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Heidi Adams

Senior Research Director, IP & Optical Networks, IHS Markit

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Heidi Adams joined IHS Markit in March 2016, bringing over 20 years of data networking and communications expertise to the team. As the lead analyst for IP & optical network research, she is focused on assessing the impact of cloud-centric operations and technologies on the evolution of underlying transport network infrastructure. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Heidi has held senior roles in product marketing, PLM, technical support, and R&D, at Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent), Nortel Networks, Bell Northern Research and IBM. Heidi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Queen's University (Canada) and an MBA from the University of Ottowa.

Heidi Adams joined IHS Markit in March 2016, bringing over 20 years of data networking and communications expertise to the team. As the lead analyst for IP & optical network research, she is...

Shamim Akhtar

Chief Optical & RF Network Infrastructure Architect, Apple

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Shamim Akhtar has been in optical networking industry for over 2 decades covering every facets of optical networks from broadband access, transport to warehouse scale data centers. Shamim has played key role in the transformation of optical industry across the world. During his long stint at Comcast Shamim architected and laid the key foundation of fiber deep HFC/Docsis network and commoditized DWDM transport network unit cost through multi-vendor interop. Shamim, currently leads the optical networking domain of Apple’s global network and Data Centers. His insight into the photonics/broadband technologies has helped shape many companies and standards bodies for several years.

Shamim Akhtar has been in optical networking industry for over 2 decades covering every facets of optical networks from broadband access, transport to warehouse scale data centers. Shamim has...

Kailem Anderson

Vice President, Portfolio and Engineering, Blue Planet/Ciena

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Kailem Anderson is Vice President of Portfolio and Engineering for Blue Planet, a division of Ciena. His responsibilities include global ownership of Blue Planet’s portfolio strategy, direction, development and introduction of new disruptive offerings in the areas of automation, orchestration, analytics, software, SaaS and global services. Well-established in the networking industry for 20 years, Kailem has held various leadership positions at Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft, where he focused on introducing new technologies to market in the areas of networking, security, data center, automation and SaaS. Kailem holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA from the University of New South Wales and resides in Sydney, Australia.

Kailem Anderson is Vice President of Portfolio and Engineering for Blue Planet, a division of Ciena. His responsibilities include global ownership of Blue Planet’s portfolio strategy, direction...

Alexis Black Björlin

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom

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Alexis Björlin is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Optical Systems Division (OSD). Dr. Björlin leads the business unit responsible for developing and manufacturing devices used in optical communications. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Björlin was corporate vice president and general manager of the data center connectivity group at Intel, having responsibility for three business units: the networking division, the high-performance computing fabric division, and the silicon photonics division. While at Intel, Dr. Björlin commercialized Intel's silicon photonics technology, served on the board of directors for the Intel Capital Diversity Initiative, and was a frequent speaker and advocate for women and diversity in technology. Prior to Intel, Dr. Björlin served as president and a member of the board of directors for Source Photonics, a private equity-owned, global fiber optics manufacturer. Dr. Björlin holds a BS in materials science & engineering from MIT and a Ph. D. in materials science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Alexis Björlin is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Optical Systems Division (OSD). Dr. Björlin leads the business unit responsible for developing and manufacturing devices used in...

Cole Crawford

CEO/Founder, Vapor IO

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Cole is the founder and CEO of Vapor IO, the world's first true edge computing company. Cole is also the co-founder of the Open 19 Foundation, founding Executive Director of the Open Compute Project, former Chairman of the Open Data Center Alliance and co-founder of OpenStack. Cole was instrumental in the creation of the US Gov’t's definition of Cloud Computing. He has over 20 years of leadership in the telecom and data center industry.

Cole is the founder and CEO of Vapor IO, the world's first true edge computing company. Cole is also the co-founder of the Open 19 Foundation, founding Executive Director of the Open Compute...

Jörg-Peter Elbers

Senior Vice President Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR, ADVA Optical Networking

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Jörg-Peter Elbers has more than 20 years of experience in the optical networking industry. At ADVA, he is responsible for technology strategy, applied research, standardization and intellectual property management. Before joining ADVA, Jörg was Director of Technology in the Optical Product Unit of Marconi which was later acquired by Ericsson. Prior to that, he worked at Siemens AG, last as Director of Network Architecture in the Optical Networks Business Unit. Jörg holds a Dipl-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from TU Dortmund University, Germany.

Jörg-Peter Elbers has more than 20 years of experience in the optical networking industry. At ADVA, he is responsible for technology strategy, applied research, standardization and intellectual...

Mattias Fridström

Vice President & Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier

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Mr. Fridström joined Telia AB in Dec 1996 as Senior Project Manager for the development and installation of many International submarine cables around the world. In 1998 Mattias assumed the role within Telia International Carrier as head of the construction and implementation of the International Network within Europe and USA for the Carrier business. Between 2003 and 2010 he first headed up the Product Management side of TeliaSonera International Carrier for Voice, IP, Capacity and Infrastructure related services and then he had the strategic responsibility for the complete and combined National and International Wholesale Product Portfolio within the TeliaSonera Group. Between January 2011 and June 2016 he was the CTO of TeliaSonera International Carrier and since July 2016 he is now the Chief Evangelist for Telia Carrier Mr. Fridström holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Wollongong, Australia.

Mr. Fridström joined Telia AB in Dec 1996 as Senior Project Manager for the development and installation of many International submarine cables around the world. In 1998 Mattias assumed the role...

Bill Gartner

Senior Vice President/GM of Optical Systems and Optics Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Bill Gartner is Senior Vice President/GM of of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group. In this role, Bill has P&L responsibility for these businesses and is responsible for strategic direction, product development, product positioning and new product introduction. Prior to joining Cisco, Bill was Chief Operating Officer of Meriton Networks (acquired by Xtera Networks). Prior to Meriton, Bill served as President and COO of Mahi Networks and COO of Photuris. Before joining Photuris, he was Vice President and General Manager of Lucent's Optical Networking Systems business, responsible for Metro, Access, and Long Haul DWDM Products. His earlier tenure in the industry included roles at AT&T Bell Labs and Paradyne. Bill has served on the boards of OptronX (acquired by JDSU) and CyOptics. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania/Wharton. He is a University of Pennsylvania Moore Fellow, and holds three patents.

Bill Gartner is Senior Vice President/GM of of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group. In this role, Bill has P&L responsibility for these businesses and is responsible for strategic direction...

Hwa-Jung Han

Director of Emerging Technology, Verizon

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Hwa-Jung Han is a Director of Emerging Technology, currently responsible for SDN strategy, architecture, validation and high level design in support of Verizon’s next generation network transformation initiative. She is also responsible for overall network virtualization strategy and planning for Verizon network infrastructure. Prior to current responsibility, she had various data network architecture and technology responsibilities in Verizon business network organizations. She started her career as a software engineer, developed first programmable switch at MCI and has been with Verizon for 21 years.

Hwa-Jung Han is a Director of Emerging Technology, currently responsible for SDN strategy, architecture, validation and high level design in support of Verizon’s next generation network...

Stephen Hardy

Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, Lightwave

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Technology Group of PennWell. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ web sites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave and PennWell in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Technology Group of PennWell. Stephen is responsible for...

Jason Hoffman

Chairman and CEO, MobiledgeX

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Jason Hoffman is the Chairman and CEO of MobiledgeX, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary focused on edge computing. Previously, he was a CTO at Ericsson AB and was P&L responsible for their cloud and datacenter infrastructure business. While at Ericsson his group created the world’s first hyperscale, disaggregated system and led the market in the modernization of telecom infrastructure. Prior to Ericsson, he was a founder and CTO at Joyent (now owned by Samsung), a pioneering high performance cloud IaaS and software provider, where he ran product, engineering, operations and commercial management for a decade. Joyent launched the world's first container-as-a-service offering in 2004, the most popular asynchronous runtime (node.js) in 2009, the most secure KVM-based VMs in 2009 and the world's first serverless offering in 2013. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of large scale cloud computing, in particular the use of container technologies, asynchronous, high concurrency runtimes and converged server, storage and networking systems. Jason is also an angel investor, strategy and execution advisor, venture and private equity advisor and has served on the boards of companies and foundations. Jason has a BS and MS from UCLA and a PhD from UCSD. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and children.

Jason Hoffman is the Chairman and CEO of MobiledgeX, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary focused on edge computing. Previously, he was a CTO at Ericsson AB and was P&L responsible for their cloud...

Seungjoo Hong

Manager, SK Telecom

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Seungjoo Hong, has over 20 years of experience in optical transport network, is responsible for the R&D of mobile fronthaul solution in SK telecom from 2011 when he joined. In 2000-2011, he worked in LG Information & Communications, LG Electronics, LG-Nortel and Ericssion-LG for developing various optical transport systems. He developed the world first CWDM multi sub-channel technology for mobile fronthaul solution in 2014, and since 2004, has been developing various WDM-PON systems such as Injection locked method and AMCC method. He not only developed the C-/L-band Injection locked WDM-PON systems for 100Mbps 32 channel in 2006, 1Gbps 16 channel in 2009 and 1Gbps 32 channel in 2010, but also developed the CWDM Sub-channel based WDM-PON system using AMCC for 4G LTE mobile fronthaul in 2016. He developed the world first WDM-PON system for 5G NR mobile fronthaul in 2018 and commercialized it in 2019. His current research interests include the optical access technology for the next generation wireless and wireline access network, as well as the CWDM Sub-channel technology.

Seungjoo Hong, has over 20 years of experience in optical transport network, is responsible for the R&D of mobile fronthaul solution in SK telecom from 2011 when he joined. In 2000-2011, he worked...

Ron Johnson

Senior Director of Architecture and Product Management Cisco Systems, Service Provider Transport

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Ron Johnson manages Cisco’s optical portfolio and the integration of IP and Optical. He has held this position for 12 years and has worked with Cisco’s optical group for more than 19 years. He holds multiple patents related to Cisco’s product offerings. Ron’s team is responsible for recent innovation and integration in DWDM, Packet and TDM technologies. Ron has been in telecom for the last 22 years. Starting out in Pacific Bell/SBC where he obtained a large carrier operational perspective that has found it’s way into Cisco’s IP+Optical portfolio.

Ron Johnson manages Cisco’s optical portfolio and the integration of IP and Optical. He has held this position for 12 years and has worked with Cisco’s optical group for more than 19 years. He...

Xiang Liu

VP of Optical Technologies, Futurewei Technologies

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Xiang Liu has more than 20 years of experience in the optical communication industry. At Futurewei, he is responsible for advanced optical technologies and industry development for transmission and access networks. Before joining Futurewei, Xiang had been with Bell Labs working on high-speed optical transmission technologies for 14 years. Xiang has a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University. He has authored over 350 publications and holds over 95 US patents. He has served as a General Co-Chair of OFC 2018, and is currently serving as a Deputy Editor of Optics Express and an Executive Committee member of the IEEE ON2020 industry connection activity. Dr. Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA.

Xiang Liu has more than 20 years of experience in the optical communication industry. At Futurewei, he is responsible for advanced optical technologies and industry development for transmission and...

Alan Lowe

President & CEO, Lumentum

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Alan Lowe has been Lumentum’s President and CEO since its spin-off from JDSU in 2015 and was President of JDSU's Communications and Commercial Optical Products business segment that ultimately became Lumentum from 2008. Under his leadership, Lumentum’s business has been transformed by focusing on the customer, investing in market-leading innovation, entering new markets such as 3D sensing for consumer mobile devices, and improving operational execution. In each of its four years as a public company, Lumentum has grown revenue and earnings and extended its market and technology leadership positions. Mr. Lowe joined JDSU in September 2007 as Senior Vice President of JDSU’s Commercial Lasers group. Before JDSU, Mr. Lowe was Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions at Asyst Technologies, Inc., a leader in automating semiconductor and flat panel display fabs. Prior to this role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Read-Rite Corporation, a manufacturer of thin-film recording heads for disk and tape drives. Mr. Lowe holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and also completed the Stanford Executive Program.

Alan Lowe has been Lumentum’s President and CEO since its spin-off from JDSU in 2015 and was President of JDSU's Communications and Commercial Optical Products business segment that ultimately...

Dhiraj Mallick

Vice President, Engineering & Business Development, Cerebras Systems

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Dhiraj is VP of Engineering and Business Development at Cerebras Systems. Dhiraj has over 20 years of executive leadership experience directing large, high-performing engineering teams at Intel, AMD and startups like SeaMicro and NexGen. Prior to Cerebras, Dhiraj was CTO and VP Architecture for Intel’s $20B Data Center business. Before Intel, he was an integral part of the executive leadership team as VP Engineering at SeaMicro prior to its acquisition by AMD, after which he continued at AMD as Corporate VP and GM of the Server Solutions division. Dhiraj serves as an advisor to several VC-backed companies and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dhiraj is VP of Engineering and Business Development at Cerebras Systems. Dhiraj has over 20 years of executive leadership experience directing large, high-performing engineering teams at Intel...

Beck Mason

Senior Vice President and General Manager,Telecom Transmission, Lumentum

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Beck Mason is Lumentum’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Transmission. In 2018, he joined the company through Lumentum’s acquisition of Oclaro where he was President, Integrated Photonics Business. Prior to that role, Dr. Mason served as Senior Vice President of R&D, Integrated Photonics Business. Before joining Oclaro, he held several management positions at JDSU most recently as its Vice President of R&D for Transmission Products. Dr. Mason has also served in a variety of technology management roles at Collinear, Finisar Corporation, Agere Systems, and Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories. Dr. Mason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Beck Mason is Lumentum’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Transmission. In 2018, he joined the company through Lumentum’s acquisition of Oclaro where he was President, Integrated...

Chuck Mattera

CEO, II-VI

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Chuck Mattera is the Chief Executive Officer of II-VI. He initially served as a member of the II-VI Board from 2000 until 2002. Dr. Mattera joined the Company as Vice President in 2004, and served as Executive Vice President from January 2010 to November 2013, when he became Chief Operating Officer. He was re-appointed to the Board in 2012. In November 2014, Dr. Mattera became the President and Chief Operating Officer. In September 2016, Dr. Mattera became the Company’s third President and Chief Executive Officer in 45 years. During his career at II-VI he has assumed successively broader management roles, including as a lead architect of the Company’s diversification strategy. He has provided vision, energy and dispatch to the Company’s growth initiatives, including overseeing the acquisition-related integration activities in the United States, Europe, and Asia – especially in China – thereby establishing additional platforms. These have contributed to a new positioning of the Company into large and transformative global growth markets while increasing considerably the global reach of the Company, deepening the technology and IP portfolio, broadening the product roadmap and customer base, and increasing the potential of II-VI.

Chuck Mattera is the Chief Executive Officer of II-VI. He initially served as a member of the II-VI Board from 2000 until 2002. Dr. Mattera joined the Company as Vice President in 2004, and served...

Greg Pettine

EVP of Business Development, EdgeMicro

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Greg Pettine is a data center industry leader with a superior track record for achieving revenue and profit goals. His deep knowledge of data center requirements and trends has been instrumental in building multi-million-dollar businesses from inception to successful exit. Prior to co-founding EdgeMicro, Greg led strategic alliances for Schneider Electric’s Data Center Service Provider group. There, he focused on the cloud and colocation markets, implementing business drivers around speed-to-market, capital preservation and cutting-edge design. Previously, Greg served as VP , Data Center Solutions, for CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), the world’s largest real estate service. Prior to CBRE, Greg executed DCI Technologies’ disposition of $200 million dollars of enterprise data center inventory that became stranded in the aftermath of the dot-com era. Greg was also a co-founder and VP at Endur Inc., a developer of enterprise computing campuses that was acquired by a Fortune 100 corporation. A frequent industry speaker, Greg is active in a number of data center technology groups. He holds a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Greg Pettine is a data center industry leader with a superior track record for achieving revenue and profit goals. His deep knowledge of data center requirements and trends has been instrumental in...

Hans-Juergen Schmidtke

Director of Engineering, Facebook

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Hans-Juergen Schmidtke is Director of Engineering in Facebook's Infrastructure Foundation team based in Menlo Park, CA. In this role he is part of a team that is Engineering Facebook's Network Infrastructure. In previous roles at Juniper Networks, Hans-Juergen Schmidtke was VP of Product Management in the CTO office, VP of Advanced Technologies, and Chief Architect for Converged Core. In these roles he was responsible for the architecture of SDN, data center, access, core, edge solution, and WLAN. Before joining Juniper, he was Head of the Fixed Network Operator Business in North America for Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) that is now part of Nokia. Over the years at NSN and Siemens Communications, he has held positions in product management and general management in both Germany and the US. He worked on various aspects of optical physics and communications technology from advanced research, to product development, to real-world large-scale deployments. He studied physics at the University of Dusseldorf and at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and received his PhD from the University of Wurzburg.

Hans-Juergen Schmidtke is Director of Engineering in Facebook's Infrastructure Foundation team based in Menlo Park, CA. In this role he is part of a team that is Engineering Facebook's Network...

Anees Shaikh

Senior Staff Engineer, Google

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Anees Shaikh is with the Network Infrastructure team at Google where he leads work on management automation, network reliability, and cloud networking in Google’s production networks. Prior to joining Google, he was the Chief SDN Architect in IBM System Networking where he was responsible for IBM's software-defined networking product architecture, including leading IBM’s open source networking engagements. While at Google, Anees founded the OpenConfig operator working group, and at IBM was a founder of the OpenDaylight SDN controller project. For over a decade, Anees was with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center working on networking and systems solutions in support of IBM’s products and services. Anees has published widely in the areas of networking, cloud computing, and system management, and has been an invited speaker in numerous industry forums.

Anees Shaikh is with the Network Infrastructure team at Google where he leads work on management automation, network reliability, and cloud networking in Google’s production networks. Prior to...

Kartik Sethuraman

Principal Software Architect, NEC Corporation of America

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Karthik Sethuraman is a Principal Software & SDN Architect at NEC/Netcracker and is primarily involved in technology strategy and planning for Service Orchestration and SDN Control systems. He has extensive experience in architecting, designing and hands-on coding of control and management software systems for TDM, WDM and Packet transport networks. He has been active in SDN field since its early days as co-editor of ONF Openflow Optical extensions and is actively involved in the standardization of the technology in the industry. Karthik is a co-chair of the MEF LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) Committee and leads the MEF LSO Legato & LSO Presto API standards development. Karthik also leads the ONF Transport API (TAPI) project, is a TST member of ONF Open Transport Configuration & Control (OTCC) and Open Information Model & Tools (OIMT) projects and an contributes to the Open Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) platform. Karthik has a degree in Computer Science and spent his early career in AI systems research.

Karthik Sethuraman is a Principal Software & SDN Architect at NEC/Netcracker and is primarily involved in technology strategy and planning for Service Orchestration and SDN Control systems. He has...

Jan Söderström

V.P. and Head of Technology Office Silicon Valley, Ericsson

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Jan Söderström is V.P. and Head of Technology Office Silicon Valley at Ericsson reporting to Ericsson Group CTO. In this capacity he drives the Ericsson technology leadership work in 5G, Cloud and IOT in a collaboration with ecosystem partners in Silicon Valley. A central part in this work is the co-creation work in D-fifteen Labs, enabling partners and customers to develop and test new use cases on a real 5G network platform. Jan has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, augmented with a one-year research scholarship at California Institute of Technology. He spent his early industrial career working with optoelectronic devices and optical networking at Ericsson Microelectronics, first as development manager and later as product line head. He then had a decade long engagement at Ericsson Research heading the research in IP and Cloud. During this time, he spent three years in Silicon Valley building up the Ericsson Research lab in San Jose. He started the Ericsson engagement in SDN and Openflow in cooperation with the Stanford Cleanslate project and his team also pioneered the Ericsson work on Openstack and cloud orchestration. In 2013 Jan moved to Business Unit Networks to drive the Ericsson Cloud transformation initiative. He held the roles of Head of Product line Cloud, Head of Target Area Cloud and Head of the NFV-program until he moved to his current position in early

Jan Söderström is V.P. and Head of Technology Office Silicon Valley at Ericsson reporting to Ericsson Group CTO. In this capacity he drives the Ericsson technology leadership work in 5G, Cloud and...

Natarajan "Subu" Subrahmanyan

Principal, AO Asset Management

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Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan, CFA is a Principal at AO Asset Management.  Subu has over 15 years of equity research experience in the technology sector and focuses on hardware, semiconductor and security sectors at AO.  Prior to joining AO, Subu spent 12 years at The Juda Group as an equity research analyst covering the communications equipment and network security and before that was lead analyst for networking at Goldman Sachs.  Subu has been featured on the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Street Analyst List, and ranked in the Institutional Investor polls. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Madras University in India.

Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan, CFA is a Principal at AO Asset Management.  Subu has over 15 years of equity research experience in the technology sector and focuses on hardware...

Ed Tiedemann

Senior Vice-President, Engineering, Qualcomm Fellow, Qualcomm

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Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. is a Qualcomm Fellow and a Senior Vice President of Engineering of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He leads Qualcomm’s worldwide standardization and industry organization activities. Dr. Tiedemann was instrumental in the design and development of the TIA/EIA/IS-95 CDMA system, also called cdmaOne™. He led Qualcomm’s, and much of the industry’s, efforts in the design and development of the third-generation cdma2000® system. Dr. Tiedemann led the offline industry group on M2M convergence, which resulted in oneM2M. In addition to being on the board of the MulteFire Alliance, Dr. Tiedemann is also on the board of the Open Mobile Alliance and the Open Connectivity Foundation. Prior to becoming involved with terrestrial wireless communications, Dr. Tiedemann was involved with numerous commercial and military satellite systems. From 1977 to 1988, Dr. Tiedemann was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he worked on mmWave satellite communications systems. Dr. Tiedemann holds a Ph.D. degree from MIT where he worked in the areas of queueing theory and communications networks. He holds a Master of Science degree from Purdue University where he worked on bandwidth efficient modulation. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity (Va Tech). Dr. Tiedemann is past chairman ofthe Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity (Va Tech). He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Peabody Essex Museum. Dr. Tiedemann was General Chair of GLOBECOM2015, one of the IEEE Communications Society flagship conferences.

Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. is a Qualcomm Fellow and a Senior Vice President of Engineering of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He leads Qualcomm’s worldwide standardization and industry organization...

David F. Welch

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Infinera

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David F. Welch, Ph.D., is Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Infinera. In this role, he drives deep business and technology innovation through forward-looking strategies, including breakthrough technologies and technology partnerships, in addition to innovative business and market directions. Dr. Welch is currently a member of Infinera’s Board of Directors, where he has served the company since 2010. Dr. Welch’s past roles at Infinera include Chief Strategy and Technology Officer from 2017 to 2018, President from 2013 to 2017, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer from 2004 to 2013 and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from 2001 to 2004. Prior to co-founding Infinera, he served as CTO, Transmission Division at JDS Uniphase, and in various executive roles, including CTO and Vice President of Corporate Development, at Spectra Diode Labs (SDL). Dr. Welch currently serves on the Board of Directors several start-up companies. He holds over 130 patents, and over 300 technical publications, and has been awarded the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) Adolph Lomb Medal, Joseph Fraunhofer Award and John Tyndall Award, as well as the Institute of Engineering Technology’s J J Thompson Medal for Electronics. He is a Fellow of OSA and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Welch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

David F. Welch, Ph.D., is Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Infinera. In this role, he drives deep business and technology innovation through forward-looking strategies, including...

Glenn Wellbrock

Director, Optical Transport Network-Architecture, Design, & Planning, Verizon

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Glenn Wellbrock is the director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning at Verizon, where he is responsible for the development and deployment of new technologies for the access, metro and long haul transport infrastructure. Prior to this position, Wellbrock ran the advanced technology lab, established evaluation criteria and set engineering guidelines for all backbone transport equipment as well as various positions within network operations. In addition to his more than 30 years at Verizon (1984-2001 and 2004-present), Wellbrock was responsible for product architecture within the U.S. optical networks group at Marconi and product planning at Qplus Networks with a specific focus on developing alternative modulation techniques.

Glenn Wellbrock is the director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning at Verizon, where he is responsible for the development and deployment of new technologies for the...