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.
Consulting General Counsel
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).
Vice President of Finance/Controller
Tiffany is responsible for financial & human resources management of ASSIA’s operations. Her responsibilities range from budgeting to business planning and investment analysis. Prior to ASSIA, Tiffany held various senior roles at Checkmate.io, Google, Teranetics, Entrisphere, and USWeb. Her experience spans all aspects of business strategy, fundraising, merger & acquisition, operations and corporate finance. Tiffany holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University.
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.
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.
Guenia Gawendo is the Innovation Investments and Scouting Director at Telefónica. Her mission is to identify new investment business opportunities and collaborations, manage Telefónica Ventures portfolio companies, and manage the relationships with other Telefónica Innovation funds. Her responsibilities include Telefónica scouting activities in Silicon Valley and Israel. In her 17-year career with Telefónica, she has led Telefónica’s Silicon Valley presence in Menlo Park, California, worked as Business Manager to the Chief Commercial and Digital Officer, and was responsible for the operations of the advertising vertical in Telefónica Digital, where she led the expansion of Telefónica’s mobile advertising business from Europe to LATAM. Other Telefónica roles include Head of Marketing Best Practices, Senior Manager for Commercial Development, and Corporate Strategy Manager. She brings a strong background in management consultancy with McKinsey and The Boston Consulting Group. Ms. Gawendo holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of São Paulo and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Independent Board Member
Dr. Al-Rawi is the Founder and CEO of Valuegate Investments, a Saudi-based private investment firm that is focused on investing in a value-adding way in distinctive local and international opportunities primarily in the technology, telecom, healthcare, and energy sectors. Dr. Al-Rawi brings with him a wealth of institutional relationships, investment experience, and senior management experience from his role previously either as a Board or Committee Member or as a Senior Advisor on strategy, finance, investment, and/or execution matters to several regional private and public institutions in Saudi Arabia. Previously, Dr. Al-Rawi was a Founder and Managing Partner of Eastgate Capital Group, a regional private equity and real estate investment firm. Previous to that, Dr. Al-Rawi was with McKinsey & Company, where he served on several regional strategic and operational engagements in the financial, energy, and telecommunications sectors. Dr. Al-Rawi was also a faculty member at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, and prior to that worked for leading telecommunication companies in the United States. Dr. Al-Rawi holds an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Management Science & Engineering with a focus on Finance and Investment, all from Stanford University.
Independent Board Member
Douglas 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. 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, Finance Committe and member of the Governance and Nominating Committee at SJW Group (NYSE). He has servred in similar capacities with the Boards of Directors at Rackable Systems (NASDAQ); SGI International (NASDAQ), Fuel Systems Solutions (NASDAQ) and Westport Fuel Systems (NASDAQ).
Independent Board Member
Tom Lavelle is an Adjunct Professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is the Founding Director of the In-House Counsel Institute that teaches law students to be effective in-house counsel. He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneur’s Law Clinic, where he supports students as they work with the Clinic’s start-up clients. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Santa Clara University School of Law’s High-Tech Law Institute (HTLI) that serves as the hub for numerous high-tech law specialties, including intellectual property, biotech, and privacy. Founded in 1998, U.S. News & World Report ranks Santa Clara Law’s high-tech law program as the 4th best in the country. Prior to joining Santa Clara University, Mr. Lavelle had a successful 36-year career in the high-tech industry. He spent 16 years in the legal department of Intel, was SVP and General Counsel at Rambus, and VP and General Counsel at Xilinx. Mr. Lavelle graduated with a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.
Independent Board Member
Dr. Lee is a seasoned technology executive with over 30 years of management experience in the high-tech industry. He was the General Manager of eBay China Development Center, Shanghai, China where he led research and product development for the global eBay platform. Prior to eBay, he was the CTO of Yahoo! North Asia, where he led development of key services in e-commerce, mobile, communications and advertisement sites for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Yahoo! he was with HP, where he held management positions at HP Labs and at HP Internet Imaging Operation where he led the development of imaging technology and photo hosting service. While at HP, he worked in Japan at the Advanced Telecommunications Research and at HP Labs Japan. Prior to HP he worked at IBM Research where he did research on image processing. In Standardization, he served as the Convener of JPEG Standards Committee, a position he held for 18 years. As Convener, he led the development of the highly successful JPEG family of imaging standard that has been widely adopted in the imaging industry. Dr. Lee received a BS degree from Cornell University and the MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He completed the Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has published over 70 publications and currently serves on the Advisory Committee, Information Engineering, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Independent Board Member
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.
Independent Board Member
Hemant Thapar is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of OmniTier Inc.. He previously founded and led two successful startups, DataPath Systems and Link_A_Media Devices, which were acquired by LSI Corporation and SK Hynix, respectively. Together, these startups delivered many “industry firsts” in controllers for data storage and data recovery and system-on-a-chip technologies. During his early career, Dr. Thapar held technical and management positions at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Holmdel, and at IBM Corporation, San Jose, where he made pioneering contributions in circuit-switched networking, data communications, and data storage. He has over 50 publications in the areas of data communications and storage, and his work on Extended Partial Response (EPR) Systems became the de facto industry standard for data recovery in hard disk drive and tape drive products. He is co-recipient of three best paper awards. Dr. Thapar was elected Fellow of the IEEE and also received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Santa Clara University. He holds a Ph. D degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Thapar serves on the Advisory Boards of the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University and on India’s Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Special Advisor to the Chairman
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.
Nediljko Bilic is currently an independent consultant. Previously, he was the Ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Czech Republic and Republic Slovakia, based in Praque. Prior that engagement, 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 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 has been editor of DSL Prime & Fast Net News since its inception in 1999. He’s working on a book, Gigabit Wireless: 5G, 4G, and Beyond. He wrote DSL: A Tech Brief (Wiley) and Web Video: Making It Great, Getting It Noticed (Peachpit). His analysis of the industry has been quoted in numerous publications, including the New York and Los Angeles Times, the Wall StreetJournal, and government studies. He chaired three Fast Net Futures conferences, which featured the first public demonstrations of 100 megabit DSL.
Jim Chiddix is a cable and technology industry veteran who spent fifteen years as CTO and chief engineer at Time Warner Cable. He and his team pioneered the use of optical fiber technology in cable systems, a transforming change in architecture that enabled two-way and streaming services, including video-on-demand and high-speed broadband access. Jim accepted a Technical Emmy Award for this work in 1994.
Jim also served as CEO at OpenTV Corp. in San Francisco, a provider of operating system and application software for video set-tops. Jim currently serves on the boards of telecom equipment maker Arris and 5G fixed-wireless service provider STARRY. He previously served on the boards of Virgin Media, Symmetricom and Dycom. Jim has also served on a number of other boards, including the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board at the National Research Council, and the boards at the Cable Center, the Society of Cable Television Engineers, N2Broadband, BigBand Networks, and CV-21 in Japan. Jim was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 1991 and the Cable Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jean-Paul Cottet started his career in France Telecom/Orange in 1980 leading Network Operations Division of South of France. In 1982 he was in charge of launching the new telematics service Minitel. After a short period of time as policy officer/chargé de mission at « Commissariat Général au Plan » reporting to Prime Minister then as special advisor at « Poste et Télécommunications » Minister Office, he is appointed head of “Seine et Marne” operations division.
From 1992 to 1995, he’s in charge of the France Sales Division, then he built-up the SOHO/SME Division before to lead, in 1996, the IPO of France Telecom at Paris and New-York Stock Exchange. Appointed at the Executive Committee of the group as General Secretary in charge of Public Relations, Communication and Regulation, he becomes in 2003 head of the International Division of France Telecom/Orange, and also CIO of the Group. From 2006 to 2008, he’s in charge of Field Interventions and Networks Division in France. From September 2008 to March 2010, he led the French B2B market division. In April 2010, he’s appointed to France Telecom/Orange Group Executive Committee, as Senior Executive VP for Group Marketing & Innovation, and Contents Activities.In July 2013 he became Personal Advisor of Stephane Richard Chairman and CEO of Orange. At the same time he is Chairman or Board member of several group companies abroad.Retired from Orange in 2016, he is now advisor for small and medium technology companies.
Jean-Paul Cottet is a graduate from Ecole polytechnique, Telecoms ParisTech. And Mines ParisTech, He is “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite”.
Luis Lada Diaz was Telefónica CTO in the 1980s, managing director of AMPER, chairman of Telefónica Móviles and Telefónica de España, and a board member of many other technology companies. Mr. Lada Diaz is currently non-executive chairman of Banco Inversis and Gamesa by Ence, and serves on the boards of Indra and Gamesa. He is a telecommunication engineer from the Madrid Polytechnic University and a Fellow of Spain´s Royal Academy of Engineering.
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 senior vice president of the European telecom division of Samsung. Previously, he was 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. Prior roles include vice president for Mobile Networks at Nokia with global responsibility, and executive vice president/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.
Gerhard P. Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC. Gerhard is the CEO of the newly founded Barkhausen Institute – the German IoT Platform Institute.
Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out sixteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.
Mike is a telecommunication engineer and specialist in broadband networks with 32 years of experience in BT. Mike has led in providing the internet in the UK for the last 20 years and has extensive experience in leading large technology programmes and working with both customers and the public sector. He has been responsible for the design, deployment and management of some of the largest broadband networks in the UK.
Mike was central to the rollout of “Broadband Britain” in the early 2000’s and a number of internet child protection initiatives.
Mike has held a number of Managing Director positions in BT plc, including overall responsibility for the rollout of BT’s fibre network, the delivery of the co-funded BDUK initiative with the public sector to deliver superfast internet to rural areas and management of BT’s Research Division. With over 15 years of experience working at board level in technology research and innovation and in telecommunications Mike has a wealth of experience in both fixed and mobile networks. Mike has an MSc in Telecommunication Engineering, and is a member of the IET and Fellow of the ITP. He has formerly held non-exec positions with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and with Nominet.
François is a corporate transactions and international attorney who specializes in technology-related transactions while still advising clients in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. As Co-Chair of the Corporate Transactions Department, François has been based in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years, and heads the Paris satellite office. François helps technology and international entrepreneurs, investors and companies build, finance and sell their US or foreign operations, and get past every legal challenge they encounter along the way. He has handled numerous cross-border acquisitions and equity financings and brought many companies from their inception to successful exits for founders and investors alike. François 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. François is admitted to practice in California, Washington D.C., and in the European Union. He is a partner of RMKB, a law firm with 4 offices in California, one in each city in Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Paris, Seattle, and with an affiliate in Hong-Kong. François was noted by the San Francisco Bay Area Lawyer Magazine as one of the “Top lawyers in the Bay Area” for mergers and acquisitions. An advisor to the board of several technology companies, François is also an adjunct professor of international business law at the HEC School of Business in Paris and is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship, technology and international law. For many years, François has served as President of the Committee of foreign trade advisors (“Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur”) to the French Ministry of Economy and Finance for the Northwestern region of the United States. François graduated from Université de Montpellier and University of San Diego law schools.
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.
Bruno Orth started his career at Deutsche Bundespost in 1985. Later at Deutsche Telekom AG he was responsible for various technology topics. He was in charge of different strategic and technical concepts for access networks such as FTTH and XDSL, before retiring as a Senior Vice President in late 2016.
As a member of International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) Study Groups 13 & 15 and as Chairman of the Technical Committee 3 of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute he was involved in various activities to ensure industry wide standards for access and transmission architectures.
At the turn of the year 2016/2017 he retired from Deutsche Telekom, founded an independent consulting company and since then has been managing director of this company.
Dominique is Managing Partner at Ginko Ventures and has been working in venture capital since 2001, initially with Vision Capital, a transatlantic technology Fund, subsequently with Endeavour Vision, a Geneva based Firm. Dominique focuses on investments in the internet, communication and cloud computing sectors, specializing in wireless technologies. He has led or co-led investments Actility, where he is a Director, as well as Devialet, Octonion/PIQ, Enevo, Cedexis (sold to Citrix), Amplidata (sold to Western Digital), Kobojo, CommProve, Staccato Communications, Media Lario Technologies, Sphera (sold to Parallels), eProject, Native Networks (sold to Alcatel) and M7 (sold to BEA). Dominique is also an independent Director with Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS), a prior investment of Vision Capital, and an Advisor with ASSIA, a leader in DSL and WiFi management solutions.
Prior to venture capital, Dominique was Vice President of Marketing at 8×8, a Silicon Valley telecommunication company. Dominique joined 8×8 in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Odisei, a telecommunication start-up from Sophia Antipolis, France. Prior to Odisei, Dominique 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.
Dominique received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the School of Business and Engineering Vaud, Switzerland and a MBA from Santa Clara University, California.
Gregory L. Rosston is Director of the Public Policy program at Stanford University, Gordon Cain Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and Professor of Economics (by courtesy). Previously, Dr. Rosston served as Deputy Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission working on the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and helped to design and implement the first ever spectrum auctions in the United States. In 2011, he was Senior Economist for Transactions for the Federal Communications Commission for the proposed AT&T – T-Mobile transaction. Also, he served as a member and co-chair of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee from 2010 – 2014. He has written extensively on the application of economics to telecommunications issues, and has served as a consultant to various organizations, including the World Bank and the Federal Communications Commission. Other roles include serving as a board member and advisor to high technology, financial, and startup companies in the areas of auctions, business strategy, antitrust and regulation. Dr. Rosston received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and his A.B. with Honors in Economics from University of California at Berkeley.
Steve Sposato has more than 30 years experience in telecommunications. He has worked for Pacific Telesis, SBC Communications, AT&T and most recently Ericsson. He retired as vice president of Analysis and Optimization in AT&T Labs. He has held a variety of different technical leadership positions at AT&T 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 34 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.
Having spent his entire career in IT and telecom before retirement, Rob Timmermans was most recently 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.