Erik Ekudden

Erik Ekudden

As Group CTO, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the direction of technology leadership for the Ericsson Group. In 2017 he was re-located to Kista, Sweden, after nearly seven-year at Ericsson in Santa Clara, California.

His experience from working with technology leadership globally will influence the strategic decisions and investments in mobility, distributed cloud, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things. This builds on his decades-long career in technology strategies and industry activities.

Ekudden first joined Ericsson in 1993 working on mobile systems research. He has served as research area director and vice president of standardization. During his career, his team created technology and multimedia functionality that are now used in today’s smartphones worldwide. This team also conducted some of the first work on virtual and augmented reality for mobile systems. He has worked to create global mobile systems for 3G, 4G and 5G in close collaboration with customers.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Johan Wibergh

Johan Wibergh

Johan Wibergh joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee in May 2015 as Group Chief Technology Officer and CIO. He is responsible for all aspects of Network and IT in Vodafone including strategy, architecture, vendor executive management, delivery, operation and performance, technology security including Cyber Security, product development, all IT systems including digital interactions with customers. Vodafone operates in 25 countries and has more than 500 million customers in mobile and fixed, fixed broadband passing 130 million households and over 22 million TV customers.

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Peter Weichsel

Peter Weichsel

Peter Weichsel is Partner of Deloitte Consulting and leads the Digital Transformation service offering. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in digital and technology topics, as consultant, in line management roles as well as founder of various startups.

He is experienced in business transformation and technology strategy with specific experience in digital product management, innovation and architecture. Peter Weichsel supports in particular large corporates across various industry sector in their digital transformation. He has extensive international experience working frequently in Europe, Russia/CIS, Middle East and Africa and India. Peter has frequently supported CTOs in defining mobile network technology roadmap and investment strategies but also led large cloud IT transformations.

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Rob Soni

Rob Soni

Robert A. Soni (Rob) is a leader at Nokia Bell Labs in the Access Lab. He supports the key technology leadership insertion opportunities from Bell Labs into commercial mobile networks product. Rob also serves as the co-CTO of Mobile Networks for Nokia. He leads a team of architects which drive insertion opportunities as well as develop and innovate on the next generation of Cloud RAN related solutions for cellular networks.

Rob started Lucent Technologies in ’98 as a Member of Technical Staff. He became a manager in ’03, and a director in ’09. When Lucent Technologies merged with Alcatel-Lucent, Rob led the CTO organization for the ‘small’ cells team within wireless networks. He also ran all architecture and system engineering efforts in Alcatel-Lucent. After the merger with Nokia, he led common architecture and system engineering efforts within Nokia. In ’18, he moved to Bell Labs to lead/assist portfolio insertion and innovation opportunities for Bell Labs.

Rob has a Master’s [’95] and Ph.D. [’98] in Electrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a BSEE in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Rob has also taught extensively at Columbia University (New York City, NY) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ) as an adjunct professor.

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Ritchie Peng

Ritchie (Honghua) Peng

Mr. Peng is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Huawei’s Wireless Network Solution. Mr. Peng leads Product Line Management & Marketing, including product planning, marketing strategy, marketing programs, brand building and demand generation across Huawei’s portfolio of wireless network products and solutions.

Mr. Peng joined Huawei Technologies Co. ,Ltd. in 2000, and has held several senior leadership positions including Director of Mobile Innovation Center (MIC) for the Wireless Network Product Line Management Department in Europe, President of UMTS domain, and President of (DIS) Digital Indoor System domain.

Mr. Peng has more than 18 years of experience in wireless R&D, product planning and management, he has in depth understanding of wireless market, technology evolution and solution requirements.

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