Meet Aurora's Management Team, all proven executives responsible for developing some
of the most advanced optical networking systems currently on the market. The team brings together
advanced systems expertise, extensive experience in fiber optics and laser technologies, and a deep
understanding of customer needs.
Chairman, President and CEO
Guy is recognized and respected widely as an industry leader, and he is known for his ability to bring advanced technology solutions to the market. Before founding Aurora Networks, he was General Manager of the optical products development and manufacturing facility of C-COR.net (acquired by ARRIS). Prior to that position, he served as vice president of Research and Development, Product Marketing and Operations for Silicon Valley Communications, Inc., which was acquired by C-COR.net. Guy entered the broadband communications industry as a member of the Harmonic Lightwaves, Inc. R&D staff and, subsequently, the marketing department, where he managed the product development and marketing of Harmonic's return path and element management products. Earlier, he worked in the R&D departments of Avantek and Motorola. Guy has co-invented numerous Aurora Networks patented applications. He is a member of the IEEE and SCTE and has been published in numerous trade publications and journals.
Vice President, Research and Development
Krzysztof co-founded Aurora after holding key positions at Rogers Communication, Inc., Harmonic Inc., and Silicon Valley Communications, Inc. (acquired by C-COR.net). At Harmonic, he was instrumental in developing the first scalable node in the cable television industry. While at Silicon Valley Communications, Krzysztof was one of the key developers of AT&T's LightWire®. Krzysztof brings with him an inherent understanding of the cable industry, applying that knowledge in all Aurora's product development programs.
Vice President and Chief Scientist
Charles Barker, Ph.D.
Also a founder, Charles comes to Aurora from Silicon Valley Communications, Inc. (acquired by C-COR.net), where he served as director of Product Marketing. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Communications, Charles was a member of the technical staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he led development efforts in large-aperture harmonic generators and studies of other nonlinear optical phenomena in laser-fusion drivers. Charles' graduate research at Stanford University involved the use of nonlinear optical spectroscopy for the study of ultrafast processes in condensed matter. Charles is named on numerous patents.
Chief Financial Officer
Craig McCollam brings more than 28 years of financial experience to Aurora Networks. Prior to Aurora, Craig’ worked for 18 years at Dionex Corporation, the last 12 of which he served as CFO. During his tenure at Dionex, a publically traded, international manufacturing company, the company was sold to a third-party for industry-high multiples. Craig’s experience also includes serving as an assistant controller at Ensco, Inc., a global provider of offshore drilling services, and as senior manager at Ernst & Young, one of the largest professional services firms in the world.
Chief Technology Officer
Oleh has many years of broadband systems engineering and telecommunications R&D
experience. Prior to joining Aurora, Oleh was with AT&T Broadband for six years, serving four years
as vice president of Engineering. In this position, he was instrumental in developing leading-edge
and widely deployed cable system architectures, including LightWire® and Oxiom®. Prior to AT&T, Oleh
worked for eight years at Rogers Engineering, and earlier spent 13 years in research and development
at the Institute of Telecommunications in Wroclaw, Poland. He is a recipient of the 1997 Polaris Award
from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers for his outstanding achievements in implementing
fiber optic technology in broadband telecommunications networks. Active in a series of CableLabs and
NCTA projects and acknowledged as an industry expert, Oleh has been widely published and has
participated in many industry committees, conferences and seminars.
Vice President, Network Architecture
and Field Services
Doug has more than 25 years of experience in the Cable industry. His extensive
background in the design of communication networks includes two years with AT&T Broadband Corporate
Engineering, five years at TCI Corporate Engineering, five years with TCI State and Regional
Engineering and more than six years in outside plant construction and operations.
Vice President, Marketing
John has more than 20 years of experience in product development, operations
and marketing management for broadband communications products and services. Before joining Aurora
Networks, he was Harmonic Inc.'s vice president of Marketing for more than seven years. Earlier,
he served several years as vice president of Marketing for Philips Broadband Networks, and, before
that, was director of European Cable Operations and then director of International Business Programs
for General Instrument Corporation (now Motorola Broadband). John is widely acknowledged as an
industry expert and has made numerous presentations at major cable television and communication
exhibitions and symposiums around the world.
Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Pirjo has more than 20 years of experience in telecom and cable equipment companies
around the world. She was most recently senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations
for Vello Systems. Prior to Vello, she was senior vice president of Worldwide Sales at BigBand Networks.
Pirjo has also held senior management positions with ADC, Nortel, Wellfleet Communications, ICL Data,
Nokia Data, and Finnish Telecom.
Vice President, New Business Development
Scott has more than 15 years of investment banking and mergers and acquisitions experience.
Before joining Aurora Networks, he was a managing director in the Technology, Media and
Telecommunications Group at Piper Jaffray & Co. Before Piper Jaffray, Scott worked at Thomas
Weisel Partners and Wessels, Arnold & Henderson. During his 15 years in the financial banking
and mergers and acquisitions sector, Scott was involved in close to 100 corporate transactions
and financing deals valued over $15 billion.
Vice President, Operations
Mike joined Aurora Networks as vice president of Operations in November 2004,
bringing with him more than 30 years of operations and manufacturing experience. Before joining
Aurora, Mike served as vice president of Operations for Pedestal Networks and C-Speed, Inc. Prior
to that, he was vice president of Operations at Harmonic Inc., where he was responsible for worldwide
operations, including materials planning, purchasing, production control and quality assurance.
Before Harmonic, Mike was vice president of Operations for Vitalink Communication, responsible
for all manufacturing activities.