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President, Broadband Forum Board of Directors; AT&T, Lead Member of Technical Staff
Tom Starr serves as Broadband Forum's President, and has served as a member of the Broadband Forum Board of Directors from the inception of the Broadband Forum in 1994 to the present. Tom Starr is a Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Tom is responsible for the development and standardization of new local access technologies for AT&T's network. These technologies include G-PON, G.fast, VDSL, and ADSL.
From 1988 to 2015, Tom has served as a leader of ANSI accredited standards working group T1E1.4 which develops xDSL standards for the United States, received the Committee T1 Outstanding Leadership Award in 2001, and now serves at ATIS-NAI Chair. Tom participates in the ITU SG15 Q4 group on xDSL international standards and serves as Chair of ITU-T Working Party 1 of Study Group 15. Tom is a co-author of the books "DSL Advances" published by Prentice Hall in 2003,"Understanding Digital Subscriber Line Technology" published by Prentice Hall in 1999, “Broadband Access” published by Wiley in 2014, and the high-tech adventure novel “Virtual Vengeance” in 2014.
Tom holds an MS degree in Computer Science and a BS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL. He holds 25 US patents in the field of telecommunications. In 2010 Tom was named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry worldwide, in the Global Telecoms Business Power 100.
Chairman, Broadband Forum Board of Directors; General Manager, Access and CPE Platform, BT
Kevin Foster is General Manager, Architecture, Engineering and Innovation for BT’s UK Access and CPE Platforms. He is also Chairman and a member of the Board of the Broadband Forum and Chairman of the UK NICC DSL Task Group.
In previous roles in BT he was responsible for BT's technical standards development programme and he led BT's DSL engineering team through the halcyon days of early ADSL broadband development subsequent birth and roll-out of VDSL technology. He has over 32 years’ experience in the design and development of wireline digital transmission in BT's access network and international telecommunication standards.
During his career, Kevin has been very active in telecommunication standardisation in ETSI, FSAN, ITU-T, ATIS, the Broadband Forum and the UK NICC. He has published many technical papers and standards contributions. He has also contributed to several books and patents on aspects of DSL engineering.
Kevin received the BT Chairman's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and the BT Gold Award for Innovation in 2011 and the prestigious BT Martlesham Medal for lifetime achievement in access in 2012.
Kevin is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer. He holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of London, a BSc (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University.
Broadband Forum Board of Directors; ASSIA Inc.
Dr. Kerpez received his Ph. D in EE Communications Systems from Cornell University in 1989. He then worked at Bellcore, where he performed the initial feasibility study of ADSL (it was deemed to be feasible). He later researched and standardized all types of DSL and other broadband networking technologies, and he became an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to DSL technology and standards.
Dr. Kerpez worked at Bellcore and Telcordia for 20 years, where he had a range of industry and government clients. He has been working at ASSIA, Inc for six years now, where he wrote the first paper on the Software Defined Access Network (SDAN). During these years, Dr. Kerpez researched, developed, and help standardize a myriad of broadband networking technologies, including fiber access, cable modems, home networks, wireless systems and DAS, broadband service assurance, IP and Ethernet QoS, triple-play services, IPTV, video encoding, WiFi, SDN, NFV, and virtualization. Dr. Kerpez has applied for over 30 patents, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and authored over 600 standards contributions.
Vice President, Broadband Forum Board of Directors; Ericsson
David Sinicrope is currently a Senior Manager leading wireline standards activity at Ericsson's IP and Broadband Division. His current focus is standardization and strategic product management in the areas of IP, MPLS, PWE3 and Carrier Ethernet and their use in current and evolving networks. His career includes over 20 years of data and telecommunications experience in standardization, product management, architecture and system design.
David currently serves as a member of the Broadband Forum Board and as a Co-Chair of the IP/MPLS & Core WG. David served as the Vice Chairman of the IP/MPLS Forum Board, and was also Chair of the Applications and Deployment Working Group, a post held since 2002. Prior to PA IP and Broadband (formerly Redback Networks), Mr. Sinicrope was with Ericsson IP Infrastructure Inc. (formerly Torrent Networks) as a systems architect leading MPLS development. Before joining Ericsson, he was with Virata Inc. as a Product Manager and was also a Principal Engineer at Lucent Technologies/Ascend/Cascade Communications where his focus was on ATM and Frame Relay core switching architecture and development. From 1988, he was with IBM Networking Systems where he was responsible for ATM, Frame Relay and ISDN architecture and development for IBM's SNA and routing products.
Treasurer, Broadband Forum Board of Directors; Director of Standards for the Alcatel-Lucent Fixed Networks Business Group.
Frank Van der Putten was born in Aalst, Belgium in 1963. He obtained an Electronic Engineering Degree in Communication Techniques from the Ghent University in 1986 and a Business Management Degree from the Leuven University in 1991. In 1986, he joined the Ghent University Communications and Information Transmission Laboratories to work on image processing.
In 1988, he joined the Alcatel-Lucent Research Center to continue working on image processing and evolved into home networking and DSL access technologies. From 1994, he was involved in the DAVIC standardization activities, where he chaired the physical layer working group until end 1996. Since then, he has been involved in DSL standardization within the ANSI, ETSI, ITU-T SG15 and the Broadband Forum. He is currently serving as Rapporteur of ITU-T SG15 Q4 (dealing with broadband access on metallic conductors, covering DSL and G.fast), as member of the Broadband Forum Board of Directors, and as Director of Standards for the Alcatel-Lucent Fixed Networks Business Group.
Robin Mersh, Chief Executive Officer
Robin Mersh joined the Broadband Forum as Chief Operating Officer in July 2006, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. Robin has authored many articles and has spoken at and chaired many broadband industry conferences and exhibitions. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 18 years, starting at Cable & Wireless and then moving on to BT before meeting his wife and moving to the US in 1999. Robin has worked in business development and alliance management for various OSS software companies in the United States, mainly in network and service provisioning and activation, where he negotiated and managed several large OEM agreements. He is originally from Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1992.
Broadband Forum Board of Directors; Broadcom Limited
Lowell D. Lamb is a Technical Director in the Infrastructure and Networking Group of Broadcom Limited. Prior to Broadcom, Lamb was the Vice President of Marketing and later Chief Strategy Officer of Teknovus, Inc. Earlier in his career, Lamb was the Director of PON Networks for Terawave Communications, Inc., the Assistant Director of the Arizona Fullerene Consortium at the University of Arizona, and held engineering positions at SBC Laboratories and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Lamb holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Arizona and is the author of more than 30 publications and patents.
Broadband Forum Board of Directors; Deutsche Telekom
Manuel Paul is a senior expert in international standardization for Deutsche Telekom. He serves as a member of the Broadband Forum Board since 2013. Within Deutsche Telekom (DT) Mr. Paul works in standardization, as well as in strategy and R&D projects for DT's All-IP network transformation, coordinating activities related to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and packet network standards. He is also active in other standards bodies such as the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
Prior to his current position at DT, Manuel was a research professional and technology consultant for T-Systems, where he was active in a broad range of projects concerning packet transport technologies and transmission systems engineering, next generation network design and corporate R&D.
Broadband Forum Board of Directors; Huawei Technologies
As Director of Access Standards for Huawei, Les has more than 31 years of experience in wireline data communications technologies. His extensive experience features work with voice-band modems, DSL modems, and wireline based home networking, including DSP algorithm design, performance evaluation/optimization, mentoring/managing more junior DSP modem designers, and particularly the standardization of data communication technologies. Les was first involved in voice-band modem standardization, participating in the work on ITU-T Recommendations V.32, V.32bis and V.34, in the 1980s.
During the 1990s, Les was the Rapporteur for the 56k modem project, which resulted in Recommendation V.90. Since 1997, he has been involved in ITU-T Q4/15, where he has chaired the work on projects like VDSL2 (Recommendation G.993.2) and G.inp (impulse noise protection - Recommendation G.998.4), and currently chairs G.hn (home networking - Recommendations G.9960, G.9961, G.9963 and G.9964) and G.fast (next generation access over short loops). Les also chaired the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Grid. He has also participated in ATIS COAST NAI, ETSI ATTM TM6, and NIST SGIP. For two years, Les was the editor of the Japanese DSL committee. Since 2002, Les has been the Chair of the former Test and Interop working group (now Metallic Transmission working group), where he has guided work on projects such as TR-67, TR-100/105 (ADSL2/2plus testing), TR-114/115 (VDSL2 testing), TR-127 (Dynamic testing of splitters and in-line filters with xDSL transceivers), and more recently TR-286 (MELT testing), TR-273 (testing of bonded multi-pair xDSL systems), WT-249 (vectoring testing for VDSL2), MD-257 issue 2 (an overview of G.993.5 vectoring), and WT-208 (G.hn home networking interoperability and performance testing), along with updates to the previous TRs.
Prior to Huawei, Les worked in standardization for companies including Lantiq, Infineon Technologies, Texas Instruments, Centillium, and Conexant Systems (Mindspeed), and he spent 20 years in a number of technical and standards positions at Motorola ISG.
Les has also served on the board of directors since 2007, representing Texas Instruments, Infineon Technologies, Lantiq and most recently Huawei Technologies.
Broadband Forum Technical Committee Chair; CenturyLink
Michael Fargano is the Industry Standards Program Manager at CenturyLink. Fargano's career spans more than 30 years and is grounded in many successful telecommunications R&D projects, architecture/engineering projects and standards projects at several telecommunications companies/business-units: Bell Labs, Bellcore, U S WEST Advanced Technologies, Qwest Emerging Technologies and CenturyLink CTO Office.
Fargano's current standards management responsibilities are broad and include sustainability/energy-efficiency, electrical/physical infrastructure, quality/reliability, security, all layers of communications (broadband, Ethernet, IP, etc.), services/applications (voice, video, multi-media, IoT, etc.), regulatory driven standards (NG911/emergency-services, Lawful Intercept, etc.), operations and OSS, Cloud Computing, Network Function Virtualization and SDN.
In addition, Fargano has been an adjunct instructor at several institutions and universities including Bell Labs, Stevens Tech, University of Denver and University of Colorado covering a variety of technical topics including telecommunications network management and standards. Fargano was/is the chairman of several standards committees/working-groups and is a mentor/advisor to many standards developers and leaders. He was honored with several industry awards including the ANSI Meritorious Service Award and ATIS Leadership in Standards Development Award. He also holds several patents. Fargano graduated from a simultaneous Bachelor/Master four-year program in General Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He also holds an advanced business/technology management graduate certification (“mini MBA”) from the University of Denver - Daniels College of Business with a specialty in Strategic Program Management
Broadband Forum Board of Directors; Telecom Italia, Project Manager, IP Networks – Fixed Access
Mauro Tilocca graduated cum laude in electronic engineering at the Politecnico of Turin in 1994. He joined CSELT, former Telecom Italia’s R&D center, the same year dealing with transport network aspects. He has been also an ETSI technical editor.
Since 1998 Mauro began working in the access network department with a main focus on xDSL. He has been involved in the specification and implementation of Telecom Italia’s DSL validation framework, lab facilities and in the scouting and qualification of DSL technologies and commercial products. He collaborated with chipset vendors within framework projects and was in charge of Telecom Italia’s Independent Test Lab third-party service. He’s been responsible for the interoperability and assessment of DSL products, for the engineering of evolutionary infrastructural components for FTTx deployment. He participates in the definition of standardization strategies.
He currently manages a project for the specification and engineering of solutions and the definition of the Test Lists for the access network deployment for Broadband and Ultra-Broadband services of TI’s Next Generation Access Network (NGAN), the definition of the technical specifications for FTTdp scenarios and the study and scouting of SDN and NFV for the access.
Broadband Forum Board of Directors; UNH IOL
Lincoln Lavoie is currently a Senior Engineer for broadband Technologies, leading technical strategy and management in this area for the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). In this role, he works closely with industry organizations and companies involved in DSL, G.fast, GPON, Wireless, and Power over Ethernet technologies. His career with the UNH-IOL has lasted more then 15 years, with all of that time dedicated to broadband technologies and the testing of those systems. He also currently serves on the UNH-IOL Executive Committee, assisting with lab-wide technical and business strategies, working to ensure the UNH-IOL maintains its core values as the organization extends its experience to more than 30 technologies. He has extensive experience in the physical layer implementation of DSL systems, with a masters of science degree in electrical engineering.Within the Broadband Forum, Lincoln has served on the Board of Directors since 2014, and helped to lead the Physical Layer Transmission Work Area from 2007 through 2015. He currently serves as the leader for the VDSL2 Physical Layer Testing and FTTdp Management Interop and Testing Project Streams. His current work is largely focused around testing and interoperability of the G.fast and FTTdp technologies.
Broadband Forum Board of Directors; Qualcomm Inc.
Massimo Sorbara is Sr. Director of Technical Standards at Qualcomm, Inc in Red Bank, NJ. He is involved in the development of G.fast and DSL standards in the ITU-T and serves as a Member of the Board and as Director of the Physical Layer Transmission (PHTtx) Work Area in the Broadband Forum.
Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990 seeing the evolutions of the HDSL, ADSL, and VDSL standards. He has served as the Chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) 2000-2008 and as Vice-chair 1994-1999, and 2008 – 2011; chair of the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC); and the CPE Working Group in FS-VDSL Committee defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL based services.
From 1986 through 1996, Mr. Sorbara held positions at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne, where he was primarily responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.
Mr. Sorbara holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Santa Clara.