Management Team

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.



Charles Wright —Co-Founder, CTO


CharlesCharles Wright has been working in the wireless industry for 26 years, and has experience in digital communications, signal processing, and estimation theory.  In 2002 he co-founded Azimuth and held the chief scientist position.  He has led the company’s channel emulation architecture development as the director of systems and DSP engineering.  Charles was involved with early 802.11a development, and was an active participant in several task groups within the Wi-Fi Alliance.  Charles is now a delegate to 3GPP and is an active participant in RAN meetings.  Charles earned his Ph.D. and BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and his MSEE from the University of Southern California.



John de Rochemont—Vice President of Commercial Operations

P1240361_100x100John 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.



Guy Oliveira —Vice President of Engineering

GuyGuy Oliveira has over twenty years of experience in hardware product development and has held Engineering positions in both Fortune 500 companies and startup ventures. Since 2011, Guy has led Azimuth’s hardware platform development and delivered Azimuth’s newest products to market. Prior to joining Azimuth Systems, he was Director of Hardware Engineering at Enablence Systems where he led engineering development for the company’s GPON and EPON product lines. Guy has held lead design and management positions at Motorola, Cabletron Systems, Crescent Networks, and Sandial Systems. He has worked in networking technologies including the early development of 10/100Mbs Ethernet, Storage Area Networks, Passive Optical Networking, and high performance digital design using field programmable gate arrays. He has contributed to the early IEEE standards of high speed Ethernet and is named on three patents in Passive Optical Network (PON) technologies.  Guy holds an MSEE from Boston University and a BSET from Wentworth Institute of Technology.