Raymond P. Dolan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Raymond (Ray) Dolan joined the Cohere Technologies Board of Directors in July, 2018, and took the helm as CEO in October 2018, bringing more than two decades of wireless industry experience including extensive work in technology development, field operations, marketing and corporate management. Previously, Mr. Dolan served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flarion Technologies from its founding in 2000 through its sale to Qualcomm in 2006, during which time Flarion pioneered the development of OFDM for cellular, which became the foundation of 4G as it is known today.
Prior to leading Flarion, Mr. Dolan held executive positions at BellAtlantic/NYNEX Mobile (now Verizon). He began his career in the telecommunications industry at PacTel Cellular in Network Operations. Mr. Dolan was deeply involved in the development of IS-95A (CDMA) while Director of Technology for NYNEX Mobile in the early 1990’s.
Before joining the wireless industry in 1986, Mr. Dolan served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served for more than seven years as a Tactical Jet Pilot. Mr. Dolan has been an Independent Director of American Tower Corporation since 2003, and served as a Director of NII Holdings Inc. from 2008 to 2012.
Mr. Dolan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Shlomo Rakib, Founder and Chief Technology 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, Founder and Chief Scientific 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.
Ram Prasad, Chief Operating Officer
Ram Prasad joined Cohere Technologies as Chief Operating Officer in July 2018, bringing his extensive global operations experience as the company works to bring to market the first major change in wireless waveforms in a century. Mr. Prasad’s executive expertise spans successful start-ups and fortune 500 companies, managing SaaS, PaaS, P&L, strategy, new product development, efficient/responsive supply chain development, complex manufacturing, and cloud based information systems.
Prior to joining Cohere Technologies Mr. Prasad was Head of Operations at Nokia/Gainspeed. He served as Vice President of Operations at Gainspeed until its acquisition by Nokia in 2016.
Before joining Gainspeed, Mr. Prasad was CFO and Vice President of Operations at Purfresh, Inc., and held executive positions at Asyst Technologies, Inc., Amber Networks, Inc. (acquired by Nokia 2001), Sieger Engineering, and Applied Materials, Inc.
Throughout his career Mr. Prasad has managed operations across many industries, including: telecommunications, networking, semiconductor capital equipment, contract manufacturing, aerospace, and petrochemical.
Mr. Prasad holds M.S. in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University, and a BE in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University, India.
Ronny Haraldsvik, Chief Marketing Officer
Ronny Haraldsvik joined Cohere Technologies as Chief Marketing Officer in September, 2019. Mr. Haraldsvik has two decades of wireless industry experience with innovative startups and leading companies, including Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm and SpiderCloud Wireless.
Mr. Haraldsvik was most recently at CMObuilders, an advisory firm focused on helping startups with positioning and strategy. Mr. Haraldsvik held SVP/CMO roles with SpiderCloud Wireless (acquired by Corning), BelAir Networks (acquired by Ericsson), Bytemobile (acquired by Citrix) and the role of vice president of strategy and marketing for mobile broadband with Qualcomm. Prior to Qualcomm, Mr. Haraldsvik was vice president of marketing at Flarion Technologies (acquired by Qualcomm), vice president of marketing with Nortel Networks IP Services BU (a unit created after the acquisition of Shasta Networks), and Director of North American Field Marketing at Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks). Ronny holds a BA in business from the University of San Francisco.
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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.