Senior Leadership

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

Christian Derrick

Head of Sales for South Asia

Mr. Derrick has over 20 years of worldwide Fixed, Mobile and Enterprise Wireless experience. His roles have included Systems Engineering, Product Management, Technical Director & Sales/Account Director roles with global companies and start-ups. Mr Derrick has held senior roles with Nortel Networks, Cisco, Vodafone, Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm, SpiderCloud Wireless, NetComm Wireless and most recently, Casa Systems. Mr. Derrick holds a BEng. (Elec. And Comms.) from the University of Canberra, an M.B.A. from Imperial College, London and a MSc. (Astronomy) from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.