Sue Swenson has served as a director since June 2012, Chairman of the Board since April 2014, and Chief Executive officer since October 2015. Ms. Swenson brings decades of leadership experience and operational expertise in the telecommunications industry and considerable experience serving on the boards of growing technology companies. She served as President and CEO of business software provider Sage North America from 2008-2011. Ms. Swenson also served as COO of digital content company, New Motion/Atrinsic, mobile virtual network operator, Amp’d Mobile, and T-Mobile USA. She was also President and COO of Leap Wireless, International (Cricket Communications) from 1999-2004 and President and CEO of Cellular One from 1994-1999. Ms. Swenson serves on the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo, Spirent Plc, Harmonic, and is Chair of FirstNet, the U.S. Department of Commerce First Responder Network Authority, appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary, Rebecca Blank. Ms. Swenson is a graduate of San Diego State University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Michael Newman has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Newman, served in senior executive level positions at Websense, Inc. a global leader of advanced IT security solutions, over an eleven-year span from 2002 to 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Chief Financial Officer, and from 2002-2011 he served in a variety of capacities, including General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. At Websense, Mr. Newman was responsible for Accounting, Finance, Tax, Human Resources, Legal, IT, Facilities, and Sales Operations. Prior to his time with Websense, Mr. Newman handled securities and corporate development matters in the legal department for Gateway, Inc., a publicly-traded computer manufacturer. Mr. Newman holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Chief Technology Officer
Stephen Sek is a veteran in wireless telecom industry having been involved in carving the evolution of various generations of wireless technologies as steering committee member, board of director, technical advisor and contributor to various worldwide standards and regulatory bodies. Mr. Sek has served as our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) since 2015. Prior to his appointment as CTO, Mr. Sek served as Vice President of Global Product, Vice President of Corporate R&D, and Senior Technical Advisor to the CEO from 2013-2015. He previously served as our General Manager, and held other senior positions from 2000 through 2006. Mr. Sek began his career at Motorola where he served in various senior research, engineering and managerial positions for the PCS Advanced Technology Labs, System Technology and Wireless Data Division over a 10-year span from 1990 to 2000 having pioneered some of the industry-firsts wireless packet data modem and PC cards that helped proliferate today’s mobile broadband industry. He spearheaded several Motorola corporate wide initiatives including 5Nines for all wireless devices, and inaugurated the wireless data system technology lab. From 2006 through 2013 he served as Chief Technology Officer for Axesstel, Inc., and pioneered new product categories in WLL/Fixed mobile converged devices with Orange and Telefonica, and Home Phone Connect with Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Mr. Sek holds a Masters of Science from University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Lance Bridges has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel since May 2015. Mr. Bridges brings a wealth of experience to the Company in general business and corporate law matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and financing transactions. Mr. Bridges joins Novatel Wireless from Entropic Communications a leading provider of semiconductor solutions for the connected home, where he served as senior vice president and general counsel from 2007 to 2015, overseeing the company's M&A activities, international legal affairs and strategic intellectual property organizations. Prior to joining Entropic, Mr. Bridges was a Partner at Cooley LLP, serving as outside general counsel to venture backed private companies and publicly traded companies across multiple industries. Mr. Bridges received his juris doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Additionally, Mr. Bridges earned a master of business administration degree concentrating in finance and strategic planning from The Walter A. Haas School of Business Administration, University ofCalifornia at Berkeley. The Financial Times profiled Mr. Bridges for developing one of the 25 most innovative in-house legal teams in North America inDecember 2014 and he is professionally recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America and California by leading publications. He is a member of the State Bar of California and Business Law section of the American Bar Association.