Steve Papa
Steve PapaCo-Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Steve leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction and is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first customer deployment into broad commercialization and growth. Steve has been part of reimagining the technology landscape for over 20 years. As founder and CEO of Endeca, he reimagined the database to support faceted information ultimately leading to Oracle acquiring the company as its 6th largest acquisition ever when announced (reported at $1.1 billion). He was part of the team creating Akamai that reimagined global Internet content distribution – now carrying peaks of 15 terabits/s of web traffic on any given day – and led the team at Inktomi that reimagined the network cache to create carrier class caching. Earlier he worked with AT&T Teradata where enterprise computing was reimagined with the first use of Intel processors for enterprise servers. He has a BS from Princeton University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rajesh Mishra
Rajesh MishraCo-Founder, President, and CTO
Rajesh is a visionary who, together with the other company founders, accurately identified the need for easy to deploy, resilient and cost effective LTE network architecture that would overcome many of the legacy technical challenges associated with wireless communications — the foundation upon which Parallel Wireless was born. Rajesh co-founded the company after 21+ years of reimagining the wireless, wireline, and cable industry and leads the technology behind the Parallel Wireless’ solutions. As one of the industry’s pioneers in convergence technologies, he led the development of next-gen VoLTE and 3G/4G Femtocell convergence servers at Tatara, led transformation of first commercial softswitch into a Wireless MSC product at Bell Labs/Lucent, reimagined cable industry leading IMS servers at Cedarpoint, and led a commercial mobile ad hoc networks (MANETS) development at Powerwave Cognition. He has 25 US and international patents pending and issued. He holds a BS in Computer Science from IIT.
Kaitki Agarwal
Kaitki AgarwalCo-Founder and VP of Development
As VP of Development, Kaitki is responsible for leading the development and execution of Parallel Wireless’ world-first solutions across a global team of engineers. Kaitki co-founded the company after 20+ years of leading and managing worldwide product development teams who reimagined the Packet Core. She has been instrumental in managing and scaling the development of Starent/Cisco Multimedia/VoLTE strategic product line that generated multimillion dollar revenue. At Starent, she was responsible for defining architecture and executing development of Wi-Fi Access gateway, LTE CS Fallback, Datapath localization, Femto security gateway. Prior to that, as a founding member of several successful startups, Kaitki was responsible for SS7 & SIP Signaling at Cedarpoint, Wireless MSC at Lucent/Bellabs and was involved in reimagining Base Station Controller (BSC) for wireless network at Tellabs. Kaitki has 20 US patents pending and issued. Kaitki holds MBA from Babson College and a BS in Computer Science from IIT.
Sridhar Donepudi
Sridhar DonepudiCo-Founder and VP of Systems
Sridhar co-founded Parallel Wireless after 20+ years as a proven technology leader with focus on reimagining traffic/policy management, base stations, Class 5 Switching, IMS Core, Wireless MSC and Telephony Application Server. As the Sr. Principal Architect of Next-Gen Products, Sridhar reimagined the design and development of Cedar Point/Genband 3GPP traffic and policy management solution. He was a founding member of several successful startups such as Cedar Point (acquired by Genband) where he was Technical Director of Call Processing, Excel Switching/Lucent (Technical Lead) where he led the design of Lucent soft switch and Tellabs Wireless where he led design of PCS base station. He has 15 US patents pending and issued. He holds an M.Tech, Applied Electronics from CIT and B.E, Electronics Engineering.
Keith Johnson
Keith Johnson COO
Keith brings to the organization a tremendous amount of business, technology and thought leadership expertise. As Chief Technology Officer at his previous company, Fuze, Keith led innovation and differentiation strategy for Fuze’s product portfolio. Prior to Fuze, Keith was co-founder and CEO of Parlai, a Boston-based startup focused on cloud-based email analytics.
Before Parlai, he held the position of SVP of Engineering for 10 years at Endeca, one of the great Boston-based enterprise software success stories, where he led the teams that reimagined the company’s pioneering customer experience management, enterprise search, and business intelligence applications.
After Endeca was acquired by Oracle, Keith became Group Vice President, Software Development and was given expanded responsibility over the Information Discovery, Oracle Web Center Sites, Oracle Secure Enterprise Search, and Oracle Language Technologies product lines.
Keith holds a BSE in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University.
Simon Mellor
Simon MellorVP, Worldwide Services
Simon has over 30 years of experience as a telecom and defense industry Executive. Simon was the founder and CEO of Axis Network Technology and reimagined the remote radio head with a next-generation re-configurable digital radio platforms company. As a result of the company’s technology and significant market share, it was acquired by a leading Korean manufacturer AceAxis and its products have been deployed in numerous cellular networks around the world. Prior to AceAxis, Mr. Mellor led technology strategy at Airtech as Chief Technology Officer, where he reimagined base station and coverage enhancement equipment. As a head of Global Business Development and then European Sales for REMEC, he achieved significant growth in multiple OEM accounts. Simon holds an MSc, Microwave and Modern Optics from U. of London, BSc, Electronic Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London and MBA from The Open University.
Yisrael Nov
Yisrael NovVP, Worldwide Sales
Yisrael has over 30 years of experience in business development and account management where he’s driven revenue growth and led strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, and deal pricing. At Gilat, he sought out and sourced new clients by developing networks and independently identifying and developing relevant resources for sales and business development. Yisrael also refocused Gilat’s portfolio from satellite solutions to include cellular solutions to drive a year increase of 42% in company revenue. Previously, as a General Manager at EMI System in Nigeria, he performed P&L and R&D responsibility for ‘full options’ security solutions to high profile clients in the private and public sectors across Nigeria while also directly managing a global team responsible for product planning, product marketing, new product introduction, software development, network level testing, solutions development, and post-sales support. He has an MA from MeA SheArim, Jerusalem.