June 30, 2016




Bernd Hesse – President and Founder

Bernd Hesse brings over 30 years of accomplishments in the international telecommunication market. He is a veteran in Telecommunication Metro- and Broadband Access market. He is the founder and chairman of the WDM PON Forum and G.FAST Forum.
He currently holds the position as Senior Director of Advanced Architecture. Previously, he was Team Lead Engagement Practices for Access, Mobile Backhaul and Transport Networks at Ericsson, and he was responsible for WDM PON introduction worldwide at Novera Optics. Prior to Novera Optics, Bernd lead the introduction for EPON and transceiver chips into the Japan market at Centillium communications. During his time at CISCO he was a member of the CISCO EMEA CTO virtual team and part of the FTTx evaluation team analyzing all different PON vendors (APON, BPON, GPON and EPON). He started his career with Raynet in Germany, where he was responsible for managing the first PON deployments (~1.3 M lines) in Germany.


Michael Horn – Director and Co-founder

Michael Horn is vice president of strategic alliances for Calix, responsible for leading the establishment and execution of global alliances and partnerships. Before joining Calix, Michael served as global director of business development for Ericsson’s IP and broadband product area. While at Ericsson he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions with an emphasis on global partnerships across the Optical, IP, Broadband, and Microwave product lines. Prior to Ericsson, Michael was global channel director at Redback Networks, responsible for channel development and management of partnerships including Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel, and ZTE. Michael’s over 25 years of telecommunications experience also includes sales, sales engineering, and various operational roles at Qwest, MCI, and GTE. Michael holds an MBA from the University of Denver, a BS/BA from Marylhurst University, and various management and mergers and acquisitions certificates from UCLA and Northwestern University.




Vincent O’Byrne – Director


Dr. Vincent O’Byrne is Director Technology at Verizon and has over 28 years of experience in Telecommunications in both the wireless and wireline arenas covering diverse topics such as linearized external modulators for CATV systems to wireless planning tool design for early CDMA deployments. Vincent is the Director of the FTTP Architecture and Design Group and his team is responsible for defining the access requirements for BPON, GPON and next generation access technologies as well as their evolution to meet the continued growth in customer demand and services.

His present interests are in NG-PON2 as a combined platform for both residential and business services and its deployment as well as its continued evolution to speeds beyond 10G.


Bruno Cornaglia – Director

Bruno Cornaglia is Fixed Access Senior Manager for the entire Vodafone Group managing all access technologies (copper, fiber and now also coax) by driving innovation and access network evolution for all the operators of the group. The main responsibility is to develop a common strategy in the fixed broadband area for delivering fixed and fixed mobile convergence services and to drive the operational companies to implement it. His focus has been to launch NG-PON2 trials and future deployments in Spain.

He has over 25 years’ experience in wireless and wireless areas and has been responsible for New Product Development for Access Transmission under the Global Network organization of Vodafone Group. The main goals were to develop the right technology access transmission strategy and to drive the vendors to implement the right access transmission strategy.He received the Degree in Electronic Engineering at “Politecnico di Torino” in 1990.



Jun-ichi Kani – Director 

Jun-ichi Kani is Senior Research Engineer, Supervisor, and Distinguished Researcher in NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories, NTT Corporation. He has over 20 years’ experience in the research and development of optical communication systems for metro and access applications in NTT, and is now working on requirements and technologies for the next-generation access networks.  He has been serving as Associate Rapporteur of ITU-T Q2/15 (optical systems for fibre access networks) since 2009 and Chair of Full Service Access Network initiative (FSAN) since 2015.




Paulo Mão-Cheia – Director

Paulo Mão-Cheia is Head of Unit GPON, FTTx and QoS Probing at Altice Labs. He joined the Optical Communications Group of CET, the R&D Labs of Portuguese incumbent operator in 1991. Since then he has worked in Research and Development activities on Optical Communications and is presently responsible for the Unit GPON, FTTx and QoS Probing.

During his professional activity he has worked in areas such as digital transport networks based in PDH/SDH, cable technologies for residential customers, and lately in FTTH networks. It is the delegate of Altice Labs in FSAN/ITU standard related activities where has contributed to PON standards development.

Paulo J. C. Mão-Cheia holds a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Aveiro University.




Robert Conger — Director

As the AVP of Cloud and Portfolio Strategy, Robert is responsible overseeing new technology development and ADTRAN’s global cloud strategy. Prior to this role, Robert has served a wide range of roles within ADTRAN, most recently as Director of Product Management and Global Business Development Manager. Robert holds a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee