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Telecom Council Leaders


Liz Kerton
Liz has been involved with the Service Provider Forum in the area for 6 years before venturing into building an association to support the larger telecom community. Her day job is Managing Director of the Kerton Group, which does marketing and business consulting in the telecom industry.

Company: The Telecom Council


Derek Kerton
Derek Kerton is the head of the Kerton Group's Strategy Consulting Practice and an internationally recognized telecom industry expert who consults for companies throughout the telecom value chain (NTT DoCoMo, SKTelecom, Disney, Sony, Broadcom...); sits on the boards of Aegis Mobility, KeyZap, and The Telecom Council; publishes research and analysis across the industry; advises the financial community on telecom issues (Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley); is frequently interviewed on CNN, CNBC, and Wall Street Journal among others.

Company: The Kerton Group


Nayeem Islam​
Nayeem has 15 years of experience managing R/D groups to create innovation and advanced products in: mobile phone software, mobile phone applications, enterprise applications, security, and partnership management. His executive management skills have been proven useful to Qualcomm, NTT DOCOMO,, and IBM.

Company: Qualcomm


Jean-Marc Frangos
Jean-Marc Frangos is the Senior Vice-President of Technology and Innovation for the BT Group. He is responsible for providing service innovation input into BT Lines of Business. Jean-Marc also manages the BT venture funds and works with U.S. West Coast VC partners to ensure that technology investments are strategically relevant to BT. He is an active Innovation Evangelist within BT, and is responsible for identifying disruptive technologies and influencing portfolio and supplier relationship plans.

Company: BT


Gregory Leproux
Gregory Leproux is the Vice President of Business Development for Swisscom in Silicon Valley. He joined the innovation and business development team in January 2014 and since September 2015 he has been heading the scouting, innovation and development activities. Prior to joining the outpost, he worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva and for Swisscom in Switzerland. He holds a master of engineering in Network & Telecommunications and a MBA.

Company: Swisscom 


Chris Koopmans
Chris Koopmans is Marvell Technology's Executive Vice President for Smart Networked Devices and Solutions. Prior to joining Marvell in 2016, Chris served as Vice President and General Manager of Service Provider Platforms at Citrix Systems, where he drove the company's strategy for the communications service-provider market. Chris joined Citrix with the acquisition of ByteMobile in 2012, a company he had co-founded and served as COO. During his tenure at ByteMobile, Chris was instrumental in defining and executing the company's strategy for video optimization and traffic management products. Before joining ByteMobile, he worked as an engineer at Intel Corporation and SGI.
Chris earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois and was subsequently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He has 15 patents issued or pending.

Company: Marvel


Naveen Dhar
As the Vice President of Technology Strategy and cooperation for the Huawei US R&D, Naveen Dhar is responsible for defining new evolving and revolutionary technological ideas that may lead to next generation business opportunities. Throughout his career, Mr. Dhar has amassed almost 25 years of experience in the Information and Communications industry. Before joining Huawei, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for technology start-ups, and held various sales, marketing and operations roles at Ericsson for nine years. Mr. Dhar holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from York University in Toronto.

Company: Huawei


Erik Ekkuden
Erik Ekudden is Vice President, Head of Standardization and Industry Initiatives, for the Ericsson group. During more than 15 years of extensive engagement in the area of research, innovation and standardization, he has developed and led Ericsson's global network within standardization and industry relations resources. Through industry cooperation in global bodies such as 3GPP and IETF, Mr. Ekudden has established strategies in order to drive innovation and secure Ericsson's technology leadership. Throughout his career, Erik has been a driver in leading edge technologies and strongly believes that mobile broadband technology benefits individuals and society as a whole.

Company: Ericsson


Robert Switzman
Rob has a 16 year history with Rogers Communications and is currently the Vice President, Innovation. Rob's role is to discover and attract innovative companies from around the world, and find suitable opportunities for them across Rogers that deliver on company priorities. He is in constant exploration and discussions with companies that are seeking to transform our products, platforms, customer experience and how Rogers operates, across our Consumer, Enterprise and Media business units. Rob's previous areas of expertise at Rogers include Planning & Development, Emerging Business, Product Strategy, and Wireless Data. Rob has an MBA from The Ivey Business School at Western University and a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Company: Rogers Communications


Howard Wright
Howard Wright is vice president in the Platform Engineering Group and director of business development in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for fostering effective and impactful relationships between Intel and key global partners across the wireless ecosystem, including device OEMs, infrastructure OEMs and mobile network operators. Before joining Intel, Wright served as senior vice president of Global Business Development at Qualcomm. In this role, he was responsible for fostering partnerships with wireless, automotive and digital media companies. Additionally, Wright was the country manager for North America, providing comprehensive management of multiple accounts. Following completion of his university studies, Wright began his athletic career in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks. Wright is active on several national charitable boards, including serving as chairman of the Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center, which was founded by his father, former NFL lineman Ernie Wright. Wright holds a bachelor's degree in econometrics and quantitative economics from Stanford University.

Company: Intel

Thomas Kicker
Thomas_KickerThomas Kicker heads Deutsche Telekoms Group Business Development and Partnering Unit. Based in San Francisco, he is responsible for scouting for innovative partners to help differentiate and amend DTs product portfolio as well as manage existing partnerships across the groups European footprint. Thomas has 15 years experience in the telecom industry, where he held several senior management positions to drive revenues and new business development. In his prior role as Chief Commercial Officer at T-Mobile Austria, he was responsible for marketing, sales and service both for B2B and B2C.

Company: Deutsche Telekom