Early Confirmed speakers 2019
Director of Product Management EMEA
Claudio Scola heads the Product Management team for CenturyLink and is responsible for go-to-market strategy and planning for network-based services. Claudio has over 25 years’ experience in the international telecommunications industry, spending the last 16 years bringing new products and services to market and growing them into key revenue streams for the business. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Claudio served in various product related roles for Tata Communications, Level 3, Easynet, Interoute and Cable & Wireless, bringing Internet and network services to the international enterprise and wholesale market with particular experience in the European managed network services. Claudio is British and based in CenturyLink’s EMEA regional headquarters in London.
EAME Network Manager
James Kirkby is an enthusiastic, self-motivated enterprise network manager with 15 years' experience in IT. Having a passion for technology and interest in networking from a young age, he was destined to work in the communications field. Starting as a network engineer and progressing into senior technical roles, James decided to take on a new challenge providing management and leadership to technical teams. James has since led and managed network teams and associated services for large enterprises including CGG Services, John Lewis Partnership and Prospects Services, and overseen numerous service improvement projects including large scale wired and WiFi network installations, data centre and wide area network upgrades/new technology implementations, IP telephony/contact centre solutions and design/improvement of network services using the ITIL framework.
Head of Global Infrastructure
Director of IT Service Delivery
Phil Wood is the Head of Service Delivery and IT Security at EasyJet. He is accountable for the day-to-day operations for all easyJet systems, including Infrastructure, networks, end user compute, Service delivery and IT Security. Leads numerous large scale IT programmes to improve stability and security of our underlying infrastructure and end user computing.
Director of Product Management EMEA
Samir Desai is Director of Product Management and leads the managed services portfolio at GTT. He’s also responsible for next generation enterprise WAN solutions, including software-defined networking, cloud connectivity and security services on the GTT global network. Samir has over 15 years of wide-ranging product development and marketing management experience in the Telecommunications industry. Prior to joining GTT, Samir spent nine years at Level 3 Communications where he managed their security, IPVPN and managed network services. Samir holds an MSc in Data Communications from Brunel University in London.
As founder and CEO, Peter has spent 13 years helping IT executives retain control of their digital ecosystems. After starting Intergence in 2003 Peter went on to create Hyperglance, the world’s first 3D visualisation tool for IT infrastructure and application process flows. He has brought that expertise to bear in the creation of Stratiam – Intergence’s cornerstone technology platform. Previously Peter held senior sales and management positions at Gandalf, Alcatel, ThruPoint and Omnetica. Outside of technology his passions include sport and if he wasn’t running Intergence he would love to be part of an F1 pit crew.
Senior Network Manager
Head of Product Marketing
Laurent is the Head of Product Marketing for Open Systems. He has over 10 years of experience in the world of managed network and security services. He held positions in various areas, starting in development and network and security operations, continuing in technical account management and pre-sales, followed by product management and product marketing. Laurent is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and holds a MSc degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich.
Richard Brown is Managing Director at Straxia, a network centric IT consultancy. Straxia provide our clients with the vendor independent expertise they need to be confident in their networking infrastructure. Our technical, service and project management experts have many years of hands-on experience in delivering benefits to our clients, whether that be through benchmarking, helping to build the business case for change, sourcing, managing the transformation program or ensuring the right operational model is put in place to deliver the expected benefits. Before forming Straxia ten years ago, Richard had an extensive career in the field of telecommunications spanning both enterprises and telcos including BP and Verizon and can remember when 9.6Kbps was considered to be quite fast.
Mark Sheard is a managing director at TechCaliber consulting, a global consultancy firm focused on maximizing large enterprise customers’ return on their investment in telecoms and related services. Mark specializes in multi-country EMEA mobile services deals, and multi-region global deals including for SIP trunking services and data networks supporting Internet first and SD-WAN strategies and procurements. With over 30 years working in networking and information systems, Mark is adept at helping clients develop and execute successful transformation and sourcing strategies. Whether it is hybrid networking or SD-WAN, MPLS, broadband aggregation, managed service or mobile services, Mark can help bring together operations, technical and detailed commercials to give significant savings within robust commercial deals that don’t compromising service.
Senior Manager, Enterprise Research
Senior Manager Greg Bryan joined TeleGeography in 2006 and has specialized in pricing and market analysis for the wholesale and enterprise long haul and network markets. While at TeleGeography, he has worked on designing, creating, and launching several new data products focused on wholesale and enterprise pricing as well as enterprise services. Mr. Bryan’s primary focus is on enterprise wide area networks including our benchmarking practice and serving as the chair for several of our WAN Summit conferences around the world. Mr. Bryan earned a B.A. in Political Science from American University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He previously taught Geography as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University in Virginia.
Head of Consulting
THE NETWORK COLLECTIVE
Thomas helps organisations transform from legacy hub-and-spoke network models to digitally transformed ones that take advantage of things like cloud-enablement, SDP, Zero Trust/CARTA and SDWAN. All this is with a focus on security; I have extensive experience in cloud, network, and application security, electronic discovery, digital forensics, and malware analysis, and have used these skills for prevention and investigation the world over. Thomas is certified in Computer Security (CISSP), Cloud Security (CCSK), Digital Forensics (CCFP), and Malware Reverse Engineering (GREM) and is a Certified Solutions Architect (Associate) with AWS. Thomas holds two Masters Degrees (MS IS/MBA) from Johns Hopkins University. He speaks regularly on topics related to digital transformation, security, investigation, and analysis.