Board of Directors
Lee M. Gopadze has been our Executive Chairman since September 2014. He previously was our President and Chief Executive Officer starting in January 2011. Lee Gopadze is a twenty-five year wireless communications industry executive having held senior management roles at both large and small wireless communications companies. Mr. Gopadze most recently was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Wholesale Business Division of Covad Communications. Mr. Gopadze oversaw all sales, marketing, product management, and operations for that division. Mr. Gopadze also held similar positions with Covad’s Branded Business and Wireless Divisions during his 6-year tenure there. Mr. Gopadze began his career in wireless communications in 1981. He has held a variety of senior executive positions in Marketing, Sales and Operations at the wireless subsidiaries of Metromedia Telecommunications, Southwestern Bell, and AirTouch Communications. From 1997 thru early 2000, Lee held the positions of Corporate Vice President - Marketing & Sales, Senior Vice President - Network Operations, and Senior Vice President - Corporate Planning & Development at Metricom Inc. In 2000, Mr. Gopadze left Metricom to co-found SkyRiver Communications Inc., a license-exempt broadband wireless carrier and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gopadze holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.
(President and CEO)
Greg Marzullo has been our President and Chief Executive Officer and a director since September 2014. Greg has over 25 years of experience developing and leading go-to-market initiatives in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA regions for both start-up and large multinational organizations. Greg has led global sales efforts focusing on point to multipoint, WiMAX, free space optics, and line of sight and non-line of site microwave communications. Before joining Proxim, Greg was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Exalt Communications. He also spent four years at Navini Networks as EVP global sales, where he grew annual orders and revenues at an 80% CAGR, leading to its acquisition by Cisco Systems in 2007. Greg held several executive positions in sales and marketing during a 10-year career at Nortel Networks. He began his career in operations and marketing at Bell Atlantic. Greg holds a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech.
Alan B. Howe
Alan B. Howe has been a director since May 2007 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors from March 2008 through September 2014. Mr. Howe is currently Managing Partner of Broadband Initiatives, LLC and oversees the firm's operations. Mr. Howe also serves as Managing Director at B. Riley & Co., LLC, in their Corporate Governance Advisory Services Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Howe is also a member of the board of directors of Ditech Networks (Nasdaq: DITC), and Co-Chairman of Selectica, Inc. (Nasdaq: SLTC). In addition, Mr. Howe serves on a number of private boards. From the period of May of 2005 to October of 2008, Mr. Howe also served as Vice President of Strategic Development for Covad Communications Group, Inc., a nationwide provider of integrated voice and data communications. From April 1995 to April 2001, Mr. Howe served as the Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of Teletrac, Inc. Previously, Mr. Howe worked in several positions with Sprint Corporation, including Director of Corporate Development, and as Assistant Vice President for Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now JP Morgan). Mr. Howe holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Illinois, and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University's Kelley Graduate School of Business. Mr. Howe was recommended to be a member of our board of directors by Lloyd I. Miller, III, one of our significant stockholders.
Toru Kashima became a director of Proxim in May 2011. He serves as the designee of SRA OSS Inc. on Proxim's board of directors. Mr. Kashima has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SRA Inc. and SRA Holdings, Inc. since April 2003. Mr. Kashima’s experience in leading SRA Inc. an international IT service and support company is particularly relevant as Proxim continues its development of WORP®, its cross layer resource allocation software platform.
David J. Porte
David J. Porte became a director of Proxim in May 2011. Mr. Porte is Vice President – International at SBA Communications. He previously was Chief Operations Officer of Telecom Global Inc. which owns and operates a global portfolio of telecommunications services and infrastructure companies focused on designing, building and operating wireless and terrestrial networks. The portfolio of companies includes LCC International, Inc., Opticore Networks, Inc. and Wireless Facilities, Inc. (WFI). Mr. Porte had been President of Opticore and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at WFI prior to its purchase by Telecom Global.