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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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Steve Brumer

Partner, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

Steve Brumer, Partner at BH IoT Group a consultancy firm providing companies across all industries with innovative IoT go-to-market strategy & execution services. With over 30 years+ M2M/IoT, Mobile and Wireless experience Brumer’s specialty is working with executives and entrepreneurs to define and execute their IoT solutions and accelerate their positioning within consumer or enterprise markets.Before BH IoT Group, Brumer was a Partner and IoT Practice Lead at 151 Advisors a consultancy firm providing technology companies with a combination of advisory and execution services. Brumer also co-founded and served as CEO of Wireless Rain which helped wireless carriers, manufacturers and solution providers build channel programs for B2B products, M2M products, and professional services. Prior to Wireless Rain, Brumer co-founded and served as President of Global Wireless Data, a national master dealer and value-added distributor of wireless products and services. Under his tenure, GWD grew from a self-funded start-up to 184 on the INC 500 as the largest Master Dealer for AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier in his career, Brumer founded and served as CEO of Wireless Data Corp, and has held various executive management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data and BellSouth Wireless.

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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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Wael Diab

Secretary, IIC Steering Committee

IIC Steering Committee

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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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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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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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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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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