Dr. Georges Karam
Georges Karam is president and chief executive officer of Sequans Communications. Before founding Sequans Communications, Georges Karam was vice president of cable access for Juniper Networks, running the cable engineering and marketing departments and managing the cable sales launch in EMEA. He joined Juniper Networks when the company acquired Pacific Broadband Communications (PBC), where he was the first executive of the founding team to act as vice president of engineering and general manager for Europe.
Georges has served in a variety of senior management positions at Alcatel, SAGEM and Philips.
He is a senior member of IEEE, has authored numerous technical and scientific papers, and holds several patents in digital communications.
Gilles Delfassy began his career in 1978 at Texas Instruments (TI) Incorporated, where he served as manager of TI’s European Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Department and led TI’s European Automotive Electronics business. In 1994, he moved to TI’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, to create and lead the company’s wireless terminals business unit, eventually growing it into a five-billion dollar operation. Under Gilles’ leadership, TI became the world’s number one supplier of semiconductors for the wireless industry, with more than half of the world’s cellular phones built with TI’s chipsets, thanks in large part to the creation of the OMAP™ application processor and the single-chip Locosto solution. He was senior vice president and executive officer of when he retired from TI in 2007.
From September of 2009 to December 2011, Gilles assumed the position of president and chief executive officer at ST-Ericsson, where he transformed the company into a complete platform provider for smartphones and tablets.
After retiring from TI and before joining ST-Ericsson, Gilles served as an advisor to many high tech companies in Europe and USA and served on several corporate boards, in particular ANADIGICS, where he assumed the role of CEO to lead the company at a critical time.
Yves Maître is executive vice president of connected objects and partnerships at Orange Group. In this role he is responsible for managing the relationships between Orange and all global manufacturers and internet players and he is in charge of the entire connected object portfolio including smartphones, embedded software, and the testing and marketing of devices across all Orange markets. He is responsible for Orange’s Mobile Multimedia P&L. Earlier at Orange, Yves held the positions of senior vice president of mobile multimedia and devices and vice president of devices. Prior to joining Orange Yves spent six years at consumer electronics company, Thomson, where he was president of Key MRO America, a Thomson subsidiary, and earlier he was director of manufacturing supply chain and product management for Thomson Asia. Before Thomson, Yves spent five years as the COO of Quante-Pouyet, a subsidiary of 3M.
James Patterson is currently the chairman and CEO of Patterson Advisory Services, an organization focused on business lifecycle strategies for start-up and early stage businesses. Jim sold his first start-up, Mobile Symmetry, to Infotel Broadband Services Ltd. in 2011. Prior to that, Jim held various leadership roles during his 15 year tenure with Sprint, including president of Wholesale Services from 2008 to 2009, vice president of Cable Solutions from 2005 to 2008, vice president of Carrier Markets and of Network Access Management from 2001 to 2005, and vice president of Sprint E|Solutions Finance from 2000 to 2001. Earlier, Jim was a consultant to the financial services industry at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Hubert de Pesquidoux
Hubert de Pesquidoux has a long career in senior executive financial and operational management in the telecommunications industry. He is currently the founder and CEO of HDP Consulting where he advises several private companies in telecommunications and invests in private firms, and former chairman of Tekelec (NASDAQ:TKLC), an IP and mobile data networks solutions company, taken private in 2012. Hubert is a board member and chairman of the Audit Committee of Sequans, an advisory board member of Jabil/ Telmar (NYSE:JBL), an electronic product solutions company, a board member and chairman of the Audit Committee of Radisys (NASDAQ: RSYS), a leading provider of embedded wireless infrastructure solutions and board member and chairman of the Audit Commmittee of Mavenir Systems, a US private company in mobile IP telecom infrastructure. Prior to 2009, Hubert was the chief financial officer of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) and president of the Enterprise Business Group of Alcatel-Lucent, member of the Alcatel Executive Committee and he also held several other executive positions at Alcatel, including executive vice president; president of Alcatel North America; chief operating officer of Alcatel North America; chief executive officer of Alcatel Canada, former Newbridge Networks; and CFO of Alcatel USA. He first joined Alcatel in 1991..
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. Dominique is on the Board of Directors of CommProve and an Advisor with ASSIA.
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.
Dr. Alok Sharma
Dr. Alok Sharma is currently an independent consultant.
From February 2009 to August 2010, Alok was senior vice president, Corporate Development and Alliances, at Aviat Networks (earlier known as Harris-Stratex), where he was responsible for leading corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the development of key strategic relationships for the company. Beginning in June 2004, Alok was the founder and chief executive officer of Telsima Corporation, a provider of WiMAX broadband wireless solutions, until it was acquired by Aviat Networks in February 2009. Prior to Telsima, Alok was vice president and general manager of the Worldwide Cable Business at Juniper Networks from December 2001 to May 2003. Before Juniper Networks, Alok was the founder and chief executive officer of Pacific Broadband Communications, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in December 2001. Prior to that, Alok held senior management and technical positions at Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu/Amdahl, Integrated Device Technology and Siara Systems, a metro routing company acquired by Redback/Ericsson.
Zvi Slonimsky has served as a director since November 2006. Currently he is active chairman of several Israeli Hi Tech companies, Awear, Extricom, Maradin and Surf. He served as CEO of Alvarion Ltd. from 2001 to October 2005, following Alvarion’s establishment via merger of BreezeCOM and Floware in August 2001. Prior to the merger, he was CEO of BreezeCom. Before that, he served as president and CEO of MTS Ltd. and was general manager of DSP Group, Israel. Earlier in his career, he held senior positions at several Israeli telecom companies, including C.Mer and Tadiran. He holds a BSEE and a MSEE from the Technion Israel Institute for Technology and an MBA degree from Tel-Aviv University.