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Wall of Fame

Mario Bouchard

President and CEO - iBwave

For the past 20 years, Mario Bouchard, President and CEO of iBwave, has led an inspiring career path in the Telecommunications industry. Mr. Bouchard has worked on projects in complex indoor environments, developing extensive knowledge of the in-building wireless network design industry.

 

As a co-founder, Mr. Bouchard holds the responsibilities of President and CEO of iBwave. He has been a leading contributor to the creation of many of iBwave’s products including its flagship, iBwave Design. With studies in RF electronics, Mr. Bouchard often takes the stand at international public speaking events to share his knowledge within the different fields of the telecommunications industry.

Prior to joining iBwave, Mr. Bouchard spent 14 years in key leadership roles to develop and expand in-building initiatives at Bell Canada and TELUS Mobility, two of the leading wireless carriers in Canada. As an indoor specialist, not only did he design and plan hundreds of projects but he also managed special project teams located in the two biggest markets in Canada. Amongst some of his greatest achievements, Mr. Bouchard completed the Montreal Underground City project by designing and planning multi-technology indoor networks on 32 kilometers of underground path.

 

Hans Vestberg

President and CEO - Ericsson

Hans Vestberg is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group, one of the world’s leading providers of telecommunications technology and services. Working in more than 180 countries, Ericsson has more than 100,000 employees and generated revenue of 35 billion US dollars in 2011. The company was founded in 1876 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Under his direction, Ericsson has become the main driver toward the Networked Society, where connectivity is the fuel of progress. The success of the Networked Society concept will rest on the ability to bring together mobility, broadband, and cloud computing. Networks must be transformed to become smart, scalable and give superior performance.

 

Michael Millegan

Global President -Verizon Wholesale

Michael "Mike" Millegan is president of Verizon Global Wholesale for Verizon Telecom, responsible for Verizon's wholesale business, including strategic planning, marketing and sales as well as ordering, provisioning and maintenance of local and long-distance services. He is also responsible for ordering and billing operations that support general business and Verizon Business customers in government, healthcare, education and large business markets.

Prior to his current assignment, Mike was senior vice president/general manager for Verizon's Midwest Region where he was responsible for installation, repair, outside plant, customer satisfaction, sales and local marketing for approximately four million customers in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. He also served as market area president - North Central for the Network Services Group's West Region. He was responsible for installation; repair, outside plant and customer satisfaction for approximately four million customers in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

 

Charles D. Vogt

President and Chief Executive Officer - GENBAND

Charlie Vogt is President and CEO of GENBAND. Since joining the Company in 2004, Vogt has executed three transformational acquisitions, divested non-strategic assets and grown sales from ~$5mm to more than $700mm.

GENBAND employs over 2,100 people spanning more than 50 countries. Over the past seven years, Vogt's vision has steered the company from a single product to a global market-share leader, representing a comprehensive portfolio of IP switching, networking and application products and solutions. Today, 80% of the world’s largest service providers are GENBAND customers.

Vogt has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate growth, including: Global Telecoms Business Magazine’s "100 Most Powerful People", Dallas Metroplex Technology Business Council's "Corporate CEO of the Year", Collin County 60 “#1 Fastest-Growing Company”, INC 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” and Deloitte’s “Technology Fast 500”, Saint Louis University's "Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame" and Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year". In addition, Vogt has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts in both the corporate and educational sectors.

Vogt serves as Chairman of the Board of Kentrox, Board of Directors of Netas and Board of Directors of Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization.

Prior to joining GENBAND, Vogt was instrumental in the operational and financial growth of five standard-setting technology companies that either became public companies or were acquired.

Vogt holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Saint Louis University, where he also played Division I NCAA baseball. He is married and has three children.

 


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