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12:45PM | Tuesday, October 6

Peter Bailey

President & Chief Executive Officer - Vertical Communications

As a co-founder of Vertical Communications in 2004, Peter Bailey has led a talented team to the Company's current incarnation as a market and thought leader in the enterprise communications technology sector. With over 20 years of experience in technology, operations, finance and executive management, Peter is responsible for Vertical's overall strategic direction, and is intimately involved in its day-to-day operations. Prior to his current role as President and CEO, he served as President and COO with responsibility for the Company's sales, marketing and operations organizations.

In 2011, Peter was appointed CEO and joined the Board of Directors for Vertical. Since that time he has led the company through a period of significant growth and market share expansion. He credits Vertical's talented, dedicated and "extremely stubborn" staff for all the Company's ongoing success, noting, "Business is the ultimate team sport, and we have a fantastic team."

Peter started his career with Salomon Brothers, Inc. in New York, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

3:30PM | Tuesday, October 6

Chris Ancell

CEO - XO Communications

Chris Ancell is chief executive officer for XO. In this role, he has responsibility for the company's operations, strategy and transformation into a nationwide provider of advanced IP communications, intelligent networking and cloud computing services with a superior customer experience for business, large enterprise and wholesale customers.

Ancell joins XO Communications after a career encompassing nearly 30 years of operational and sales leadership in the communications and technology services industries. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of sales and sales engineering for CoreSite Realty Corporation. Prior to CoreSite, Ancell spent 12 years in a variety of leadership roles at both CenturyLink and Qwest, including president of CenturyLink's business markets organization and executive vice president of Qwest's business markets organization.

Ancell has also held management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and with Oracle's Telecommunications Consulting Practice. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Denver.


The Meaning of Network Virtualization

The hype surrounding Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has become almost deafening. As enterprises accelerate the migration of their mission-critical applications to the cloud and continue to rely on leveraging unified communications technology to increase productivity, it’s almost a given that that the networks of today will become increasingly virtualized tomorrow. But what does this really mean? What will this mean for service providers and their technology partners? Even more importantly, what do enterprise IT leaders need to be planning for today, in order to ensure that their companies are leveraging the power network virtualization will offer over the next several years? Please join Chris Ancell who will share his insights into the key virtualization trends that will impact everything from cloud connectivity, 5G wireless deployments and network security over the next five years.

4PM | Tuesday, October 6

Paco Contreras Herrera

Director WW Product Marketing - Skype for Business

Paco Contreras leads worldwide marketing and sales strategy for Skype for Business where he responsible for global go-to-market strategy and execution for Skype for Business. Paco joined Microsoft in August 2003, serving in many leadership roles in Product Management, Marketing, and Strategy with business groups including Productivity, CRM, and Unified Communications, covering products including Lync and Skype for Business, Office, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM. Prior to Microsoft, he held roles in consulting and sales with KPMG and Oracle, covering multi-national enterprise customers. He holds an Engineering degree from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

10AM | Wednesday, October 7

Candace Worley

SVP and GM, Endpoint Security - Intel Security

Candace Worley is the senior vice president and general manager for the Endpoint Security Business, responsible for developing and executing the strategic direction around Endpoint Protection for PCs, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and embedded devices. She is also responsible for Data Center Security for physical, virtual and cloud environments; and Data Protection solutions for corporate assets. Worley leads the engineering, marketing, and sales functions that drive worldwide growth for the Endpoint Security business and is accountable for the business unit P&L.

Worley joined McAfee in 2000 and has 20 years of technology leadership and enterprise product management experience. Prior to McAfee, she spent seven years with Mentor Graphics where she led a team of product managers responsible for electronic design automation and electronic component software.

Worley holds an MBA from Marylhurst University and a bachelor’s degree in management from Oregon State University.

She resides in Beaverton, Oregon and enjoys hiking and gardening in her free time.

10:30AM |Wednesday, October 7

Mohammad Nezarati

General Manager and Vice President UC Applications - Avaya

Mohammad Nezarati leads the UC applications group, including audio conferencing and messaging solutions for Avaya. Prior to joining Avaya, Mohammad founded Esna Technologies in 1989 to deliver innovative communications and collaboration solutions to enterprise customers, which was acquired by Avaya in May 2015. He served as both CEO and Chief Technologist for Esna, and was the primary architect and developer of the company’s first award-winning UC solution, Officelinx. Mohammad has more than 25 years of leadership experience and has been honored with the Canadian CTI Pioneer award for his experience in the messaging and communications industry.


The Evolution and Future of Communications

Communications has seen an enormous advances in just the past 15 years. In 2000 cell phones were rarely seen. Today the average person has nearly three internet connected devices. Join Mohammad Nezarati, GM and VP of UC Applications at Avaya as he talks about the evolution and next generation of engagement solutions that are changing the way people connect, communicate and collaborate with one another to get work done.


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