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My name is Steve O’Brien. As an HR Executive with 30 years of experience I am excited to join Parallel Wireless in my new role as Chief People Officer (CPO) . I have a strong track record and passion for building great teams and great businesses with publicly traded companies(GE, Cadbury Schweppes, Sara Lee, Avon Products), distressed companies undergoing turnarounds (Playtex and Mikasa) as well as global, well funded pre revenue startups (Freshly, Clever Leaves). One of my greatest strengths is an ability to build cohesive global teams filled with talented, engaged team mates who deliver results in a supportive, high performance culture. I believe passionately in a People First Strategy. During my tenure, I’ve experienced both success and failure as a business leader. I bring a “Work Hard and Play Harder” philosophy and strive to be an empathic leader and player/coach.
On a personal note I am married to Susan O’Brien, a very talented and successful Psychotherapist(My Coach) and I’m the proud father of four kids, including Triplets (Daniel, Sara, and Rebecca O’Brien). In my free time I enjoy golf, open water swimming, Notre Dame Footbal (Go Irish) an enjoy spending time with my partner and kids.
Matt brings over 15 years of global law firm and GC experience representing technology companies across all stages of growth. At Shoobx and Gazelle, he was a member of the executive teams responsible for all corporate financing, legal operations and strategy to support growth. At Endeca, he managed commercial licensing and was responsible for overseeing corporate compliance and governance initiatives, intellectual property matters, international operations and expansion. Matt was responsible for driving legal aspects of the successful negotiation and sale of the company to Oracle (its 6th largest acquisition ever when announced – reported at $1.1 billion). As an attorney at Goodwin, Matt represented public and private growth technology companies and advised clients on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions. Matt has a BA in Political Science from Boston College and a JD from Boston College Law School.
Chris is an accomplished CFO, CEO and Board member with a passion for leading dynamic high growth businesses. His executive leadership experience spans companies of all sizes ranging from start-ups to large multinationals including Dataxu, Inc, Gazelle Inc, Fidelity Investments, Pegasystems, Event Zero, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Chris has helped these companies build game-changing and actionable business and financial plans to drive revenue growth and improved profits. His track record for improving financial results while improving customer and employee satisfaction led to his being named CFO of the Year (2012) by Boston Business Journal.
Eugina has over 19 years of strategic marketing experience leading corporate marketing and communications for small and large global technology companies. At Cisco, she was responsible for fiscal planning, managing a 20m+ budget, and all integrated marketing activities for SP Mobility and IPNGN product and solutions portfolios globally. She also led a GTM strategy for the launch of a next-generation virtualized routing family that won an Ad Age BtoB Best Award for integrated campaign under 200K. Prior to Cisco, she was Marketing Manager for Starent since nearly the company’s inception and developed and managed the marketing communications strategy for the launch of Cisco’s $2B Starent Networks acquisition at Mobile World Congress 2010. She orchestrated a blend of communication, presentation and AR/PR initiatives to build the Starent brand. Eugina has a Masters of Teaching from Moscow University, and studied computer undergrad from CDI College in Toronto, Canada.
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 an 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.
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 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.
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.
As Chief Product Officer Kaitki is responsible for leading product strategy, product management and engineering. 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 the Starent/Cisco Multimedia/VoLTE strategic product line that generated multimillion dollar revenue. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.