The KORE Management Team
Alex Brisbourne | Chief Executive Officer
Alex Brisbourne has over 20 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industry in companies all over the world, including in Europe, North America, and Asia. Most recently, he has joined Aegis Management, an early stage technology incubator, as a General Partner. His previous experience includes serving as General Manager for Microcell, the Canadian GSM operator, where he launched the first 2.5G GPRS network in North America. In addition, he was Senior Vice President of Wavetek Wandel Goltermann, a leading test systems developer based in North Carolina. Under his leadership as President, Gandalf Technologies became the worldwide #1 supplier of LAN access products to the internet access market. Mr. Brisbourne has extensive experience in wireless, enterprise, and fixed-line services, and he sits on the Advisory Boards for a number of technology companies in the U.S. and Canada. In January 2015, Mr. Brisbourne was voted Chairman of the IoT M2M Council, the largest and fastest-growing IoT and M2M trade group.
Mike Coffey | Chief Operating Officer
Mike Coffey is responsible for major operational functions, including the rapid integration of the businesses and their respective technologies. For the past eight years, Mr. Coffey has leveraged an early background in software development and networking to successfully lead two technology-enabled companies as CEO: Wyless and RISI, a niche SaaS data business. Earlier in his career, Mr. Coffey was the technology executive at CMP Media, responsible for an online technology platform during a time of extensive growth. Before that, he served as a managing consultant for e-commerce software provider ATG. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from RPI in upstate New York.
Steve Sarno | Chief Financial Officer
As part of KORE’s management team, Steve Sarno manages all financial aspects of KORE’s operations, including global strategy and planning. He has over 25 years of experience in finance and previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Wyless. Mr. Sarno also has strong expertise in building scalable finance and accounting organizations at rapidly growing international technology companies. In addition to his previous role as Wyless’ CFO, Mr. Sarno’s prior experience includes roles as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ: SAPE), Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Exa Corporation (NASDAQ: EXA), and Senior Vice President of Finance at The Princeton Review (NASDAQ: REVU). Earlier in his career, he was the Senior Manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ technology practice, serving there for 10 years. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, holds a B.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephen Healy | Executive Vice President, Product Development
Mr. Healy has over 20 years of technical leadership experience in telecommunications markets. As Vice President of Engineering at Timeplex, a leading equipment manufacturer, he was responsible for 180 development staff operating in the U.S. and Switzerland. From 1997 to 2002, he held the position of Vice President of Engineering for Wavetek Wandel Goltermann, a leading test systems developer based in North Carolina. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Healy was Vice President of Engineering at Elgar Electronics in California, developing a new generation of high-precision power control systems. Prior to joining KORE in 2011, he was engaged with Verizon Wireless, focusing on Alltel integration activities and the successful launching of the Verizon Open Development Initiative. Mr. Healy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas – Dallas.
Felix Lluberes | Executive Vice President, Advanced Applications/LATAM Sales
Mr. Lluberes founded Position Logic, a subsidiary of KORE, and is the company’s Applications Architect. He has over 20 years of experience in the software development industry, including positions as Senior Engineer for Books Are Fun; Software Developer Consultant for Security Benefit Group; Senior Professional Service Consultant and Architect for MediaBrains Inc.; and Cygnus Track Architect, Product Manager, and Sales Manager. Mr. Lluberes has extensive knowledge and experience with full life cycle, multi-user client/server development; full life cycle e-commerce/intranet development; relational database design and implementation; and designing and building scalable, reusable frameworks.
Robert Metzler | Executive Vice President, Sales North America
With over 15 years as a high-energy Sales Executive with a proven track record of exceeding sales targets and delivering exceptional results, Mr. Metzler joined the KORE M2M IoT team from Firethorn (a Qualcomm company), where he headed the expansion of their unique mobile payments services. His practical experiences in strategic sales and channels management in the networking and telecommunications markets, earned during his time spent at 3COM Corporation and T-Mobile(among others), are invaluable assets to the KORE telecommunications team.
Chris Francosky | Sr. Vice President, IT Operations and Network Engineering
Chris Francosky has an extensive background in technical leadership and project management in the wireless communications industry. With over 18 years of information technology industry experience, Mr. Francosky has overseen dozens of large-scale wireless and mobile technology projects. Prior to leading the IT Operations group at KORE, he served as VP of Technology for RacoWireless, where he directed the build-out of the company’s next generation M2M network and device management portal. As part of KORE’s M2M IoT team, Mr. Francosky oversees a talented staff of system and network engineers and manages the day-to-day operations of KORE’s world-class data centers. He possesses experience in the areas of network security, disaster recovery/business continuity, location-based services, enterprise systems, and massively scalable application architecture. Mr. Francosky received his B.S. in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.
Ariel Gonzalez | Sr. Vice President, Customer Service
Ariel Gonzalez has more than 21 years of experience managing support teams and implementing support processes. His strengths lie in maintaining & improving efficiencies within the support organization, with an objective of always exceeding client expectations and client satisfaction. During his tenure as Director of Operations at CMP Media, Mr. Gonzalez implemented a support system and staff to manage the first ad serving platform in the industry. This platform supported over 2,000 customers, serving thousands of ads per day. After CMP, Mr. Gonzalez was the Business Analyst and Director of Sales for MediaBrains Inc., helping to grow the company from less than 10 clients to well over 600. He most recently served as Vice President of Operations at RacoWireless, managing all support and operational functions, including initiating and managing project timelines within the company.
Daniel To | Sr. Vice President, Corporate Performance and Analytics
Daniel To has extensive experience in corporate development and corporate financial planning. Mr. To was a co-founder of Phonify Technology, a VoIP technology developer and service provider. Previously, as Director of Corporate Development at Call-Net Enterprises (Sprint Canada), Mr. To was responsible for the financial management functions of strategic planning, M&A, and corporate activities. Previously, he specialized in business valuation services in the financial advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada. Mr. To is a C.A., CBV.
Marion Code | Vice President Human Resources
Marion Code has almost 20 years of experience in the telecommunications field, most of it in human resources. After many years at Nortel, Ms. Code moved to Sprint Canada, where she established and grew the HR function during a period of rapid expansion. Since then, Ms. Code has worked with a number of companies on a consulting basis to provide HR expertise and design employee programs to suit the particular needs of the organization. She originally joined the KORE telecommunications team in a similar capacity in 2013. Ms. Code holds a B.A. in Organizational Psychology and an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.
Tom Lehn | Vice President Operations
Tom Lehn is currently the Vice President of Operations for KORE and has more than 20 years of experience in the barcoding industry and ten years of experience in the wireless industry. Prior to joining the KORE telecommunications team, Mr. Lehn was instrumental in the formation of RacoWireless as a separate business unit of RACO Industries. Before RacoWireless, Mr. Lehn served six years in the U.S. Navy and worked for several barcoding companies, including Weber Marking and Dennison Manufacturing (now Avery Dennison). Mr. Lehn is a graduate of Baptist College of Charleston, now Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, SC.
The KORE Board of Directors
The KORE Board of Directors is made up of highly experienced business professionals with extensive knowledge in the field of direct management for fast-growing telecommunication and technology companies in North America and Europe.
Terence Jarman | Chairman
Terence Jarman is the CEO of Terrdian, Inc., a privately held global investment and consulting company focused on the technology and telecom sectors. He has extensive North American and global experience in the telecom and internet industry. Previously, he was the CEO at Teleglobe, Inc., Vice Chairman at Bell Canada, Group Director at Videotron, UK, and CEO at Bell Nexxia.
Richard Burston | Vice Chairman
Richard Burston is a successful entrepreneur and private equity investor. He was employed by Morgan Stanley before 1991, when he founded Regency Capital International Limited, a London-based merchant bank. From 2002 to 2004, he was the CEO of Bostream AB, following Regency Capital’s purchase of a majority interest in the company. He built Bostream into Sweden’s leading independent broadband ISP before selling the company in 2004. Mr. Burston is a Canadian citizen and has a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Alex Brisbourne | Chief Executive Officer
Alex Brisbourne has over 20 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industry in companies all over the world, including in Europe, North America, and Asia. Most recently, he has joined Aegis Management, an early stage technology incubator, as a General Partner. His previous experience includes serving as General Manager for Microcell, the Canadian GSM operator, where he launched the first 2.5G GPRS network in North America. In addition, he was Senior Vice President of Wavetek Wandel Goltermann, a leading test systems developer based in North Carolina. Under his leadership as President, Gandalf Technologies became the worldwide #1 supplier of LAN access products to the internet access market. Mr. Brisbourne has extensive experience in wireless, enterprise, and fixed-line services, and he sits on the Advisory Boards for a number of technology companies in the U.S and Canada. In January 2015, Mr. Brisbourne was voted Chairman of the IoT M2M Council, the largest and fastest-growing IoT and M2M trade group.
Blake Battaglia | Partner, ABRY Partners
Blake Battaglia joined ABRY in 1998 from the Investment Banking Department of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Battaglia has been integrally involved in originating and supervising a variety of media, communications, business, and information services investments and financings. His areas of focus have included broadband and communications infrastructure; cable television; telecommunications; and software, information, and business services. Mr. Battaglia is an honor graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and serves on the Advisory Board to the Ernest Cockrell College of Engineering at his alma mater.
Rob MacInnis | Partner, ABRY Partners
Rob MacInnis joined ABRY in 1998 from Weather Services Corporation, an ABRY portfolio company. Previously, Mr. MacInnis was associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a senior manager in the Merger and Acquisition Group. He has worked with numerous ABRY portfolio companies in publishing, business services, couponing, and other areas. Mr. MacInnis is a Certified Public Accountant, received an M.B.A. summa cum laude from Boston University, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Merrimack College.
Rob Nicewicz | Vice President, ABRY Partners
Rob Nicewicz joined ABRY from the Technology, Telecom & Digital Media Group of Harris Williams & Co. He is involved in media, communications, and business information services investments in the data center services, cloud computing, insurance, telecommunications, and internet services sectors. Mr. Nicewicz graduated magna cum laude from Babson College.
Tomer Yosef-Or | Principal, ABRY Partners
Tomer Yosef-Or joined ABRY in May of 2005 from the Financial Institution Group at Bear Stearns Investment Banking Department. Previously, he was a member of the Securitization Transaction Group and Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Yosef-Or is involved in media, communications, and business information services investments in the data center services, education, satellite communication, and internet services sectors. He is an honor graduate of the Rutgers Business School’s Undergraduate -New Brunswick Program.