Management Team

Senior Leadership

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.

Ken Taylor, Chief Financial Officer

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor has over 25 years of financial, M&A and operational experience with various technology companies. Ken also currently serves as director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Sandvine Corporation. Prior to joining BTI, Ken was CFO of March Networks Corporation until it was acquired in 2012 and just prior to that he served as CFO and COO for Proshred Security International. Ken also spent nearly 10 years with Newbridge Networks Corp., and held the position of Vice President Finance when Newbridge was sold to Alcatel SA for $7B (US) in 2001. Ken is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dr. Robert Keys, Chief Technology Officer

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.

Paul Crann, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Business Development

Paul Crann

Paul Crann is a senior business leader with 25+ years of operational experience, having served in a variety of management roles delivering data networking, wireless and video solutions. Paul has worked extensively with service providers throughout his career in both start-ups and F500 companies. Prior to BTI, he was focused on service provider video solutions as Senior Vice President of Product Management with BigBand Networks. Paul previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Avici Systems, a core IP/ MPLS routing provider. He has also held senior product management and market development positions with Lucent Technologies and Ascend Communications. His earlier experience includes Omnipoint, an early PCS wireless service provider, PRTM as a management consultant, and the U.S. Navy where he served as a Submarine Officer. Paul holds a master's in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Villanova University.

Sally Bament, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing

Sally Bament

Sally Bament is an accomplished 20-year marketing veteran in the networking, telecommunications and clean-tech industries, with extensive operational and strategic leadership experience ranging from small startups to large cap market leaders. Sally joined BTI from Boston-Power, where she led the company's marketing initiatives in the advanced lithium-ion battery industry. Previously, she led marketing and product management at a number of venture-backed networking startups, including Convergent Networks and BlueNote Networks. She also served as Vice President of Product Management at Bay Networks and previously Wellfleet, where she was responsible for the company’s service provider and enterprise routing products, contributing revenues in excess of $600M annually. Sally has also held senior-level management positions with Motorola and British Petroleum. She holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of York, England.

Tim Pillow, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

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 Worldwide Sales, 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.

Tom Nolette, Senior Vice President of Global Operations

Tom Nolette

Tom Nolette is an accomplished operations and supply chain executive bringing over 25 years of global operations experience across Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Services and Support, Quality Systems, Program Management and Technical Operations. Prior to joining BTI, Tom was Vice President of Operations and Client Services for Crossbeam Systems where he was responsible for Operations, Manufacturing, Quality and Customer Support. Prior to Crossbeam, Tom served in leadership roles at Seranoa Networks, MCK Communications and also served in a number of executive management positions for Motorola. Tom holds a BSME from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA Certificate in the Technology Managers Program from Babson College.

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.

Chandra Pandey, Vice President, Platform Solutions

Chandra Pandey

Chandra Pandey is an accomplished networking industry leader with nearly 20 years of experience designing ASICs, carrier grade systems, and network architectures and solutions. Chandra joined BTI from Juniper Networks where he led the global Solutions Engineering and Architecture team working with service providers, large enterprise and data center customers, in addition to OEM partners. Chandra has extensive management experience with Ciena/IPI, Ascend/Lucent, 3Com/US Robotics, and IBM. Chandra holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from K.N.I.T, Sultanpur, India; an MBA in High Tech and Finance from Northeastern University and Executive Leadership training from Cornell University.

Regional Sales Leadership

Peter Dale, Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas

Pete Dale

Peter Dale has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and business development in the telecommunications and data networking industries. As Senior Vice President of Sales for the Americas, Peter manages BTI’s channel and customer development efforts. Prior to BTI, Peter served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Optovia Corporation. Previously, Peter was in a sales leadership role with Ciena, responsible for the enterprise and cable markets. He joined Ciena through the acquisition of Internet Photonics in 2004, where he served as Vice President of the Cable Business Unit. Throughout his career Peter has held sales leadership positions at Narad Networks, Spring Tide Networks, Lucent Technologies and Bay Networks. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.

Lucas Hsu, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales & Global Strategic Partnerships

Lucas Hsu

Lucas Hsu brings over 20 years of experience to BTI and has overall responsibility for BTI Systems’ growing sales presence in the Asia Pacific region as well as oversees a number of global accounts and strategic partners. Prior to BTI, Lucas served as SVP of Sales, Asia Pacific at ADVA Optical Networking and then subsequently in a global role as SVP of Strategic Business Development. Previously, Lucas held sales and business development leadership roles with Nokia Siemens Networks, Siemens Communications and Photonic Bridges (acquired by Siemens Communications). Prior to that, Lucas was the Founder and VP of Technology of Innovance, an innovative start-up focused on agile optical networking, and before that he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Bell Labs. Lucas holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Duke University and both a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Fahim Sheikh, Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific

Fahim Sheikh

Fahim Sheikh brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in R&D, business development, and sales in the networking and telecommunications industries. Fahim manages BTI’s sales team, offices, and overall APAC business strategy, and has been instrumental in global business development in Canada, EMEA and APAC. Prior to BTI, Fahim held senior business and R&D positions within Accelight Networks, Metera Networks and Nortel Networks. Fahim holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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