Jim Iuliano—Chairman of the Board
Jim Iuliano has more than a decade of CEO experience in the semiconductor, life sciences, display, and optical systems industries. Prior to joining Azimuth Systems, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at North Bridge Venture Partners. Before that, he served as president and CEO of E Ink Corporation, a privately held materials technology start-up that developed an electronic ink to create paper-like displays. Jim helped the company build a global presence and strategic alliances with SONY, Philips Electronics, and Toppan Printing, among others. Before E Ink, he was president, director, and CEO of Molecular Devices Corp. (NASDAQ: MDCC), an analytical instrumentation company in the life science market. In this role, he completed a successful turnaround, led an oversubscribed IPO, and grew the company’s market capitalization to nearly $250 million. Jim joined Molecular Devices from the semiconductor industry, where he worked at both IBM and VLSI Technology. Jim has a BS from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Peter M. Paglia—President, CEO
Peter Paglia has more than 20 years of experience providing commercial, strategic, and operations leadership within the semiconductor, broadband and wireless communications industries. Peter has led private and public companies through start-up, turnaround, and growth phases. Peter joined Azimuth in the early stages to help build the company’s domestic and international sales footprint. He was subsequently promoted to Vice President to run global sales and business development and bring the company to profitability. Prior to his current position, Peter was Executive Vice President leading all commercial operations, including product management and strategy. Prior to Azimuth, Peter joined Virata, a pre-IPO semiconductor company, as Director of sales to grow business at major accounts including Westell that helped take the company public (NASDAQ:VRTA). Virata then merged with GlobeSpanVirata (NASDAQ:GSPN) where Peter managed major xDSL accounts and distribution in the US and Canada. Peter also managed Lucent Technologies globally and held regional sales and technical support positions at National Semiconductor (NYSE:NSM) and Pioneer Standard Electronics, and was an ASIC design engineer at Raytheon Corporation (NYSE:RTN). Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters degree from Northeastern University.
Chris Gollihur—Chief Financial Officer
Chris Gollihur has more than fifteen years of high-tech financial management experience in start-up and large enterprises. From 2000 until joining Azimuth, Chris served as director of operations and finance for the wireless start-up Bluesocket, where he oversaw the company’s growth into worldwide customer and market leadership, raising $32 million in venture capital financing. Before that, Chris held senior finance executive positions at Agilent Technologies, Scope Communications (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), and QuadTech. Chris holds both an MA in accounting and a BA in finance from Bentley College.
John Griesing—Co-Founder, CTO, Vice President of Engineering
John Griesing has more than twenty years of experience in network engineering, design, and R&D. Prior to joining Azimuth, he was a senior director at 3Com, where he led engineering operations for the company’s cable data business with a staff of 120 and, as director of advanced technologies for the network adapter division, was responsible for 100Mbit stackable Ethernet products. John worked at Chipcom, where he served as general manager of engineering for the David Systems division and led development of 10/100Mb Ethernet products and managed the company’s token ring engineering efforts. John has held design positions at Chipcom, Wang Labs, and RCA, where he was involved with data networking technologies and products. Some of his contributions are reflected in IEEE standards and four US patents. John has an MS in electrical engineering/data communications from Northeastern University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.
John de Rochemont—Vice President of Sales
John de Rochement has over twenty years of experience selling into the wired and wireless communications sectors for both the test equipment and semiconductor industries. He has held several sales management positions at Azimuth Systems; he currently leads Azimuth’s worldwide sales and business development efforts. Prior to joining Azimuth, he was at AMCC (Applied Micro), where he held several sales management positions, including Eastern area director and Nortel networks global account manager. At AMCC, John managed both direct and channel partner resources and negotiated a successful IP sharing agreement with Nortel. Before that, he held sales management positions at Quicklogic and National Semiconductor. John holds both a BSEE and BBA in finance/accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vivek Vadakkuppattu—Vice President of Product Management & Marketing
Vivek Vadakkuppattu has over ten years of global experience in managing and evangelizing products in the telecom industry. He is currently responsible for owning and implementing the development and commercial strategy for the company’s entire product portfolio, in addition to marketing, customer applications, and field support. Previously, Vivek worked at w2bi, Spirent, and Motorola in product management, market development, and product development. He holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, a MSEE from Rutgers, and a BSEE from the University of Madras, where he was a Gold Medal Topper. Vivek’s master’s thesis from WINLAB (Rutgers University) was on MIMO channel modeling.