People on the Move — March

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ISE Magazine’s People on the Move for March 2020 showcases: Broadband Forum board appointments; Kobiton’ new VP; Webinfinity beefing up its BD team; and Beacon Global Strategies (BGS) hiring a 5G expert.


Broadband Forum strengthens Board of Directors with experts from BT, Calix, CommScope, Ericsson, Nokia, and TIM

Broadband Forum announced the newly elected and re-elected members of its Board of Directors, re-election of its Technical Chair and the appointment of its Marketing Chair.

Chosen for a two-year tenure, experts from a variety of leading operators and product developers have joined the twelve-member Board including Francisco de Carvalho of BT, Bernd Hesse of Calix, John Blackford of CommScope, David Sinicrope of Ericsson, Frank Van der Putten of Nokia, and Mauro Tilocca of TIM.

Kevin Foster, of BT, is retiring from his role as Chairman of Broadband Forum, a role that he has held since 2012. John Blackford, project lead on the Forum’s Open Broadband – USP Agent (OB-USP-Agent) implementation and Co-director of the BUS Work Area, has been appointed as Chairman. Blackford is involved in some of Broadband Forum’s most innovative work as it prepares fixed networks for the era of 5G and the Connected Home.

Other members of the Board of Directors include CEO Robin Mersh, Tom Starr of AT&T, Aleksandra Kozarev of Intel, Manuel Paul of Deutsche Telekom, Helge Tiainen of InCoax and Ning Zong of Huawei Technologies.

Bernd Hesse was additionally appointed as Marketing Chair. Hesse has been the driving force behind the highly successful Broadband Acceleration Seminar (BASe) initiative at the Forum since 2017. In his capacity as Marketing Chair, he will focus on positioning the work of the Forum in the rapidly changing environment of 5G, high capacity PON, the multi-service Connected Home, SDN and NFV.

At the Q1 meeting, held in Budapest, Hungary, Lincoln Lavoie of the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) was also re-elected as Technical Chair. Lavoie has participated in many of the Broadband Forum’s initiatives since 2003, such as projects on testing and interoperability of various broadband technologies, including DSL, Gfast, TR-069, GPON, and NFV/SDN.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, visit https://www.broadband-forum.org/. Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at https://www.broadband-forum.org/. Follow us on Twitter @Broadband_Forum and LinkedIn.


ERP Maestro Appoints Holovacs as Chief Technology Officer

ERP Maestro, provider of automated and cloud-based controls for access, security and GRC, announced that existing company employee and long-term leader in technology development, Jeremy Holovacs, has been named Chief Technology Officer. In his new role, Holovacs will lead product ideation and development for the further innovation of ERP Maestro’s cloud technology that serves the SAP market with extension to other applications within the SAP ecosystem and beyond.

Joining the company in 2018, Holovacs has nearly 20 years of software development experience and has held senior software architect, engineer and technical roles in leading industries, including Xerox. Learn more at www.erpmaestro.com.


Chris Scott To Lead Viyu Network Solutions as CEO

Chris Scott, founder and CEO of Netera Networks, joined Viyu Network Solutions in August 2019 as Chief Executive Officer, according to co-founder and partner Lance Wiseman. The Richardson-based company provides managed Information Technology services or scalable cloud-based infrastructure implementation for a variety of businesses and industries.

In 2007, Scott founded Netera Networks, a services-led IT solutions integrator that focused on simplifying, optimizing and reducing IT costs for businesses. In 2018, he founded OSI Transformation Services, a strategic trusted technology adviser helping businesses gain clarity, control, and actionable insight regarding their IT investments. Now, Chris has joined Viyu to drive strategic growth as CEO. For more information, please visit www.viyu.net.


Webinfinity Expands Its Leadership Team With Business Development and Marketing Executives

Webinfinity announced that Phil Iserino and Elizabeth Chaney have joined the Webinfinity executive team.  Phil will be VP, Business Development, overseeing relationships with prospective enterprises looking to expand their revenue through increased engagement with partners, customers or even internal employee teams. Phil has had an extensive and successful career igniting sales pipelines at a variety of software and distribution companies. He has held sales and partner management positions at CDW, Computer Associations, ESPN to name a few. He has focused across a number of verticals including education, government, healthcare, media/entertainment, and financial services.

Elizabeth will be VP Marketing, with a focus on increasing Webinfinity brand understanding and creation of demand for the Webinfinity Engagement Automation Platform. Elizabeth is a veteran of technology marketing having created a number of new product and market categories enabled by technology innovation. She has consulted with a number of Fortune 100 companies as well as some of the more famous start-ups in the technology space.

 Visit webinfinity.com for more information.


Suzanne Tetreault Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer as Partner in DC Office

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP (WBK) is pleased to announce that Suzanne Tetreault is joining the firm as a Partner in the Washington, DC, office. Suzanne joins WBK after spending almost 30 years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — most recently having served as Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

At the FCC, Suzanne held a variety of senior management positions, including Deputy General Counsel for Administrative Law, Deputy Chief and Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Acting Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, and Acting Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC, she worked at the Federal Trade Commission and in private practice, practicing antitrust and communications law.

Suzanne received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in economics from Harvard College.

Suzanne will be located in the firm’s Washington, DC, office and can be reached at 202.383.3375 and STetreault@wbklaw.com. Additional information about Suzanne can be found at www.wbklaw.com/Our_Team/Suzanne_Tetreault.

To learn more about Wilkinson Barker Knauer, visit www.wbklaw.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@WBKLaw).                   


Kyle McMeekin Joins Kobiton as Vice President of Channels

Kobiton, Inc. an end-to-end mobile testing platform designed to enhance the mobile experience, announced the appointment of Kyle McMeekin as vice president of Channels. McMeekin will lead the company’s Strategic Alliances and Partner teams to drive success, customer value, and technical innovation within Kobiton’s partner ecosystem, extending the company’s market leadership. McMeekin is based in Atlanta and will report to SVP of Sales, Curtis Raines.

Kyle McMeekin comes to Kobiton from Tricentis, where he served as Director of Strategic Alliances. In this role, he helped spearhead many of the company’s top alliances such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. These efforts included driving future growth strategies and helping discover net new revenue channels.  Prior to his time at Tricentis, he was an early employee of QASymphony where he led the Sales Engineering team.

Find more info at www.kobiton.com.


Spectrum Global Solutions Appoints Brynjar N. Meling to Board of Directors

Spectrum Global Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: SGSI) (the “Company” or “Spectrum”), a single source energy management technology and network services provider, announced the appointment of Brynjar N. Meling to the Spectrum Board of Directors.

Mr. Meling is one of Norway’s most respected and well-known legal experts. He is the Chairman and owner of the Meling AS law firm in Norway, with offices in Stavanger and Oslo.  Mr. Meling previously served as a board member of Spectrum’s WaveTech GmbH subsidiary.

To learn more, visit the Company’s website at https://spectrumglobalsolutions.com/.


Diane Rinaldo Joins Beacon Global Strategies

Beacon Global Strategies (BGS) is pleased to announce that Diane Rinaldo, who recently stepped down as Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Acting Assistant  Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, has joined the firm as Senior Vice President.

Ms. Rinaldo is one of the country’s leading authorities on 5G, telecommunications supply chain security, privacy, and Internet governance. During her time at NTIA, Ms. Rinaldo directed the Administration’s efforts on privacy; testified in the House of Representatives and Senate on 5G and Internet security issues; served as a principal advising the White House and Congress on 5G and supply chain; as well as other successes in education and deployment of Internet access around the world.

Prior to her Executive Branch service, Ms. Rinaldo served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she focused on Congress’ landmark cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. She also served as Congress’ oversight and budget monitor for the National Security Agency and the defense network systems, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers as his top technology policy staffer.

For more information, please contact Beacon Global Strategies: bgs@bgsdc.com.


Chris Nichols Named National Account Manager at Reel Options® by Vandor Corporation

Vandor Corporation, Richmond, IN, USA, is pleased to announce that Chris Nichols has joined Reel Options as its National Account Manager.  With 22 years background in plastics, Chris is in a perfect place to help existing and new customers improve on their wire and cable packaging needs.  Reel Options is a leading manufacturer of light and medium duty reels for a variety of industries including fiber optics, as well as brake assisted boxed reels.

For more information, please visit https://www.vandorcorp.com/.

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