Leadership

Shlomo Rakib, Chief Executive Officer

Shlomo believes the revolutionary performance of 5G will serve consumers and businesses for a generation, dramatically enhancing existing wireless services and spurring new ones such as IoT. He further recognizes that achieving the promise of 5G requires innovation, and to this end, Shlomo leads a team of engineers and wireless industry veterans who are bringing to market the first major change in wireless waveforms in a century.

Shlomo is a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur who has launched several companies. His most notable success was Terayon, which he co-founded in 1993 and which had its IPO in 1998. Shlomo invented Terayon’s S-CDMA technology, which is a critical component of the DOCSIS 2.0 cable data specification used in tens of millions of cable modems worldwide. Terayon was acquired in 2007 by Motorola, at the time one of the largest vendors to the cable industry. Gainspeed, his last company, and its products for boosting cable network capacity were acquired by Nokia in 2016. He also co-founded Novafora, which developed microprocessors for advanced video applications

Shlomo has been granted more than 50 patents and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technion University in Israel.

Dr. Ronny Hadani, Chief Technology Officer

Ronny is the mathematical visionary who, together with CEO Shlomo Rakib, created Cohere’s groundbreaking Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space (OTFS™) wireless modulation scheme and founded the company. Ronny leads Cohere’s research into the capabilities of OTFS and other advanced wireless technologies and how they can enable the next generation of wireless services.

In addition to being Cohere’s chief technologist, Ronny continues to serve as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, a position he held prior to co-founding Cohere. Prior to this, he held an L.E. Dickson Postdoctoral Fellowship of mathematics at the University of Chicago.

Ronny holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from The Weizmann Institute of Science and a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University. His expertise is in representation theory and harmonic analysis, with applications to signal processing.

Perry Tanner, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development

Perry manages Cohere’s long-term strategy and plays a key role in bringing Cohere’s OTFS wireless waveform technology to market and in developing monetization strategies for its use in backhaul, fixed wireless broadband and 5G applications.

Perry is a veteran telecommunications industry executive with more than 20 years of experience successfully establishing strategic direction and providing transformative leadership for businesses addressing global markets. He previously served as Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Scientific-Atlanta (acquired by Cisco) and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing for EMS Technologies (acquired by Honeywell).

He holds an MBA in Marketing from Mercer University Stetson School of Business & Economics, and a BA in Political Science from Georgia State University.

Roy Shay, Vice President of Engineering

Roy and his team are responsible for the designing, prototyping, testing, validation and other engineering efforts necessary to make Cohere’s OTFS-based products suitable for manufacturing and commercial availability.

Roy is well suited to the task of turning groundbreaking laboratory successes into real products. He has more than 20 years of product engineering and leadership experience. He was previously the Vice President of Engineering at EFI, an international printing technology company. Prior to that, Roy was Vice President of Advanced Products at CATC (acquired by Teledyne Technologies), and Vice President of engineering at SciNet, a leading provider of application servers.

Roy received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Dr. Anton Monk, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Standards

Anton is leading Cohere’s efforts to galvanize support for the company’s OTFS wireless waveform from industry players and standards bodies.

Anton is ideal for this vital role, with more than 25 years of technology and research experience in cable, satellite and wireless networking. Before joining Cohere, he was co-founder and VP of Engineering and Technology for Entropic Communications, where he was instrumental in architecting, specifying and launching the home networking technology used in multi-room DVRs throughout the U.S. The technology was standardized by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance, where Anton also served as CTO. Anton has also held senior engineering positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Comstream and Conexant.

Anton has authored 22 patents and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Communication Theory from the University of California at San Diego. He received an MS in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and a BS in Electrical Engineering, also from UCSD.

Robert Fanfelle, Vice President of Technology

Robert’s chief responsibility is the translation of Cohere’s OTFS wireless waveform technology into practical system implementations that will serve as the heart of the company’s next-generation wireless solutions.

Robert is a veteran engineering and marketing executive who has successfully delivered numerous products from concept to volume production ranging from carrier class communication systems to consumer electronic semiconductor solutions. He came to Cohere in 2016 from InvenSense, where he oversaw Business Development and Product Marketing for their Mobile/Cellular business unit. Robert’s previous experience also includes executive and senior roles at Sensity Systems, Applied Micro Circuits, Marvell, Terayon and Sun Microsystems. He has been granted 16 patents in the fields of wireless and wireline communications, sensor networks and video streaming.

Robert earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science degree in Computer Architecture and VLSI Design from the University of California at Davis.

Michael Grimwood, Senior Director of Systems Engineering

Mike is responsible for the systems design and development of Cohere’s next-generation wireless communications solutions based on the company’s groundbreaking OTFS wireless waveform technology.   Cohere invented OTFS to meet carriers’ escalating demands for capacity, coverage and reliability to support 5G and other services.

Mike brings more than 20 years of experience in senior management of communications technologies and products. He joined Cohere in 2013 after serving as an Associate Technical Director in Broadcom’s Infrastructure and Networking Group.  Mike’s previous experience also includes senior systems engineering and management roles at AMD, Terayon, and Applied Signal Technology.

Mike received his BS degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and he holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Seshadri Sathyanarayan, Director of Product Management

Seshadri is overseeing the development of Cohere’s next-generation wireless communications solutions. The heart of these products will be the company’s groundbreaking OTFS wireless waveform technology, which Cohere has created to meet carriers’ escalating demands for capacity, coverage and reliability to support 5G and other services.

Seshadri brings more than 20 years of experience in managing the development and marketing of wireless products to this position. He joined Cohere in 2014 after serving as the Vice President of Marketing for Fastback Networks. Seshadri’s previous experience also includes senior product management positions at Juniper Networks, Nortel Networks, Intel and Wilabs.

Seshadri received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Technology from the Regional Engineering College in Bhopal, India and he holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University.

Kelly Lo, Senior Director of Operations

Kelly leads all aspects of supply chain, manufacturing, logistics, vendor management and information technology of Cohere’s next-generation wireless communications solutions.  The heart of these products will be the company’s groundbreaking OTFS wireless waveform technology, which Cohere has created to meet carriers’ escalating demands for capacity, coverage and reliability to support 5G and other services.

Kelly brings more than 20 years of experience in operations management of communications technologies and products. She joined Cohere in 2014 after serving as the Director of Operations at Redwood Systems. Kelly has also lead a range of disciplines in senior operations roles at Novafora, ATI and Terayon.

Kelly received her BS degree in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco.