Former Sprint executive James Patterson and former Aviat Networks executive Alok Sharma Join Board of Leading 4G Chipmaker
PARIS — January 18, 2011 — 4G chipmaker Sequans announced that James Patterson, former Sprint senior executive, and Alok Sharma, former CEO of Telsima, have joined its board of directors.
“We are very pleased to have Jim Patterson and Alok Sharma join our board,” said Georges Karam, chairman of the board and CEO of Sequans. “The two bring tremendous knowledge and wisdom as well as years of management experience in broadband and wireless, which will be of great benefit to Sequans. Jim brings us the knowledge of a leading 4G operator, and Alok brings the perspective of a 4G equipment supplier.”
James Patterson is currently the chief executive officer of Mobile Symmetry, a mobile and database applications company. Before Mobile Symmetry, Patterson held various leadership roles during a 15 year tenure at Sprint, including president, Wholesale Services, and vice president, Cable Solutions. He also held several other officer roles in the network and finance organizations at Sprint.
Alok Sharma is currently an independent consultant. Before that he was senior vice president of Corporate Development and Alliances at Aviat Networks (earlier known as Harris-Stratex). Previously, Sharma founded and served as CEO of Telsima Corporation, a provider of WiMAX broadband wireless solutions, which was acquired by Aviat Networks. Before Telsima, Sharma was vice president and general manager of the Worldwide Cable Business at Juniper Networks. Earlier, he founded and served as CEO of Pacific Broadband Communications, which was later acquired by Juniper Networks.
Jim Patterson and Alok Sharma join Sequans’ other board members: Zvi Slonimsky, former CEO of Alvarion; Michael Elias, managing director, Kennet Partners; David Ong, investment director, Add Partners; Dominique Pitteloud, principal, Vision Capital; and Georges Karam, chairman and CEO of Sequans.
About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to equipment manufacturers and mobile operators worldwide. Founded in 2004 to address the WiMAX market where it is now a global leader, Sequans expanded in early 2009 to address the LTE market. Sequans chips are inside leading WiMAX networks worldwide and will soon be inside LTE networks. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices throughout the world, including USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. www.sequans.com.
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