Siamak Sarbaz (Founder, Chairman and CEO, MYCOM Group)
With 22 years international experience, the vision and drive to build a global technology player and innovative standard bearer for the telecom Industry. A UK Graduate in EE, he gained his wide technical and management experience in companies such as BT Labs, Microtel (now Orange) and Nortel Matra where he held various technical, management and consulting posts, the last of which was as Chief Engineer prior to founding MYCOM. He has worked on large R&D software projects in Network Management arena to many first designs, implementations and operations of mobile networks across the world. In the past he has also held other posts in GSM SMG6 standards committees and contributed to the development of Telecom Management standards. His international experience include working in such diverse countries, as Taiwan, US, China, Thailand, UK, France, Indonesia and many others. Siamak founded MYCOM with the view to create an End-to-End solution provider that transforms mobile Operator businesses using technological innovations as its primary enabler.
Richard Hessler (President and CFO, MYCOM Group)
Mr. Hessler served as president of MYCOM North America from 2008 to 2013. He was appointed MYCOM Group CFO in 2004 after first joining as controller in 2002. Mr. Hessler is responsible for financial planning, audit, tax, legal, and investor relations for the holding company and subsidiaries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Previously, Mr. Hessler was CFO of TAD Telecom, corporate controller for AGC Group, division controller for NCC, and strategic planning manager with Crown Zellerbach. He has advanced through a series of leadership positions in planning & design, project management, international banking, mergers & acquisition, and general management. His responsibilities have involved assignments in Europe and Asia and extensive travel worldwide. Mr. Hessler holds a B.S. from the University of Tennessee and a M.S. from Texas A&M University.
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Alfred Binford (President and CEO, MYCOM North America)
Alfred Binford joined MYCOM in 2013 and has more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry and has worked across a broad range of major markets. Prior to joining MYCOM North America, Binford led the Amdocs Consulting Division on a worldwide basis, joining the company in 2010. Before joining Amdocs, he was a senior executive at Vodafone, leading its Global Enterprise business in the Americas. Prior to working at Vodafone, Binford led the Managed Services and Outsourcing businesses for Unisys and, earlier, at EDS. Binford began his career in telecommunications with AT&T where, over the course of eleven years, he held assignments of increasing responsibility across sales, marketing, network operations, and product management. Binford went on to work at Verizon, where he was initially Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Advertising, and later the President and CEO of its long-distance subsidiary during the start-up phase.
David Winters (CFO, MYCOM North America)
David (Dave) Winters joins us at the Chief Financial Officer for MYCOM North America, Inc. and will be located in the Roswell office. In his role, Dave will be responsible for managing all financial aspects of the Company. Immediately prior to joining MYCOM, Dave was the VP Finance, N.A. for Mitel where he managed the financial aspects of transitioning from a direct business model to a channel sales model. Prior to Mitel, Dave was the CFO at two companies owned by the same private equity firm. One of the companies, IntelliOne, calculated real-time traffic information based on the movement of all cell phones through the Rogers’ network in the greater Toronto area. Earlier in his career, he was the CFO of a large residential real estate developer, the Treasurer for Polycom, and the Director of Finance for Accord Networks where he played a critical role in the IPO of the video/audio switch manufacturer and sale to Polycom. Dave also held several roles of increasing responsibility within the BellSouth Companies including: BellSouth Cellular, BellSouth Affiliate Services Corporation, and BellSouth Long Distance. Dave has a BSBA in accounting, a BSBA in finance, a MS in Finance and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified in Financial Management (CFM), and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Richard Blanc (COO, MYCOM North America)
Mr. Blanc joined MYCOM in 2013 from Ericsson where he was responsible for the Managed Services Field Operations organization in North America. As Head of FO, Mr. Blanc was responsible for all field operations (service assurance and service delivery) including RF, Switch, Transport and CPE servicing Sprint and Clearwire. The FO team of 2800+ professionals maintained more than 83,000 cell sites (including WiMax, LTE, CDMA, EVDO and iDEN), 200+ core Switch locations and more than 37,000 miles of fiber optic cable. Mr. Blanc has held various leadership positions in both development and operations for TelPlus (Telecommunications), RJ Reynolds (Consumer Products) and Sprint (Telecommunications) where he spent 13 years in IT before moving to consolidated Network Operations and then Field Operations. Mr. Blanc holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Payam Taaghol (CEO, MYCOM International)
Dr. Payam Taaghol joined MYCOM in September 2005 and has more than 18 years of wireless telecommunication experience. Prior to joining MYCOM, Payam headed and established several successful wireless technology and professional services divisions for a number of industry leaders, including Nortel, Bechtel Telecommunications and Wireless Facilities international in EMEA. Payam is well known and respected in the industry, particularly on 3G with more than 20 publications to his name. An advisor to corporations such as Vodafone and Ericsson on both operational and technical issues Payam is a long standing advisor, technical auditor and proposal evaluator for the European Commission’s research and development division, INSFO on system’s beyond 3G. Payam holds a BEng. Hons. (1st) from University of North London and a PhD from University of Surrey.
Mounir Ladki (President and CTO, MYCOM International)
Mounir Ladki joined MYCOM in September 2001 and since then he has led the company software product by defining the product strategy, developing it, taking it to market and leading the organization. Mounir has 14 years of international experience in technical and business management of leading edge Telecom and IT solutions. An industry visionary and veteran of Mobile solutions, he is actively participating in shaping the future of OSS and Networks Operations and Management. For the second consecutive year Mounir has recently been recognized by 'Global Telecoms Business' as one of the leading 40 under 40 executives in the Telecoms industry worldwide. Prior to joining MYCOM, Mounir worked at Nortel where he setup and managed the advanced engineering services group and headed 3G and next generation solution pre-sales and design. During this period he designed solutions for more than 20 mobile operators worldwide in APAC, EMEA and US, and obtained many distinctions including the Nortel's President Award. He gained a master degree in Telecom engineering with distinction from Supélec, a business degree from Sorbonne University and executive education at INSEAD.