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Head of Security Services for Professional Services, System Integration

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Nils Ahrlich

Nils Ahrlich has over 12 years of experience in security, IT and telecommunications. Currently he is the head of Security Services for the Global Services business unit at Nokia Siemens Networks, based in Hamburg, Germany. The Security Service area covers all major mobile broadband technologies such as LTE, 3G, EPC, MPC and SDM. Prior to his current role, Nils headed the Security Service Line as part of the Professional Services of Nokia Siemens Networks. In that role, he led the worldwide security business, developed carrier-specific solutions (e.g. LTE Security) supporting the company’s strategy to focus on mobile broadband.


Nils joined Siemens in 2000 and has held several Engineering, Consulting and Product Management positions in the security area, gathering extensive experience in network and content security for large enterprises and operators. Nils was involved from the beginning in the R&D and later commercial roll-out of the 3GPP compliant Nokia Siemens Network LTE security solution.


SVP & General Manager, Mobility Business Group

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Kelly Ahuja

Kelly Ahuja is an accomplished engineer with a strong track record of success as a business leader in the Communications and IT industries. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Mobility Group, he is responsible for orchestrating global business strategy and execution for the entire Cisco mobility product portfolio and technology solutions targeted to mobile service operators.


With more than 20 years of global technology background in telecommunications and networking, Ahuja has developed a keen understanding of the important contribution these technologies make in turning the world into a better place to work, live, learn, and play. His deeply informed perspective on the issues facing mobile service providers today, such as network reach, network intelligence, and service creation velocity, comes from direct experience working closely with and for these technology companies.


Ahuja’s Cisco career spans 15 years in roles of increasing responsibility including:

  • Chief Architect for the Service Provider business covering routing, optical, mobility, video, and cloud technologies.
  • Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Routing Technology Group, where he evolved the portfolio through the expansion of the Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System family, the Cisco ASR 9000 and 1000 series Aggregation Services Routers, and the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. During this period, Ahuja also led the acquisition of Starent which became the foundation of the Mobile Internet Technology Group.
  • Vice President and General Manager of the Core Routing Business Unit, where he managed the deployment of large core networks around the world.
  • Vice President of Marketing for the Carrier Core Multi Service Business Unit, where he led product management and technical marketing for Cisco’s high-end routing portfolio, multiservice switches, and media gateways.

Previous to Cisco, Ahuja held positions at Blue Leaf Networks, StrataCom, AT&T Canada, Bank of Canada, and Telesat Canada, where he designed, implemented, and supported data and voice networks.


Ahuja is a sought-after Cisco spokesperson and industry thought leader in the area of small cell technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.

VP Security Product Management

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Michael Brown

Michael K. Brown leads both the Security Product Management and the Security Research and Assessment teams at Research In Motion (RIM). Mike's product management team is responsible for understanding market requirements for security across all BlackBerry product lines, and overseeing specialty security products such as the S/MIME solution for BlackBerry and the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader. Mike's research and assessment team is responsible for understanding technical threats to the BlackBerry platform, guiding the secure design and implementation of BlackBerry products, and researching new defensive countermeasures.


Mike joined RIM as a software developer and was responsible for the development of the S/MIME Support Package for BlackBerry. Mike holds a Master's degree in mathematics, with a focus on cryptography, from the University of Waterloo.


Head of Business Performance and Strategic Planning

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Tony Cassetta

Tony Cassetta currently serves as Head of Business Performance & Strategic Planning for Nokia Siemens Networks. Prior to this role, he led the Canada customer business team, overseeing all aspects of the company’s relationships with its Canadian customers and growing business in the market.


Prior to joining Nokia Siemens Networks in November 2010, Tony was the chief executive officer of Corvest Management International, a company that he founded to offer strategic planning services to small to mid-sized information technology companies.


Before starting Corvest, Tony led the Siemens Communications group for five years, establishing and implementing business and marketing strategies for the Siemens Information and Communication organization in Canada. His work encompassed business communication solutions, wireless products and enterprise systems.


Earlier, Tony was president of Fundy Cable in New Brunswick, which was later sold to Shaw Communications. He also served as CEO of C1 Communications, a competitive local exchange carrier that he started in 2000. In addition, Tony held several executive positions with Bell Canada, where he established the advantage business market brand for Bell's enterprise market and worked in South America, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Principal Member of the Technical Staff
Service Standards Group

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Dan Druta

Dan DRUTA is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Service Standards Group at AT&T. Dan’s experience in designing and documenting sophisticated network systems and his use case driven approach towards solution architecture allowed him to focus technical decisions based on clear business requirements and close any identified gaps using iterative methodologies.


Recognized Web Technologies expert, Dan has been actively participating in W3C where he contributes to the WebRTC working group as well as the standardization of the wire protocols in the IETF RTCWeb working group. He was instrumental in defining the recommended architecture for W3C HTML Speech incubator group and he has a deep knowledge of the HTML5 ecosystem components with a good understanding of the web application market trends.


Dan is the vice-chair of the Cloud Services Forum in ATIS where he’s promoting the adoption of standards based federated solutions for cloud services.


Prior to his current roles, Dan was actively involved in the several key initiatives related to OSS/BSS consolidation and optimization. Dan was invited to speak and chair several conferences, industry panels and helped promoting Service Oriented Architecture, APIs and Cloud Technologies around the world. He was on the governance board for Web Services Standards in AT&T as well as a member of the Customer Advisory Council for some of the major SOA infrastructure providers.

VP, Analytics

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Jim Hayden

Jim Hayden is VP, Analytics at TEOCO. Jim focuses on developing analytical solutions to help operators better understand their networks, products, and customers. He has over twenty years' experience in the management, design and delivery of software solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Jim joined TEOCO in 2006 when it acquired Vibrant Solutions. Before that, he was Chief Strategy Officer at Mantas, a software company serving the financial services and telecommunications industries with behavior detection technology. Jim has received numerous awards for technology innovation, most recently named as one of Billing and OSS World's Best Back-Office Innovators.


Currently, Jim is co-chair of the ATIS Focus Group on Big Data Analytics (BDA), which addresses the question of how the communications industry can monetize their big data assets.


VP, Consumer & Infrastructure

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Peter Jarich

VP of Consumer and Infrastructure at Current Analysis, Peter Jarich manages the firm’s syndicated research into the network equipment and software solutions deployed at telecom network operators along with the consumer services and connected devices riding on those networks. This role sees Peter directing the company’s analysts looking into wireline network infrastructure and services, mobile networks and services, and the competitive environment surrounding tablets and smartphones, including Current Analysis’ regular tracking of service and device pricing and marketing dynamics. At the same time, as head of the company’s Mobile Ecosystem service, Peter drives collaboration between Current Analysis’ diverse wireless research assets, focused on topics ranging from device silicon, to global spectrum developments, to application development, the evolution of the LTE ecosystem, etc.


Senior Analyst

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Rich Karpinski

Rich Karpinski is a senior analyst with Yankee Group's Network Research Group with expertise in mobile service provider and mobile ecosystem issues. Karpinski focuses heavily on mobile operator business models, service delivery strategies and the overall dynamics of the mobile ecosystem, including the interaction of carriers and providers of over-the-top applications, services and capabilities.


Before joining Yankee Group, Karpinski was Editor-in-Chief of Connected Planet (formerly Telephony), where he led a staff in covering the service provider market. He has spent a career covering high-tech markets – both telecom and enterprise IT – for publications including Interactive Age, Communications Week, Information Week and Network Computing, while also spending time on the “other side of the fence” working in marketing for supply chain software provider E2open and as an analyst for Net Market Makers.


Karpinski holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.S. from Syracuse University.


Managing Director

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Mark Lowenstein

Mark Lowenstein is a leading wireless industry executive, advisor, and commentator. Most recently, Lowenstein was a member of the senior leadership team at Verizon Wireless, where as Vice President of Strategy he led the company’s efforts in product and business planning, market segmentation, national pricing, and customer intelligence for both consumer and enterprise markets.


Prior to his role at Verizon Wireless, Lowenstein was Managing Director of consulting firm, Mobile Ecosystem, where he advised companies and C-level executives across the landscape of wireless communications on market, product, and industry strategy. Prior to founding Mobile Ecosystem, Lowenstein spent ten years at the Yankee Group, where he founded and led the company’s wireless practices on a global basis. He also managed Yankee Group’s overall research activities in Canada, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Lowenstein also spent a year as VP, Strategy at Informio, a wireless software and applications firm that raised $40 million from leading VCs.


During the course of his fifteen-year career as an industry consultant, Lowenstein has advised nearly all of the major players across the mobile value chain, as well as top advertising agencies, media/entertainment firms, and industry associations. Lowenstein has also had advisory roles with several leading venture capital and private equity firms. He has been on the advisory boards of Telephia, SeaPoint Ventures, Visage Mobile, East Peak Advisors, and Froghop. In 2006, Lowenstein was selected by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to be part of an executive team to determine wireless strategy for the City of Boston. Lowenstein also founded the Boston Wireless Braintrust, a group of twenty CEOs and wireless industry thought leaders who meet quarterly, on a proprietary basis, to discuss key industry issues, opportunities and challenges.


As one of the wireless industry’s thought leaders, Lowenstein is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote addresses at major industry and private corporate events. He has also published extensively. His Lens on Wireless newsletter is read by more than 12,000 industry executives; he authored a monthly opinion column in Wireless Week for five years; and he has written columns for leading trade and business media.


Lowenstein has appeared as an expert witness on the wireless industry in several proceedings, and has been engaged in several prominent cases with the FCC. Lowenstein has also been an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University, where he taught a course on the “Business of Wireless Communications”.


Technology Development

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Jim McEachern

Jim McEachern is an accomplished communications expert, with a strong track record of technology innovation. At ATIS, McEachern leads strategic initiatives involving communications and infrastructure providers, and focuses heavily on the convergence of hardware and software technologies to enable improved time to market and cost reductions, advanced cybersecurity frameworks for hardening networks and systems, mobile application expansion, and integration of end-user applications and analytics within national and international networks.


McEachern has 30 years of network and product planning experience covering VoIP, Service Management, SONET/SDH, high-speed access (DSL, cable, and fiber), wireless networks, fixed wireless access, operations, and data networking. He has extensive experience working with North American and international Service Providers, and played a leadership role in several key standards, including H.248, OSS through Java, and SONET. McEachern served as the MultiService Forum (MSF) President and was elected an MSF Senior Fellow in 2010.


McEachern joined ATIS in 2012, and previously worked for GENBAND and Nortel.


McEachern graduated with an Honors BSc. from the Royal Military College, in Kingston Ontario, Canada.


President and CEO

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Susan Miller

Susan M. Miller is President and CEO of ATIS, the leading technical planning and standards development organization for the information, communications, and technologies industry. Ms. Miller has been President and CEO of ATIS since 1999.


Credited with bringing an innovative and market-driven approach to the work of ATIS, Ms. Miller has built an organization which integrates the business direction of its member companies with the technology priorities that will deliver the future to this now complex communications ecosystem, expanding ATIS’ reach and visibility. Prior to her appointment as ATIS’ President, she served as the organization’s Vice President and General Counsel. As she tells us, while she may be a lawyer by training, she has become an engineer by osmosis.


Recognized as a woman in leadership, Ms. Miller has been honored by multiple trade and national organizations as well as the academic community. Ms. Miller has served on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors, the International Engineering Consortium Advisory Council, and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Oklahoma State University. She has also served on the U.S. delegation to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and ATIS’ delegation to the Global Standards Collaboration. And just a few short weeks ago, Ms. Miller was named by FierceTelecom, as one of its “2010 Top Women in Wireline – its first annual recognition of the top 10 influential women in the wireline segment of the industry.


Chief Technical Officer and Head of Marketing and Strategy

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Dr. Vish Nandlall

Dr. Vish Nandlall is Chief Technical Officer and Head of Marketing and Strategy for Ericsson’s North American region. He is responsible for identifying Ericsson's long-term vision, defining the overall company strategy and driving business value creation for Ericsson’s customers in North America.


Nandlall joined Ericsson in 2010, most recently serving as Chief Technical Officer for the company’s AT&T Customer Unit. He previously served as CTO of Extreme Networks and CTO and distinguished member of technical staff for Nortel Carrier Networks. Nandlall has led architecture and standards direction for product portfolios ranging from GSM, CDMA, WiMAX, LTE, metro DWDM, carrier routing and switching and carrier VoIP portfolios.


His recent areas of research include M2M, augmented reality and mobile virtualization.


Executive Director Network Planning

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Chris Neisinger

Chris Neisinger is the Executive Director in the CTO Organization at Verizon. In this role, Mr Neisinger and his organization are responsible for creating new services architectures that are consistant with the evolution of the wireline and wireless networks. This includes evaluation and development of new technologies and architectures. He has led Verizons efforts in 3G and 4G wireless architiecture development, IMS and VoLTE, Cloud, Analytics and M2M.


Chris has held various Engineering and Operational roles during his 20 years in the wireless industry. Chris’ previous industry experience includes leadership positions in joint ventures in Hungary and Malaysia.


Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.


Senior Security Architect for NFC, BYOD and MxM services

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Kris Rinne
  • Network Operations Manager at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • IT Manager at ObjecTime Limited (Real-Time development company acquired Rational Software and subsequently by IBM).
  • Optical R&D Solutions Lab Manager at Nortel - Designed and deployed the 1st long distance Ethernet network over optical for the NHL All Star game in 2000.
  • Senior Network Architect, Corporate Network at TELUS Communications - Designed a PCI Tokenization system for credit card processing at TELUS Communications. Patent submitted. TELUS is one of the few Telcos globally who is PCI compliant for all its systems due in a large part to the Tokenization solution.
  • Senior Security Architect, Chief Security Office at TELUS Communications - Developing physical and logical access architecture & solutions using NFC and Secure Element technologies on Smart Devices. Also developing the corporate BYOD architecture to support TELUS’ needs for its Work-From-Home program and the ever evolving mobile tech requirements of its team members.

Senior Vice President - Network Technologies

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Kris Rinne

Kris Rinne is responsible for the IT and Network architecture and planning for AT&T. This includes setting the direction for the Network, BSS/OSS Systems, Services, etc. She is also responsible for AT&T Standards and Industry forum participation. She is responsible for the wireless network infrastructure and device technology roadmap, vendor selection and first office implementation. She and her team are also responsible for Product Realization for AT&T products and services both wireless and wireline where the network is the product.


Prior to this position, Rinne served as Cingular’s chief technology officer with similar responsibilities.


Prior to joining Cingular, she was vice president—Technology Strategy for SBC Wireless, responsible for new product development and network operations support. She has worked for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems as managing director—Operations. Kris has over 35 years experience in telecommunications.


Group Vice President, Business Services Strategy

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Sueet Sabharwal

Sumeet Sabharwal is Group Vice President at TWC, responsible for strategy for Business Services. In his role, Sabharwal directs TWC’s long-term strategy, planning, strategic partnerships, alliances, and corporate development activities aimed at sustaining TWC’s aggressive growth in the Business Services segment.


Sabharwal joined TWC from NaviSite, a pioneer in managed hosting and Cloud computing which was acquired by TWC. Sabharwal held the position of Senior Vice President, SMB and Global Delivery and was responsible for leading and managing NaviSite’s SMB Cloud services business. While at NaviSite, Sabharwal also launched and directed the company’s global delivery and operations platform. Previously, Sabharwal was Vice President and Managing Director at Intrasphere, where he held responsibility for their global operations. Prior to Intrasphere, Sabharwal was Vice President and Executive Director at Sapient. He was responsible for Sapient's application outsourcing business across both US and Europe, and instrumental in launching Sapient’s offshore operations. Sabharwal brings more than 15 years of executive management experience in the technology sector.


Sabharwal holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University.

Vice President, Advanced Technology and Systems Planning

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Narothum Saxena

Narothum Saxena is a Vice President Advanced Technology and Systems Planning at U.S. Cellular®. Current responsibilities include network architecture, evaluation of new technologies, and implementation planning of CDMA and 4G technologies. Prior to joining U.S. Cellular®, held various positions at Cambia Networks, 3COM, Indian Space Research Organization, Omnitel and AMI-Sanag.


Narothum has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, India. He completed an executive management program from University of Chicago and leadership courses from MIT and Center for Creative Leadership. Holds over 10 patents and over 20 are pending.


Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics Lab

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Kevin Soo Hoo

Kevin is the senior manager of Sprint's Advanced Analytics Lab. The lab's dual mission is to leverage Sprint's vast data resources to generate high-valued applied research as well as to incubate new analytics product concepts. Current research in the lab centers on social network analysis, location analysis, and mobile data security.


Prior to joining Sprint, Kevin worked in sponsored search engineering at Yahoo! where he built data-driven analytical solutions for Yahoo's customer-facing teams.  Before Yahoo!, Kevin held various product and engineering leadership positions at several Silicon Valley information security start-ups.


Kevin received his PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University in 2000 for his work in risk management and information security.


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