Westell Leadership

 

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Richard S. Gilbert
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rick joined Westell as CEO in February of 2009. Prior to Westell, Rick served as the CEO of Kineto Wireless and as Chairman and CEO of Copper Mountain Networks, which he took public in 1999. Rick was also President of ADC Kentrox and Sr. VP of ADC Telecommunications. He has also held senior management positions at Make Systems, Vitalink Corporation and IBM Corporation. Rick has served as a Director for several companies, including Paragon Networks, Vertical Networks, Danger and, currently, Kineto Wireless.

Rick holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BA in Mathematics from University of California at Berkeley.


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Rich Cremona
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
In his role as SVP and Chief Operating Officer, Rich is responsible for worldwide sales, operations, and services for Westell. With more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry, Rich has held leadership roles in sales, marketing, services, operations, human resources, and international business development. Prior to joining Westell, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kentrox (recently acquired by Westell) for more than five years and was also on the Board of Directors. He previously held executive positions with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Sprint, and Openwave Systems. Rich is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Communications.

 


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Tom Minichiello
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined Westell in 2013 as SVP and CFO, responsible for all aspects of finance as well as information technology, human resources, legal, and facilities. Tom came to Westell from Tellabs, where he served as acting Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of Financial Operations, Vice President of Finance for North America, Director of Finance for Tellabs’ product divisions, and Controller for the optical networking group. Prior to Tellabs, Tom served in various financial leadership roles at Andrew Corporation, Phelps Dodge, and United Technologies. He began his career in the finance organization at Sterling Drug. Tom holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and operations management from DePaul University, an MS in accounting from the University of Hartford, and a BA in economics from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Financial Executives International.

 


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Ben Stump
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Ben Stump is SVP and Chief Technology Officer at Westell. He is responsible for providing the vision and leadership in defining the corporate strategy for Westell products and technology. Ben has more than 15 years of telecommunications experience specializing in Operations Support Systems (OSS) and technology, operations and engineering for operators globally. Prior to joining Kentrox, he served in an executive consulting role for BCGI and DAX Technologies and numerous start-up companies. He was previously Vice President of Technology for Digicel USA and held leadership roles at Telcordia. He graduated with a Masters of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lafayette College.

 


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Scott Goodrich
President, Cellular Specialties, Inc.
Scott founded CSI in 1997 and continues to lead that organization today. He has over 17 years of experience delivering in-building wireless products and services. Scott is also co-founder of Wavelink Communications, a wireless communications company responsible for the early funding of CSI. Previously, he worked in Sales and Marketing for Nextel Communications, Open Development Corporation and Vedas Systems. Scott is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in Marketing.

 


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Chris Shaver
Senior Vice President, Product Development 
Chris Shaver is SVP, Product Development for Westell. Previously, Chris held the positions of Senior Vice President and General Manager for Westell and General Manager of the Westell’s CNS division, most of which was sold to NETGEAR in an asset sale in April 2011. Prior to that Chris served as Westell's Chief Technology Officer and in various senior Engineering roles. Mr. Shaver joined Westell in January of 2005 as Vice President of Engineering, overseeing the development of several of Westell's new product lines. Prior to Westell, Mr. Shaver was Vice President of Engineering at Copper Mountain Networks, and helped Copper Mountain migrate from IP DSLAMs to IP service delivery platforms for video, voice and data. Before Copper Mountain he was co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at Oresis Communications, and in the 1990s, Mr. Shaver had various engineering roles at ADC Kentrox. He has been developing leading-edge networking products for over 20 years and holds two patents in networking technologies. Mr. Shaver received his engineering degree from Cornell University, and he completed an executive education program at the Harvard Business School.

 


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Naveed Bandukwala
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Naveed joined Westell as Vice President of Corporate Development in March of 2012. Naveed is a senior transaction and advisory professional with extensive experience leading buy and sell-side acquisition assignments, post-merger integration efforts, public equity offerings and business development initiatives. Prior to Westell, Naveed served as a Director in Corporate Development at both Nokia Corporation and its subsidiary NAVTEQ Corporation. Prior to joining NAVTEQ, Naveed was an investment banker at William Blair & Company, and he held previous positions at A.T. Kearney, Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Naveed holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Kirk R. Brannock
Kirk R. Brannock was appointed to the Westell Board in February 2011. Mr. Brannock retired from his position as Senior Vice President- Network Services at AT&T, a leading provider of voice, video, data and broadband delivery services, after a successful career spanning more that 30 years in the telecommunications industry. He served in leadership positions at AT&T, Ameritech and SBC, including Senior Vice President – AT&T Ethernet, Senior Vice President – AT&T Core Installation & Maintenance and President – SBC/Ameritech Midwest Network Services. Over the course of a career that began with Michigan Bell, Mr. Brannock developed extensive experience in the areas of business office operations, human resources, central office operations, installation, maintenance, construction, engineering, labor relations and systems planning.

Mr. Brannock earned a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Michigan State University after being named as one of 25 outstanding seniors in the graduating class. He has served in leadership positions on the boards of two not-for-profit organizations: DayOneNetwork and the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


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Robert W. Foskett
Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member of Table Mountain Capital LLC
Robert W. Foskett is the Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member of Table Mountain Capital LLC, a private investment company. He has served in this position since 2006. Prior to joining Table Mountain Capital LLC, he served from 2002 to 2006 as a Research Director at L.H. Investments, a private investment company.


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James M. Froisland
James M. Froisland has served as a Director of the Company since March 2009. Mr. Froisland served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of InfuSystem Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of infusion pumps and related services to hospitals, oncology practices and other alternative site healthcare providers from December 2010 to July 2012. Mr. Froisland had served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer and Corporate Secretary for Material Sciences Corporation, a leading provider of material-based solutions for acoustical and coated-metal applications, from 2006 to 2010. Prior to this role, Mr. Froisland served from 2002 to 2005 as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer for InteliStaf Healthcare, Inc., a private provider of healthcare staffing services. He previously held executive/c-level and senior financial, operational and information technology positions with a number of global companies, including Burns International Services Corporation, Anixter International Inc., Budget Rent A Car Corporation, Allsteel, Inc., and The Pillsbury Company. Mr. Froisland started his career with the public accounting firm, KPMG LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Froisland has an MBA in Management Information Systems from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and a BA in Math and Accounting from Luther College.


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J. Thomas Gruenwald
Managing Partner of Alliant Formulations, LLC
J. Thomas Gruenwald has served as a director of the Company since October 2013. Mr. Gruenwald is currently the Managing Partner at Alliant Formulations, LLC, a leading manufacturer of personal care products requiring complex chemistry and manufacturing processes. Prior to Alliant Formulations Mr. Gruenwald was a managing director at the Global Sentry Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and turnaround firm specializing in small and mid-sized high tech corporations. Mr. Gruenwald has more than 25 years of telecommunications experience. He held a number of senior executive positions at Tellabs, a multi-billion dollar designer and manufacturer of telecommunications systems. During his tenure there, he served in a number of senior executive roles including CTO, Executive Vice President of the broadband networking division, CIO, and Vice President of Human Resources and Quality Systems. Mr. Gruenwald has also served as President and CEO of UNI Quality, Inc., a professional services firm, and held several executive and technical positions with AT&T Bell Laboratories. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. He served for 10 years as director and Chairman of Edward Hospital, was a director of the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Board of Advisors to the Engineering college of Iowa State University and is a trustee of North Central College. He was appointed a Director of Spectrum Control (SPEC, NASDAQ) in June of 1999. Mr. Gruenwald obtained his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Cincinnati, and his Masters degree and Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Purdue University.


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Dennis O. Harris
Mr. Harris completed a nearly 38-year telecommunications career in 2002 as the President of Network Services at SBC Midwest, now a part of AT&T, which provides voice, video, data and broadband delivery services. Mr. Harris possesses a great depth of knowledge of the telecommunications industry and its participants, as well as extensive experience in the areas of operations, sales, customer service, and human resources. He remains active in the industry and continues in advisory roles to a number of companies. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University - Commerce and has completed executive programs at Babson College and at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently serves on the boards of London Medical Management, The R.J. Carroll Company and Advanced Receiver Technologies. Mr. Harris has been active in community service and has served on the board of the North Texas Minority Business Development Council and the American Red Cross of Dallas.


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Marty Hernandez
Chief Financial Officer of Kineto Wireless, Inc.
Mr. Hernandez has served as a Director of the Company since May 2009. Mr. Hernandez is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Kineto Wireless, Inc. (“Kineto”), an innovator and leading supplier of solutions that enable the delivery of mobile services over broadband. He has served in this position since July 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Hernandez served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Rainmaker Systems, Inc., a leading provider of sales and marketing solutions, from September 2000 to March 2005 and as Rainmaker’s Chief Financial Officer beginning in October 1999. Prior to Rainmaker, he held senior financial and operations roles with Silicon Graphics and Meris Laboratories. Mr. Hernandez is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, as well as an MBA from San Jose State University.


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Eileen A. Kamerick
Chief Financial Officer of Press Ganey Associates, Inc.
Ms. Kamerick has served as a director of the Company since December 2003. Since October 2012, Ms. Kamerick has served as Chief Financial Officer of Press Ganey Associates, Inc., a recognized leader in health care performance improvement. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Kamerick served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank and advisory firm. She also served as President of the Houlihan Lokey Foundation, which oversees Houlihan Lokey, Inc.’s charitable activities. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Kamerick served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Legal Officer of Tecta America Corporation, the largest commercial roofing company in the United States. Ms. Kamerick has also served as Chief Financial Officer at numerous leading companies including Heidrick and Struggles International, Inc.; Leo Burnett; United Stationers Inc.; and BP Amoco Americas. Ms. Kamerick earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Boston College, and both her MBA and law degree from The University of Chicago. She serves on the board of Associated Bancorp where she Chairs the Audit Committee. She also serves on the Nominating Committees and Audit Committees for the boards of certain closed end funds advised by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisors, LLC. Additionally, she serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Cove School, the Childrens’ Bureau and the Juvenile Protective Association.


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Robert Penny III
Managing Director, PF Management
Robert C. Penny III has served as a Director of the Company since September 1998. He has been the managing partner of P.F. Management Co., a private investment company, since May 1980.


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