Samir Kakkar serves as ADTRAN’s product manager for enterprise communication products and has over 15 years’ experience in telecom and data communications. He has global product management responsibility for Ethernet Switches, Unified Communications and IP Telephony solutions for ADTRAN. He has extensively worked on VoIP solutions for both carrier and enterprise applications. In 2008, he joined ADTRAN from Genband, where he actively shaped, directed and engineered many of their leading next generation voice gateway products. He has also held research engineering roles with C-DOT, India where he designed and developed Class IV/V switches and intelligent network services. Samir holds a Master of Computer Science degree from Indore University, India and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
With more than 25 years in the telecom industry, Gary Bolton joined ADTRAN in 2008 as vice president of global marketing. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of marketing for the company worldwide as well as regulatory and government affairs. Bolton has been highly involved in Washington, influencing the FCC and congressional proceedings such as broadband stimulus, the National Broadband Plan and USF Reform. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Gary held executive management positions in a number of high tech start-ups as well as large publicly traded companies in marketing and product line management. He holds an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.
Kurt Raaflaub serves as ADTRAN’s senior manager of carrier networks product marketing, and has more than 18 years’ experience in telecom. Prior to his current position within ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division, he owned global responsibility for directing ADTRAN’s Ethernet and optical solutions marketing activities. Some of these solutions include the delivery of business Ethernet services, LTE mobile backhaul and packet optical edge, middle-mile and metro networking. Additionally, Kurt has supported the market development and product management of the ADTRAN Carrier Ethernet solution suite which includes Ethernet service delivery over copper (EoCu), over TDM (EoTDM) or optical facilities (EoF) both point-to-point and ring-based (ERPS, SNCP). In 2006, he joined ADTRAN from Nortel where for over a decade, he held various roles focused on marketing/managing new disruptive market opportunities.
Ronan brings over 19 years’ experience in the telecom industry. With firsthand experience deploying next-generation optical and copper networks, IPTV platforms, and microwave radio networks, he holds an unusually broad understanding of the challenges faced by today’s operators, incumbent and competitive alike. Combining his long standing technical knowledge with his strong telecoms business understanding (operator, NREN and vendor), Ronan has assisted some of the world’s largest operators maximize their value proposition and achieve market success. For the past four years, Ronan has been dedicated to the development of ADTRAN as a global leader in the broadband access and transport arena, and continues in these efforts as we enter the exciting new era of SDN and NFV. He holds a MSc in Technology & Innovation Management and an MBA from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Jason King is the director of marketing for the Bluesocket Business Group at ADTRAN. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, he is responsible for the overall promotion and positioning of the company’s Wi-Fi solutions. Find him on Twitter at @jjking24
Jon Arnold is an independent telecom analyst primarily focus is on IP communications and disruptive technologies, such as VoIP, mobile broadband, contact centers, telepresence, unified communications, social media and Web 2.0. He has been consulting about these technologies since 2001, and can be followed on his widely-read Analyst 2.0 Blog. Jon also contributes to other publishers, such as UCStrategies and Focus.com, speaks regularly at industry events, and is frequently cited in both the trade press and mainstream business press.
Kevin Morgan currently serves as the 2015 Board of Directors Chairman for the FTTH Council Americas. He was first elected to the Board in 2010 and is past Chair of the Government Affairs committee and Marketing committee for the FTTH Council. He is the Director of Marketing Communications at ADTRAN and has spent his career gaining experience in advanced communications technology, fiber optic systems, and business product marketing. He joined ADTRAN after working in the Science & Technology department for several years at BellSouth.
Kevin holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama.