WHAT I DO:
I create solutions that solve business problems. Whether in my daily capacity as CEO of the company I co-founded or in my role as a Director on the Board of a $2B Fortune 1000 company, I use the experience I’ve collected in years of helping enterprises, startups and governments in more than 20 countries around the world to provide expertise in strategic planning, regulatory matters, public relations and product development.
In short, I inspire people, remove obstacles, improve operations, increase sales and fix what’s broken.
Sometimes these challenges require a strategic technical solution; that has twice led to patents (I hold one each in identity access management [IAM] and two-factor authentication [2FA]). Even though – or maybe because – I’m not a degreed engineer I understand complex technologies and have a talent for translating them into language that non-geeks can understand and have written two books about the wireless industry that do just that. Unlike most other sales, marketing and strategic-thinking executives, I can read code well enough to troubleshoot problems and wring more use out of every piece of hardware, keyboard shortcut, workaround and power user function than anyone I’ve ever met.
Sometimes it takes a savvy manager to resolve issues and move a company forward. I’ve run my own consulting company, a global standards organization with 700 members and several other companies of varying sizes so I know what motivates people and helps the bottom line. During the course of my career in the wireless, Internet and cybersecurity industries I’ve compiled a track record of industry “firsts” and successes.
I’m often asked to inspire or educate people. As a result I’ve given keynote speeches at prominent events around the world and written books that explain technology in plain English (with another one in the works). Through the course of my career I’ve authored dozens of articles, hundreds of blog posts and been interviewed on TV, radio and print more than 500 times (that’s no typo). That’s because when I speak, people do more than listen – they understand.
Regardless of which aspect of my work is required for a given situation I bring a unique dedication and persistence to getting it done. My personal therapy is biking and I make time in a very busy schedule to ride 150+ miles/week and climb hundreds of thousands of feet of elevation every year. Riding 6000+ miles/year for 15 consecutive years has taught me a lot about dedication, persistence and time management.
WHO I WORK WITH:
High tech companies value my experience, strategic thinking and creative management skills. I have served as an interim CEO and on advisory boards as well as assisting with startup launches. More traditional, less tech-centric enterprises benefit from my ability to develop advanced technology solutions with a startup mentality and to serve as a sounding board for cybersecurity and advanced telecommunications solutions.
In the course of my career I have consulted for governments and have given precedent-setting testimony at the Federal Communications Commission. While running my current business I also serve as the resident cybersecurity expert for BoardProspects.com, the leading online boardroom recruitment network, and write for CSOOnline.com, the leading online source for news, analysis and research about cybersecurity for executives.
Among the notable entities that I have worked with:
- Arthur D. Little Consulting
- Burger King
- Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
- Government of Germany
- Government of Japan
- Government of Mexico
- Mueller Industries
- Open Mobile Alliance
- ParkMe (recently purchased by Inrix)