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Eric Herzog

CMO - Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels, IBM

IBM

Eric's responsibilities include worldwide product marketing and management for IBMs award-winning family of storage solutions, software defined storage, integrated infrastructure, and software defined computing, as well as responsibility for global storage channels. Herzog has over 30 years of product management, marketing, business development, alliances, sales, and channels experience in the storage software, storage hardware, and storage solutions markets, managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales, alliances, channels, and business development in both Fortune 500 and start-up storage companies.Prior to joining IBM, Herzog was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Alliances for allflash storage provider Violin Memory. Herzog was also Senior Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing for EMC's Enterprise & Mid-range Systems Division, where held global responsibility for product management, product marketing, evangelism, solutions marketing, communications, and technical marketing with a P&L over $10B. Before joining EMC, he was vice president of marketing and sales at Tarmin Technologies. Herzog has also held vice president business line management and vice president of marketing positions at IBMs Storage Technology Division, where he had P&L responsibility for the over $300M OEM RAID and storage subsystems business, and Maxtor (acquired by Seagate). Herzog has held vice president positions in marketing, sales, operations, and acting-CFO roles at Asempra (acquired by BakBone Software), ArioData Networks (acquired by Xyratex), Topio (acquired by Network Appliance), Zambeel, and Streamlogic.Herzog holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated cum laude, studied towards a M.A. degree in Chinese history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

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Craig Walker

Founder & CEO, Dialpad

Dialpad

Craig is the Founder and CEO at Dialpad. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications (now Google Voice) and prior to that, ran Yahoo! Voice as the Senior Director of VoIP at Yahoo!

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Mike Chase

Senior VP, Solutions Engineering, AireSpring

AireSpring

Mike is the SVP of Solutions Engineering for AireSpring, Inc., and is a telecom veteran with deep expertise in SD-WAN and related technologies. He previously co-founded and was former CTO of several cloud ventures, including one of the first Cloud Service Providers (CSP) to offer hosted virtual desktops worldwide (rated #1 by Network World Magazine in their DaaS shootout article of May 21, 2012, top 100 of Talkin' Cloud rankings). Mike brings experience across a vast portfolio of other telecom/VoIP, networking, datacenter & cloud services. He is also a published author of many online magazine articles, columns and blogs found online at Computer Technology Review (wwpi.com), SMB Nation, TechTarget.com and others. In addition, Mike has over 25+ years of experience designing complex datacenters worldwide during his work with such firms as Wells Fargo Bank, IBM, Mobil Oil Corporation, Union Oil, LA Cellular, Capitol Records, Equant, AT&T, Broadcom, Experian, tamCloud, dinCloud and others.

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Sanjay Srinivasan, PhD

Vice President & Chief Technology Architect, Business Engineering, Vonage

Vonage

As Vice President and Chief Technology Architect Business Engineering for Vonage, Sanjay Srinivasan is responsible for the Company’s engineering and product development. With more than 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of data networks, voice services and hosted application services, Sanjay’s areas of expertise include network design, VoIP, software architecture and development, service provider process engineering, product marketing and development, and network and service operations.Sanjay has led educational seminars on the concept of Hosted IP PBX based services in various cities across the country and has presented at conferences on the subject of VoIP. He has also been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings.In 2015, Sanjay received the Top CTO AZ Top Tech Exec Award, an annual recognition honoring Phoenixs finest leaders in technology. He was also instrumental in efforts leading to Frost & Sullivan’s recognition of Telesphere for its 2015 CIO Impact Award in Enterprise Architecture. Sanjay holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a member of Engineering Honor societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

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Dan Foster

President & COO, MegaPath

MegaPath

Dan Foster is the President and Chief Operating Officer of MegaPath, responsible for day-to-day management and leadership of the company with full P&L responsibility. Foster has served in key leadership roles since joining MegaPath in 2000. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and data communications industry. Foster has a strong background in growing successful companies and channel organizations. Before joining MegaPath, he was the CEO and President at Phoenix Networks. He also served as Vice President of Consumer Markets at Rhythms Net Connections. Foster received dual engineering and liberal arts degrees from Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s executive PMD program.

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Todd Abbott

Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Services, Mitel

Mitel

A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the computing, networking, and business communications industries, Todd Abbott is a customer-focused leader with a keen ability to develop go-to-market strategies, sales models, and channel programs and to drive an execution-focused culture. In his role as Mitel’s Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Services, Todd oversees Mitel’s global sales operations, including cloud and enterprise sales, professional and support services, and channel programs.Prior to joining Mitel, Todd was Chief Revenue Officer at Spireon, a private company focused on the vehicle telematics market. Todd has also held senior executive positions at several business communications companies, including leading the sales and marketing programs at Symbol Technologies, Seagate Technology, Avaya, and Sonus Networks. He also has significant start-up experience, as CEO of Tely Labs, focused on the cloud-based video conference market. Earlier in his career, Todd spent eight years at Cisco Systems where he assumed a series of progressively more senior positions around the world, including sales management responsibilities in New York, Sales Vice President in Singapore, and Group Vice President in Paris, and leading the service provider business in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Todd began his career in 1982 at IBM Corporation.Todd has a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts).

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Kira Makagon

EVP of Innovation, RingCentral

RingCentral

As RingCentral’s Executive Vice President of Innovation, Kira Makagon leads global product strategy, product management, engineering, operations and IT. Over her extensive tech sector career, she has built multiple breakthrough industry solutions and companies, garnering a reputation as a leader in both software development and business management.Before joining RingCentral, she founded and served as CEO and President of Red Aril, a pioneer in real-time audience and media optimization solutions that was acquired by Hearst. Prior to that, she co-founded and held key executive positions in flagship online marketing and CRM companies—including Octane Software, which was acquired by E.piphany, and Scopus Technology, where she brought multiple generations of CRM products to market.Makagon holds a bachelors degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and serves as an advisor to early-stage companies, including Illuminate Ventures, Yozio, Qubell, News360, 1 World Online and Airframe, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors.Makagon is a sought after speaker for audiences interested in tech and entrepreneurism. Recently, she has been honored as one of the 2015 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and 2015 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, as well as part of the 2015 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards.

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Bachir Halimi

President & CEO, Speech Mobility

Speech Mobility

Bachir Halimi started Speech Mobility in 2012 to build telecom products that make business communications smart, mobile and safe on the road. He also founded Excendia, the company that developed the virtual assistant powering the Evatel cloud phone system. Bachirs life as a serial entrepreneur started in 1981 with Alis Technologies, the company that made computers usable in non-Latin languages (sold to Microsoft in 1986), then MediaSoft Telecom in 1987, a voice toolkit vendor sold to Bell Canada in 2004 after receiving investment from Intel in 2000.

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