardization. He joined Ericsson in 1993, working on GSM and 3G. Ekudden was born in 1968. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

     
 

Erik Moreno

SVP

Fox Networks

 

Erik I. Moreno is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, for Fox Networks Group (a division of News Corporation), In this role, Mr. Moreno is responsible for identifying new business and strategic opportunities, as well as work on acquisitions and joint ventures. He is also Co-General Manager of the Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a joint venture of 12 broadcasters that are working to deliver live digital television to mobile devices in the United States. Mr. Moreno has previously served as Director of Corporate Development for eBay Inc. and as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Level 3 Communications, a global wholesale telecommunications company.  Mr. Moreno began his career at Gleacher & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Moreno graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

     
 

Glenn Laxdal

VP – Advanced Technology

Ericsson

 

Glenn Laxdal is Vice President of Technology & Advanced Solutions for Ericsson’s North American region.  He is responsible for driving Ericsson's technology direction and innovation in emerging technologies and creating business value for Ericsson’s customers in North America. 

 

Laxdal joined Ericsson in 2012 from RIM where he served as Vice President of global product management, responsible for the smart phone and tablet portfolios.  Prior to that, he held executive roles with Airvana and also 15 years at Nortel Networks in a variety of executive and management roles for both carrier and enterprise networks.

     
 

Glenn Lurie
President, Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships
AT&T Mobility

 

Glenn Lurie is President of Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships for AT&T Mobility. In this role, Mr. Lurie is responsible for AT&T’s Emerging Devices Organization with the strategic initiative to drive innovation in bringing wireless connectivity to a host of new devices and applications — including personal computing, eReaders, telematics and portable navigation devices, eHealth devices, and machine-to-machine communications solutions. Mr. Lurie also has responsibilities for AT&T’s ongoing operations and relationship with Apple Inc., having led negotiations to bring the iPhone and iPad to AT&T. Prior to entering the wireless industry, Mr. Lurie was a professional soccer player for teams representing Cleveland, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Portland. Mr. Lurie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Marketing from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA.

     
 

Hank Skorny
Vice President/GM, Software and Services Group
Intel

Hank Skorny is vice president and general manager of Intel Services Division. Skorny is responsible for the Intel strategy and delivery of a portfolio of unified software services across the device and operating system continuum. He has extensive experience in the mobile software and services industry as well as in PC software going back 25 years. Prior to joining Intel, he was senior vice president and Chief Strategy Officer of Realnetworks. Previously Skorny served as CEO of Thumbspeed, Inc., where he led Thumbspeed through its acquisition by OZ Communications subsequently acquired by Nokia. Prior to Thumbspeed, Skorny held senior executive positions at Infospace Mobile and AOL Mobile, as well as senior positions at Adobe Systems, Microsoft and Apple Computer across his career. Hank studied Chemistry at Drexel University and received much recognition for his research in computer modeling of complex 3-D chemical reactions.

     
 

Dr. Hassan Ahmed

Chairman and CEO

Affirmed Networks

 

Hassan Ahmed is Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks. As CEO, Dr. Ahmed is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations and for setting its strategic direction. Prior to starting Affirmed Networks, he was most recently Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures. Dr. Ahmed served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks (Nasdaq:SONS) for ten years during which time it grew from an idea into the leading public company enabling the transformation of telephony to IP. Before Sonus, he was EVP and GM of the Core Switching division of Ascend Communications and VP Engineering and Chief Technology Officer of Cascade Communications. Dr. Ahmed has also held key leadership positions at Motorola and Analog Devices. He was also Associate Professor of Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering and Associate Professor of Finance at Boston University. Additionally, he has guest lectured at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

     
 

Josh Will

Senior Category Officer

Best Buy

 

Josh Will is the Senior Category Officer and General Merchandising Manager for Mobile Phones, Connected Home and the Mobile Specialty Stores for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this capacity, Josh focuses on category expertise and strategic plans; vendor relationship management and program/assortment decision for all channels, pricing and promotion decisions for all channels; category and SKU forecasting and replenishment; full SKU lifecycle profitability; and bringing the vision of the connected world to life in stores through the implementation of tangible strategies and applications. Josh received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Mary.

     
 

Julie Woods-Moss

CEO – NextGen Business, CMO

Tata Communications

 

Julie Woods-Moss is Chief Marketing Officer at Tata Communications, a position she has held since September 2012 and is responsible for all companywide marketing and communications. She is also CEO of Nextgen business at Tata Communications, with P&L responsibility for business with the “silicon valleys” around the globe. She joined BT in 2004 and became CMO and President of Strategy with responsibility for BT’s £5 Billion products and services portfolio.

     
 

Kevin Petersen

President – Digital Life

AT&T Mobility

 

Kevin Petersen is President of AT&T Digital Life, Inc. In this role, Mr. Petersen is responsible for leading the launch of AT&T Digital Life services including Home Security, Home Automation, Home Healthcare, Energy Management and International Wholesale Services.

Prior to this role, Mr. Petersen served as Senior Vice President of Consumer & Wireless Strategy for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, leading cross-functional teams to develop, analyze and present long-term strategies for AT&T.

     
 

Liz Dickinson

Founder and CEO

MIO Global

 

Liz is a visionary leader who knows how to get new technology to the market. She started Mio in 1999 to address a gap she identified in the market for heart rate monitors for physical training. She is now one of the world’s most experienced leaders in the field of heart rate monitors and holds 5 patents and 1 patent pending in the area of fitness and sport performance. Under her direction, Mio has continued to grow and produce new innovative products for heart rate monitoring training. Liz’s background includes positions with leading high tech companies including Oracle, AT&T, IBM and TELUS. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

     
 

Mark Donovan

CMO

comScore

 

Mark Donovan serves as Chief Marketing Officer for comScore. Formerly Senior Vice President of Mobile Products, Donovan joined comScore in 2008 with the acquisition of M:Metrics, where he also served as CMO and head of products. Focused on helping clients succeed in a rapidly changing digital world, Mark has worked extensively with media and technology companies, network operators, marketers, and agencies in the United States and Europe.

 

Previously Director of Mobile Services at RealNetworks, and Director of the University of Washington's award-winning UWired unit, Donovan holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University and a Doctorate in Political Science and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Mark lives in Seattle.

     
 

Mark Fernandes

Managing Director

Sierra Ventures

 

Mark Fernandes is a Managing Director at Sierra Ventures. Mr. Fernandes began his career as part of the founding team of a display company, followed by product roles at Seagate and Cisco. After his MBA, he then spent four years as a research analyst covering the software sector at Robertson Stephens and Merrill Lynch.

 

Mr. Fernandes joined Sierra in 2002 and focuses primarily on software. Some of his prior investments include Sourcefire (IPO; M&A - Cisco $2.7B), Frontbridge and Opalis (M&A - Microsoft) and DynamicOps (M&A - VMware). Mark holds a BS from Mangalore University (India), a MS from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard University.

     
 

Mark McDiarmid
VP - Radio Network Engineering
T-Mobile USA


Mark McDiarmid has 24 years of experience in the wireless industry in both domestic and international operations. These experiences have developed Mark’s knowledge and expertise of systems engineering, business planning and technology development. Previously, Mark played a key role in the development of several new businesses that provided innovative products and services to the wireless industry. Currently, Mark serves as Vice President, Radio Network Engineering and Development for T-Mobile US, where he leads several teams of industry-leading engineers focused on creating robust, operationally-efficient, and economic radio network designs. His responsibilities include strategy and development of radio spectrum and access network technology, radio system design and device technology. Recently, Mark was responsible for defining the evolution and system design of T-Mobile US’s HSPA+ and LTE mobile broadband network including the design and operationalization of new radio network transport solutions based on IP and Ethernet.

 
     
 

Mathew Oommen

President

Reliance

     
 

Matt Grob

CTO and EVP

Qualcomm

 

Matt Grob is executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and chief technology officer. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of Qualcomm's technical path, the coordination of R&D activities across the company, and the development of next-generation wireless technologies. He also directs the Company’s broad portfolio of research projects with topics ranging from 3G HetNets to small cells.

 

Grob holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Bradley University. He is a member of the IEEE and holds more than 70 patents.

     
 

Michael Fisher

Head of International Business Development

Twitter

 

Michael Fisher is Head of International Business Development at Twitter, where he leads a global team responsible for partnering and distribution activities with mobile and consumer electronics manufacturers, mobile carriers, and game console providers.  Prior to Twitter, Michael led global distribution efforts at Shazam, where he was VP of Business Development, and mobile Business Development efforts at Google, where he was Director of Strategic Partnerships.  Previously, Michael held various leadership positions at Virgin Mobile, where he was served on the original core team that designed and launched the business in the US in 2002.   Michael has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Stanford University.

     
 

Dr. Nathan Eagle

CEO

Jana

 

As one of the world’s foremost experts on mobile phones in emerging markets, Dr. Nathan Eagle brings many years of experience to his position leading Jana. Dr. Eagle graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering, and a master’s in Electrical Engineering. His Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory on Reality Mining was declared one of the ’10 technologies most likely to change the way we live’ by the MIT Technology Review.
     
 

Phil Fasano

CIO

Kaiser Permanente

 

Philip Fasano is executive vice president and chief information officer of Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan and health care provider, with annual operating revenue of more than $53 billion. Often referred to as the model for the future of health care, Kaiser Permanente serves more than 9.1 million members, focusing on high-quality, affordable health care for the members and communities it serves through the use of evidence-based medicine and industry-leading technology.

 

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Fasano served in information technology leadership roles in some of the nation’s top finance companies, including Capital One Financial Group, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Financial Services, a division of Deutsche Bank. Fasano earned his master’s in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the New York Institute of Technology.

     
   

Rajeev Tankha

Sr. Director – Applications

Oracle Communications

     
 

Rob Chandhok

President

Qualcomm Interactive Platforms

 

Rob Chandhok is president of Qualcomm Interactive Platforms and senior vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI). He is responsible for Qualcomm strategies that address how people can take advantage of and benefit from the Internet of Everything, wearable computing and augmented reality as Qualcomm drives the next level of user experience in a massively interconnected and mobile-centric world. These responsibilities include the work he and his team do in helping to align QTI’s software and services initiatives – and the innovation and development strategies upon which they are based – for QTI’s mobile software technologies. Chandhok also leads Qualcomm Internet Services which is responsible for large-scale services, commercial deployments and VoIP solutions for mobile network operators. Chandhok holds 22 patents in software technologies and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
     
 

Ron Marquardt

VP – Advanced Technology

Sprint

 

As Vice President of Technology for Sprint, Dr. Marquardt is responsible for Sprint’s long-term technology strategy and architecture, the industry relationships and investments enabling Sprint’s innovation and ecosystem development goals, as well as the company’s advocacy in US and global industry forums and standards bodies. He also represents Sprint at speaking engagements, in press and analyst interviews, and as needed with regulatory bodies and other industry stakeholders.


Prior to Sprint, Dr. Marquardt was VP of Technology Development at Clearwire Corporation, responsible for that company’s technology strategy as well as the architecture, design, testing, and implementation of its mobile broadband 4G network, devices, and services. He also was CTO at Covad Communications where he led teams responsible for the engineering and network planning of VoIP, wireless, and broadband services across the United States. Prior to that role, he was in various positions at network equipment manufacturers. Dr. Marquardt has an S.B. in Physics from MIT, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
     
 

Sharath Dorbala

Head of Mobile Financial Services

Amdocs

 

Sharath Dorbala is the head of Strategy and Products for Mobile Financial Services at Amdocs. Sharath is a Silicon Valley based veteran in the technology industry with over 17 years of experience. His passion over the last 2 years has been to work towards enabling affordable financial inclusion for the bottom of the pyramid. Having dedicated a lot of time in the emerging Asian markets, he believes that the solutions here are going to have a profound influence on the mobile financial services models worldwide.

Sharath is strongly influenced by Daniel Pink's "A whole new mind", and believes that the next generation of technology products must follow the right-brained principles of design, meaning, empathy, story, symphony and play. Prior to this role, Sharath was Head-Products for Amdocs CRM product line. He oversaw the largest roll out of customer service software implementations in the world, launching several new customer-centric initiatives like multi-channel self-service, retail, and device management and personalization solutions.

   

 

Steve Elfman
President, Network Operations and Wholesale
Sprint Nextel

Steve Elfman is president of Network Operations and Wholesale at Sprint, with responsibility for Product, Technology Development, Network, Wholesale Operations and Sprint.com. Under his leadership, his organization is responsible for the award-winning devices and innovative approach to service and network operations that place Sprint at the forefront of wireless industry innovation. Elfman joined the Sprint senior leadership team in May 2008 from mobile data technology services company Motricity (formerly Infospace Mobile), where he was executive vice president of Infospace Mobile, then president and chief operating officer of Motricity. He also has held leadership positions at Terabeam, as executive vice president of operations, and AT&T Wireless, where he was chief information officer. Elfman graduated from the University of Western Ontario in Canada with a degree in Computer Science and Business.

     
 

Dr. Steve Mills

CTO

Motorola Mobility

 

Steve Mills serves as Chief Information Officer for Rackspace® Hosting - the open cloud company and a founder of OpenStack®, the open source cloud operating system. The San Antonio-based company has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and is featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. The company is also positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the “2011 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.” As Chief Information Officer, Steve Mills is responsible for Rackspace’s IT systems and tools, technology operations, operational metrics and interfacing with IT suppliers and resource providers. Mills came to Rackspace from T-Mobile USA, where he was Vice President of Enterprise Systems. Prior to that role, he was Vice President of Technical Operations for T-Mobile HotSpot. His experience includes serving as Director for Technology Delivery for Texas Online, the State’s eGovernment portal, while at BearingPoint, Inc. He has also held positions with start-ups Alex eBanking and Berkom USA, as well as pcOrder.com, and E-Systems. The Mississippi native has a PhD in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. 
     
 

Tim Bajarin

CEO

Creative Strategies

 

Tim Bajarin is recognized as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists, covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. Mr. Bajarin has been with Creative Strategies since 1981 and has served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM/Lenovo, Apple, Xerox, Hewlett Packard/Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba, Panasonic, Toshiba, Intel, Qualcomm, nVidia, Marvel and numerous others. His articles and/or analysis have appeared in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time and Newsweek magazines, BusinessWeek and most of the leading business and trade publications. His various columns and analyses are syndicated in over 30 countries. He is currently a columnist with PC Mag and TIME magazine and contributes his perspectives and insight on Techpinions.com.
     
 

Tim Campos

CIO

Facebook

 

Mr. Tim Campos is Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook. Mr. Campos has more than 22 years of industry experience, including deep insight into the expansion of cloud networks, enterprise and data center technologies. Prior to Facebook, he served as the Chief Information Officer and vice president of Information Technology at KLA-Tencor and led the implementation of several major enterprise systems. In his career, he was responsible for overseeing Engineering and the hosting architecture at Portera Systems. He is on the Dean's Advisory Circle and the Board of Directors for the Fisher IT Center at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and is also on the advisory board for several Silicon Valley startups. He has been a Director of JDS Uniphase Corporation since April 15, 2014.
     
 

Tim Wagner

SVP

Samsung

 

Tim Wagner joined Samsung Mobile in 2010 as Vice President and General Manager of Business to Business (B2B) Sales and was later promoted to Senior Vice President.  Mr. Wagner is credited with creating, rapidly growing and now maturing Samsung Mobile USA’s Enterprise Business Unit into a multibillion dollar organization. His current responsibilities include the overall go to market strategy for B2B in the US including; Marketing, Alliances and the management / growth of Sales Channels. 

Mr. Wagner joined Samsung from BlackBerry, where he was responsible for Business Solution Sales in North America. Mr. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont’s Kalkin School of Business with a double concentration of International Business and Management Information Systems (MIS).
     
 

Tom Taylor
VP - Advanced Strategy
Verizon Telematics


Tom Taylor's current position it that of vice president of Advanced Strategies, Verizon Telematics. In this position, Tom is responsible for business and technology strategies that will help Verizon Telematics maintain its position of thought leadership.

 

Tom joined the Hughes Telematics team in June 2007 as the vice president of Engineering Development. In this position, Tom developed and managed the suite of offerings relating to personal and automotive telematics. This included existing and emerging automotive connectivity services, as well as mobile personal device-connected services. In July 2012, Hughes Telematics was purchased by Verizon so that Verizon could increase its suite of service companies.

 

Previously, Tom managed the broadband technology group at EchoStar, where he developed various products and systems, including mobile video, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, and two-way satellite systems. Tom has also worked as an educator, research scientist, and product development engineer. He received a master's degree in Physics from Georgia State University and a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, and holds multiple US patents.

     
 

Ujjal Kohli

Founder

Rhythm New Media

 

Ujjal has over 25 years of experience in general management, engineering, marketing, strategy, M&A, and venture capital. Ujjal was CEO and a Co-Founder of Meru Networks. Previously, Ujjal was EVP of Marketing & Sales for AirTouch Cellular, a $3.5 Billion revenue wireless carrier. As CMO, Ujjal led the creation and development of the AirTouch Cellular brand at its inception. Before AirTouch, Ujjal was with McKinsey in their technology practice. Ujjal started his career at Intel Corporation, first in engineering and subsequently in marketing.

 

Ujjal is a private investor/advisor in several start-ups including ByteMobile, Bridgewave Communications, Jasper Systems, EAS Inc, & Funamobl. Ujjal holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

     
 

Vik Kathuria
Global Chief Media Officer
Razorfish



Vik was named global chief media officer at Razorfish in April 2014. In this role, he is responsible for leading the agency’s 300 media employees worldwide and driving Razorfish’s exclusive digital media strategy — from its executive level partner relationships, to its proprietary data solution infrastructure. He oversees a global client roster that includes DHL, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, HSN and Best Buy.

 

As a 20-year industry veteran, Vik was previously global head of digital investments at Mediacom/GroupM, where he built the company's entire digital investment team in the U.S., and was part of the corporate strategy team within GroupM, influencing GroupM agencies all over the world.  Vik served as senior vice president of digital media for OMD, and in senior global marketing positions at Citigroup (New York) and PepsiCo (Singapore). I also served as senior partner at Prime Access/RMG Connect and as a managing director at Zefer Technologies/Modem Media.

 

Vik has been named an Agency Innovator by Internationalist Magazine, and one of Cynopsis Media’s Most Intriguing People. He earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delhi and the London School of Economics and Political Science, before completing MBA from Harvard Business School and Clark University.

     
     
   

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