Scroll to top

prpl Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Leonard Dauphinee, MaxLinear

Dr. Leonard Dauphinee, MaxLinear

President, prpl Foundation

Len is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Broadband business unit at MaxLinear where he is responsible for technology direction and strategy.

He joined MaxLinear in 2012 as Vice President of Systems Engineering. In this role, he was responsible for hardware and software development across all products lines.

Prior to MaxLinear, he was at Broadcom since 1998 and led RFIC design for wired and wireless for broadband products. He received a Ph.D. in Electronics from Carleton University and is a named inventor on over 60 issued or filed U.S. patents.

Pedro Caldeira dos Santos, Deutsche Telekom

Pedro Caldeira dos Santos, Deutsche Telekom

Platinum Director

Pedro Caldeira dos Santos is the Executive Product Manager of Fixed Devices at Deutsche Telekom, responsible for the fixed devices products and converged service portfolio, and leading a group wide innovation topic which drives harmonization and standardization for the CPE software.

Pedro has a long history in working with standardization groups and forums for the Fixed industry, such as, prpl Foundation, Wi-Fi Alliance, Broadband Forum and CableLabs, with the intent to accelerate the harmonization of software platforms for in-home devices and to foster innovation in the digital home and smart gateways.

Wojtek Makowski, Orange

Wojtek Makowski, Orange

Platinum Director

Wojtek Makowski is Director of the CPE Ecosystem at Orange. He is responsible for multi-operator collaboration in the CPE Ecosystem, streamlining innovation efforts of operators in the Connected Home and creating an open-source basis for a Software and Data driven innovation platform shared by the entire broadband industry.

Before joining Orange, Wojtek served as CTO for SoftAtHome – a leading software company providing solutions for operators’ home gateways, Wi-Fi extenders, set-top-boxes, voice assistants etc. He was also actively involved in working with standardization groups for the broadband industry, such as Home Gateway Initiative, Broadband Forum, Wi-Fi Alliance and prpl Foundation.

Wojtek started his professional career in France in 1991 developing Operational Support System solutions for France Telecom and other telecommunication operators. Since the mid-1990s he has founded or joined several start-up companies where he held positions of CTO, VP Engineering and CEO. He has a strong multi-cultural business background – having served for companies in different European countries, including France, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Wojtek holds an MSc in Computer Science from Technical University of Gdansk & IT Institute, Poland where he ranked first at graduation.

Randy Zimler, Verizon

Randy Zimler, Verizon

Platinum Director

Randy Zimler is an accomplished business and technical leader specializing in IT / IP based networking product and services development. He has a comprehensive track record delivering value through effective command of product development, product management, technology assessment, technical operations, mission-critical initiatives, and developing / leading top-performing teams.

Recognized subject matter expert in multiple areas of business / technology including telecommunications, IT platform integration, home networking, home automation and residential / commercial security and fire protection; competitive advantage stems from industry experience and applied skill sets. Creates solutions and addresses challenges by leveraging diversified mix of business and technical acumen.

– Licensed Low Voltage Alarm Systems Contractor
– Board Chairman – State Regulator – Georgia Secretary of State Licensing Division – Low Voltage Contractors

Technology Architecture • IT •System Engineering • Contract Negotiation • Vendor Management • Project Management • Product Management • Product Development • IoT Platforms and Devices • Research & Development • Strategic Planning • Software Quality Assurance • Consumer Product Regulatory & Safety • Technical Documentation Development • Employee Development • Innovation leadership • Broadband Forum • 3GPP • CPE • Home Networking • Wi-Fi • 26 awarded US Patents.

Wayne Daniel, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Wayne Daniel, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Silver Director

Wayne has held various technical and team leadership positions on some cool projects with a few companies. He currently serves as Sr Director, Technology at Qualcomm, a leader in wireless mobile and home networking technologies including, 5G/4G/3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth technologies. His main role is to work with North American network operators to introduce new wireless technologies and features to market. Previously, he worked at WiQuest bringing to market short range high speed Ultrawideband (UWB) technology for wireless USB and Wireless Digital Video. Prior to that, he worked for some fun companies like Efficient Networks which grew to be the world's leading customer premise equipment provider enabling broadband for millions of Internet users, Spectrapoint Wireless as a Systems Engineer developing one of the first mmW fixed wireless broadband systems, and Texas Instruments working on semiconductor and military projects. Wayne has been fortunate to participate in some leading-edge projects such as, 5G & Wi-Fi 6E Connected Home CPE, a DARPA sponsored super-computer concept demonstration, the mission display computer for the Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter, the F-16 Modular Mission Computer, and one of the first commercial GPS products – displayed in the Smithsonian Museum!

Wayne’s past roles include: Business Development, Strategic/Technical Marketing, Technology Guidance, Innovation and IPR Management, Systems Engineering, Project Management, as well as hardware and software design. He has participated in standards bodies such as, ATM Forum, HomePlug Alliance, and DSL/Broadband Forum including being awarded an Outstanding Service Award for his work as Co-Chair of the Broadband Home Technical Working Group. He is an IEEE Senior member, a licensed PE with Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and has been awarded seven patents. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southwestern Louisiana.

John Blackford, Commscope

John Blackford, Commscope

Community Director

John Blackford is a Product Management Director at CommScope within the Home Networking Business Unit. His current focus is the development of products for the management and control of the connected home. His career includes 20+ years of data and telecommunications experience in engineering, software architecture, and product management.

John currently serves as the project leader for the OB-USP-Agent open source project, the Broadband User Services Work Area Co-Director within the Broadband Forum, and is the Chairman of the Broadband Forum board of directors. John previously worked for Efficient Networks, Siemens, 2Wire, Pace, and ARRIS where he has consistently expanded his knowledge of remotely managing devices in the connected home. He has received both the Broadband Forum’s Circle of Excellence award and Outstanding Contributor award. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Midwestern State University.

Raj Nand, Amazon Web Services

Raj Nand, Amazon Web Services

Gold Director

Raj Nand is a Product Management Leader at Amazon Web Services (AWS) within the AWS IoT organization. His current focus is on delivering end-to-end IoT solutions for Industrial, Consumer and Telco workloads.
His career includes 20+ years of industrial and consumer industry experience in Product Development (Hardware, Firmware, Software), Product Management, Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions.
Raj holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, with Honors, from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Endika Miragaya, Vodafone

Endika Miragaya, Vodafone

Gold Director

Endika Miragaya is Senior Manager of Home Connectivity Devices and Services at Vodafone Group, and is responsible for the service delivery for CPEs and architecture. Prior to this role, Endika has worked since 2006 in various technical and commercial roles at Vodafone Group, mostly covering services for mobile customers. Before joining Vodafone, Endika worked for 6 years doing consulting at Accenture in different projects for the telecommunication sector. Endika graduated in Physics at Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU).

David Barr, MaxLinear

David Barr, MaxLinear

Technical Steering Committee Chair

David Barr is Director of Standards at MaxLinear. He founded and led the successful EasyMesh effort, now adopted and certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Other efforts include next-gen Access Networks such as Full-Duplex DoCSIS specifications for cable operators.
Prior to that, he developed MAC- and PHY-layer home networking and access technologies, such as co-founding the effort that led to the IEEE 1905.1 Standard, upon which EasyMesh is based.

Brandon Kern, Dish

Brandon Kern, Dish

Product Steering Committee Chair

Brandon Kern is the Broadband CPE Systems Architect for DISH Network. Prior to DISH he was the Lead Architect at Lumen. Brandon spent years working with CPE technology, ever since he was able log onto a computer. He taught himself the basics of router technology when he was a teenager, and has now spent 8 years perfecting this knowledge in the professional workplace. He has extensive background knowledge in AI Design, QA Automation Development, and Broadband Networks.

Brandon is an active member in non-profit organizations. Brandon is the current Chair of the Product Steering Committee for the prpl Foundation leading the community to propose, review and approve project objectives. The Western Golf Associations Evans Scholar Foundation awarded him a Full Ride Scholarship and he held the role of Technology Chair for two years. The Evans Scholar Foundation, or ESF, is the US's largest scholarship program for caddies and has been around since 1930. As the Technology Chair for the Minnesota House of the ESF, Brandon participated in Board meetings. He also helped to create and maintain the Network Ecosystem, ensuring all students had high-speed internet access.

Brandon continues to pursue his Broadband career, and works to become a well-known, distinguished CPE Architect.

Arnaud Bensaid, SoftAtHome

Arnaud Bensaid, SoftAtHome

Marketing Committee Chair

As Vice President Marketing at SoftAtHome, he is responsible for Product Management, Product Marketing and Marketing Communication. He participated to the creation of SoftAtHome where he initially heads business development before taking in charge the Marketing activities. Arnaud has over 25 years of experience in the Telecom & Media industry. Prior to joining SoftAtHome, Arnaud served as Strategy & Management Consultant at Capgemini Telecom & Media. he is a graduate from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications - Telecom ParisTech.

Thomas Staneker, KAON Media

Thomas Staneker, KAON Media

Treasurer

Thomas Staneker is SVP at KAON Media EMEA and has a vast experience in TV and Telco.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, spanning from R&D over product management to marketing and corporate strategy. He started in 1986 in Alcatel, where he stayed until 2005, when he moved from vendor to service provider, joining Deutsche Telekom. Since late 2017, he is back at the supplier side, leading sales in DACH and parts of EMEA at Kaonmedia. Having worked and lived in 6 countries, his experience is not only related to telecommunications and media but he also fluently speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Major projects and achievements include:

– Developing the world’s first analogue optical amplifier, allowing cable operators to transform coax networks into HFC networks
– Development of DVB based Cable Modem and Cable Telephony (before DOCSIS)
– Developing the world’s first 600Mbps digital SDH multiplexer for both the SONET hierarchy
– Pioneering IPTV, starting in the late 90s, building the world’s largest footprint of IPTV deployments
– Pioneering Internet-on-TV with the first DVB-T/IP settop box, developed for Deutsche Telekom
– Launching the first cross-national DTH satellite service in Slovakia, aggregating content on a common technology basis with Hungary
– Heading the first Shared Service Center for product development in Budapest, aggregating and leading a virtual team of up to 60 HW and SW engineers in 7 Eastern and Southern European countries
– Pioneering some of the world’s leading telecom cloud projects at Deutsche Telekom, centralizing the delivery of a unique User Experience through streamed UI and Meta Data