Management Team

Colin Doherty, President and Chief Executive Officer

Colin Doherty - CEO of BTI Systems

Colin Doherty brings over 25 years of global telecommunications industry experience including a comprehensive understanding of the carrier, cloud, enterprise and data center markets to his role as President and CEO of BTI Systems. Colin has an extensive background in customer-facing executive management, operations, business development, sales leadership and marketing positions in both multinational public companies and private-backed venture organizations. A veteran CEO, Colin joined BTI from Arbor Networks where, during his tenure as CEO he led the profitable sale of Arbor to Danaher Corporation in 2010.

Prior to joining Arbor Networks, Colin was President and CEO of Mangrove Systems, a venture-backed start-up in the carrier network segment. Before Mangrove, Colin spent more than 16 combined years at NMS Communications and Nortel Networks in senior sales management positions, and managing global business units in Latin America, North America and Europe for broadband and wireless technologies. Colin graduated with honors in Business Studies from Dundee, Scotland and has a postgraduate degree from the Institute of Marketing in London.

Blair Geddes, Chief Financial Officer

Blair Geddes

Blair Geddes has over 25 years of experience guiding private and public companies through various phases of operations, strategic expansion and M&A. Prior to joining BTI Blair was CEO of Streamline Strategic Finance Inc., a corporate finance advisory firm. Blair also held the position of CFO at several technology companies, including Med-Eng Systems Inc. (sold for $650 million), ActivCard Corp. (NASDAQ), Ericsson’s IP Network Access Product Unit and Advanced Computer Communications (sold for $300 million). He also held several senior finance positions at Newbridge Networks. Blair is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Brock University in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Robert Keys, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President of Product Management

Robert Keys

Dr. Robert Keys brings over 20 years of communications engineering and leadership experience to his role as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining BTI Systems, Robert served as Chief Engineer for Bookham (now Oclaro), defining the company's technical roadmap and strategic investment requirements. Prior to Bookham, Robert held various influential roles in the development organization at Nortel, where he was responsible for the successful development and delivery of multiple optical products to market. Robert is a well-known authority in the optical industry, and is a frequently sought-after speaker. He has more than 12 patents granted in the area of optical communications. Robert has a Ph.D & M.Sc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc in Physics from the University of Glasgow.

Sally Bament, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing

Sally Bament

Sally Bament is an accomplished 25-year marketing veteran in the networking and telecommunications industries, with extensive operational and strategic leadership experience ranging from small startups to large cap market leaders. Previously to BTI, she led marketing and product management at a number of venture-backed networking startups, including softswitch/media gateway vendor Convergent Networks. She also served as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Bay Networks and previously Wellfleet, where she was responsible for the company’s service provider and enterprise routing product line, contributing revenues in excess of $600M annually. Sally has also held senior-level product and engineering management positions with Motorola Codex and British Petroleum. She holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of York, England.

Tim Pillow, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Field Operations

Tim Pillow

Tim Pillow joins BTI Systems with more than 25 years of executive-level experience earned while leading domestic and international sales and marketing organizations at high-growth companies. As BTI’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Field Operations, Tim is responsible for leading BTI’s global sales organization and driving revenue growth through new customer acquisition, expansion of installed base customers and partner/channel development. Having most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for MRV Communications, Tim has previously worked for established market leaders including Nortel Networks, Westell Technologies, OFS Fitel and Lucent Technologies. Tim has an MBA in Technical Marketing from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Franca Marinelli, Senior Vice President of Organizational Development

Franca Marinelli

Franca Marinelli is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years experience in the development and successful execution of organizational and human resources strategies. Franca has held senior and executive roles in the human resources management field including recruiting, compensation and benefits, corporate and employee development, employee relations, strategic development, and mergers and acquisitions in multinational companies. Franca’s previous experience includes executive leadership positions with St. Joseph Communications, Catena Networks and DRS Technologies. Franca holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology and Industrial Relations from the University of Ottawa.

Sally Graves, Vice President of Engineering, Product Delivery

Sally Graves

Sally Graves brings over 20 years of successful engineering leadership, cross-functional program management, quality system implementation and customer relationship experience to BTI, having managed multi-site and international development organizations for various leading networking technology companies. Before joining BTI, Sally served as Vice President of R&D, Networking Products for Genband, responsible for leading the organization delivering VOIP SBC and Security technology and products. Having joined as part of the founding engineering team, Sally also served as Vice President of Engineering and Program Management at Avici Systems, a core IP/ MPLS router provider. Sally has also held senior management roles in engineering and customer relationship management with Bay Networks. She holds a BSBA from Franklin Pierce University and has Executive Leadership training from Harvard Business School.