Management Team

Lee Gopadze

- President and CEO

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.

Steve Button

- Chief Financial Officer

Steve Button has over 20 years of experience in finance, treasury, planning, and analysis in both public and private sectors with an emphasis in the wireless industry. He joined Proxim to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer in October 2011 and is responsible for the company’s worldwide financial operations. Prior to joining Proxim, he was the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Covad Communications, a national provider of voice, data and wireless services. Prior to Covad he was the CFO for NextWeb, one of the nation’s largest fixed wireless broadband providers, acquired by Covad Communications in 2006. Steve’s other positions include Vice President of Finance and Controller at Worldwide Wireless Networks and Global Pacific Internet which were both pioneers in the wireless service provider industries. Mr. Button began his career at Coopers and Lybrand after receiving his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Accounting form Oral Roberts University.

David L. Renauld

- Vice President, Corporate Affairs, General Counsel, and Secretary

David L. Renauld has been our Vice President, Corporate Affairs, General Counsel, and Secretary since November 1999. From January 1997 to November 1999, he was an attorney with Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, a law firm in Worcester, Massachusetts. From September 1991 to December 1996, he was an attorney with Richards, Layton & Finger; a law firm in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Renauld holds a B.A. in mathematics/arts from Siena College and a J.D. from Cornell University.

David Sumi

- Senior Vice President – Engineering and Product Management

David Sumi brings with him a deep and experienced understanding of the wireless marketplace and technologies from WiFi to LTE. He was one of the early pioneers establishing 4G/WiMAX as a viable technology during its infancy stages. His extensive experience in both International and Domestic markets combined with his technical grounding in the RF and networking issues associated with wireless systems, gives him a solid overall perspective on the wireless domain. By translating complex technical abilities into business value, he is able to establish strategic technology direction, key partnerships and define product roadmaps with clear vision and efficient execution.

Most recently David has been a contributing technology consultant to a variety of Silicon Valley wireless communications companies. Between 2004 and 2009, David held key executive technology positions at SOMA and TeleCis where he led the Engineering and Product Management teams to translate complex technical capabilities into successful products.

David’s strong engineering management skills were developed during his early years NorTel and SAIC. David graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics. David also serves as the Secretary of the WIMAX Forum.

Mike Foster

- Senior Vice President, Sales

Mike is the Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Proxim Wireless. He joined Proxim in January, 2011.
Mike has been focused exclusively in the wireless business since 1993 and been heavily involved in wireless since 1987. Prior to Proxim, Mike has held various sales management positions with PureWave Networks, GO Networks, BridgeWave Communications, and P-Com. He has also worked for large multi-national companies (e.g., AT&T Network Systems, Alcatel, NEC America). This experience has provided Mike a broad understanding of the wireless market, direct sales models, and two-tier distribution sales models all with a focus of delivering superior value and superior customer service to his customers.
Mike Graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Management.

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