Sequans’ management team has expertise in nearly every technical discipline relevant to the development of LTE and WiMAX semiconductor technology, and the founding team has years of experience working together developing advanced communications technologies.
Dr. Georges Karam
President and chief executive officer
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 to join 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.
Chief financial officer
Deborah Choate joined Sequans in 2007, before which she was chief financial officer at Esmertec AG and Wavecom SA and vice president of finance at Platinum Equity. Earlier in her career, she was an audit partner with Ernst & Young.
Deborah has over 25 years of experience in management, finance and accounting, including over 10 years working with technology companies, in particular communications hardware, software, and services.
Vice president, engineering
Before founding Sequans with Georges Karam, Bertrand Debray was director of hardware and ASIC development in the cable product division at Juniper Networks. He joined Juniper Networks after the company acquired Pacific Broadband Communications, where he played the same role and was instrumental in building the cable product and team. Bertrand has held technical and management positions at Alcatel. He has 20 years experience in large project development covering all access technologies, including wireless, satellite, and cable.
Vice president, product and program management
Hugues Waldburger is vice-president of product and program management for Sequans. From June 2008 to June 2011, he served as vice president, product line management. From December 2003 to June 2008, Hugues was with Wavecom SA, where he held various positions, including director of performance and validation, director of program management, and member of the steering committee.
Prior to Wavecom, from June 2000 to November 2003, he led the product integration program for cable networks at Pacific Broadband Communications, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2001. Earlier, Hugues held technical management positions for embedded systems with the electronics group, Thales. Hugues has more than 25 years of experience in embedded systems and technology.
Vice president, worldwide marketing
Craig Miller is responsible for driving Sequans’ global product and corporate marketing strategies. He is a technology industry veteran with an excellent track record in product management, marketing, strategic planning and business development over the course of his twenty-plus year career. He has successfully championed numerous silicon, system and software products targeting the wireless, computing, consumer electronics, and networking market segments.
Prior to joining Sequans, Craig was vice president of product management and marketing at NextWave Wireless, where he was responsible for strategic marketing, product planning, product management, applications engineering and marketing communications for a portfolio of WiMAX and LTE chipsets.
Prior to NextWave, he held numerous positions in product marketing, strategy, business development and product engineering at Intel Corporation and was director of marketing for the Wireless Networking Group, where he championed the first of several generations of wireless LAN silicon and modules at the core of Intel’s Centrino ® mobile technology platform.
Vice president, business development
Rudy Leser is responsible for establishing and managing Sequans’ relationships with mobile operators and other key players in the global wireless ecosystem. He has more than 20 years’ experience managing business development for tier 1 and 2 telecom carriers and telecom equipment manufacturers. In his role, he contributes to Sequans strategic planning process and supports the activities of Sequans’ worldwide sales organization.
Rudy joins Sequans after a ten-year career at Alvarion, a global leader in 4G networking solutions, where he was corporate vice president of strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Alvarion, Rudy was on the management team at Floware, where he helped to facilitate the merger of BreezeCom and Floware, which became Alvarion in 2001.
Vice president, manufacturing operations
Before joining Sequans, Eddy Tang was with STATSChipPAC Ltd, a NASDAQ and SGX (Singapore Exchange) listed provider of outsource assembly and test services, where he was senior manager in the company’s corporate strategy organization. He was responsible for assessing the future needs of the outsourcing industry and making strategic recommendations to upper management.
Before STATSChipPAC, Eddy held various management positions at Singapore Technologies Assembly and Test Services, including as director of marketing in outsource assembly and test services. He started his career in 1982 as a sales engineer at Jebson Company, Siemens Division in Hong Kong. In 1984, he joined Fairchild Semiconductor’s manufacturing operations in Singapore. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry.