Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Amir Zoufonoun founded Exalt Wireless in 2014 which subsequently acquired the assets of Exalt Communications, a company he had previously founded in 2004. In both companies, Amir has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Amir has over 30 years of experience in the wireless connectivity industry, including 13 years at Western Multiplex where he was the visionary executive champion and wireless business founder responsible for the development and launch of numerous successful new wireless categories and extensions, and the growth of that company's installed base from zero to over 150,000 wireless connectivity systems worldwide. Under Amir's leadership as president and chief operating officer, these market successes led to significant periods of profitable growth, multiple mergers and acquisitions, and a LBO which led to a highly successful IPO with over $1B market cap on NASDAQ. Amir also spent 10 years at Harris and Farinon, a wireless connectivity pioneer, in various management and engineering positions focused on delivering fixed and portable wireless systems for voice, data and video transmission. Amir holds a BSEE from San Jose State University, a MSEE from Santa Clara University, and is a SEP graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer and Founder
Gordana Pance is a co-founder of Exalt and serves as its Chief Operating Officer and a board member of the company. A seasoned executive with extensive operating background, Gordana has over 20 years of experience in the wireless networking industry. Prior to Exalt, Gordana held various management roles at Western Multiplex, Glenayre and Proxim, most recently as senior vice president of engineering and product management leading multiple teams responsible for all products including point-to-point radios, point–to-multipoint, wireless LAN, and WiMAX. Gordana was a key driver behind the development and introduction of multiple generations of highly successful and best-in-class wireless connectivity products. Gordana holds a BSEE degree from the University of Belgrade, and MS and PhD degrees, also in electrical engineering, from the University of Rochester, New York.
Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services
As Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services, François is responsible for all direct and channel sales as well as all services functions at Exalt Wireless. He brings over 25 years of global sales experience in wireless and networking equipment sales to enterprises, carriers, and channel partners, for both start-ups and public companies. Prior to joining Exalt, François was VP Global Sales at AOptix, and prior to that, at Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.), François managed enterprise sales until the time of its acquisition by Sonus. At N.E.T. he built and led a sales team distributed across 14 offices worldwide, set up key partnerships with global system integrators such as HP, Dell, Dimension Data, AT&T, OBS, BT, etc., and built a community of more than 300 channel partners. Prior to N.E.T., François was Vice President of Carriers and International Sales at Tropos Networks, a leading wireless vendor delivering metro-scale Wi-Fi mesh networks (acquired by ABB). François has held similar sales executive roles at Aperto Networks, a WiMAX pioneer, 3Com Corporation (as part of the OnStream acquisition) and Multipoint Networks. François holds an MBA from Stanford University and an Engineering Diploma from INSA de Lyon, France.
Vice President of Marketing
Alan brings over 20 years experience in product management and marketing, ranging from start-ups to large public corporations, with wireless and networking companies including 3Com, OnStream, Allied Telesis, AccessLan, Aperto (WiMAX) , and Wavion (WiFi). He also had a recent stint in a SaaS business working as VP of Marketing for Digital Payment Technologies. Alan started his career in engineering with companies such as Novatel, Nortel, and DSC, and moved to product management with 3Com in 1988. In 1990, Alan co-founded OnStream Networks, a supplier of broadband wide-area network products, which was successfully acquired by 3Com in 1996. Subsequently, as VP of Marketing at Aperto, a wireless infrastructure start-up, Alan played a key role in establishing that company as a market leader in WiMAX over a six year period. Alan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Vice President of Engineering
Bala brings over 20 years of experience in the wireless and wireline networking technologies to Exalt. He oversees all engineering development programs and leads all software development. Prior to joining Exalt, Bala served in both technical and management roles at various networking companies including Cisco, Navini Networks, and Kentrox. Bala led the development of IEEE 802.16e based Mobile WiMAX Base Station software at Navini and later 802.11 based Wi-Fi Access Point software development at Cisco. Besides wireless technologies, Bala also has developed software systems for TDM, ATM, SONET/SDH and VoIP technologies. Bala holds BS Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and MS Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Chief Financial Officer
Fred has more than 20 years’ experience working with technology and entertainment companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to Exalt, Fred was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Allied Telesis, Inc. where he managed Allied Telesis’ finance and accounting functions for North America, Latin America, and EMEA. Fred also held various financial and management positions within the Sega Group from Sega of America, Inc., CSK International headquarters, and Sega.com over a 16-year period. Fred was critical in the development of Sega Mobile, a division of Sega.com dedicated to bringing mobile gaming to the forefront of the video game industry in North America. He has extensive experience with U.S. restructuring, financial reporting, strategic and financial planning, and overseeing mergers and acquisition deals. Fred graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in accounting.
Manouchehr Rafie, Ph.D.
Vice President of Access Products and Technologies
Dr. Rafie is responsible for leading the development of Access Products and innovative wireless technologies at Exalt. He brings over 25 years of advanced wireless semiconductor and systems design experience spanning a broad range of LTE(A)/3G/WiMAX/Wi-Fi/xDSL technologies. Prior to joining Exalt, Dr. Rafie held executive/senior technical roles at various startup and large companies. Most recently, he was the senior director of engineering at Argela Technologies, a Turk Telekom subsidiary, leading the LTE SmallCell products. Dr. Rafie was director of systems and technologies for next-gen (vectored) xDSL products at Ikanos. At National Semiconductor (TI), he directed multi-disciplined teams to develop 3G chipset/handsets. Prior to that, Dr. Rafie was the CTO at CALY Networks developing LMDS wireless mesh networks. As the VP/CTO at Avide Wireless, he developed a high quality video streaming platform, utilizing 802.11a/g technologies. Dr. Rafie was the group director at Cadence Design Systems where he founded and managed three Communications Design Centers. Earlier in his professional career, Dr. Rafie was an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and Kansas University. Dr. Rafie holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Kansas University. He has over 75 publications and served as chairman, lecturer or editor in a number of technical conferences and professional associations worldwide.
Vice President of Solutions and Services
David Gaither comes to Exalt with over 20 years of technical and management experience in the internetworking and wireless networking industries in companies such as Retix, Ascom-Timeplex, Solectek, Navini Networks, Cisco Systems. Prior to Exalt, David created and ran Global Services for the start-up Navini Networks, a manufacturer of broadband wireless radios in MS-CDMA and WiMAX technologies with worldwide service provider deployments, which was acquired by Cisco Systems. Prior to beginning his high-tech industry experience, David served 2 tours of service in the U.S. Marine Corps specializing in ATC Radar System operation and maintenance. David holds a BS in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Phoenix.