Openet’s distinguished Board Members share a commitment to our continued growth as one of the largest and most recognized network management solutions providers worldwide.
Margaret Rice-Jones, Chairman
Margaret Rice-Jones joined Openet's board in June 2012 becoming Chairman in July 2015. With over 25 years experience of defining winning strategies in telecoms markets; Margaret has skills that deliver profitable growth and innovation in all areas of a technology business. She has extensive experience at Board level in various executive and non executive roles, including her position as Chairperson of the Board of Directors at NewBay and Qumas. as an Executive, Margaret was CEO of Aircom International, a global software and services company, and Corporate Vice President of Motorola Inc. where she ran both the IP and switching Products Division and the EMEA region for the Networks business. Margaret has had P&L responsibility for over $1 billion revenue and has worked in a number of business turnaround situations. She also has extensive consumer market experience from her roles as Chairman of Skyscanner, Managing Director and Board Member of Psion PLC and various roles with Motorola's Mobile phone business. Additionally she is currently a NED for Xaar PLC.
Simon Cassif has served on our Board since January 2004. He has been serving as director and sole owner of SilverLeaf Inc., a consultancy firm, since 2004 and as a partner in AfterDox, an investment group focused on information and telecommunications-related start-ups, since 2005. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Cassif served as president of Amdocs Europe, a provider of business support systems, operational support systems and service delivery to communications service providers. Prior to that, Mr. Cassif held a number of senior management positions at Amdocs, including senior vice president, from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Cassif also held various positions at Bezeq – The Israeli Telecommunication Group, Ltd., an Israeli telecommunications provider, including chief information officer and vice president and customer service executive, from 1975 to 1993. Mr. Cassif holds an M.S. in Operations Research from Technion, Israel Technology Institute and a B.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Technion, Israel Technology Institute.
Niall Norton, Chief Executive Officer
Niall Norton has been our Chief Executive Officer since September 2006 and has served on our Board since 2004 and as a company director since 2006. Between 2004 and 2006, Mr. Norton was our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us, he was Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Telefónica Ireland from 2001 to 2004. While at Telefónica Ireland, Mr. Norton was responsible for financial control functions, business process re-design, strategy planning and the wholesale business. Mr. Norton is a director of all Openet companies and a director of Poppies Restaurants Limited (a family restaurant business), and Clever Communications Limited, a non-trading company. Mr. Norton holds a degree in Commerce from University College, Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Gerry McCrory has served on our Board since November 2010. Mr. McCrory has served as chief executive officer of The Crucible Corporation, an early-stage venture capital fund co-founded by Mr. McCrory, since 1998. Mr. McCrory has also served as managing director and partner at Cross Atlantic Capital Partners LLC, a laterstage venture capital fund also founded by Mr. McCrory, since 1999. Prior to this, Mr. McCrory served as the Managing Director at Cambridge Technology Partners, Ireland, a consultancy and provider of IT solutions, from 1997 to 1998. Mr. McCrory also founded Information Mosaic Ltd., a software services company and served as chief operating officer from 1995 to 1997. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. McCrory held several senior positions at S.A., a French global information technology services company. Mr. McCrory currently serves on the board of directors of The Crucible Corporation, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners LLC and GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc., a provider of online trading services. Mr. McCrory is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ulster, a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Queens University of Belfast and an M.B.A. from University College, Dublin.
Joe Hogan, Founder, CTO and VP Openet Labs and IP Management
Joe Hogan is Openet's founder. He has served as Chief Technology Officer since the company was founded in 1999. Mr. Hogan is the principle architect of Openet’s product portfolio and has over 25 years of software engineering experience. Mr. Hogan is responsible for technology innovation in the company with oversight over Openet’s CTO architecture office; Openet’s Intellectual Property office, which manages creation and processing of Openet's patents; and Openet Labs, a unique software research group from which new Openet products emerge.
Mr Hogan serves on the Openet Board as executive director along with Openet CEO Niall Norton.
Barry Maloney has served on our Board since November 2001. Since founding the firm in 2000, Mr. Maloney has been a general partner of Balderton Capital, a venture capital firm. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Maloney was chief executive officer of Esat Digifone Limited, which was subsequently acquired by Telefónica Ireland. Prior to this, Mr. Maloney held a number of senior management positions at Xerox Corporation from 1994 to 1996 and Digital Equipment Corporation from 1987 to 1994. Mr. Maloney is currently on the board of directors of Balderton Capital Investments Limited and certain affiliated entities as well as the board of directors of Socowave Limited, a wireless systems company; Globoforce Limited, a provider of strategic employee recognition reward solutions; SCVNGR, Inc., a provider of social location-based gaming for mobile phones; WeeWorld, Inc. and WeeWorld Limited, a social networking site; 3V Transaction Services Limited, a payment platform; RebTel Owners AB, an independent mobile voice-over IP company; Touch Local Limited, a provider of Internet services for small businesses; Videopolis.com S.A. (TV Trip), a hotel content internet business; and Intune Networks Limited, a telecommunications equipment design company. Mr. Maloney is also a director of Mount Falcon Estate Management Company Limited and Mount Falcon Residential Management Company Limited, a hotel and country house based in the West of Ireland. Mr. Maloney holds a B.A. in Economics from University College, Dublin.
Peter Schuster joined Openet’s Board in September of 2014 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee for Openet. Peter, a Certified Public Accountant, has over 30 years’ experience as a financial executive. Peter is currently a professor of Accounting, Auditing and Finance at the University of California San Diego. Peter served as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Leidos, Inc. a $10B+ firm focused on delivering science and technology solutions and services primarily in the areas of national security, health and engineering Prior to joining Leidos, Peter spent 12 years at Litton Industries, in various positions including overseeing the internal audit function for Litton’s worldwide operations as well as being responsible for certain aspects of Litton’s merger and acquisition activities. Prior to joining Litton Peter was an Audit Manager at the international public accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
Peter Clyne is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Leidos. He was appointed to his current position following the merger with Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS business. Prior to the Leidos merger, he spent 33 years at Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies where he held executive positions in finance, strategy, and M&A. As vice president M&A and director of strategy at Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS unit, Clyne led acquisitions, divestitures, strategic investments, and joint venture transactions.
Christoph Wedegaertner joined our Board in February 2017. Mr. Wedegaertner is a partner with Munich based growth investor Cipio Partners. Prior to joining Cipio Partners in 2005, Mr. Wedegaertner spent two years as an Investment Director with German family investment office BTV Group. There he was responsible for the firm’s private and public equity investment programs. Before BTV, Mr. Wedegaertner spent several years in investment banking in London and San Francisco working with Ambrian Partners and Broadview International, where he advised on US and European M&A transactions in the technology, media and telecommunications markets. Mr. Wedegaertner currently serves on the board of directors of Verimatrix Inc., a provider of revenue security solutions for connected video devices; Brainsgate Limited, a developer of new treatments for stroke; and ONZO Limited, a provider of data analytics for the energy industry. Mr. Wedegaertner holds an MBA degree from INSEAD and a Master in Management degree from Paris-based ESCP-EAP.