Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Board of Governors

Volkhard Bregulla, Vice President Global Industries Manufacturing & Distribution, HPE - IMC Chairman

Volkhard Bregulla, VP Global Industries Manufacturing & Distribution, HPE
Volkhard Bregulla leads HPE's Global Industries Manufacturing and Distribution (M&D) for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Mr. Bregulla and his organisation are responsible for addressing and solving business and technology issues and as a result delivering significant business outcome for HPE's clients in the M&D Industry. The responsibility includes the entire HPE portfolio of technology products, services as well as business solutions.
In his current role, he is responsible for the business relationship and industry specific content HPE develops, sell and delivers as solutions together with a select set of strategic partners and channel organizations to enable the New Style of IT and Business in the Digital economy.

Sara Brown, Vice President of Marketing, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. - IMC Vice Chairman

Sara Brown is responsible for all marketing communications at IoT systems provider MultiTech. Brown is a strategic marketing professional dedicated to driving quantifiable business results with data-driven outreach to IoT/M2M user markets. For nearly 20 years, she’s boosted revenue of organizations big and small; including Sierra Wireless, Telit, and Wavecom.

Alexander Bufalino, Chief Sales Officer, 1NCE

Alexander Bufalino has been Chief Sales Officer of 1nce since January 2018.Prior to that, Alexander served as SVP Sales & Marketing at Kore Wireless, one of the leading managed service providers for IoT and M2M. From 2005 through 2016 Alexander worked for Telit Communications PLC, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer, and was responsible for building the brand into a global leader in M2M / IoT business. Prior to Telit, Alexander served as Sales Director for Southern Europe at Siemens AG from 1998, before joining EnOcean GmbH in 2002 as International Sales Director. Alexander is a qualified banker and has participated in a business management training program.

Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO, Aeris Communications

Mr. Hosain is responsible for the architecture and future direction of Aeris’ networks and technology strategy. He joined Aeris in 1996 as Vice President, Engineering and is a member of the founding executive team of Aeris. Mr. Hosain has more than 38 years of experience in the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries, including product development, architecture design, and technical management. Prior to joining Aeris, he held senior engineering and management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National, and ESS Technology. Mr. Hosain is Chairman of the International Forum on ANSI‐41 Standards Technology (IFAST) and Chairman Emeritus of the IoT M2M Council (IMC). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Lou Lutostanski, Vice President, Internet of Things, Avnet

Lou Lutostanski was named vice president, Internet of Things (IoT) for Avnet in March 2017. In this role, he works across the company to identify and create opportunities to leverage Avnet’s capabilities and expand the company’s reach and expertise to entrepreneurs, startups, leading technology OEMs and other IoT innovators, enabling them to bring IoT solutions to market, from idea to production. He reports to Pete Bartolotta, Chief Transformation Officer for Avnet.
Lutostanski has 30 years of experience and industry knowledge. He joined Avnet in 1987 as a system sales manager. Throughout the next 13 years, he gained increasing responsibility as a field application engineer, sales manager, branch manager, and vice president, area director. Lou left Avnet in 2000 and spent 12 years at Motorola/Freescale where he served as the global vice president of sales covering Hewlett Packard and Motorola, and then as vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. Since his return to Avnet in 2013, he has served as vice president of sales for the Americas and as vice president of demand creation for the Americas.
Lutostanski graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He resides in Austin, Texas.

Mikaël Schachne, VP Mobility Solutions, BICS

Mikaël Schachne joined the international division of Belgacom in 2001 which was then spun-off and merged with Swisscom International and MTN International. After having successfully led the product development and management of new international mobile data services such as Signalling, GPRS Roaming eXchange (GRX), SMS Hubbing, MMS Hubbing, Instant Roaming and Open Connectivity Roaming Hubbing, he's now in charge of Mobility Solutions at BICS. The portfolio which has been built across the last 10 years is now supporting international mobile communications needs for more than 500 Mobile Operators and MVNOs across the world. Mikaël Schachne previously worked for Winstar Europe and Mobistar where he gains extensive expertise in the implementation of telecommunications networks in the fields of GSM, GPRS, Wireless Local Loop, IP and SS7. He graduated from the Brussels University Applied Science Faculty (Belgium) as a Civil Electrical Engineer specialised in Electronic and Telecommunications and holds a master in Business-to- Business Marketing from the Vlerick Management School in Leuven, Belgium.

Scott Nelson, Chief Product Officer and VP of Product at Digi International

Mr. Nelson joined Digi in October 2017 as Vice President of Product and is responsible for directing the company’s vision, strategy, and product roadmaps in collaboration with Research and Development, Sales, and Operations. Mr. Nelson was most recently Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at SkyWater Technology Foundry, where he led strategy, growth, and new-offering development. As CEO and CTO of Reuleaux Technology, LLC, Mr. Nelson advised companies on strategies and new-business development in IoT markets. Previously, Mr. Nelson spent more than 15 years with Logic PD, ultimately rising to CTO and Executive Vice President of Enterprise Growth.

Rose Schooler, VP, IoT Solutions Group, GM, Strategy and Technology Office (STO), Intel

Rose Schooler is vice president of the Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Group and General Manager of Things Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for managing the IoT strategy across all of Intel's assets, including development of strategic business objectives, an end-to-end implementation strategy, driving external industry and partner leadership, and technical alignment to deliver foundational IoT technologies and solutions. Schooler was formerly a member of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions board and is currently on the board of NCWIT.

Sue Holub, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, KORE Wireless

Sue Holub serves as Chief Marketing Officer, where she leads all marketing functions globally spanning vision, strategy, and execution – ultimately resulting in growth. Her responsibilities include driving revenue, profit and momentum across brand management, product management and pricing, product and customer marketing, demand generation, corporate marketing, influence marketing, marketing communications, and marketing operations.
Prior to joining KORE, Sue served as Vice President of Marketing for Lexmark Enterprise Software, the enterprise software division of Lexmark International. In this role, she led and developed the global marketing function to deliver increased revenue and profitability worldwide through demand generation, market awareness, thought leadership and customer retention. Sue brings more than 20 years of executive, marketing and business development experience across the technology, telecommunications and services industries. Prior to joining Lexmark, Sue held various senior positions at Impellam Group, Fiserv, and BellSouth. She is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt and Pragmatic Marketing® Certified, and actively participates in a number of marketing, technology, and management associations. Sue graduated cum laude from American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications and Spanish.

Mike Lynch, President, Micro-Ant LLC

Mike Lynch is the President of Micro-Ant LLC. Micro-Ant LLC is an antenna and RF engineering and manufacturing company founded in 2001. Primary markets served include IoT/M2M, GPS, and satellite communications. Our company designs and manufactures innovative antennas for land, sea, and air. Products include active and passive antennas, single and multiband antennas, turnkey antenna assemblies, electronically steered antennas, phased arrays, reflector antennas, custom feeds, and RF electronics. Our products are designed and manufactured in the Micro-Ant LLC Jacksonville, FL facility. We utilize state-of-the-art tools and instrumentation during the design, fabrication, testing, and final delivery of Micro-Ant products.

Mike has held leadership positions at LiveTV/JetBlue, InterDigital, and Harris prior to joining Micro-Ant LLC. Mike has more than 40 issued US patents in the antenna and communications areas. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Public Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MS in Electrical Engineering, and an MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology.

Sue Rutherford, Senior Vice President, ABC, Vice President of Marketing, ORBCOMM

As the Vice President of Marketing for ORBCOMM, Ms. Rutherford is responsible for advancing the strategic direction of ORBCOMM marketing and its leading M2M satellite & cellular products & services, applications and solution offerings. Ms. Rutherford has more than two decades of global technology marketing and business development expertise in the telecommunications, software, semiconductor, SaaS and industrial automation industries and has led a number of multifunctional teams, working to increase constituency awareness and build market presence, customer footprint and strategic business value.

Sam Colley, CEO, Pod Group USA

Sam has specialized in business development within the global M2M/IoT ecosystem for over 8 years having worked in the UK, Spain and North America. Currently Sam is CEO of Pod Group USA and is based in San Francisco, where he runs all North American operations. Since being in the USA Sam has helped establish Pod’s reputation as an MVNO in the market, built out a successful partner program and continues to actively help expand Pod’s global footprint.

John Schaefer, SVP & GM, PTC

Before joining PTC as the Senior Vice President of Development for ThingWorx, John was the VP of Development for ThingWorx and was in charge of development, consulting and support. Prior to ThingWorx, John was a VP of Product Management for SAP, focused on manufacturing intelligence. He joined SAP after his previous company, Lighthammer Software, was acquired by SAP in 2005.

Chris Chang, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Business Development, Semtech

Mr. Chang joined the Company in December 2017 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Business Development. He oversees strategic growth initiatives for the Company, including China operations.

Prior to joining Semtech, Mr. Chang was Chief Executive Officer at Alien Technology Corporation, a global leader in RFID Technology. As CEO, Mr. Chang used his skills to turn around the company’s financial performance, driving double digit revenue growth and profitability. The company achieved historical sales records while driving expansion in the U.S., China, and Europe. Mr. Chang has also held key executive positions in sales and finance functions at other prominent high technology companies including Marvell, AMD, Silicon Graphics, and Eastman Kodak.

Mr. Chang earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.

Christian Olivier, VP North America, SIGFOX

Christian Olivier, VP Sigfox North America, has extensive experience as a turn-around executive, managing multi-site product development and manufacturing divisions, as well as large go-to-market organizations in the telecommunications and high tech industry, including blue chip companies such as Alcatel, STMicroelectronics, e2v (now Teledyne) and Esterline.

Olivier started his career in academic research in Europe and the U.S., and holds a Master of Science degree from Ecole Polytechnique, France, a PhD in Electrical engineering from University of Paris XI, and an Executive MBA from HEC.

Fred Yentz, President IoT Platforms, Telit

Fred Yentz joined ILS Technology, a Telit company, as senior vice president and chief operating officer in January 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years industry experience in the technology solution market. Prior to ILS Technology, Fred Yentz served as Vice President and General Manager of RadiSys Corporation, a leading provider of embedded solutions for the telecommunications, enterprise data, medical equipment and the industrial automation marketplaces. While at RadiSys Corporation, Fred served in many capacities including the oversight of World Wide Sales, Marketing, Professional Service, and Business Development in addition to General Manager of Enterprise, Communication and Commercial operating divisions. Fred also worked for IBM where he held various positions with responsibility for Engineering, New Business Development and Management.
Mr. Yentz is named as an inventor on two U.S. patents and has received IBM’s First Level Plateau Invention Achievement Award. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), National Science and Technology Education Program (NSTEP), and is chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering. Mr. Yentz holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (1988), a Master of Business Administration (1996) from the University of Miami, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (1997) from the University of Miami.

Suresh Ram, President Americas, ublox

Suresh Ram is President of u-blox Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of u-blox AG, a Swiss leader in wireless and positioning technology. He is responsible for sales, marketing, field applications and operations aimed at supporting the growing regional customer base.
Prior to joining u-blox in 2017, Mr. Ram was the head of the RF and Sensor Business Unit, Americas at Infineon Technologies. Mr. Ram has been working in the semiconductor and automation industries in roles that include general management, marketing, and leading engineering teams to develop products for wireless infrastructure, consumer, medical, industrial automation, test equipment, military and aerospace markets.
He holds a master of business administration from Santa Clara University and master of science in electrical engineering from Clemson University, USA.

Stephen R Szabo, Head of Global Products & Solutions - Internet of Things, Verizon

Steve Szabo leads product and solution development for Verizon's Internet of Things (IoT) global business unit. A visionary leader, Steve has a successful 16-year track record with the company, pioneering customer-focused products, solutions and programs from ideation to delivery.
In his current role, Steve is responsible for establishing Verizon's leadership position in the IoT ecosystem by delivering products that resolve complex IoT challenges for customers. He owns product strategy, business development and commercialization for ThingSpace, Verizon's IoT enablement platform. As a key component for broadening adoption to the platform, Steve leads the effort to drive ThingSpace client penetration into the leading chipset and module OEMs. He is also responsible for developing strategic carrier and cloud service partner relationships that scale Verizon's IoT capabilities and extend the global reach of its IoT vision.
Previously, Steve held several roles of increasing responsibilities within Verizon Wireline and Wireless business units, including Technology Planning, Product Development and Mobility Management.
Steve is a graduate of Ohio University and holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Ludovico Fassati, Head of Vodafone IOT Americas, Vodafone

Ludovico joined Vodafone in August 2014 thanks to the acquisition of Cobra Automotive Technologies. Ludovico is now leading Vodafone IOT business in the Americas based out of the New York City office. Before this he was heading Vodafone IoT Vertical Market Development with responsibility for driving new business, new technologies (as NBIOT and IOT Satellite) and developing vertical industries such as smart metering, home automation, industrial equipment and m-health.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Ludovico was the CEO of Cobra Telematics (now Vodafone Telematics) leading 450 employees in 7 different countries. Ludovico started his career in the Private Equity industry in Italy and in the UK leading investments in different sectors such as logistics, luxury goods, gaming, renewable energies and food.
Ludovico holds a degree in economics and financial institutions from Università L. Bocconi of Milan (Italy). As well as his native Italian, he is fluent in English and French.

IMC Chairmen Emeritus

Syed Zaeem Hosain, IMC Chairman 2017-2018

Mr. Hosain joined Aeris in 1996 as a member of the founding executive team, and as CTO is responsible for the company’s networks, development programs and technology strategy. With over thirty-five years experience in the semiconductor, computer and telecommunications industries, and prior to joining Aeris, he has held senior engineering/management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National and ESS Technology. Mr. Hosain is Chairman of the International Forum on ANSI-41 Standards Technology (IFAST), Chairman of the Global M2M Realization Forum (GM2MRF), and is on the Board of the Mobility CDMA Development Group (MDG, formerly CDMA Development Group).

Joel Young, IMC Chairman 2016-2017

Joel Young founded IoT Advisors, a consultancy, in 2017. Mr. Young had been Sr. Vice President and CTO for Digi International since 2006. He joined Digi in July 2000 as Vice President of Engineering. Prior to joining Digi, Young served as a Vice President for Transcrypt International, a provider of encryption products, in various engineering, sales and marketing positions from February 1996 to June 2000. He held various engineering and management positions at AT&T and AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1986 to 1996. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and holds 16 patents in various telecommunications and machine connectivity technologies.

Alexander Bufalino, IMC Chairman 2015-2016

Alexander Bufalino has been Chief Sales Officer of 1nce since January 2018.Prior to that, Alexander served as SVP Sales & Marketing at Kore Wireless, one of the leading managed service providers for IoT and M2M. From 2005 through 2016 Alexander worked for Telit Communications PLC, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer, and was responsible for building the brand into a global leader in M2M / IoT business. Prior to Telit, Alexander served as Sales Director for Southern Europe at Siemens AG from 1998, before joining EnOcean GmbH in 2002 as International Sales Director. Alexander is a qualified banker and has participated in a business management training program.

Alex Brisbourne, IMC Chairman 2014-2015

Alex Brisbourne co-founded KORE in 2003 and served as its President and CEO until 2017, and currently retains a board seat with the company. He has over 30 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industry in companies in Europe, North America, and Asia. As Managing Partner at Aegis Communications Investments L.P. he oversees investment in emerging media and communications initiatives.

Jürgen Hase, IMC Chairman 2013-2014

Jürgen Hase is the CEO of Unlimit, Reliance Group's IoT Business and has worked with the global telecommunications industry for more than 25 years to develop, implement and execute new businesses in different global markets.
Jürgen was Director-IoT/M2M with Ooredoo at the Group level, based in Qatar, responsible for implementing the IoT business for Ooredoo in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, in multiple vertical segments such as Automotive, Telematics, Smart Cities, Healthcare, Insurance, and Energy. Before Ooredoo, he was Vice President of the M2M Competence Center at Deutsche Telekom (DT) for over a decade. As one of the founders, he helped DT develop this unit as one of the leading global players in the field of IoT.