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Technetix Board

Paul Broadhurst

Paul Broadhurst

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Board member

Paul Broadhurst is the President, Founder and Chief Executive of Technetix Group Ltd. The company was founded by Paul in 1990, he has since developed extensive global networks within Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific. Paul is responsible for the strategic development of the company, working closely with his senior management team across the globe to achieve aims and objectives. He has a B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Liverpool, an M.Sc. degree in Microwave and Optics from University College London, is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), European Engineer (Eur. Ing.), and a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA). He has also been inducted into the class of 2020 Cable TV Pioneers. Paul is chairman of the Technetix Strategic Advisory Board, which was formed in 2019.

Philip Deakin

Chief Financial Officer

Board member

Philip Deakin was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December 2023. Philip brings more than 20 years’ experience in financial leadership as a CFO and group finance leader in UK and US listed environments. Prior to joining Technetix, Philip held several senior finance positions in sectors spanning logistics and distribution, IT infrastructure and data-as-a-service. Companies have included EV Cargo Global Forwarding, Smiths News plc, RM plc and Dun & Bradstreet Inc. Philip’s responsibilities will cover finance, operations, IT and customer excellence functions in the company. Philip is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Duncan McIntyre

Duncan McIntyre

Non-Executive Chairman

Board member

Duncan became non-executive chairman of Technetix in 2009 and is a dynamic business leader and investor with a focus on driving growth and value. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive and a major shareholder of Morse PLC, a computer company which he grew from being a small UK-based business to an international and quoted market leader. He was the Chairman and a key member of the team which built Monitise PLC, a mobile banking and payments company, from concept to a market leading position and then to its subsequent billion-pound market capitalisation. He was the Chairman of Profero, a digital advertising agency, where he was key in re-establishing the business and then selling it to Interpublic Inc. Duncan continues to invest, chair and advise a number of companies.

Jan Ariesen

Jan Ariesen

Chief Technology Officer

Board member

Jan is an experienced engineer with over thirty years’ of broadband cable TV design experience; Jan currently leads the CTO, Marketing, R&D, and QA teams at Technetix. His main focus is to liaise with key customers and be the Technetix technology advocate, developing new technologies and product platforms. Jan joined Technetix’ acquisition Tratec in 1983. Before 2008, Jan was Technetix’ VP of Engineering leading teams in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands that were responsible for researching, developing and inventing new products and technologies. Jan joined the Technetix board in 2018.

John Brougham

John Brougham

Non-Executive Director

Board member

John Brougham joined the board of Technetix in January 2010 as an independent non-executive director, he is also Chair of the Audit Committee. He has more than 45 years working experience in the electronics, telecoms, and software sectors, with 35 years at director level. John retired from his last full-time role as Chief Financial Officer of Monitise plc in 2012. He has held non-executive director roles since 2007, where he acts as Chair of the Audit or Finance and Performance Committees for both public sector organisations and listed companies.

Colin Buchner

Colin Büchner

Non-Executive Director

Board member

Colin was appointed to the board of Technetix in July 2016 as a non-executive director. Colin is a telecommunications professional with many years of experience in the industry. He is also the Managing Director, Chief Network Officer for Liberty Global where he has been since 2001. In this role, he is responsible for developing the strategy and driving innovation as well as all planning and engineering activities to assure the network is able to satisfy current and future business demands. His role also covers the Liberty Global Data Center strategy as well as the operation of all shared IT and product platforms. Prior to joining Liberty Global, Colin worked for several telecommunication companies including Vodafone, Viag Interkom and RSL COM. Colin was appointed as a member of the Technetix Strategic Advisory Board in 2019.

Technetix Executive

David Atman

David Atman

President, Lindsay Broadband Inc

David has been President of Lindsay Broadband Inc. since 2005. Prior to that he held many roles with Lindsay Electronics including President, Director of Sales & Marketing and Regional Sales Manager. A 40+ year veteran of the cable TV industry, David is a customer-oriented listener and has spearheaded the development of many client-specific, custom requirements into real industry solutions.

Phil Scott

Chief Sales Officer, Europe

Phil began his telecoms career as a software engineer with Metaswitch Networks coding SIP and BGP stacks, before manoeuvring into sales. This pivot took him to Nokia, where he built up a distinguished sales career, before joining Aeris Communications where he led the EMEA region. Appointed as Technetix’ Chief Sales Office, Europe in October 2023, Phil is responsible for all sales activities outside of the Americas and Asia Pacific regions. His valuable and diverse skillset strengthens and grows Technetix’ presence across the European region, developing the company’s fiber, wireless gateway and network power systems businesses while continuing to support all of Technetix’ key customers.

Premton Bogaj

Premton Bogaj

Chief Product Officer

Premton Bogaj is a highly gifted engineer starting his broadband career at IPKO telecommunications as an HFC network designer. He joined Technetix in 2009 as Sales Engineering Manager, where he was responsible for technical support of the sales team covering Technetix customers in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. In 2020, Premton moved to the Netherlands office to take on a new role as Product Manager, Access Network Solutions. During this time Technetix launched the award winning 1.8 GHz Direction Neutral diplexer less amplifier (DNA-1800) and led the development of the DBx smart DAA nodes, fiber nodes and RF amplifiers. In August 2021, Premton was appointed Vice President, HFC Networks and has subsequently been appointed to the core executive team as Vice President, Product Management. Premton leads HFC product management and his key focus is on bringing new technologies, solutions and products to the market. Premton holds a BSc in Telecommunications from the University of Pristina.

Premton was appointed Chief Product Officer in 2023.

Mike Chouinard

Chief Sales Officer, Americas

Mike joined Technetix in October 2023 from a decade-long leadership position at Casa Systems. Here he was responsible for cable sales in North America, increasing sales by building and leading a talented sales and sales engineering team to generate relationships with many of the major cable operators. Before joining Casa Systems, Mike was Vice President of Sales leading the Time Warner Account Team at ARRIS. Here he gained the experience to lead and build effective sales teams. Mike attended Colorado State University and Metropolitan State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Finance degree.

Johan van der Tang

Johan van der Tang

Vice President, Engineering

Johan van der Tang heads up the group research and development function, having joined as VP Engineering in August 2022. His career began in 1995 at Philips Research in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, working on fiber optic and satellite systems. Johan previously worked at Broadcom where he designed integrated circuits used for broadband cable DOCSIS modems and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) in home networking data transceivers. He then later worked for five years on ZigBee low power wireless transceivers for Qorvo. Johan then joined Dialog Semiconductors (now Renesas) Connectivity & Audio Business Division as a senior director for hardware engineering. At Dialog he led multi-disciplinary teams working on connected System on a Chip (SoC) design, digital signal processing (DSP) and system-level applications for customers located in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Johan holds a PhD degree in Electronical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA (IEEE) and has published over 50 IEEE papers, several engineering books and six patents.

Adrianne Sale

Chief People Officer

Adrianne joined Technetix Group as Chief People Officer in January 2024, leading on all HR activities globally. Beginning her career in the USA, she brings with her more than 20 years’ experience from the likes of Enron, Nokia, Symbian, CGG Veritas, The Hoxby Collective and Premise Data. Before her appointment, she led the international people function at Premise, growing their UK business from five people to thirty people within two years. Her insight into how small, medium, and large organizations operate culturally and globally provides Technetix with immense value in understanding the nuances of its own culture. She is a qualified ILM 7 executive and senior leadership coach; SHL and KornFerry qualified practitioner; Agile Project Manager; and Mental Health First Aider. 

Tom Plowman

Group General Counsel

Tom joined Technetix in August 2023 as an experienced commercial lawyer, with responsibility for all legal and company secretarial functions. Tom is accountable for maintaining legally compliant relationships with our customers, partners and suppliers. Before taking up his position with Technetix, he worked in a senior legal role for esure Group, joining the business as it underwent a large-scale digital transformation program. Prior to that, Tom was a practicing lawyer at international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys, where he focused on commercial and disputes work.

Sarah Constable

Finance Director

Sarah’s extensive career in finance began after she graduated with a BA Hons in Business Administration from the University of Surrey, followed by her Fellowship from the Association of Chartered Accountants while she worked in practice. Her experience within industry is varied, spanning both tech – with CSC Computer Sciences Corporation (now DXC Technology, a Fortune 500 company) – and engineering. Beginning at Parsons Brinckerhoff in the USA, later acquired by Balfour Beatty plc, Sarah’s most recent position was with TP Group plc, whose business focus is engineering and consultancy. She took up her role as Finance Director at Technetix in September 2023.

Geert van Gesink 

Vice President, Information Technology 

Geert is a highly motivated professional with over 30 years’ experience in information technology. He joined Technetix’ original acquisition, Tratec, in 1988 to develop their IT department, successfully building and leading a dynamic team of professionals responsible for IT hardware, network infrastructure, software applications, and the ERP system. Geert’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of automation projects, showcasing his dedication to innovation and efficiency in IT solutions. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in achieving the ISO 27001 certification, demonstrating his commitment to maintaining the highest standards of information security. Geert was promoted to IT Director in 2013, and Vice President IT in 2023. 

Technetix Strategic Advisory Board

Lorenz Glatz

Lorenz Glatz

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (former CTO, Kabel Deutschland)

Coming from a background in internet and cable tv technology, Lorenz currently advises players in the telecommunications arena with a particular focus on innovation. From 2006 to 2015 he was CTO of Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s biggest cable operator. In 2010 Lorenz was part of the executive team preparing and executing KD’s highly successful IPO and three years later pitching and selling the company to Vodafone. From 2009 to 2015 Lorenz served as the chairman of the European arm of CableLabs. Prior to his role at KD, Lorenz worked as senior vice president of network and systems design and architecture for Liberty Global in Europe. Lorenz was educated at both the University of Vienna and the University of California, Santa Cruz and received an MSc. in Physics in 1995.

Jay Rolls

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (former CTO, Charter Communications)

Jay Rolls was the SVP & Chief Technology Officer at Charter Communications, Denver CO from 2011 to 2019. He and his team were responsible for engineering and architecture across all aspects of Charter’s wireline business. Previously, Jay served in a variety of roles during 13 years at Cox Communications including SVP of Technology. At Pacific Broadband he was the VP of Business Development and between 1999 to 2000 served as VP of Network Engineering at Excite@Home. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rolls spent nine years in Germany with Alcatel and BBN Communications (now Level 3). He began his career working in the US intelligence community. Jay received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1983 and a M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1988.

Ron Coppock

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (former President of Sales, Arris International)

Ron Coppock has consulted on strategy for Technetix since October 2017. Ron retired from Arris in May 2017 serving as EVP and President of Global Sales and Marketing after 26 years with the company. He joined Arris through Antec which became part of the Arris Interactive joint venture with Nortel Networks. Antec bought out Nortel from the JV in 2000 and kept the Arris name. Arris grew and expanded during Ron’s tenure including a string of acquisitions including major acquisitions of Pace PLC and Motorola Home as well as other deals including C-COR and BigBand Networks. Ron was part of the strategic team that put all of these deals together. Ron was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers in 2013. Ron also dedicates time to personal and charitable interests including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board, the National Incarceration Association and Auburn University Alumni Association.

Derek Elder

Derek Elder

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (former CEO, Concurrent)

Technetix welcomed Derek Elder to the Strategic Advisory Board in July 2022. Derek has spent his career in the telecommunications industry bringing extensive global experience from his time as CEO and Director of Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ), President of Sercomm Corporation (TPE), Independent Director of Vecima Networks (TSX) and Senior Vice President at ARRIS. Derek currently leads Sky Advisors, a telecom-focused strategy consultancy and sits on the Board of Directors of Miratech Group and QTRACT. Derek Elder holds both a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Pennsylvania State University. A respected NACD Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, he is also a patent holder and maintains an active secret security clearance.

Tony Werner

Tony Werner

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (former CTO, Comcast)

Tony Werner joined Technetix as a strategic advisor effective from January 1st 2023. He retired from Comcast Cable at the end of 2022, where his 15-year legacy as Chief Technology Officer and then President, Technology, Product, Xperience, accelerated the pace of innovation within Comcast. His team created the features that helped the X1 win Emmy Awards for both user experience and the groundbreaking X1 voice remote. In 2016, Tony won a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in honor of his distinguished career as a technologist, innovator and leader. 

Prior to Comcast, Tony served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global, Inc. in Englewood, CO. He has more than 40 years of engineering and technical management experience, having also held senior management positions with Qwest Communications, Aurora Networks, TeleCommunications, Inc. (TCI)/AT&T Broadband, Rogers Communications, Inc. and RCA Cablevision Systems.  

Tony served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and the SCTE Foundation from 2015-2017. He has been inducted into the Cable and Broadcast Hall of Fame, as well as the Cable Center Hall of Fame. In 2000, Tony received the NCTA Vanguard award for Science and Technology. He holds numerous patents and earned his degree in Telecommunications from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN. 

Hernan Benavides

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (CTO Latin America)

Hernan joined as CTO for LATAM markets in June 2023, with 28 years’ experience in the cable TV industry. Originally from Santiago, Chile, he holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from Technology University Federico Santa Maria and a post-graduate diploma in networking technologies from UCLA. A member of the SCTE since 1995, Hernan has played a key role in Latin American operators’ transition to telco players. Notable achievements include pioneering Fixed Telephony over Cable services, deploying DOCSIS services in Latin America, and leading the evolution from analog to digital HD and IPTV services. In his previous role as Senior Engineering Director for Liberty Latin America and VTR, Hernan shaped end-to-end technology strategies, earning a stellar reputation for his results-focused and positive leadership.

Nader Foroughi

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (CTO Americas)

Nader was appointed Chief Technology Officer, Americas, in June 2022. He brings over a decade of experience to Technetix, most recently as a Principal Architect at Shaw Communications. Much of his career has been spent working in research & development, primarily focused on the evolution of broadband access systems and data analytics. He is a tenured industry panelist and speaker at the SCTE and CableLabs conferences. Nader has published numerous white papers and has been a primary contributor to several recent industry developments, including DOCSIS 4.0 and distributed gain architecture (DGA). Nader holds a double major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, as well as a certificate in Systems Architecture & Management.

John Chapman

John Chapman

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (CTO Broadband and Fellow at Cisco)

John Chapman was appointed to the Strategic Advisory board in February 2023. He is currently CTO Broadband and Fellow at Cisco. He is a senior executive with decades of experience of leadership, strategy, innovation, and execution. John co-founded the cable business unit at Cisco as an internal startup. Under John’s vision, technology leadership, and execution, the unit grew to a $1B business, making it the most successful internal startup ever at Cisco.

With over 130 patents and 50 published papers, John is a prolific inventor. He has repeatably gone through the stages of creating an idea, setting the strategy, architecting a solution, writing specifications, pitching the product to customers and executives, getting funding and then working with a large team to build, ship and support that product. Some of John’s original contributions to the cable industry include Remote PHY, FDX DOCSIS, LLX, channel bonding, DSG, and DTP. Prior to Cisco, John worked at ROLM, IBM and Siemens.

John was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneer society in 2015 and into the SCTE Hall of Fame and the Cable Circle of Eagles Society in 2012. He has also received the Chinese National Innovation Award in 2012 for his invention of Remote PHY and three Pioneer awards in Cisco. CableFax included John in the 2021 and 2022 Top 100 Power Players list.