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. In 2013, Dr. Cioffi was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. 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).
Cioffi has served on the boards of directors of more than 10 public and private companies. He currently serves on the boards of Alto Beam, Tinoq, 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.
Executive Vice President and Co-Founder
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. In 2017, she received the United States National Academy’s Einstein Society Award for her philanthropic contributions to the United States’ continued technical leadership.
Chief Revenue Officer
David Stevenson is Chief Revenue Officer of ASSIA. David is responsible for growing revenues and bringing innovation to ASSIA’s product marketing. David brings extensive experience of sales, marketing, and product innovation in the telecommunications industry. David was the General Manager leading Alcatel-Lucent’s (now part of Nokia) Motive Software division, which he grew significantly to become a market leader in Service Assurance, Device Management and Analytics with a global customer base.
Prior to ASSIA, David helped form SOPRIS Technologies as a software and solutions company helping Service Providers and Enterprises leveraging open-source and Software-as-a-Service products for SDNFV efforts in the converged Network, Cloud and Data Center.
David holds BS degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney.
Chief Strategy Officer
Tuncay is responsible for formulating future product lines, business partnerships, and corporate development activities. Previously, he served at ASSIA as SVP Product Management, and conceived CloudCheck® – the cloud and mobile business of the company. Prior to ASSIA, Tuncay built the product management and product marketing teams at AirTies networks as VP Product Management to support large scale expansion into the European Service Provider market. Before AirTies, Tuncay worked at large publicly traded companies and venture backed start-ups in engineering, product development, marketing and general management roles in Silicon Valley. Tuncay holds BS degree in Physics from Turkey’s top engineering school Bilkent and an MBA from Yale University, where he was awarded John M. Olin Fellowship in Telecommunications Research.
Executive Vice President of Engineering & Operations
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.
Mr. Andelman brings extensive IP experience to ASSIA. He is as familiar with the boardroom as with the courtroom, having built a career negotiating business agreements and IP licenses, and finding creative solutions to legal disputes. He was the general counsel of Kilopass Technology, a small VC-backed computer memory company in Silicon Valley now part of Synopsys, and handled litigation and IP licensing at NXP Semiconductors, a large, international, publicly-traded technology company. For 8 years, Mr. Andelman was a litigator at Howrey, LLP a well-regarded international law firm known for its IP practice. He is now putting his years of industry experience to work for a variety of Silicon Valley companies through his own firm, Andelman Legal.
Mr. Andelman holds a Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a BA in Economics and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Wesleyan University. His bar memberships include California, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, California Federal Courts and Federal Appellate Courts (9th and Federal Circuits).
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Lindstrom is responsible for the management of ASSIA’s financial and human resources operations. His responsibilities range from budgeting to business planning and investment analysis. He is an accomplished CFO with signiticant experience with emerging and mid-size technology companies. His skills include identifying and evaluating strategic options, building accounting organizations and IT support, establishing tax structures, budgeting and planning, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity financing, debt financing and restructuring, and interest rate and foreign exchange hedging transactions.
He has worked for a variety of manufacturing, software, and service companies including Cadence, Trident Microsystems, Silicon Perspective Corporation, eSilicon Corporation, C-Cube Microsystems, Finnigan Corporation, and Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. Most recently, he spent seven years as COO of Kilopass Technology, acquired by Synopsys.
Mr. Lindstrom holds a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Peter Chow is a 25-year veteran of the high-tech industry with extensive experience in team, product, operations, and technology management. He is an early pioneer in the DSL industry while working at Amati with Dr. Cioffi, responsible of many key IPs currently in use by DSL providers worldwide. He has broad knowledge and experience within the semi-conductor, systems, management software, and services industries for broadband communications. Prior to joining ASSIA in 2010, he held various executive and management positions, including Vice President of Engineering at Data Physics, Senior Director of Engineering & Emerging Technologies at Infineon Technologies, and CTO of the DSL Business Unit and Sunnyvale Site Manager at Texas Instruments.
Dr. Chow holds a Ph. D. and a M.S. degree from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering and a B.S.E. degree from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Consulting Chief Scientist
Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, PhD, IEEE Fellow, provides consulting services on technology and intellectual property strategy to ASSIA. His consulting practice’s mission is to create for his clients a clear vision of the future of technology and a clear understanding of how technology patents apply to today’s and tomorrow’s technology products. The expert witness side of his practice focuses mainly on patent infringement and product liability cases involving telecommunications, automotive software systems, ADAS, and semi-autonomous vehicles.
Ioannis was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA for 8 years, where he created a research program focused on adaptive control of nonlinear systems and its applications in automated vehicles; he then came to Silicon Valley where he founded and/or led startups in telecommunications, ADAS sensors, and audio electronics. He holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is an IEEE Fellow.