Speaker Schedule

Vik Verma

CEO, 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.

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Bradford Hegrat

Principal Director, Industrial Security, Accenture

Accenture

With a distinguished career of over two decades in the non-traditional cybersecurity space, Brad is a seasoned executive and leading technology professional with deep experience as a global market-shaper for cybersecurity services, industrial products, next-generation architectures, and solutions, used in mission-critical environments across today’s dynamic enterprises. Brad joined Accenture in December 2017, after spending a number of years with the world’s leading adversarial cybersecurity services firm, IOActive, where he led their industrial and advisory services consulting practice. Prior to late 2013, Brad spend almost 14 years with the a leading industrial control systems vendor (Rockwell Automation), where he was responsible for security services, security products and platforms as a Business Manager, and global business risk as Chief Security Advisor to the enterprise. With diverse experience across business, technology and cybersecurity, Brad is uniquely skilled in Embedded, (I)IoT and Industrial disciplines. With a career founded on enabling business excellence by amplifying company strengths, his experience as a CTO/SVP, executive, researcher, penetration tester and red team operator provide a unique perspective not often found in industry. Brad is an active CISSP and CISM; a US Marine Veteran; and a holder of nine patents in industrial cloud, security, and big data, with an addition six patents pending.

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Mike Walkley

Managing Director, Canaccord Genuity

Canaccord Genuity

Mike Walkley is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Canaccord specializing in communications technology. Mike has over 18 years of experience as a research analyst, and previously worked at Piper Jaffray, where he was the senior wireless technologies analyst for the past 6 years. Mike has also worked in equity research at RBC Capital Markets and Raymond James Financial. Mike was ranked number 2 sell-side analyst in 2014 in part due to his recommendations of IoT public companies. He was also ranked No. 3 stock picker for communications equipment for 2004 by Starmine and No. 5 stock picker for telecommunications equipment for 2004 by the Wall Street Journal. He holds a bachelors degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and economics from the University of Chicago

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Joseph Bradley

Global Vice President, Customer Experience, Incubation Services & Technology, Cisco

Cisco

Joseph is Global Vice President, Customer Experience, Incubation Services and Technology. His team continuously works to identify new opportunities to help customers around the world adapt to a rapidly changing digital world. This includes the incubation and delivery of IoT and data services, emerging blockchain technologies, and smart city solutions. Joseph has deep knowledge of both start-up and enterprise businesses, and is a technology disruption thought leader for emerging technologies and business culture. Prior to joining Cisco, he was President at Uptake Technologies, CEO at C3 Communications, and Vice President/General Manager of AT&T’s Data Communications group. He holds an economics degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Mirko Grabel

Senior Manager, Technical Marketing, Cisco IoT

Cisco IoT

Mirko Grabel is the Senior Manager, Technical Marketing for Cisco IoT. In this role, he works with third parties to extend Cisco’s capabilities with partners to build an open ecosystem. Mirko joined Cisco in 2008 and since then has held a number of senior technical roles including Technical Marketing Engineer in the Enterprise Routing Business Unit. Prior to that he joined the Customer Proof of Concept (CPOC) lab in London where he built Enterprise and Service Provider Networks with a focus on Routing & Switching and Compute. Mirko is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert in Routing & Switching (CCIE-RS).

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Wael Diab

Vice President - AI, IoT Standardization and Strategy, Futurewei Technologies, Inc.

Futurewei Technologies, Inc.

Wael is a business and technology strategist with over 885 patents to his name in the fields of networking and ICT. He is currently a Vice President at Futurewei Technologies, Inc. leading AI and IoT Standardization and Strategy. Prior to Futurewei, Wael held senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco and Broadcom.Wael has BS and MS degrees in EE and BA in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA with honors from Wharton. He is a published author, having authored the book Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone. In 2011, Wael was recognized by the David Packard Medal of Achievement and Innovator Award for his leadership in Green Technology.Wael has been active in standardization and related activities for two decades. He chairs ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42, the international standardization committee on artificial Intelligence (AI). Wael is also chairing the AI track of the 22nd Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-22).

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Steve Brumer

Partner, Industry Analyst

Michael Lenoce

Managing Director, MVP Capital

MVP Capital

Michael leads IoT sector investment banking coverage at MVP Capital, a middle market investment bank focused on the technology, media & telecommunications sectors. Michael has more than 20 years of Investment Banking experience and has been involved in a wide variety of financing and M&A transactions for software, telecom and new emerging technology companies. Michael has advised numerous companies throughout the IoT ecosystem. Most recent transactions include the sale of M2M Data to Caterpillar, Reltima and GPS North America to Telular, the sale of SkyBitz to Telular Corporation, the sale of Telular to Avista Capital and MiX Telematics on their initial public offering. Michael has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Yoni Kahana

VP, Customers, NanoLock Security

NanoLock Security

Yoni Kahana, VP Customers, NanoLock Security, brings more than 20 years of experience in managing, leading and developing large-scale projects in secure telecommunications and embedded systems, from idea-stage to completion in R&D, product and business environments. Yoni brings extensive cybersecurity experience, with specific expertise in securing embedded and connected devices in connected vehicles and IoT devices. Prior to NanoLock, Yoni was the Product Cybersecurity Group Manager for General Motors (GM), where he managed the Israeli Cybersecurity Group responsible for securing crucial elements in the car. He also was a Security System Team leader and Security System Product Engineer at Qualcomm and served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in an elite unit where he led and developed cybersecurity solutions.

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Don Malloy

Chairman, OATH

OATH

Donald Malloy is the Chairman of OATH, The Initiative for Open Authentication. OATH is an industry alliance that has changed the authentication market from proprietary systems to an open source standard based architecture promoting ubiquitous strong authentication used by most companies today for their Multi Factor solutions.Don has more than 25 years’ experience in the Security and Payment industry and is currently a security technology consultant working with companies and assisting with their security and authentication business. He is also the Founder of the Symposium on Securing the IoT which is a series of conferences focused on IoT Security. Don was responsible for developing the online authentication product line while at NagraID Security (Idemia) and prior to that he was Business Development and Marketing Manager for Secure Smart Card ICs for both Philips Semiconductors (NXP) and Infineon Technologies. Don originally comes from Boston where he was educated and has M.S. level degrees in Organic Chemistry and an M.B.A. in Marketing. He resides in southern California and in his spare time he enjoys hiking, kayaking and constantly learning what this beautiful world has to offer.

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James Turino

Partner, Redwood Capital Group

Redwood Capital Group

James Turino is a co-founder and Partner of Redwood Capital and a Managing Partner of LD&A Redwood. Over more than 20 years, he has advised numerous companies in the technology and communications industries in mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. Prior to joining Redwood Capital, Mr. Turino served as Director of the Technology Investment Banking team in New York for SG Cowen, where he managed public and private equity offerings, principal investments, and mergers and acquisitions for emerging growth software companies. Mr. Turino was also Director of the Media and Telecommunications Group for Prudential Securities in New York. Previously, he held the position of Vice President, Corporate Finance for ING Barings, where he started the Telecommunications Group. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College.

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Sivan Rauscher

Co-Founder and CEO, SAM

SAM

Sivan is the Co-Founder and CEO of SAM. Previously, Sivan worked at Comsec Global, overseeing cyber projects and high-level strategic consulting in Israel and Europe. Prior to Comsec Global, she served as a Captain and project manager in the Israeli Intelligence Corps - 8200. Sivan holds a master’s degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. In 2016, Sivan Co-founded SAM, as a software only cyber security platform to provide security for unmanaged networks and IoT devices for homes and SMBs.

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Cyril Perducat

EVP of IoT and Digital Offers , Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Cyril is a native of France with a background in engineering and international project management. Cyril joined Schneider Electric in 1994. Since then, he has held a number of roles – both in France and in China – across a broad area of the business, including marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, business development and acquisitions and alliances. A widely respected business leader, Cyril is also the current president of ODVA Inc., the international organization that supports the development of open network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™).

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Benny Saban

CEO, Sonarax

Sonarax

Benny Saban is the CEO of Sonarax, the ultrasonic communication provider that’s setting a new standard for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity using sound waves. Sonarax’s technology enables seamless connectivity between devices, for identification, authentication, indoor positioning and indoor navigation, and works even when the internet, GPS, and cellular networks are unavailable. Benny has over two decades of experience in the fields of Mobile Financial Services, Big-Data Analytics, VR, Broadcast and more. He also leads the product management at Sonarax, creating products and solutions, later to become industry standards.

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Les Goldman

Sr Product Manager, Syniverse

Syniverse

Les Goldman has held positions ranging from customer service, to product management, to marketing and sales. Over his 25-year-plus career, he has developed and marketed both tangible software products as well as intangible service and professional solutions. A free-thinking technology innovator, he enjoys turning problem-solving into targeted solutions to meet customer needs.As Senior Product Manager at Syniverse, Les is focused on driving innovation for customers around the world while helping to simplify business and technical complexities. Among his accomplishments, he has developed first-of-a-kind solutions for roaming, real-time intelligence, LTE and Wi-Fi. His current focus is Syniverse’s Secure Global Access, a worldwide private IP network permitting secure connectivity between IoT devices and enterprise cloud-based applications and services.Previously, Les served as a Global Product Manager with Verizon, where he leveraged his customer, market and MBA experience to successfully launch award-winning global communications solutions. His contribution was recognized when he received a patent for his work with integrated telephony services years before the advent of the term “unified communications.”Les also applies his skills outside of Syniverse. He was appointed by former Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the board of directors for the Able Trust organization, whose mission is to work with state agencies and private resources to help Floridians with disabilities secure meaningful employment. Les also founded the North Tampa Athletic Association Buddy Ball program, which enables children with disabilities to play baseball with their peers, and he also is a Buddy Ball coach.

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Abhishek Joshi

Sr. Director, Visa Inc.

Visa Inc.

AJ is an analytics professional with over 14 years of experience in building and executing analytics strategy and programs across multiple industries. He has advised clients in the Telecom, Industrials, Financial Services and High Tech space with designing and building analytics programs supporting marketing, process improvement and business growth. AJ has worked at companies like LafargeHolcim, Accenture, Capital One where he used analytics to drive strategies from operations optimization to driving business transformation. Currently, Sr. Director at Visa in their Consulting & Analytics organization, AJ is helping drive results for Visas clients focusing on a data-driven approach.

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Moderator List

Allen Proithis (Moderator)

CEO, Capstone Partners

Capstone Partners

Allen Proithis is the CEO of Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory firm for clients inthe mobile, IoT, software and technology industries. Capstone provides strategicadvisory, ecosystem development and market insights to help clients accelerate time tomarket and revenue growth. Prior to Capstone, Allen was the President of Sigfox, NorthAmerica, where he created a high-performance team of 100 people that built an Internetof Things business with top enterprise companies and verticals while providing wirelesscoverage for over 70M people in the US. As part of these activities, Allen representedSigfox with media outlets (CNBC, Fortune, Forbes, WSJ) and industry analysts(Machina Research, LHS, Gartner, Ovum, ABI Research) on IoT topics.Prior to Sigfox, he created a $155M IoT joint venture (Convida Wireless) with Sony,InterDigital and Stephens Capital and served as Chairman. In 2014, Allen raised $15Mto launch an Internet of Things spinout focused on accelerating value produced by thedata generated by IoT. At InterDigital, Allen oversaw all market development activities,including the commercialization of IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum and video contentmanagement solutions.Previously, Allen was the Head of Mobile Strategy & Business Development for HP’sglobal Smartphone & Tablet division. In this role, he drove all strategic initiatives fordevices, software and services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store.

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