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.
Michael has worked extensively with mobile operators, service providers and industry groups in the realization of new business models around Open Network APIs and Network as a Service, as well as with engaging with ISVs and app developers on the development of next-generation services that leverage mobile network and billing capabilities.
Wim is President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division and has responsibility for the company's Radio Access Product lines, spanning 2G, 3G and 4G, including the award winning lightRadio ™ product portfolio.
Prior to this appointment, Wim was Vice President of Network Technology and Alcatel-Lucent Ventures within Bell Labs. In his role as VP of Network Technology, Wim led a cross company team which took the company’s Applications Enablement strategy from paper to practice. This strategy allows service providers to open and leverage their networks for the development of new services and applications.
As founder and leader of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, a strategic, new business incubator and investment division inside of Bell Labs, Wim managed the lifecycle, from concept to commercialization, for 8 ventures, ranging from enterprise & consumer applications to groundbreaking mobile innovations for operators, to technology platforms. Under his leadership, the group garnered numerous kudos in the industry, including 13 awards for innovation, achievement, and leadership including the CDMA Industry Achievement Award and two CTIA Emerging Technology awards. The Ventures Group has defined new corporate venturing best practices that redefine how an agile venture is managed and operated within a corporation. Wim and his team brought to market the innovative 9900 Wireless Network Guardian. A groundbreaking product, it brings real-time visibility into the effects of data traffic on the mobile network, a critical need for today’s operators.
Prior to Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, Wim served as Vice President of Computing Sciences Research at Bell Labs as well as led Bell Labs China.
An innovator at heart, Wim developed several image compression algorithms including the one used in the jpeg 2000 standard. He authored and co-authored numerous technical papers and was a member of Technology Review's inaugural class of Young Innovators, the 1999 TR100. Global Telecoms Business selected Wim for its "Power 100 of 2009” list for his customer focus, attention to excellence, and accelerating ideas to market. He is a fellow of the IEEE and serves on the board of Kindsight.
Wim received his PhD in Computer Science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Mike Schabel is currently the General Manager of the NGN Mobile Core Unit in the Wireless Division of Alcatel-Lucent where he and his team focus on delivering highly reliable, high quality, and highly innovative voice-based services over wireless networks. Deployed globally, Schabel's portfolio provides mobile voice products to carriers that are widely recognized as technology leaders and innovation drivers of the wireless industry. Within Alcatel-Lucent, Schabel is known for his proven ability to transform businesses and achieve leadership in customer-satisfaction, technology, quality, and financial performance.
Previously, Schabel was a founder and leader of the Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian, an industry- recognized and award-winning product/software/service-based business that was incubated and commercialized within Alcatel-Lucent Ventures. Schabel and his team used the 9900 WNG to help wireless data service providers more efficiently and profitably manage their wireless network resources while maximizing the wireless broadband customer experience. The 9900 WNG is now used by operators across the globe to impact policy decisions and architectures, understand the impact that individual applications, devices, and users have on network performance, dynamically control networks as an essential element of self optimizing networks, and differentiate their wireless data customer care solutions, all in multi-vendor environments.
Schabel began his career at Bell Labs in 2000, following his doctoral work at the University of Arizona, where he specialized in Chemical Engineering and plasma chemistry following undergraduate training in Aerospace Engineering and completing his masters in Materials Science and Engineering. He has since focused his attention on the telecommunication supply chain as a founding member of Bell Labs in Ireland, and more recently on commercializing innovations from Bell Laboratories that promise to significantly impact the telecommunications industry. Mike Schabel has recently been recognized by Global Telecom Business in the "40 under 40" executives who will lead the Telecoms industry in 2020.
Kris Rinne is responsible for network architecture, service platforms, radio access roadmap and initial implementation, wireless device requirements and certification, network platforms, network performance analysis, and industry standards development at AT&T.
Previously, Rinne served as Cingular’s chief technology officer with similar responsibilities. She earlier served as vice president—Technology and Product Realization, responsible for new product development from a technology standpoint, handset certification, and infrastructure vendor coordination.
Prior to joining Cingular, she was vice president—Technology Strategy for SBC Wireless, responsible for new product development and network operations support. She has worked for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems as managing director—Operations. In 2011, Kris was named as “The Most Influential Woman in Wireless” by Fierce Wireless and was a member of the Global Telecom Business Power 100 list of the most powerful telecom executives.
Erik Prusch was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2011 and was appointed a Director of Clearwire in February 2012. Prusch joined Clearwire in August 2009 as CFO and led the efforts to raise over 6 billion in equity and debt to fund the company's explosive growth. He was then promoted to COO in March 2011. During his tenure, revenue has increased by 427 percent to an annualized run rate of over $1.2 billion, the subscriber base has grown by 1,352 percent, and margins have improved by 80 percentage points through careful expense controls. Throughout his career, he has successfully enabled businesses through periods of rapid growth, operational scaling, and expansion financing. Prusch was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Borland Software, where he also previously served as Chief Financial Officer, leading the restructuring of the company and returning the business to profitability. Prior to Borland, he was Vice President of Finance in Intuit's Turbo Tax division. Prior to Intuit, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Identix Incorporated, and also served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Operations at Gateway Computers, Incorporated. He began his career at Touche Ross and PepsiCo. Prusch holds a B.A. from Yale University, and earned an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Dr. Vish Nandlall is Chief Technical Officer and Head of Marketing and Strategy for Ericsson’s North American region. He is responsible for identifying Ericsson's long-term vision, defining the overall company strategy and driving business value creation for Ericsson’s customers in North America.
Nandlall joined Ericsson in 2010, most recently serving as Chief Technical Officer for the company’s AT&T Customer Unit. He previously served as CTO of Extreme Networks and CTO and distinguished member of technical staff for Nortel Carrier Networks. Nandlall has led architecture and standards direction for product portfolios ranging from GSM, CDMA, WiMAX, LTE, metro DWDM, carrier routing and switching and carrier VoIP portfolios.
His recent areas of research include M2M, augmented reality and mobile virtualization.
Between 2007 and 2011, Commissioner Pai held several positions in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, serving most prominently as Deputy General Counsel. In this role, he had supervisory responsibility over several dozen lawyers in the Administrative Law Division and worked on a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters involving the wireless, wireline, cable, Internet, media, and satellite industries.
Commissioner Pai's career outside of the FCC has spanned the private and public sectors. With respect to the private sector, Pai worked in the Washington, DC office of Jenner & Block LLP, where he was a Partner in the Communications Practice until being sworn in as a Commissioner. Years earlier, he served as Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc., where he handled competition matters, regulatory issues, and counseling of business units on broadband initiatives.
Commissioner Pai also has served in all three branches of the federal government. After moving to Washington, DC in 1998, his first post was with the United States Department of Justice's Antitrust Division as an Honors Program trial attorney on the Telecommunications Task Force. There, he worked on proposed mergers and acquisitions and on novel requests for regulatory relief following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He later returned to the Department of Justice to serve as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy. Pai has worked on Capitol Hill as well, first as Deputy Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, and later as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights. Immediately following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Commissioner Pai received a B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas J. Mulroy Prize. In 2010, Pai was one of 55 individuals nationwide chosen for the 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership development initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
The son of immigrants from India, Commissioner Pai grew up in Parsons, Kansas. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Janine, and son, Alexander.
Simon became chair of the Femto Forum in 2007 and remains chair of the Small Cell Forum today. He has specialised in wireless communications throughout his career, in both industry and academia. He is currently an independent technologist, working for regulators and technology firms. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. He was appointed as a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in 2007. Simon has acted as a consultant to a wide range of companies, including BAA, BBC, Mitsubishi, British Land, O2, Ofcom, BT, Airwave and many others.
Prof. Saunders has invented more than fifteen patented technologies and has written more than 140 publications in learned journals, international conferences and book chapters. He has also written a successful book, “Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems”, which recently appeared in a second edition.
He obtained BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees from Brunel University in 1988 and 1991 respectively, receiving four separate awards for academic achievement in that time. He worked on microwave oscillator structures as a Research Fellow for Brunel in 1991.
For several years he worked in an advanced development role for Philips Telecom, including the standardisation 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 Ascom in Switzerland, defining product technologies and system design solutions for the first generation of TETRA handsets and base stations. Prof. Saunders worked for Motorola in their GSM Research Group in 1995, 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. He proposed and delivered many research programmes for industry and government research councils and acted as Director of Continuing Education.
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 via a best-practice approach which he originated, known as "Total Airspace Management". He won a major contract to act as the Radio Strategy Partner to BAA, the UK’s leading airports authority. He led the company into a merger with Red-M Communications and raised development funds to enable the company’s growth and diversification.
Michael oversees the Americas Sales and Operations organization for Google's Enterprise division. Since joining Google in 2005, Michael has helped rapidly expand Google's footprint within the global Enterprise marketplace. Currently, he is responsible for teams driving customer acquisition of Google's Enterprise offerings in the product areas of Search, Maps, Earth, Apps and Postini.
A 25-year veteran of the enterprise information technology industry, Michael began his career at IBM where he held roles in the general systems and enterprise systems divisions. He moved to Silicon Valley as a sales and marketing executive for Oracle in the 90's and subsequently, took positions in several Silicon Valley start-ups. Michael played a pivotal role in the success and eventual acquisition of Virage, a pioneer of multimedia search and content management software.
Michael holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Mohamed Madkour is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Wireless Product Solutions organization at Huawei Technologies USA. In his role, Madkour has two distinct areas of responsibility. He is responsible for the wireless product solutions strategy, branding, key messages and value proposition. In addition, he drives the company’s thought leadership and industry engagements in the U.S. As the wireless product solutions sales platform team leader, he is helping Huawei develop its wireless business by working closely with different market units.
Madkour is a thought leader in the wireless communications space with more than 15 years of experience. Over the past 7 years, Madkour’s focus has been on building an agnostic technology, user-centric and profitable mobile broadband business.
Since joining Huawei in 2007, Madkour has held a number of leadership roles in wireless marketing, product management and solution sales. Prior to joining Huawei, Madkour held a number of positions in the telecommunications industry as well as in academia including Ericsson, Artel, Southern Methodist University, and Alexandria University.
Madkour holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He is the author and co-author of two patents, and several papers in IEEE journals and international conferences.
Steve Price is the GM for the Communications Infrastructure Division (CID) of the Intelligent Systems Group (ISG), which is part of the Data Center and Connected Systems Group (DCSG) at Intel Corporation. Price leads Product Marketing: roadmap planning, segment marketing and customer technical support teams for CID products, customers and segments.
Prior to joining CID, Steve was the Director of Marketing for Embedded and Communications Group responsible for Software Planning and Technical Marketing.
Steve Price joined Intel in 2000 with the acquisition of Basis Communications Inc. As the GM of the Integrated Access Division (IAD) he led a team that introduced one of the first network processors from Intel. Steve has over 35 years of experience in Networks and Communications. Before joining Intel, he was Director of Strategy and Planning at Lucent Technologies, where he focused on voice over IP technologies for telecommunications service providers. He also spent several years with Digital Equipment Corporation as the Marketing Business Manager for wide-area network solutions.
Brad Brooks is Juniper Network's Vice President of Business Strategy and Marketing Software Solutions Division. Joining Juniper in February 2011, Brad is currently responsible for executing Juniper’s global software marketing and business strategy for the Software Solutions Division. This includes the development of Software Solutions business strategy. He is also responsible for developing Juniper’s product marketing, including naming, messaging, pricing and positioning of Juniper’s portfolio of software applications, services and platform solutions on a worldwide basis. Brad also serves as the current leader of Juniper’s cross company strategy council.
Prior to Juniper, Brad was at Microsoft, serving as corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Marketing and Product Management, leading the $8B consumer business for the Windows client. In this role, he oversaw the launch of Windows 7, the most successful launch in Microsoft’s history. Prior to that role, Brad was general manager for the Windows Commercial Business Group, leading the group’s global enterprise business efforts, including the market introductions of Windows Vista and Windows software assurance and enterprise agreement marketing. Amid a declining enterprise market, Brad developed multiple solutions sets for enterprise customers and grew the $900 million annual business to $3 billion in three years. Brad came to Microsoft in 2002 to work on the initial business development and marketing of Windows XP Media Center Edition.
Prior to Microsoft, Brad held product management, business development, marketing, sales and operations roles with Enron, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T.
Brad has a master's degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a bachelor's degree in business from the California State University.
Bernard Breton is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer at Mentum where he oversees business operation and strategy. Mr. Breton previously headed up the network planning division for Ericsson, where he was a member of the executive team of the TEMS product unit. As vice president of R&D for the wireless division of Marconi, Mr. Breton managed the development of network planning & billing mediation solutions. 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.
Steven Shalita has more than 20 years of industry and technology experience across service provider and enterprise markets with a strong background in enterprise networking, MPLS, and IP transformation projects. His wide range of experience includes service management and assurance to service delivery architecture including data center, LAN/WAN, core, edge and metro technologies as well as leading initiatives targeting convergence, mobility, triple-play and business services carrier environments. Mr. Shalita has held senior marketing leadership positions at Alcatel-Lucent, Redback Networks, HP and Cisco. He returned to NetScout in July of 2008, and was previously Director, Product Marketing from 1997 through 1999.
Ken Wirth leads customer operations for the Latin America and North America regions at Nokia Siemens Networks. He also serves on the company’s executive board. Ken is responsible for sales, business management and operations for both regions. Equipped with nearly three decades of experience in the telecoms sector and with a deep background in development, testing and delivery of LTE networks, Ken is a professional who has witnessed the evolution of the communications industry. He has completed an executive management program at Penn State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from Seton Hall University.
Bill Davidson is senior vice president of global marketing and investor relations for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, Davidson provides leadership for Qualcomm’s marketing and public relations efforts worldwide and is the primary liaison with the media, investment community and Qualcomm shareholders.
In his previous role, Davidson served as vice president of carrier relations for Qualcomm Internet Services. He worked closely with wireless service providers throughout the world to establish business opportunities based on Qualcomm’s wireless data technology and service offerings.
Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2002, Davidson served as senior vice president of corporate affairs and carrier relations at Aether Systems, where he negotiated network carrier contracts and formed joint marketing agreements. While with Aether Systems, Davidson worked closely with financial and industry analysts, and was the principal company spokesperson for investor conferences and analyst briefings.
Davidson has more than 25 years of experience in technical sales, marketing and general management roles in the telecommunications industry. He spent 13 years at Bell Atlantic that included substantial experience within the wireline business at New Jersey Bell, as well as serving subsequently as vice president of wireless data sales and marketing for Bell Atlantic Mobile. Davidson’s experience also included serving as vice president of commercial sales operations for GE Capital’s telecommunications financial services division.
Davidson serves as a board member for CommNexus, CONNECT, the San Diego Police Foundation and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and is the board chair for the Institute for Communication Technology Management at USC. Additionally, he has served as secretary of the board of the Wireless Data Forum and as a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Wireless Internet Caucus within the Cellular Telephone Industry Association. He is regularly quoted as an expert in industry publications and has also been a guest speaker at Boston University, Harvard University and The Wharton School of Business.
IP Hong has over 18 years of leadership experience and a record of accomplishment in the delivery of voice and data wireless networks. He is responsible for promoting Samsung’s mobile network infrastructure worldwide and executing strategic initiatives to improve Samsung’s business performance in this domain. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and business development management at Samsung. Prior to joining Samsung, he has held sales engineering management positions in Cisco and Navini. Mr. Hong has an Electrical Engineering degree from Korea Aviation University.
Kelly Ahuja is Senior Vice President/General Manager of Cisco's Mobile Internet Technology Group (MITG). In this role, he oversees Cisco's service provider mobility business, driving the strategy and execution for the entire mobility product and solution portfolio. He has a global team of top talent engineers, architects, product line managers, technical marketing engineers and business development managers.
Ahuja has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications and networking. He has general management, leadership and technology skills having worked with and for Service Providers and technology companies in various key leadership roles.
Ahuja has been at Cisco for more than 15 years. Prior to his current role, he was the Chief Architect for the Service Provider business looking across the entire product and solution portfolio covering routing, optical, mobility, video and cloud. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Routing Technology Group, where he led Cisco's service provider routing business. His notable accomplishments in these roles include the evolution of Cisco's next-generation routing portfolio with the expansion of the Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System family, the Cisco ASR 9000 and 1000 series Aggregation Services Routers, and the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. During this period, he led the acquisition of Starent. He has also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Core Routing Business Unit, where he managed the deployment of large core networks around the world. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Marketing for the Carrier Core Multi Service Business Unit, where he led product management and technical marketing for Cisco's high-end routing portfolio, multiservice switches and media gateways.
Ahuja previously served as Vice President of Marketing at BlueLeaf Networks, a startup developing optical switching and transmission systems. Before BlueLeaf, Ahuja was a director of marketing at Cisco, where he led global marketing for high-end routers including the Cisco 12000 Series Router. Previously at Cisco and StrataCom, he led the product marketing team for the Cisco IGX 8400 Series of network switches. Before StrataCom, Ahuja led the design and deployment of data and voice networks for several organizations in AT&T Canada. He has also held engineering and analyst positions with Bank of Canada and Telesat Canada, designing, implementing, and supporting data and voice networks.
Ahuja is also an active Cisco spokesperson at various media outlets as well as investor and analyst relations events around the globe. Ahuja holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.
Gordon Mansfield was appointed as the Chairman of the Small Cell Forum effective October 1, 2012. In this role, Gordon oversees the continued evolution of the Forum following its name change from the Femto Forum which has led to growth in both membership and workload. In addition to his role as Chairman for the forum, Gordon currently leads AT&T’s small cell activities as the Executive Director – Small Cell Solutions & RAN delivery at AT&T. He has been instrumental in leading the development of AT&Ts Radio network evolution with the introduction of HetNet and SON strategies for use within the network. Gordon has been very active in the industry since joining the executive board of the forum in 2008 driving the development of small cell products and advocating the necessary capabilities for them to seamlessly work together with the macro environment.
Gordon has over 23 years of experience in the communications industry and has served in a number of leadership roles within the Small Cell Forum, AT&T, Siemens Communications and the United States Air Force.
Andy Germano serves as the Vice Chairman of the Small Cell Forum since 2009 where he leads the Services Applications Programming Interface (API) working group and several liaisons including 3GPP(2) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). Andy has direct experience with many areas of the telecoms eco-system including silicon, software, customer equipment and infrastructure for both wired and wireless applications. Andy has held VP, Director, GM and senior level leadership positions in Marketing, Business Development and Product Management with several successful start-up companies including AuthenTec, Tantivy, WiDeFi, INSIDE and BEC. He was also involved with several industry leaders including QUALCOMM/Ericsson, Northern Telecom and GTE (Verizon). Andy started his career in Engineering. Andy has an MBA from Duke University, a BSEE from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College. He is a member of the IEEE Standards Association.
J is the Founder and CEO of Solstice Mobile and Bottega Sol. His mission is to help make people's lives more engaging through the use of mobile technologies.
Solstice Mobile provides many of the nation's leading brands with mobile strategy, mobile app development and mobile engineering services.
Bottega Sol is the product incubator for Solstice. Bottega builds apps for businesses and individuals that make their lives more efficient and fun.
J has a BS in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and started his career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture).
Stephen Bye, CTO and vice president of Technology Development & Strategy, is responsible for driving Sprint’s technology strategy, architecture and global standards; innovation center and labs; emerging business and service model development.
Bye has more than 20 years of engineering, operations, product development, business planning and marketing experience with telecom, cable and wireless service providers. Prior to joining Sprint, Bye was vice president of Wireless at Cox Communications. He has also held executive positions with AT&T, inCode Wireless, BellSouth International, Optus Communications and Telstra.
Bye is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical engineering from the University of Tasmania, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in banking and finance from the London School of Economics, University of London.
Neville Ray has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry with over 20 years in the design, deployment and operational management of wireless networks in the USA and worldwide. His experience includes all aspects of wireless network design and deployment.
As Chief Technology Officer, Ray is responsible for the management and ongoing development of the T-Mobile USA national wireless network, as well as the company's IT services and operations. Under Ray's leadership, T-Mobile USA expanded to become America's Largest 4G Network®, reaching well over 220 million Americans in 229 markets.
Mr. Ray currently serves as the Chairperson of 4G Americas - an organization with a mission to promote and facilitate the seamless deployment throughout the Americas of the 3GPP family of technologies, including HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE.
Prior to assuming his national role at T-Mobile, he held the position of Vice President Network Engineering & Operations for the Northeast region. Mr. Ray led the company through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, receiving significant recognition from the New York Police Department, NY state agencies and the FCC.
Mr. Ray's US career commenced in 1995 when he held the position of Vice President of Network Operations at Pacific Bell Mobile Services. His prior experience included the design and deployment of cellular, microwave and broadcast telecommunications systems in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.
Mr. Ray is an honors graduate of City University, London, UK and a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (MIEEE) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE).
Praveen Atreya is the Director of the Verizon LTE Innovation Center located in Waltham, Massachusetts. In his current role, he is responsible for building out the Verizon 4G-LTE product ecosystem, and developing the non-traditional connected product and solution domain for consumers and businesses.
Praveen Atreya has over ten years of experience in the Wireless industry. He has led several Verizon technology initiatives including introduction of new industry-leading networks (2G/3G/4G), as well as key solution and product launches. Praveen Atreya holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Mumbai.