Mignon L. Clyburn
Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission
Mignon L. Clyburn is currently serving as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.
Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.
A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action. She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.
Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.
Neville Ray serves as chief technology officer for T-Mobile USA. He is responsible for the national management and ongoing development of the T-Mobile USA national wireless network and the company’s IT services and operations. He joined the company (then Voicestream) in 2000.
Ray serves as the Chairperson of 4G Americas, an organization with a mission to promote deployment throughout the Americas of the 3GPP family of technologies, including HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE.
Prior to T-Mobile, Ray was vice president of network operations at Pacific Bell Mobile Services in California. His previous experience includes the design and deployment of cellular, microwave and broadcast telecommunications systems in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.
Mr. Ray is an honors graduate of City University, London, UK and a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Jeffrey S. Gordon
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Syniverse
Jeffrey S. Gordon is President and Chief Executive Officer of Syniverse and serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Gordon joined Syniverse in 2008 as Chief Technology Officer and was most recently the company’s Chief Operating Officer. In these executive leadership positions, he was responsible for the product realization, research and development, and the company’s global technology operations on five continents. Mr. Gordon also represents Syniverse on the Board of Directors for both CTIA-The Wireless Association and The Wireless Foundation. Prior to Syniverse, he held a number of executive roles at Convergys Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President of Industry Solutions. Other past experience includes a wide range of key technology assignments at Bell Atlantic and IBM. Mr. Gordon, who is the co-author of seven U.S. patents relating to systems architecture and wireless communications, earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from Purdue University and is a graduate of the IBM Systems Research Institute.
Dr. Vish Nandlall
Head of Strategy, Marketing and Chief Technical Officer, Ericsson North America
Dr. Vish Nandlall is Head of Strategy, Marketing and Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson’s North American region. He is responsible for identifying Ericsson’s long-term vision, defining the overall company strategy and driving business value creation for Ericsson’s customers in North America.
Nandlall joined Ericsson in 2010, most recently serving as Chief Technical Officer for the company’s AT&T Customer Unit. He previously served as CTO of Extreme Networks and CTO and distinguished member of technical staff for Nortel Carrier Networks. Nandlall has led architecture and standards direction for product portfolios ranging from GSM, CDMA, WiMAX, LTE, metro DWDM, carrier routing and switching and carrier VoIP portfolios.
His recent areas of research include M2M, augmented reality and mobile virtualization.
Michael J. Schabel Ph.D.
Vice President, Alcatel-Lucent, Wireless Division
Mike Schabel is a member of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Senior Leadership Team, and is currently responsible for the development, commercialization, and deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells portfolio to address data-induced capacity challenges in cellular networks. To date, the portfolio is regarded as leading the industry in vision, innovation, and execution. Known as a serial intrepreneur at Alcatel-Lucent, Schabel is regarded for his proven ability to launch new businesses, transform the efficiency of existing businesses, and achieve leadership in customer-satisfaction, technology, quality, and financial performance. Mike is a recognized industry speaker and has spoken at over 40 events in the past few years – including most recently: Mobile World Congress 2013; CTIA 2013, Small Cells World Summit 2013; and the Competitive Carrier Association 2013.
Previously, Schabel was the General Manager of the NGN Mobile Core Unit in the Wireless Division of Alcatel-Lucent where he and his team transformed the business into one that delivers highly reliable and high quality voice-based services for some of the largest wireless networks in the world. Schabel was also a founder and leader of the Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian, an industry- recognized and award-winning product/software/service-based business that was incubated and commercialized within Alcatel-Lucent Ventures. Schabel and his team used the 9900 WNG to help wireless data service providers more efficiently and profitably manage their wireless network resources while maximizing the wireless broadband customer experience. The 9900 WNG is now used by operators across the globe to impact policy decisions and architectures, understand the impact that individual applications, devices, and users have on network performance, dynamically control networks as an essential element of self optimizing networks, and differentiate their wireless data customer care solutions, all in multi-vendor environments.
Schabel began his career at Bell Labs in 2000, following his doctoral work at the University of Arizona, where he specialized in Chemical Engineering and plasma chemistry following undergraduate training in Aerospace Engineering and completing his masters in Materials Science and Engineering. He has since focused his attention on the telecommunication supply chain as a founding member of Bell Labs in Ireland, and more recently on commercializing innovations from Bell Laboratories that promise to significantly impact the telecommunications industry. Mike Schabel has recently been recognized by Global Telecom Business in the “40 under 40” executives who will lead the Telecoms industry in 2020.