Raymond P. Dolan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Raymond (Ray) Dolan joined the Cohere Technologies Board of Directors in July, 2018 and later took the helm as CEO in October 2018. Mr. Dolan brings three decades of wireless industry experiences to Cohere which include 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, a company he co-founded in 2000 along with Dr. Rajiv Laroia. Flarion pioneered the development of FLASH-OFDM for cellular which became the foundation of 4G as it is known today. Qualcomm acquired Flarion in 2006. Prior to leading Flarion, Mr. Dolan held executive positions at BellAtlantic/NYNEX Mobile (now Verizon). Mr. Dolan 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, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Shlomo Rakib leads a team of engineers and wireless industry veterans who are bringing to market major wireless innovations for 4G, 5G and 6G with OTFS and Delay Doppler. Mr. Rakib is a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur who has launched several companies. Prior to Cohere, Mr. Rakib was with Gainspeed, a company acquired by Nokia in 2016. Mr. Rakib co-founded Terayon in 1993 where he invented Terayon’s S-CDMA technology which is a critical component in the DOCSIS 2.0 cable data specification, and used in tens of millions of cable modems worldwide. The company went IPO in 1998. Terayon was acquired in 2007 by Motorola. Mr. Rakib also co-founded Novafora, a company which developed microprocessors for advanced video applications. Mr. Rakib has been granted more than 50 patents and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technion University in Israel.
Dr. Ronny Hadani, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Ronny Hadani is a mathematical visionary who, together with Shlomo Rakib, created Cohere’s ground-breaking Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space (OTFS) wireless modulation scheme and Delay Doppler channel model — and co-founded the company. Mr. Hadani leads Cohere’s science research into the capabilities of advanced wireless technologies, and how they can enable the next generation of wireless services. In addition to being Cohere’s chief science officer, Mr. Hadani continues to serve as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Texas in Austin (Texas), a position he held prior to co-founding Cohere. Mr. Hadani’s expertise is in representation theory and harmonic analysis with applications to signal processing. Prior to the University of Texas, Mr. Hadani held the renowned L.E. Dickson Postdoctoral Fellowship in mathematics at the University of Chicago. Mr. Hadani holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from The Weizmann Institute of Science and a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University.
Ram Prasad, Chief Operating Officer
Ram Prasad joined Cohere Technologies as Chief Operating Officer in July 2018. Mr. Prasad brings decades of extensive global operations experience to Cohere. 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, Mr. Prasad was Head of Operations at Nokia (Gainspeed). Mr. Prasad served as Vice President of Operations at Gainspeed until its acquisition by Nokia in 2016. Before joining Gainspeed, Mr. Prasad was the 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, CMO & Business Development
Ronny Haraldsvik joined Cohere Technologies as Chief Marketing Officer and head of business development in September 2019. Mr. Haraldsvik has two decades of wireless industry experience with innovative startups and leading companies such as Shasta Networks, Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm and SpiderCloud Wireless. Prior to Cohere, Mr. Haraldsvik headed up CMObuilders, an advisory firm focused on helping startups with positioning and strategy. Since 2000, Mr. Haraldsvik has held VP and SVP/CMO roles with public and private companies: 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). Mr. Haraldsvik holds a BA in business from the University of San Francisco.
Michael (Mike) Grimwood, Vice President Systems Engineering
Mike Grimwood is responsible for the systems design and development of Cohere’s software system. Mr. Grimwood has more than 20 years of experience in senior management of communications technologies and products. Mr. Grimwood joined Cohere in 2013 after serving as an Associate Technical Director in Broadcom’s Infrastructure and Networking Group. Mr. Grimwood’s previous experience also includes senior systems engineering and management roles at AMD, Terayon, and Applied Signal Technology. Mr. Grimwood received his BS degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prem Sankar Gopannan, Vice President of Product Architecture and Software Engineering
Prem Sankar Gopannan brings two decades of experience to Cohere. Mr. Gopannan is an Intel Innovator and active evangelist of Microservices and Private 5G/Telco/Edge Cloud architectures. Prior to joining the company in October 2020, Mr. Gopannan was the Head of Product Engineering at Lumina where he lead 5G product strategy and product development. Before Lumina, Mr. Gopannan led Ericsson’s Opensource-based SDN product strategy and development which was focused on a Cloud Native architecture for Telcos. Prior to Ericsson, Mr. Gopannan worked with leading companies such as Cisco and Novell in the areas of Network and Service Orchestration and Management. Mr. Gopannan received his M.Tech degree in Computer Engineering from Pondicherry University, India