Ann Hatchell leads product and solutions marketing for Amdocs' Data Experience Business Unit — resulting from Amdocs' August 2011 acquisition of Bridgewater Systems. This includes leading the development of go to market strategies, market development programs, solutions and product marketing programs for Amdocs' network and policy control solutions, including Amdocs' integrated policy and charging system, Data Experience Solution. Ann has more than 15 years experience in the telecom industry, having held senior marketing positions at Bridgewater, and previously in technology companies as well as her own consulting practice which included clients in real-time operating systems, security and enterprise IP solutions.
John is a veteran analyst specializing in mobile technologies. Additional areas of focus include semiconductor and infrastructure suppliers, and device manufacturing and distribution strategies. Before joining CCS Insight, John was vice president of Yankee Group's Wireless/Mobile Technologies Decision Service, where he led research on a range of topics, including devices, infrastructure, regulations and standards. Before that, John spent two years at Chase Manhattan, and five years at a small research firm focusing on competitive market analysis.
Mark Lowenstein is a leading wireless industry executive, advisor, and commentator. Most recently, Lowenstein was a member of the senior leadership team at Verizon Wireless, where as Vice President of Strategy he led the company's efforts in product and business planning, market segmentation, national pricing, and customer intelligence for both consumer and enterprise markets.
Prior to his role at Verizon Wireless, Lowenstein was Managing Director of consulting firm, Mobile Ecosystem, where he advised companies and C-level executives across the landscape of wireless communications on market, product, and industry strategy. Prior to founding Mobile Ecosystem, Lowenstein spent ten years at the Yankee Group, where he founded and led the company's wireless practices on a global basis. He also managed Yankee Group's overall research activities in Canada, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Lowenstein also spent a year as VP, Strategy at Informio, a wireless software and applications firm that raised $40 million from leading VCs.
During the course of his fifteen-year career as an industry consultant, Lowenstein has advised nearly all of the major players across the mobile value chain, as well as top advertising agencies, media/entertainment firms, and industry associations. Lowenstein has also had advisory roles with several leading venture capital and private equity firms. He has been on the advisory boards of Telephia, SeaPoint Ventures, Visage Mobile, East Peak Advisors, and Froghop. In 2006, Lowenstein was selected by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to be part of an executive team to determine wireless strategy for the City of Boston. Lowenstein also founded the Boston Wireless Braintrust, a group of twenty CEOs and wireless industry thought leaders who meet quarterly, on a proprietary basis, to discuss key industry issues, opportunities and challenges.
As one of the wireless industry's thought leaders, Lowenstein is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote addresses at major industry and private corporate events. He has also published extensively. His Lens on Wireless newsletter is read by more than 12,000 industry executives; he authored a monthly opinion column in Wireless Week for five years; and he has written columns for leading trade and business media.
Lowenstein has appeared as an expert witness on the wireless industry in several proceedings, and has been engaged in several prominent cases with the FCC. Lowenstein has also been an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University, where he taught a course on the "Business of Wireless Communications".
Chris Pearson is the President of 4G Americas. In his role as the spokesperson and senior operating officer of the corporation, he is responsible for the strategic planning of the organization and providing executive management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing and public relations as well as public and regulatory affairs. As President of 4G Americas (formerly called 3G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents 4G Americas' Market Representation interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization.
Mr. Pearson lead the organization from its inception as the GSM family of technologies market share grew from 10% to over 75% in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to 3G Americas from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic management of the technology consortium. Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE.
Mr. Pearson has more than 23 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including Mobile World Congress, CTIA and 4G World.
Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the University of Washington.
Robert J. (Rob) Rich is Managing Director of the TM Forum's Transformation Research Center, and TM Forum Insights Group, the Forum's market research arm. In this position, he is responsible for all facets of the TRC and Insights, and is a regular contributor to the Research portfolio.
Rob Rich has more than 15 years experience in market research and consulting, including 2 years as an independent consultant, 11 years as Executive Vice President of Communications & Networking Research & Consulting for the Yankee Group, and 2 years as Director of Communications Equipment and Services at Dataquest, a research firm subsequently acquired by Gartner Group. In each role, he was responsible for research and consulting on both fixed and wireless network services, equipment, and software for service providers, technology suppliers, and investors. He has also managed research groups covering enterprise networking and enterprise IT applications.
Prior to joining Dataquest, Rob Rich spent 17 years in the computer/networking industry, where he held management positions in communications, professional services, software engineering and information technology strategy. He also served as CIO for a mid-sized retail firm, and divisional systems and programming director for a very large financial services firm.
Rob Rich has extensive knowledge of various aspects of telecommunications. He is a former member of the Advisory Board for the TM Forum, a contributor to industry publications, a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has served as an expert witness in industry litigation. Rob Rich holds a B.A. in mathematics, and has completed executive programs at the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Simon Saunders was appointed Chair of the Femto Forum in July 2007 and remains Chair of the Small Cell Forum today.
Simon has specialised in wireless communications throughout his career - in both industry and academia. He is currently an independent consultant, working for regulators and technology firms and a visiting professor at the University of Surrey. Simon has acted as a consultant to a wide range of companies, including BAA, BBC, Mitsubishi, British Land, O2, Ofcom, BT, ntl and many others. He has invented more than fifteen patented technologies and has written more than 130 publications in learned journals, international conferences and book chapters.
For several years he worked in an advanced development role for Philips Telecom, including the standardization of the TETRA air interface for digital Private Mobile Radio. He led a team designing technology for a novel two-way paging system. Simon also spent one year working with the Ascom in Switzerland, defining product technologies and system design solutions for the first generation of TETRA handsets and base stations.
In 1995 Simon worked for Motorola in their GSM Research Group, designing air interface and system planning enhancements leading to increased capacity second generation GSM systems. This included several patented advances in antenna, modem and cellular architectures. Simon lectured on mobile systems and led a research team within the Centre for Communication Systems Research at The University of Surrey for seven years.
As Chief Technology Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Design Services Ltd., Simon developed a suite of software tools and services for auditing and planning a wide variety of in-building radio systems.