Dr. Georges Karam
…has served as our chairman of the board and chief executive officer since the company was founded in 2003. Before founding Sequans, Dr. Karam was vice president of cable access at Juniper Networks, running the cable engineering and marketing departments and managing the cable sales launch in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He joined Juniper Networks when the company acquired Pacific Broadband Communications (PBC), where he was vice president of engineering and general manager for Europe. Dr. Karam 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. Dr. Karam holds a PhD in signal processing and communication theory from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris.
…has served as a director since June 2018. Mr. Cummins is currently the founder and head of 272 Capital L.P., an investment advisory firm he formed in February 2020. Previously he was an analyst with Nokomis Capital, LLC, an investment advisory firm and major investor in the Company, from 2013 to February 2020. Prior to that, Mr Cummins was an analyst for Harvey Partners from March 2011 to September 2012. From February 2002 to March 2011, Mr. Cummins served as a senior research analyst covering technology hardware companies, director of research, head of capital markets and, finally, as president of B. Riley & Co., an investment banking firm. Prior to that, he was an associate analyst at Needham & Company, an investment banking firm. Mr. Cummins is also a board member of Vishay Precision Group, a measurement solutions company. He previously served on the board of Telenav, Inc., a connected car company. Mr. Cummins holds a B.S.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
…has served as a director since June 2017. Ms. Ferrere currently leads Bpifrance Large Venture, a late-stage venture capital fund investing in French companies to help them grow into global leaders. Bpifrance Large Venture has invested in over 50 companies in the tech, biotech and greentech spaces, including the Company. Before joining Bpifrance Large Venture in 2013, Ms. Ferrère was an Investment Director at the Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement. Previously, she was an equity capital markets banker at a number of banks, including Natixis. Ms. Ferrere is also a board member of DBV Technologies, Innate Pharma and Euronext Paris. She is a graduate of Sciences Po (IEP Paris).
…has served as a director since June 2014. Mr. Maitre is currently CEO of Able France, a consulting firm. From October 2019 until September 2020, Mr. Maitre was Chief Executive Officer of HTC Corporation. Until September 2019, Mr. Maitre served as Executive VP for Connected Objects and Partnerships at Orange Corporate where he was responsible for managing Orange’s relationships with global device makers as well as partnering with ecosystem players from chipset upwards to internet companies. Prior to joining Orange, Mr. Maitre spent six years working for the consumer electronics company Thomson. He was President of Key MRO America, a subsidiary of Thomson United States and whilst living in Singapore he worked for Thomson Asia as Director of Manufacturing Supply Chain and Product Management. Before Thomson, Mr. Maitre spent five years as the COO of Quante-Pouyet, a subsidiary of 3M, making connectors for the telecoms business. He is also a board member of Orange China and several midsize / start-up companies. Mr. Maitre is an Engineering graduate in Nuclear Physics from Polytech Grenoble (France).
Dr. Richard N. Nottenburg
…has served as a director since June 2016. He is currently an Executive Partner at OceanSound Partners LP, a private equity firm, and an investor in various early stage technology companies. Previously, Dr. Nottenburg served as president, chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors of Sonus Networks, Inc. from 2008 through 2010. From 2004 until 2008, Dr. Nottenburg was an officer with Motorola, Inc., ultimately serving as its executive vice president, chief strategy officer and chief technology officer. He served on the boards of Aeroflex Corporation from 2010 until 2014, PMC Sierra, where he was a member of the audit committee, from 2011 until 2016 and Violin Memory where he served as Chairman from 2014 until 2017. Dr. Nottenburg is currently a member of the board of directors of Verint Systems Inc., where he is chairman of the compensation committee. He previously served on the boards of directors of PMC-Sierra Inc., Aeroflex Holding Corp., Anaren, Inc., Comverse Technology, Inc. and Violin Memory, Inc. Dr. Nottenburg has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from New York University, an MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Federal Lausanne.
Hubert de Pesquidoux
…has served as a director since March 2011. Mr. de Pesquidoux is an Executive Partner at Siris Capital, a private equity firm focused on making control investments in data/telecom, technology and technology-enabled business service companies in North America. From 1991 until December 2009, Mr. de Pesquidoux held various positions at the telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent SA (and its predecessor, Alcatel S.A. and its affiliates), where he most recently served as Chief Financial Officer from November 2007 until December 2008 and as President of the Enterprise business from November 2006 until December 2008. Mr. de Pesquidoux was also previously a member of the Alcatel Executive Committee and held various executive positions including President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel North America, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Canada (formerly NewbridgeNetworks) and Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel USA. Mr. de Pesquidoux also served as the Chairman of the Board of Tekelec and currently serves as a director and audit committee chair of Criteo S.A., as executive chairman of Mavenir Systems, Inc. Mr. de Pesquidoux holds a Master in Law from University of Nancy II, a Master in Economics and Finance from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, a DESS in International Affairs from University of Paris Dauphine and was a laureate in the “Concours Général de Droit”.
…has served as a director since January 2005. Mr. Pitteloud is a co-founder and managing partner at Climb Ventures in Geneva since 2020. He was managing partner with Ginko Ventures from 2015 to 2020, partner with Endeavour Vision from 2007 to 2015, and principal at Vision Capital from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Pitteloud is also an advisor to ASSIA, a provider of DSL management solutions and serves or has served as a director of number of private companies. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Mr. Pitteloud was vice president of marketing at 8×8, a Silicon Valley semiconductor and telecommunication company, which he joined in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Odisei, a VoIP start-up from Sophia Antipolis, France. At Odisei, Mr. Pitteloud led the development of the company’s business and financing activities. Prior to Odisei, Mr. Pitteloud held various engineering and management positions at Logitech, including Vice President of the scanner and video camera business units. Mr. Pitteloud received a BS in electrical engineering and telecommunications from the School of Business and Engineering in Vaud, Switzerland and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Dr. Alok Sharma
…has served as a director since January 2011. Dr. Sharma has served as the General Manager of the Enterprise Cloud division at Ericsson since August 2020. Prior to Ericsson, Dr. Sharma was the Chief Executive Officer of StratuWorX, a company providing infrastructure, software, security, disaster recovery and backup, all as a service, from May 2014 until StratusWorX was acquired by Ericsson in July 2020. From September 2010 to December 2012, Dr. Sharma was the Chief Executive Officer of Accelera Inc., a company focused on building network optimization software for mobile broadband networks. From February 2009 to August 2010, Dr. Sharma was the Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Alliances, at Aviat Networks (earlier known as Harris-Stratex, Microwave Division of Harris Corporation), 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, Dr. Sharma 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, Dr. Sharma was the vice president and general manager of the Worldwide Cable Business at Juniper Networks from December 2001 to May 2003. Before Juniper Networks, Dr. Sharma was the founder and chief executive officer of Pacific Broadband Communications, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in December 2001. Prior to that, Dr. Sharma 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. Dr. Sharma holds a bachelor of engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds ten patents.
…has served as a director since November 2006. Since 2005, Mr. Slonimsky has been chairman of the board of several Israeli high tech companies, currently including several private companies as well as Awear, Maradin and Surf, and previously Alvarion, Extricom, Pentalum and Teledata. 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, Mr. Slonimsky 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. Mr. Slonimsky holds a BSEE and a MSEE from the Technion Israel Institute for Technology and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.