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Dialogue with Industry Leaders: The Roadmap to 2025

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

6:30 - 8:00 PM


The communications industry has experienced a thirty-year explosion in growth that connected much of the world with the Internet. The past ten years alone saw the advent and seemingly overnight spread of the smartphone, as well as new wireless standards that provide us with a faster connection in our pockets than we used to have in our houses. In this special session, we ask a panel of industry leaders, "What might the next ten years show us?" and "What can we learn from the previous decade to position ourselves for maximum contribution in the coming decade?"  This dialogue will feature audience interaction with our distinguished panel, and is open to both technical and industry program participants.


David Lu, Vice President, Business Solutions Development, AT&T

David, Vice President – Business Solutions Development, is responsible for Business Sales and Contracting, Global Service Assurance, Managed Services Platforms, Field Operation Dispatching, and Business Billing Solutions at AT&T. He leads an organization with more than 3,000 people across the globe.

David is a well-respected leader in software architecture and engineering, network performance and traffic management, business solutions, large data DB implementation/mining/analytics, software reliability and quality, and network operations process engineering.

Since joining AT&T Bell Labs in 1987, he has served in various leadership positions at AT&T. He holds 26 patents and has frequently appeared as a guest speaker at technical and leadership seminars and conferences throughout the world.


Tareq Bustami, VP of Product Management, Freescale

Tareq Bustami joined Freescale in 2012 as Vice President of Product Management for the Digital Networking group where he leads product strategy, product definition and marketing operations. He previously worked for LSI, where he was responsible for the company's multicore family of processors targeted for the networking space. Prior to joining LSI, he was Product Line Manager for the high-end embedded/network processor family of solutions for AMCC. And before that, he was Product Line Manager for Freescale's PowerQUICC III family of products, as well as a Multicore Engineer and Design Manager for Freescale's PowerPC processor solutions. He holds a master's degree in business administration and master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rod Naphan, CTO & Senior VP, Fujitsu Network Communications

Rod Naphan is the architect of the Fujitsu packet optical networking vision and product portfolio. Rod leads the organization that is spearheading and defining the next generation of optical networking equipment and software.  

Rod has broad experience in the design and planning of optical networking platforms. Over his 20-plus years in the telecommunications industry, he has held various leadership roles in software and systems engineering, and was program manager for FLASHWAVE® 4000 MSPP series product development in North America. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Rod worked as a software engineer at Bell Northern Research.  

Rod holds a BSc. in Honors Computing and Computer Electronics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Farooq Khan, President, Samsung Research America

Farooq Khan is currently President of Samsung R&D America in Dallas, Texas, where he manages research in the areas of Wireless communications, RF/Antenna, Analog/ sensors and mobile services. Farooq received the MS degree in electrical engineering from Ecole Superieure d’Electricité in Paris, France, and PhD degree in computer engineering from Université de Versailles, France. Previously, Farooq held research positions with Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and Ericsson Research in Sweden. He has authored more than 40 research papers and holds over 100 US patents. He also authored a book “LTE for 4G Mobile Broadband: Air Interface Technologies and Performance.”

Bob Gessel, Head of Technology Strategy Development, Ericsson North America

Bob Gessel has 29 years of experience in the Telecom, Communications and Software industries. He has been with Ericsson for 19 years and currently is the Head of Technology and Strategy Development for Ericsson North America. He is responsible for technology and portfolio strategy driving vision, innovation, strategic planning, and technology evolution for Ericsson in the North American market.  His current focus is on new business areas in Cloud, Connected Devices, and Advanced Communication Services.
Gessel’s previous roles at Ericsson include Principal Consultant, Senior Director of Business Development/Sales in Multimedia and Systems Integration, Senior Architect in Multimedia and IMS systems and 11 years in software R&D as Business Innovation Manager, Operations Manager, Principal Engineer and Inventor (including multiple patents and product/solution innovations).
In 2003, Gessel founded SceneScape, Inc. to deliver WiFi based localized interactive and multimedia services for users of internet hot spots.  In 2001 he founded MobileStream Wireless, Inc. targeting the mobile entertainment market focused on delivery of multimedia content and interactive services for large sports and entertainment venues. Gessel has also worked as business and technology consultant in areas of IMS, Multimedia Applications, Mobile Networks, RFID, and Strategic Marketing.  He also has a combined seven years in software R&D with Siemens and Northern Telecom.
Gessel holds a B.S.E.E from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Mike Murphy, CTO, Networks, North America, Nokia

Michael (Mike) Murphy is Chief Technology Officer for Nokia’s Networks business in North America. He is responsible for aligning Nokia’s product roadmap and innovation with the needs of mobile operators in the United States and Canada.

Mike began his career at Nortel Networks, serving in several senior roles in Europe and Asia spanning R&D, WCDMA development and sales. He began his tenure with Nokia in 2006 as Japan country manager, assumed the role of Head of Technology for Asia Pacific in 2007, and subsequently joined the technology organization in Asia, Middle East & Africa.

Mike has a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, in Canada.

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