Board of Directors
Hubert de Pesquidoux
Executive Chairman, Director
Mr. de Pesquidoux is a former senior executive of Alcatel-Lucent SA, with a 21-year career until 2009. His last position was Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel-Lucent and President of its Enterprise Business Group. Mr. de Pesquidoux was also previously a member of the Alcatel Executive Committee and held various executive positions including President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel North America, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Canada (formerly Newbridge Networks) and Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel USA. Mr. de Pesquidoux has previously served as Chairman of the Board for Tekelec, and was on the board of Mavenir (prior to the acquisition by Mitel) and Thales. Mr. de Pesquidoux is currently the Executive Chairman of PGI and Mavenir and is also a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Radisys Corporation, Criteo SA, and Sequans Communications as well as a member of the Board of Directors of TNS. Mr. de Pesquidoux is a member of the UPMC Information Technology Board of Visitors, which advises UPMC on matters generally related to information technology strategy, acquisition and implementation.
Pardeep is a serial entrepreneur bringing innovation and industry leading solutions to the Wireless and Telecom market. Prior to Mavenir, Pardeep was CEO of Xura. He joined Xura after Xura acquired Ranzure Networks, an early stage 5G and Cloud RAN solutions company that Pardeep founded. Prior to Ranzure, he was President of Mitel Mobility. He joined Mitel when Mitel acquired Mavenir Systems, Inc. (NYSE: MVNR).
Pardeep was President and CEO of Mavenir Systems and grew it from zero to over $175 million in annual revenue. He led Mavenir through multiple rounds of venture funding and a successful IPO in 2013. Mavenir was the first to bring virtualization and software defined networking to mobile core networks.
Prior to Mavenir, Pardeep was Co-Founder, President and CEO of Spatial Wireless, which was acquired by Alcatel in 2004. Spatial Wireless was the leading vendor of wireless Softswitch and brought significant innovation to the circuit switched mobile core.
Walter has extensive experience in global finance, corporate strategy, private equity and investment banking. Walter is responsible for all financial operations and processes within the company. Walter joined Mavenir from Xura where he served as EVP and CFO.
Before joining Xura, Walter was an Operating Executive of Siris Capital Group, which he joined in 2007. He was deeply involved and instrumental with the establishment and improvement of financial operations and with implementing operational change at many Siris' portfolio companies, including MModal, Transaction Network Services (TNS), and Pulse Secure.
Walter started his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Goldman Sachs, and has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BAS from the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Merle Gilmore is a former senior executive of Motorola, Inc., having spent 30 years there before his retirement in 2000. He has held numerous senior management positions at Motorola, including Executive Vice President and President of the Land Mobile Products Sector, Executive Vice President and President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Executive Vice President and President of the Communications Enterprise. Mr. Gilmore served as an Industrial Partner of Ripplewood during the Principals’ tenure there. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Proxim Corp., Japan Telecom, Inc., MedQuist (now MModal), and Mediabolic, Inc., as well as Chairman of the Board and a representative officer of D&M Holdings Inc. and Executive Chairman of Tekelec and Airvana. Mr. Gilmore currently serves on the Board of Directors of Stratus Technologies, PulseSecure and Revenew Systems, LLC.
Mr. Kai Oistamo had a 24 year career at Nokia, having spent the last 10 years as part of the Nokia Leadership Team. He was most recently Chief Development Officer for Nokia, reporting directly to the CEO. Kai joined Nokia in 1991 and held several managerial and technical positions at the former Nokia Consumer Electronics unit. In 1995, he was named Product Manager of Nokia Mobile Phones. Two years later, he was promoted to Vice President of the TDMA Business Line. He was named Senior Vice President of Nokia Mobile Phones in 2002, before being appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Phones. He was later appointed to head Nokia’s Devices unit, a position he held until assuming the role of Chief Development Officer. Kai holds a doctorate degree in technology and a master's degree in engineering from Tampere University of Technology in Finland. He is Chairman of the Board of Tekes and also serves on the board of Sanoma Corporation.
Mr. Roderick Randall spent over 25 years in the technology and computer networking industry as an entrepreneur, senior executive and venture capitalist. He was a Founding Partner at Vesbridge Partners and a General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital, where he led the mobile investment practice. Previously, Mr. Randall was Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Lucent Technologies, and was Vice President of Marketing at Ascend. Prior to that, Mr. Randall was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Stratus Computer and General Manager of its SS7 business, and Vice President of Strategic Market Development at Madge Networks, following its 1996 acquisition of Teleos Communications. Mr. Randall co-founded Teleos in 1987, and served many roles including as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and Vice President of WAN Access Technology. He began his career at AT&T Bell Labs and holds several U.S. patents. Mr. Randall was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Tekelec, Airvana, TNS, Bytemobile, Bitfone, Snowshore, Teltier Technologies, ProQuent, FusionOne, Dynamicsoft and VisageMobile. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Stratus Technologies and PGi and a member of the Board of Overseers of PBS TV producer and broadcaster WGBH.
Mr. Ted Schell has worked in the telecom industry for over 20 years having last served as Sprint Corporation’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development and as a member of its Management Committee from 1989-2000. Mr. Schell played a leading role in the founding of Sprint PCS, (a Sprint, TCI, Cox and Comcast partnership) for which he also provided strategic oversight on behalf of Sprint. Prior to joining Sprint, Mr. Schell was the Founder, President and CEO of Realcom Communications Corporation, which was established in 1983 and acquired by IBM in 1987. Mr. Schell also founded and serves as Chairman of Enforta, Russia’s largest and fastest growing wireless broadband access company since 2003. Mr. Schell is a member of the Board of Directors of TNS, PGi, and Enforta and previously was a member of the Boards of Directors of Tekelec, Airvana, Clearwire, Time Warner Telecom, RCN, Comverse Technology and Flag. Prior to joining Siris, Mr. Schell was a General Partner at Apax for several years as well as a Managing Director at Associated Partners, LP.
Ron de Lange
Mr. Ron de Lange is the former CEO of Tekelec, where he spent 8 years and also served as Executive Vice President of Global Product Solutions. Prior to joining Tekelec, he had a 24 year career at Lucent Technologies, where he held a number of leadership roles. Since 2014, Ronald has been a professional investor engaged in financing early stage technology companies and managing other business interests. Ronald currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Radisys Corporation, a high performance software and integrated systems company focused on helping communications service providers maximize, virtualize and monetize their networks and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Mavenir. Mr. de Lange holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from DePaul University. He also has completed management studies at the Wharton School of Management and Yale University.