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2013 Speakers

 

Ariel Garten

CEO

InterXon

 

If there ever was a gap between science, art, business and technology, Ariel has closed it. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions. Ariel has researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, DeLeon White Gallery, and opened Toronto Fashion Week.

The intersections of these diverse interests have culminated into various lectures with topics such as “The Neuroscience of Aesthetics” and “The Neuroscience of Conflict, featured on TVO's Big Ideas.

Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Magazine, CBC Radio and the Toronto Star, Ariel has also run a successful real estate business, spent time as the designer and owner of a Canadian fashion boutique, and is a practicing psychotherapist.

     
 

Avideh Zakhor

Professor

University of Berkeley

 

Avideh Zakhor joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1988 where she currently holds the Qualcomm Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Her areas of interest include theories and applications of signal, image and video processing, 3D computer vision, and multimedia networking. She has won a number of best paper awards, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1997 and 2009, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 1997 and 1999She holds 6 U.S. patents, and is the co-author of three books with her students. Prof. Zakhor received the B. S. degree from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and the S. M. and Ph. D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, all in electrical engineering, in 1983, 1985, and 1987 respectively. She was a General Motors scholar from 1982 to 1983, was a Hertz fellow from 1984 to 1988, and received the Presidential Young Investigators (PYI) award, and Office of Naval Research (ONR) young investigator award in 1992. In 2001, she was elected as IEEE fellow and received the Okawa Prize in 2004.
 

Biju Nair
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Synchronoss Technologies Inc.

Biju Nair is Chief Strategy Officer at Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. 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.

   

 

Curtis Kopf

VP – Customer Innovation

Alaska Airlines

 

Curtis Kopf has been enmeshed in the whirlwind of technology and innovation since joining Amazon.com in 1998. Kopf was Amazon’s first General Manager in the UK and spent 6 years at Amazon in London and Seattle obsessing about customers and building high growth digital businesses. After Amazon, he spent five years at Microsoft in its Windows, Corporate Communications and retail groups. Kopf joined Alaska Airlines as Managing Director, Ecommerce and Customer Innovation, the leader among traditional U.S. airlines in on-time performance and customer satisfaction.  Under Curtis’s leadership, Alaska redesigned its ecommerce website, relaunched its mobile offerings and focused its digital business around data-driven, continuous iteration on behalf of customers. Curtis recently became Vice President, Customer Innovation, leading a cross-functional team focused on making Alaska the easiest airline to fly. Fifteen years after starting at Amazon.com, Kopf still believes it is “Day One”!

   

 

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 Koopsman

VP/GM

CitrixByteMobile

 

Chris Koopmans joined Citrix as Vice President, Service Provider Platforms, with the acquisition of Bytemobile in 2012. He is responsible for product development, management and marketing for the Service Provider Platforms group, as well as the Citrix business strategy for telecommunications service providers. Mr. Koopmans was a founding engineer at Bytemobile in 2000 and rose to the position of chief operating officer, responsible for all aspects of product development, management, marketing, delivery, and support, as well as information technology (IT). He has over 14 years of industry experience in hardware and software engineering and architecture.

 

Before joining Bytemobile, Mr. Koopmans was an engineer at Intel Corporation and Silicon Graphics' Cray Research subsidiary. Mr. Koopmans earned a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and was working toward M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UIUC when he left to help found Bytemobile.

   

  Danny Bowman
Chief Sales and Operating Officer
Samsung

Danny Bowman is Chief Sales and Operations Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America.  In this role, Danny is responsible for wireless carrier sales and operations to support the company's US mobile device growth objectives.  Danny also leads the efforts to outline long-term strategic initiatives that improve existing partnerships and expansion of new relationships.

 

Danny has amassed more than 20 years of success as a leader in the wireless communications industry.  Prior to joining Samsung, Danny worked at Sprint Nextel Communications, Inc. for seventeen years, where he most recently served as President of the Integrated Solutions Group. He managed customer-facing solution engineering and sales and two business units: custom network solutions and emerging solutions which focused on machine-to-machine communication.  Danny holds a Bachelor's degree in Business from Evangel University, an Executive Leadership Certificate from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an Executive MBA from Washington University's Olin Business School.

     
David Small
Chief Platform Officer
Verizon Enterprise
 

David Small is chief platform officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. In that capacity, he is responsible for unlocking creative synergy across the company’s key growth platforms, including the Terremark cloud and data center business, security, information technology services, mobility and machine-to-machine operations, telematics, horizontal and vertical IP applications, digital media services, and new product incubation.

Small previously served as vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, with responsibility for planning, engineering, building and operating Verizon Wireless’ industry-leading voice and data networks. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of KidsPeace, a national non-profit group dedicated to helping children in crisis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Ball State University.

     
 

Doug Suriano

Vice President – Products

Oracle

 

Doug Suriano is Vice President – Communications at Oracle. He joined Oracle via the acquisition of Tekelec where he was the Chief Technology Officer of the company and was sponsible for product innovation, leadership in standards bodies and industry forums, and advocacy for innovative mobile data solutions. In his eight-year tenure at Tekelec, Mr. Suriano led the initiatives to transition Tekelec from hardware-centric products to software-centric solutions and expand the market share of Tekelec’s text and voice solutions. He also headed the development of Tekelec’s Diameter Signaling Router (DSR), the first product of its kind sold to multiple LTE networks. 

Mr. Suriano joined Tekelec from dynamicsoft, Inc. where he was Vice President of Engineering as well as serving as Chief Information Officer for QAD Inc., Before QAD, he managed the information technology division for the United States Marine Corps. Doug earned his Master of Science in Information Technology at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science at the U.S. Naval Academy

     
 

Drew Patterson

CEO

Room77

 

Drew is a lover of board games and puzzles, and he has traveled to every continent except Antarctica (it's on his list). Put two and two together and it makes perfect sense that his professional life has been dedicated to solving problems in the travel industry. Before joining the team, Drew founded and served as CEO of Checkmate, a mobile travel site that was acquired by Room 77. Prior to Checkmate, he cofounded Jetsetter, where he served as CEO, and he was part of the founding team at KAYAK, where he held a variety of leadership positions.

     
 

Fay Arjomandi

Global Lead

Vodafone Xone

 

Fay Arjomandi joined Vodafone as the Head of US Group R&D in January 2011. Bringing an extensive wealth of expertise as an extraordinary entrepreneur to Vodafone’s new heart of innovation, Fay successfully launched Vodafone xone in Silicon Valley in September 2011, which became the global incubation initiative of Vodafone Group. Additionally, her role expands on leading Vodafone Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Vodafone Group.  Fay’s broad range of role also includes being the President of Vodafone Americas Foundation.

Prior to Vodafone, Fay was the co-founder and CEO of three technology start-ups that built location-based services, quality of service, and multimedia content distribution platforms used by mobile operators globally. Fay has authored 12 patents.  In 2006, Fay received the distinguished Business In Vancouver’s “Top 40 Under 40” award. In 2007, she was the Canadian technology and innovation representative to the White House. Fay holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University.

     
 

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.

   

 

Henning Schulzrinne

CTO

FCC

 

As Chief Technology Officer, Schulzrinne guides the FCC’s work on technology and engineering issues, together with the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. Schulzrinne is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science and Professor of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University. He has been an Engineering Fellow at the FCC since 2010. He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet Requests for Comment (RFCs). He is widely known for the development of key protocols that enable voice-over-IP (VoIP) and other multimedia applications that are now Internet standards, including the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).


Schulzrinne received his undergraduate degree in economics and electrical engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, his MSEE degree as a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, 
Massachusetts.

     
 

Jef Holove
CEO

Basis

 

Jef leads our Basis band with years of show-stopping consumer technology experience. He was CEO at wireless photo start-up Eye-Fi from before their 2007 launch to the international retail distribution of its device and cloud service. Before that, he was GM of audio and gaming at Logitech, where he also worked in U.S. and EMEA marketing. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in communications.

   

 

Jeff Warren

Vice President - Mobile

Expedia

 

Jeff Warren is the Vice President, Mobile and Online Partner Marketing at Expedia.com, after joining the company in March 2011as the head of their mobile product organization.  Prior to Expedia, Jeff was the Senior Director of Business Development at Motorola, where he was responsible for creating and developing Motorola's relationships with Internet companies such as Google, Yahoo and others.  Prior to joining Motorola in 2005, Jeff held a variety of product management and business development roles with startups based in Boston such as Brandwise and SQA (now part of IBM), and three years at the early-stage private equity firm Atlas Venture.

   

 

Joe DiFonzo

CTO

Syniverse

 

Joe DiFonzo joined Syniverse in August 2008 and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. He had previously served as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Mobility Solutions, leading the creation and implementation of advanced mobility solutions for enterprise customers and Internet service providers globally. Prior to joining Syniverse, Mr. DiFonzo spent 15 years at Convergys, most recently holding the position of vice president of innovation. Mr. DiFonzo earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Central Florida and has served on the advisory board for the TeleManagement Forum.

 

     
  Joost Schreve
VP - Mobile
TripAdvisor

Joost Schreve is VP, Mobile Product for TripAdvisor. He joined TripAdvisor through the acquisition of EveryTrail. Joost founded EveryTrail in 2006 with the vision to change the way travelers share their experiences and interact with information in the mobile era. He grew EveryTrail into an early travel app leader and successfully sold the company to TripAdvisor in 2011. Joost  holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Stanford University.


     
 

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. Julie is a founder of Tata Communications Women of Work group, established to improve policies and programs to enable the development of women at Tata.

She started her career as an encryptor and is a qualified telecommunications engineer (BEng). She has more than 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles with leading international corporations including IBM, UPC and BT. She joined BT in 2004 and became CMO and President of Strategy with responsibility for BT’s £5 Billion products and services portfolio

   

 

Manish Jha

GM – Mobile

NFL


Manish Jha is the General Manager of Mobile at the National Football League. Previously, he was President and CEO of SkyWeaver. Manish has spent over 20 years in the media business, running startup companies such as SkyWeaver and Vantrix and creating new businesses for ESPN. At ESPN, where Manish spent 16 years, he built the mobile business from scratch and launched ESPN3, ESPN’s pioneering Internet video service.
     
 

Kevin Packingham
Chief Product Officer
Samsung Telecommunications America

 

Kevin Packingham is Senior Vice President of Product Innovation where he is responsible for overseeing Samsung’s carrier product management, product planning and concept creation departments. Prior to joining Samsung, Mr. Packingham held the role of Chief Executive Officer at Amerilink Telecom Corporation. Prior to this role, he worked for more than 11 years at Sprint Nextel. During his tenure at Sprint, he focused on project management, culminating with the position of senior vice president of product and technology. Mr. Packingham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Business Management from Evangel University and a Master’s degree in Human Factors with an emphasis in software design, development, and testing.

   

 

Marianne Marck
Vice President - Engineering
Starbucks

 

Marianne Marck is currently the VP of software engineering at Starbucks. She has a passion for technology and building great tech teams. In this role, Marianne leads the technology teams for web and mobile, CRM technology, and solutions architecture. Marianne also leads the development, QA and release teams for global ERP (finance, SCO, channel) and for retail back-end systems. Previously Marianne served as SVP of technology for Blue Nile. In this role she served as a company officer and oversaw the website and all aspects of technology for the company. Marianne also served as VP of software engineering at the Walt Disney Company. Marianne served in various technology leadership positions at CNET Networks, focusing on software development, online advertising, BI, database engineering, and site operations. Marianne started out her career as a developer and development manager at Sybase and has also worked as a developer at IBM.

     
   

 

Mark Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Strategic News Service
 

 

Mark Anderson is CEO of the Strategic News Service, publisher of the SNS Weekly Report on Technology and the Global Economy. Mark is the founding chair of the Future in Review (FiRe) Conference, which The Economist calls “the best technology conference in the world”; SNS Project Inkwell, the first vendor-based consortium focused on K12 technology; and INVNT/IP, “Inventing Nations Vs. Nation-Sponsored Theft of IP,” a consortium of leading global technology companies working with governments to reduce nation-sponsored IP theft. Perhaps best-known for his accurate predictions, Anderson “called” the Global Financial Collapse in London in March 2007, on the TV program CNBC Europe Powerlunch. Mark is the author of Resonance Theory in physics and the Equilibrium Evolutionary Theory, and holds several patents. He was selected by Fortune as one of the “100 Smartest People We Know.”

   

 

Matt Carter

President – Emerging Solutions

Sprint

 

Matt Carter is president, Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions where he manages the profit and loss of Sprint’s Emerging & Wholesale Solutions business unit. Carter leads many of the new growth businesses for Sprint including Mobile Advertising, Connected Transportation, M2M and traditional Wholesale services. Prior to his current role, Carter was president, Sprint 4G, where he oversaw the company’s efforts to roll out the first 4G wireless network in the U.S.

 

Carter has been recognized by major national business outlets such as Forbes and Fox Business News for leading the 2008-2009 transformation of Sprint’s Boost Mobile prepaid brand from a perceived non-threatening wireless player into a formidable competitor. In 2010, he was honored with an American Business Award, also known as “the Stevies,” for Turnaround Executive of the Year recognizing his leadership at Boost Mobile.

   

 

Nick Wingfield
Technology Correspondent
New York Times

 

Nick Wingfield is a Seattle-based technology correspondent for the New York Times. He joined the New York Times, after a 14-year career at the Wall Street Journal covering technology from San Francisco, New York and Seattle. 

   

 

Raj Toleti

President, Coordinated Care Solutions & CTO

PatientPoint

 

Raj Toleti is founder, President of Coordinated Care Solutions, and chief technology officer of PatientPoint. In this role he oversees the company’s growth strategies and marketing positioning.  Mr. Toleti founded PatientPoint in 2010. After the company was acquired by Healthy Advice Networks in February 2012, Healthy Advice Networks then changed the combined company name to PatientPoint. He is a member of the PatientPoint Board of Directors.

 

Mr. Toleti also founded Galvanon, a technology company focused on improving the patient experience. Before that, Mr. Toleti launched Cytura Corporation, a content management company acquired by Mobis Management Systems, Inc. in 2002. He was a founding member of the Microsoft Consulting Services healthcare practice in 1995. Mr. Toleti holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the PSG College of Technology in India, and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

     
 

Ralph de la Vega

President and CEO

AT&T

 

Ralph de la Vega is President and CEO — AT&T Mobility, a position he has held since 2007. He is responsible for the company's largest growth engine. Today, AT&T is the industry's mobile broadband leader and number-one smartphone provider. From October 2008 to January 2012, Mr. de la Vega served as President and CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. In addition to the company's wireless business, he led the company's local consumer wireline operations, including U-verse TV® which has received numerous industry awards.

 

Mr. de la Vega serves on the boards of New York Life Insurance Company, the Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame, which honors select Hispanics for their personal achievements, contributions and service to America. He is also the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

     
 

Rick Osterloh

SVP

Motorola

 

Rick Osterloh is responsible for leading global product management for Motorola Mobility, responsible for the planning, strategy and delivery of our products. Rick has an incredibly successful track record -- most recently his leadership at Skype where he was vice president of product and design. Rick led the design, strategy, product planning, research and development of products to more than 250 million monthly Skype users.

Prior to working at Skype, Rick created an organization within Motorola that was focused on Android, successfully designing and engineering Motorola’s first Android-based device. Rick also managed the software and services engineering team located in five countries. In this role, he was responsible for the delivery of Motorola’s software and operation of the Android platform for Motorola. Rick earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University, and was an Arjay Miller scholar at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

     
 

Rod Randall

Executive Partner

Siris Capital

 

Rod Randall has spent over 24 years in the networking industry as an entrepreneur, senior executive and venture capitalist. Before joining Siris Capital and S1 Capital partners, he was a founder and senior managing director of Vesbridge Partners and a general partner at St. Paul Venture Capital, where he led the mobile investment practice. Randall’s investments have included Dynamicsoft (acquired by Cisco), Bitfone (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), FusionOne, and Visage Mobile. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he was CMO of Lucent’s Service Provider Group, which he had joined in 1999 upon the acquisition of Ascend by Lucent for $24 billion. Randall was vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Ascend and, previously, vice president of Worldwide Marketing and general manager at Stratus Computer, as well as vice president of Strategic Market Development at Madge Networks. He holds a BSEE degree with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MSEE/CS from the University of California, Berkeley.
     
 

Rowland Shaw

VP – Strategy

Ericsson

 

Rowland Shaw currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Development for Ericsson’s North American Region.  He is responsible for market intelligence, analytical assessments and market forecasting to ensure correct positioning of business and network solutions addressing both the customer and market need. Shaw is also engaged in the development of Ericsson’s Global Strategy as it relates to business transformation influenced by the need for continued growth, IP, the Internet and resulting business.

 

He has a diverse background of experience from a number of industries ranging from R&D in real time video DSP systems and platforms, Marketing, Sales, Business and Strategic Planning. He has a particular passion for innovation and business success through the matching of emerging needs to deployable capability across multiple industry segments.

     
 

Stephen David
Former CIO
Procter & Gamble

 

Mr. David’s career at P&G has spanned many diverse assignments and country postings. His experience in line management and Customer Business Development, combined with his personal passion for IT and involvement in the current business-to business work, contributed to his being named, effective July 1, 2000, as Chief Information Officer and Business-To-Business Officer with overall responsibility for P&G's Internet strategy. This appointment reflected the increasing importance of information technology in accelerating sales growth and managing costs. It also positioned P&G to capitalize on tremendous opportunities in the business-to-business arena where a faster, more efficient, and seamless supply chain can be created. Mr. David has served on a number of Boards and Advisory Committees, including Ahold USA, Global Commerce Initiative, Uniform Code Council (UCC), Hewlett Packard and others.

   

 

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.

   

 

Terry Myerson

EVP

Microsoft

 

Terry Myerson is executive vice president of the Operating Systems group with responsibility for the strategy and development of operating systems. Myerson and his team are responsible for building the software platform and experiences that are showcased in Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox devices worldwide. Prior to leading the Operating Systems group, Myerson led the Windows Phone Division. Previously, Myerson led the Exchange team for eight years, during which time it became the world's most popular business communications system.

 

At age 21, Myerson founded Intersé Corp., one of the first Web software companies. Intersé software helped customers analyze their website activity in order to make better business decisions. Myerson joined Microsoft when the company acquired Intersé in 1997. Myerson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University. 

     

Tracy Isacke

Director of Investments

Telefonica

 

Tracy Isacke is currently spearheading the growth of Telefónica Digital as Director of Investments and Business Development, focusing primarily on Silicon Valley, Israel and Europe, with a growing team of half a dozen employees, based in Mountain View, Madrid, London and Tel Aviv. She recently led the acquisition of San Francisco-based TokBox, and investments in Joyent, Boku, Addfleet, Expect Labs and Everything.me.

 

Ms. Isacke joined Telefónica in 2006 as the head of the Enterprise Sales Team for O2 UK. Ms. Isacke started her career at Xerox, rising to be the first female member of the UK Board, leading a team of over 450 people. She then spent four years getting a taste of what life is like in an early stage company, working in a VC-backed start-up that went on to achieve a successful exit.

     
  Tom Nagel
SVP and GM - Wireless
Comcast

Tom Nagel is Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, for Communications and Data Services for Comcast, the nation’s largest Internet service provider. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s wireless activities. In addition, Tom assists in managing the execution of Comcast’s agreement with Verizon Wireless.

 

Tom began his Comcast career in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development for Comcast Voice Services. He was responsible for the development of new and existing business initiatives for Comcast Digital Voice. Prior to joining Comcast, Tom acted as Vice President of Business Development at Gemini Networks in Washington, D.C. He also served as Vice President of Business Development at Cox Communications. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

     
 

Ujjal Kohli

CEO and 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. 

     
 

Wim Sweldens
Former President – Wireless Division
Alcatel-Lucent

 

Until recently, Wim Sweldens was President, Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Division. In this role, Mr. Sweldens  was responsible for the product management and development of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless products portfolio. Technologies included in the portfolio are; LTE, W-CDMA, CDMA, GSM/EDGE, WiMAX as well as next generation network mobile core products. Wim was also responsible for wireless portfolio new product introduction. Prior to this position, Mr. Sweldens was Vice President Alcatel-Lucent Ventures and Network Technology, Bell Labs. Before that, he served as Vice President of Computing Sciences Research at Bell Labs as well as led Bell Labs China. Mr. Sweldens was included in Global Telecoms Business "Power 100 of 2009" list. MIT's Technology Review selected him as one of 100 most promising young innovators of 1999. He is the inventor of the lifting scheme, a wavelet construction and transformation method which was included in the JPEG2000 standard. In 2003, he was elected to fellow of the IEEE. He currently serves on the board of Kindsight. Mr. Sweldens received his PhD in Computer Science in 1994 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. 

     
  Yung Kim
President and Group Chief Strategy Officer
Korean Telecom

Mr. Yung Kim is President and Group CSO of KTCorp., a fully integrated total telecommunications service provider in Korea with over USD 18.8 Billion in revenue. As a President and Group CSO, Mr. Kim is responsible for KT group strategy, corporate management & innovation, global corporate development, strategic investment & M&A, and group synergy & portfolio management of 53 subsidiaries with consolidated revenue of over USD 23.8 Billion.

He was graduated from University College, University of London, with a BSc in Electronic Engineering with Honours in 1980 and then at the same establishment in 1981 received an MSc in Microwave Engineering and Modern Optics.

   

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