Leadership
Management
Board of Directors
Advisors
John M. Cioffi

CEO and Chairman of the Board, ASSIA

Dr. John Cioffi is a 35-year veteran of the DSL industry and sports numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to technology and industry. Prior to founding ASSIA in 2003, he served as founder, CTO and vice president of engineering at Amati before its acquisition by Texas Instruments. Dr. Cioffi held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985 to 2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with limited ongoing research efforts in broadband access. He has published more than 400 papers and holds more than 100 patents. Dr. Cioffi is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and an International Fellow of the United Kingdom Royal Society of Engineering. He is a winner of the Economist Computing and Telecommunications Award (2010), the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2010), the IEEE Kobayashi Award (2001), and the Marconi Society’s Marconi Prize (2006).

He currently serves on the board of Alto Beam and on the Marconi Society Board of Trustees. Dr. Cioffi holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.


Jim Wheat

CFO and Vice President of Finance and Administration

Prior to joining ASSIA, Mr. Wheat served as CFO for four years with Silicon Graphics (formerly Rackable Systems), a global provider of compute, storage, and data center solutions to the scientific, technical, and business communities. He brings more than 30 years of experience with numerous high technology companies, including Lam Research, Raychem Corporation, and Honeywell. Mr. Wheat received his BBA degree with Distinction from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He holds an active CPA license in the State of California.


Philip Bednarz

President of Product Development

Dr. Bednarz comes to ASSIA from 2Wire where he was vice president of media engineering and vice president of software, playing a key role in that company’s development of DSL gateways, multimedia set-top boxes, and management systems. Previously he was CEO of Netergy Microelectronics, a subsidiary of 8×8 Inc., and developed some of the world’s first consumer voice and video-over-IP semiconductors and systems. Dr. Bednarz has a PhD and MS from Stanford University and BS from the University of Michigan, all in electrical engineering.


Assia Cioffi

Executive Vice President

Ms. Assia Cioffi is a founding board member of the company, as well as the company’s namesake. Since 2003, she continues to oversee all aspects of ASSIA’s appearance, including the company logo, Web site, shareholder, investor, board, and advisory board meetings, and other company events worldwide. Ms. Cioffi created and fosters the company’s unique and beloved culture that emphasizes personal engagement, open communication among hard-working professionals, and an international, customer-focused orientation. A graduate of the École Internationale Élysées Marbeuf, Paris, Ms. Cioffi worked in a number of aesthetics positions in Paris prior to co-founding ASSIA, and in 2009 she was recognized for her contribution to and support for the Stanford University community.


Marc Goldburg

Executive Vice President and CTO

Marc Goldburg is a veteran of the telecommunications industry with extensive experience in technology development and partnerships, intellectual property management, standards, and regulatory matters. Mr. Goldburg is a technical founder and former CTO of ArrayComm, LLC, whose spatial processing technology is deployed worldwide in more than 275,000 wireless base stations. Later, as a consultant, he guided companies in the mobile satellite, digital television, and WiMAX carrier industries. His prior positions also include a staff position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and a research position at Stanford University. Dr. Goldburg holds a PhD from Stanford, an MSEE from the University of Washington and a BSE from Princeton University, all in electrical engineering. He is a Fellow of IEEE and was recognized by Scientific American as its Communications Researcher of the Year in 2002.


Noah D. Mesel

Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & General Counsel

Noah Mesel is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs of the company, and has more than 20 years of experience representing technology companies in Silicon Valley. Mr. Mesel advises senior management and the ASSIA board of directors on corporate governance, intellectual property protection, commercial and strategic licensing transactions, international business, dispute resolution and labor and employment matters. He previously served as general counsel at Corsair Components, Ikanos Communications, Riverstone Networks and Legato Systems, and was corporate counsel at Lucent Technologies, supporting their global outsourcing business unit. Mr. Mesel also practiced law for nine years at the Palo Alto law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.


Tuncay Cil

Senior Vice President of Product Management

Tuncay Cil leads product definition and management efforts for wireless products segment at ASSIA. Mr. Cil brings a track record of innovation and revenue growth in the consumer electronics, mobile Internet and over-the-top video related new ventures. Mr. Cil comes to ASSIA from AirTies Wireless Networks, where he led the Wireless Networking and IPTV business units. Under his leadership, the business segments achieved significant growth, won several exclusive industry awards, and established a profitable customer base in Europe. Prior to AirTies, Mr. Cil held general management roles in both global public technology companies and venture-backed start-ups. Mr. Cil has an MBA from Yale University, where he was John M. Olin fellow, and a BS in Physics from Bilkent University, where he was a National Science Council Scholar.


Chris Fisher

Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing

Chris Fisher brings more than 20 years’ experience in the consumer electronics industry to ASSIA, and heads up marketing strategies for all of ASSIA’s in-home products. Most recently, he was the CEO and founder of Quze, a consumer content and mobile applications provider. Previously, he was president of zoomMediaPlus, a mobile media products and applications company. Mr. Fisher also has held a number of key marketing, business-development, and product management roles with companies such as AMD, RF Micro Devices, Conexant, and Cisco Systems. He received a BSEE from Purdue University, and an MSEE from Stanford University.


Anthony Hill

Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Anthony Hill brings more than 20 years of global sales and account management expertise to ASSIA from leading telecommunications and professional services organizations, including Nokia Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, and Verizon. Previously, Mr. Hill was regional vice president, West and South Europe for Nokia Siemens Networks, leading sales across 30 countries to more than 400 customers. He also served as Hewlett-Packard Enterprises’ account executive at Vodafone UK, where he was a key member of an executive group that won a major IT managed service contract. At Verizon Wireless, Mr. Hill was vice president of the wireless data and Internet services division. He received an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in business administration from California State University, Northridge.


Ingolf Ruh

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Ingolf Ruh has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and enterprise software industries, where he has focused on building teams, developing new business globally, developing new markets, establishing strategic partnerships, and setting up companies for growth. Mr. Ruh held numerous senior executive positions running sales, services, marketing, channel management, and business operations in Aepona, Alcatel-Lucent, Motive Communications, Tivoli Systems, and IBM. Mr. Ruh holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering and Communications Electronics from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. He is based in Germany.


Steve Welch

Senior Vice President of Opportunity Development

Steve Welch is responsible for ASSIA’s commercial agreements with customers and acts as chief negotiator for these contracts. Mr. Welch retired from AT&T in 2006 as a senior executive vice president. Mr. Welch spent 16 years as the chief procurement officer for SBC (Ameritech, Southwest Bell, Pacific Telesis), where he architected a centralized, world-class supply chain management organization through a series of successive mergers, achieving best-in-class results including over $6 billion in cost reduction. Mr. Welch was recognized for his excellence in procurement including: Buyer-of-the-Year, Electronic Buyer’s News; “Top 20 Voices for Quality in the 21st Century,” Quality News (2001); Executive-of-the-Year by the Economic Development Council of Los Angeles; Ron Brown Award from U.S. Commerce Department for leadership and diversity (2002); Corporation-of-the-Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (2001). He is a member of Accenture’s Executive Advisory Board for Procurement Solutions and also serves as an executive advisor to the Board of Directors for QuEST Forum, a global telecom industry quality organization he founded in 1998. He is the principal of Value Propositions, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in supply chain management. Mr. Welch holds a BA from Harvard University, an MS from San Diego State University, and is a graduate of the Executive Program at University of Virginia Business School.


John M. Cioffi

CEO and Chairman of the Board, ASSIA

Dr. John Cioffi is a 35-year veteran of the DSL industry and sports numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to technology and industry. Prior to founding ASSIA in 2003, he served as founder, CTO and vice president of engineering at Amati before its acquisition by Texas Instruments. Dr. Cioffi held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985 to 2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with limited ongoing research efforts in broadband access. He has published more than 400 papers and holds more than 100 patents. Dr. Cioffi is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and an International Fellow of the United Kingdom Royal Society of Engineering. He is a winner of the Economist Computing and Telecommunications Award (2010), the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2010), the IEEE Kobayashi Award (2001), and the Marconi Society’s Marconi Prize (2006). He currently serves on the board of Alto Beam and on the Marconi Society Board of Trustees. Dr. Cioffi holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.


Assia Cioffi

Executive Vice President, ASSIA

Ms. Assia Cioffi is a founding board member of the company, as well as the company’s namesake. Since 2003, she continues to oversee all aspects of ASSIA’s appearance, including the company logo, Web site, shareholder, investor, board, and advisory board meetings, and other company events worldwide. Ms. Cioffi created and fosters the company’s unique and beloved culture that emphasizes personal engagement, open communication among hard-working professionals, and an international, customer-focused orientation. A graduate of the École Internationale Élysées Marbeuf, Paris, Ms. Cioffi worked in a number of aesthetics positions in Paris prior to co-founding ASSIA, and in 2009 she was recognized for her contribution to and support for the Stanford University community.


Reed E. Hundt

Independent Board Member

Reed Hundt is the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit corporation, as well as Principal of private advisory firm, REH Advisors. He is on the board of directors of Intel Corporation and Kno, Inc., and also three non profit organizations, the United Negro College Fund, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority of Connecticut, and the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. In addition, he is on the advisory board of the Yale School of Management, Peek Inc., Mytonomy and e-Access. Reed also serves on the Audit Committee of the Climate Reality Project and was Chairman of the Aspen Institute’s International Digital Economy Accord (IDEA) Project. Reed Hundt was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1993-1997. Previously he was a partner at Latham & Watkins, an international law firm. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar. Reed graduated from Yale College (1969) with a B.A. in History magna cum laude and honors with exceptional distinction in history. He graduated from J.D. Yale Law School (1974) where he was member of the executive board of the Yale Law Journal.


Ana Segurado

Director, Business Development & Investments, Telefónica

Ana Segurado is Strategy Director at Telefonica, and supervisor of the Amerigo Funds and Telefonica Ventures Fund. Based in Madrid, Spain, she also teaches business studies at the Universidad Pontificaia Comillas (ICADE). Previously, she held an advisory position for CREAS Social Venture Fund. Additional prior roles include management at the private equity firm, Inversiones Ibersuizas, and equity analyst at the management fund division of La Caixa. Ms Seguardo also has been a board member on several growth companies in Spain. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration with a major in finance, and a bachelor’s in law from ICADE E-3, Madrid, Spain.

 


Doug King

Independent Board Member

Doug King is a Certified Public Accountant with significant experience in the accounting industry, including over 30 years of auditing experience at Ernst & Young LLP where he served in various capacities in multiple offices. Most recently, Mr. King served as the managing partner at the San Francisco office of Ernst & Young LLP from 1998 to 2002. Currently, Mr. King is a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and member of the Governance and Nominating Committee at Rackable Systems (NASDAQ: “RACK”); member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and member of the Executive Compensation Committee at SJW Corp. (NYSE: “SJW”); and a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Governance Committee at Fuel Systems Solutions (NASDAQ: “FSYS”).


Daniel T. Lee

General Manager, eBay Global Development Centers

Dr. Daniel Lee led research and product development centers in Shanghai, China and Chennai, India, for the global eBay platform. Before joining eBay in 2006, Dr. Lee served as the CTO of Yahoo! Inc. in North Asia. He has held a number of management positions, including Head of Imaging Technology at HP Labs and Director of R&D at HP’s Internet imaging operation, where he developed the HP OpenPix imaging products and the HP Photos hosting services. Dr. Lee worked in Japan from 1987 to 1993, initially as research supervisor at Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR) focused on 3-D visual communications and then at HP Labs Japan, where he was a member of the founding management group. Dr. Lee also serves on the Board of Directors of Sun Wah – Pearl Linux Ltd., a software training and development company based in Hong Kong. Dr. Lee holds a BS (with Distinction) in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MS and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.


Olivier Sichel

Chairman and CEO of LeGuide.com

Olivier Sichel is the chairman and CEO of LeGuide.com, the number one European online shopping guide that operates in 20 countries and in nine languages. Mr. Sichel also is a venture partner at Sofinnova, a leading venture capital firm in Europe, where he invested in several technology leaders, including Inside Secure and Solutions30, and still serves on the boards of these listed companies. Prior to Sofinnova, he held pivotal leadership roles at Wanadoo, a European leader in Internet and directories. As chairman he restructured Wanadoo’s activities in Spain, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and developed the company’s online Yellow Pages directory. By the time Wanadoo merged with France Telecom in 2004, the company’s operating profit had quadrupled and its value increased to €13 billion. Following the merger, Mr. Sichel took over the fixed-line and Internet activities, and between 2003 and 2005, France Telecom moved up from ninth to second place worldwide in ADSL. Mr. Sichel also oversaw the launch of numerous innovative products, such as Livebox, VOIP, and broadband multiservice offerings. He graduated from Essec, a French business school, ENA (the Ecole Nationale d’Administration), and was a former Inspecteur des Finances.


Ross Ireland

Special Advisor to the Chairman

Ross Ireland spent 38 years at SBC Communications, most recently as senior executive vice president of services and CTO. In this capacity he was responsible for network planning and engineering, SBC Laboratories, procurement, real estate, the network staff groups, and for a short time IT. Mr. Ireland also ran six of the company’s national businesses, including SBC Long Distance, SBC Paging, SBC Operator Services, SBC Public Communications, SBC Video Services, and SBC Messaging. Mr Ireland retired in May 2004 after 14 years as CTO. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Neustar Incorporated, Matisse Networks, and AdTran Corporation. He is also a member of Accenture’s Communications and High Tech Advisory Board and is a retained advisor for Focus Ventures. Mr. Ireland studied engineering at City College of San Francisco and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.


Pierre-Alan Allemand

Pierre-Alan Allemand has been executive vice president for the Network of SFR since 2008. Prior to his current position, Mr. Allemand was network vice president of the Neuf Cegetel alternative carrier. He joined LDCOM, a carriers’ carrier company, in 1999 and was in charge of building the long haul infrastructure before holding various positions within the Carriers Division and being appointed head of the IP Business Unit in 2004. After his graduation in Construction from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l’Industrie (ESTP Paris), Mr. Allemand joined the Spie group.


Chalan Aras

Chalan Aras is currently vice president and general manager at Citrix Systems overseeing the Citrix Branch Repeater and CloudBridge products within the Cloud Networking Group. Dr. Aras brings 15 years of experience and domain expertise in cloud services, service provider and enterprise networking, and cellular and Wi-Fi mobility to ASSIA’s Advisory Board. Prior to Citrix, Dr. Aras was vice president of marketing and product management for the wireless networking business unit at Cisco, and held similar roles at Polycom, Ditech Networks, Jetstream Communications and IBM. He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and a PhD in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.


Nediljko Bilić

Nediljko Bilić is currently the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Czech Republic, based in Prague. Previously, he was professor of electrical engineering on both the Traffic and Communications and Economics faculties in Sarajevo, where he taught digital and mobile telecommunications, wireless network access, and computer science for business applications. For about 40 years he also held senior executive positions at Energoinvest, Elektroprivreda B&H, and PTT BiH in Sarajevo, both in an advisory and management capacity. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Belgrade University, an MSc from Sarajevo University, and a PhD in Electrotechnics and Management from Sarajevo University.


Jan Bosch

Jan Bosch is professor of software engineering and co-director of the Software Research Center at Chalmers University Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously, he worked as vice president of engineering process at Intuit, where he also led Intuit’s Open Innovation efforts and headed the central mobile technologies team. Before Intuit, he was head of the Software and Application Technologies Laboratory at Nokia Research Center, Finland. Prior to joining Nokia, he headed the software engineering research group at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he holds a professorship in software engineering. As a consultant, professor and staff member, Dr. Bosch has worked on strategic software architecture and engineering challenges for many companies, including Philips, Thales Naval Netherlands, Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens, Nokia, Ericsson, Tellabs, Avaya, Tieto Enator and Det Norska Veritas. He received an MSc degree from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and a PhD degree from Lund University, Sweden.


Dave Burstein

Dave Burstein has been editor of DSL Prime since its inception in 1999. He wrote DSL: A Tech Brief (Wiley 2002) and Web Video: Making It Great, Getting It Noticed (Peachpit, 2008). His analysis of the industry has been quoted in numerous publications, including the New York and Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and government studies. He chaired three Fast Net Futures conferences, which featured the first public demonstrations of 100 megabit DSL.


Bülent Çelebi

Bülent Çelebi is the CEO and chairman for wireless company AirTies, which develops and markets residential media gateways, set top boxes and wireless network devices that stream HD video to multiple TVs, PCs, and game counsels. Prior to co-founding AirTies, Mr. Celebi served as the CEO of Scenix/Ubicom where he restructured the company to become a leader in network processors for WLAN applications. Previously, he was vice president and GM at Analog Devices, running a successful $250 million division. Prior to that he worked at National Semiconductor initially as Marketing Director for Asia and later returned to the U.S. where he became the driving force behind the technology that enabled multifunction printer/fax/scanner devices. He played an active role in making the company the leader in the 10/100 Mbps Ethernet market. Red Herring Magazine recognized Mr. Celebi as one of the “Top 10 Innovators” for his success in technical innovations. He attended the University of California, Berkeley for electronics and computer engineering, as well as the Stanford/AEA executive program.


Giuseppe (Beppe) Donagemma

Beppe Donagemma is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in the information and communications technology industry and has an extensive background in global account management and international corporate leadership. Currently, he is the chairman of Electro Power Systems, a fuel cells producer. He is also a board member of E-blink, a wireless front-hauling company, and Linko, an application software innovator, and serves as an advisor to several other venture capital and private equity companies. Previously, he was vice president for Mobile Networks at Nokia with global responsibility, and prior to that served as EVP/general manager for the Nokia Siemens Networks European region. Mr. Donagemma holds a degree in Electronic Engineering, as well as a non-degree Executive Masters in Strategy and Leadership.


Wylie Etscheid

Wylie Etscheid retired from the telecom industry after 40 years in key large operations and engineering positions. Most recently, he spent six years at ASSIA serving as president and chief operations officer from 2005 to 2008, and then as general manager of North American sales from 2009 to 2011. During this time, he helped grow the company’s customer base by selling ASSIA DSL Expresse to four major telecommunication companies. Prior to joining ASSIA, Mr. Etscheid was executive vice president of business development at Tollgrade Communications and senior vice president and general manager for Telco Access Products at Westell, Inc. He also spent 29 years working at Ameritech/SBC and was vice president of engineering midwest at the time of his retirement in 2000.


Ingo Hofacker

Ingo Hofacker has been senior vice president of consumer marketing for Deutsche Telekom since 2010, and responsible for all fixed-line and mobile product offerings for residential customers in Germany. Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom in 2006, he held senior management roles at Bain & Co. and Deloitte. Dr Hofacker holds a degree in International Business Relations, a master’s degree in Economics and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Konstanz.


Paul Lacouture

Paul Lacouture retired in 2007 as executive vice president of engineering and technology for Verizon Telecom, a telecommunications services provider. From 2000 to 2006, he was president of the Verizon Network Services Group. Prior to the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger in July 2000, Mr. Lacouture was president of the Network Services group at Bell Atlantic. He also serves on the Board of Directors at NeuStar.


Luis Lada Diaz

Luis Lada Diaz was Telefónica CTO in the 1980’s, managing director of AMPER, Telefónica Móviles Chairman, Telefónica de España Chairman and a member of many Boards of Directors of technology companies. Mr. Lada Diaz is currently an independent consultant and serves on the R&D boards of Indra, Gamesa and Telefónica. He is a telecommunication engineer from the Madrid Polytechnic University and a Fellow of Spain’s Royal Academy of Engineering.


François G. Laugier

François Laugier is a corporate transactions and international attorney who specializes in technology-related transactions while still advising clients in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Based in Silicon Valley for the past 20 years, Mr. Laugier has handled numerous cross-border acquisitions and equity financings and brought many companies from their inception to successful exits for founders and investors alike. He advises companies in all aspects of corporate law, including entity formation, equity financing, technology licensing, corporate structure inversions (“flips”), mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, stock options, employment, commercial leasing, intellectual property protection, negotiation and drafting of virtually any business contract. Mr. Laugier is admitted to practice in California , Washington D.C., and in the European Union. He is a partner, and an elected director of RMKB, a 120-attorney law firm with offices in California (4) New York (1) Boston (1) and affiliates in Paris and Hong-Kong. He is also the local President of the foreign trade advisors (“Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur”) to the French Ministry of Economy and Finances. Mr. Laugier graduated from Université de Montpellier and University of San Diego law schools.


Dominique Mégret

Dominique Mégret is head of Swisscom Ventures, which he started in 2005. He joined Swisscom, the leading Swiss telecommunications group and owner of Fastweb in Italy, in 2002 as head of Group Strategy. Previously, Mr. Mégret was an entrepreneur in the United Kingdom (CEO of Kick-Start Ventures), strategy consultant in the European Telecom industry, and country manager for an IT company in Germany. He currently serves on the boards of several technology companies, including Transmedia SA, iccoss SA, and me2me AG. In addition, he serves on the boards of venture capital funds, including Mona Lisa AG/Vinci Capital and KSV. Mr. Mégret holds a BA from Hons in economics/european business administration and an MBA from Insead.


Dominique Pitteloud

Dominique Pitteloud is a Partner at Endeavour Vision and has been working in venture capital since 2001. Mr. Pitteloud focuses on investments in the Internet, communication and cloud computing sectors, specializing in wireless technologies. He has led or co-led investments in Kobojo, Amplidata, CommProve (where he is a director), as well as Staccato Communications, Media Lario Technologies, Sphera, eProject, Native Networks (sold to Alcatel) and M7 (sold to BEA). Mr. Pitteloud is also an independent director with Sequans Communications (SQNS). Prior to venture capital, Mr. Pitteloud was vice president of marketing at 8×8, a Silicon Valley telecommunication company. He joined 8×8 in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Odisei, a telecommunication start-up from Sophia Antipolis, France. Prior to Odisei, Mr. Pitteloud held various engineering and management positions at Logitech, a market leader in computer peripherals, including Vice President of the scanner and video camera business units. Mr. Pitteloud received a BSc degree in telecommunications from the School of Business and Engineering Vaud, Switzerland and a MBA from Santa Clara University, USA.


Mick Reeve

Mick Reeve is a seasoned telecom professional with a proven track record in technical innovation. Following a 36-year career with British Telecom (BT), Mr. Reeve retired in 2006 and is now consulting within the telecom industry. He was chief architect for BT and led the standards program, directing the architecture for BT’s 21st Century Network and ensuring its alignment with global standards. He is now advising a range of clients in the industry, including a major global vendor, a venture capitalist, and the UK regulator. Mr. Reeve is a Fellow of the IEC and a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering.


Vicente San Miguel Maza

Vicente San Miguel Maza has been GCPO of Telefónica Corporation since 2011, overseeing supply chain procurement for all Telefónica global requirements, including network, IT, services, devices, marketing and advertising. Previously, he was responsible for the network evolution of the entire Telefónica footprint, and also served as vice president of network development for Telefónica de España, where he actively participated in developing and deploying new broadband networks and services, including Imagenio (IPTV). Prior to Telefónica de España, he served as director of Telefónica Corporation and participated in the creation of the Advanced Purchasing System for the Telefónica Group, with global purchasing responsibilities for all wireline and wireless infrastructures in more than 30 Telefónica companies. He also has worked as director of technology and business development for private satellite networks at Telefónica Sistemas de Satélites in Europe and Latin America, and focused on telecommunications systems for enterprise customers at Telefónica Sistemas. He holds a degree in telecommunications engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.


Olivier Sichel

Olivier Sichel is the chairman and CEO of LeGuide.com, the number one European online shopping guide that operates in 20 countries and in nine languages. Mr. Sichel also is a venture partner at Sofinnova, a leading venture capital firm in Europe, where he invested in several technology leaders, including Inside Secure and Solutions30, and still serves on the boards of these listed companies. Prior to Sofinnova, he held pivotal leadership roles at Wanadoo, a European leader in Internet and directories. As chairman he restructured Wanadoo’s activities in Spain, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and developed the company’s online Yellow Pages directory. By the time Wanadoo merged with France Telecom in 2004, the company’s operating profit had quadrupled and its value increased to €13 billion. Following the merger, Mr. Sichel took over the fixed-line and Internet activities, and between 2003 and 2005, France Telecom moved up from ninth to second place worldwide in ADSL. Mr. Sichel also oversaw the launch of numerous innovative products, such as Livebox, VOIP, and broadband multiservice offerings. He graduated from Essec, a French business school, ENA (the Ecole Nationale d’Administration), and was a former Inspecteur des Finances.


Steve Sposato

Steve Sposato has more than 30 years experience in telecommunications. He has worked for Pacific Telesis, SBC Communications and most recently AT&T. He recently retired as vice president of Analysis and Optimization in AT&T Labs. He has held a variety of different technical leadership positions including vice president of Network Systems Engineering, vice president of Mobility Systems Engineering, and vice president of Access Technologies Architecture and Design. Steve’s passion for innovation has resulted in authoring and co-authoring more than 20 patents. Steve has a MSc degree in Operations Research from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also has a degree in applied mathematics from the same university.


Hemant Thapar

Hemant Thapar is the CEO and founder of Link_A_Media Devices, a fully-owned subsidiary of SK Hynix since August 2012. Previously, he was founder and CEO of DataPath Systems, and held the role of senior vice president after its acquisition by LSI Logic Corporation. During his early career, Dr. Thapar was at Bell Telephone Laboratories and IBM, where he made pioneering contributions in the areas of circuit-switched networking, data communications, and data storage. In addition to receiving three best paper awards for work on high-speed data transmission and high-density data storage, he is an IEEE Fellow and serves on the advisory board of the Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in India. Dr. Thapar holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.


Rob Timmermans

Having spent his entire career in IT and telecom, Rob Timmermans is currently serving as the CEO of IMPEQ Technologies, a leading provider of video solutions and services for digital television network operations across the globe. Prior to IMPEQ, Mr. Timmermans served as a regional director of KPN in the Netherlands. Before KPN, he was CEO of NOZEMA Broadcast Services, which was subsequently acquired by KPN. Previously, Mr. Timmermans was CEO of Alcatel in the Netherlands, where KPN and KPNQuest were the most important customers. He started his career with Siemens, where he held several management positions, including director of the Telecoms Division and CEO of Siemens – Nixdorf. He graduated in telecom from Eindhoven University.