Mr. Osmo Hautanen is a recognized leader in the technology, telecommunications and private equity community with strong experience in managing and organizing operations for major international companies, as well as start-ups. Prior to joining Magnolia, Mr. Hautanen served as the CEO of Fenix LLC, the holding company for Union Pacific Corporation’s extensive portfolio of technology assets, as well as CEO of Denver-based Formus Communications, an international wireless communications company. He also was President of Americas for Philips Consumer Communications group, a joint venture between Philips Electronics and Lucent. Mr. Hautanen was an 18-year veteran of Nokia, where he started and built a new division for Personal Communications Services in 1994, which lead Nokia’s dominance in the North American handset market. He also served in multi-discipline roles within Nokia and was a member of their Management Board. Mr. Hautanen serves on the Board of Directors or Advisors for multiple public and private companies and charitable and civic organizations. He holds a BSEE from the Technical College of Varkaus in Finland, and a MBA in international business from Georgia State University. He is fluent in Finnish, German and English.
Mr. Haim Harel is a world-class technologist and innovator in wireless communications, and holds a proven track record as a serial entrepreneur. Prior to founding Magnolia Broadband in 2000, Mr. Harel founded Wireless Online in Los Altos, California in 1995 and served as Chairman and CEO until 1999. He has successfully managed dozens of engineers in numerous R&D projects in RF, Microwave, Digital Signal Processing and Software, and has a successful record in developing commercialized products. In 1991 Mr. Harel founded and served as President & CEO of NEXUS Communications (NASDAQ: NXUSF), a technology company based in Israel that developed an urban radio-location system. Prior to founding Nexus, Mr. Harel was Vice President in Fibronics Ltd., a pioneer in data communications, and before that, a Business Unit manager for in the Electronic Warfare division of Tadiran, Israel, where he managed $30M worth of export projects, delivering sophisticated airborne Elint systems. Mr. Harel is a graduate of the Technion University and the Tel-Aviv University with a BsEE and MsEE, respectively, and is the author of multiple patents in the communications field.
Mr. John Poirier is an industry veteran who has spent over 25 years developing wireless systems for many technologies including Cellular, Bluetooth, WLAN, Satellite Radio, LMR, and SATCOM. Mr. Proirer has led engineering teams both domestically and internationally, across most engineering and manufacturing disciplines, to architect, design, develop, and produce high quality products, valued at over $100 million in annual sales. His teams have successfully delivered more than one hundred million products to top tier customers. Before joining Magnolia Broadband, Mr. Proirer held senior leadership roles at RFMD, Agere Systems, and Lucent. Mr. Proirer holds a BSEE from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts, and an MSEE from the University of Massachusetts.
Sherwin Wang, Ph.D.
Dr. Sherwin Wang has over 20 years experience and strong expertise on the wireless and fiber optic communication systems and semiconductor devices. Dr. Wang plays a major role in the testing & validation of the Magnolia's technology. Prior to joining Magnolia Broadband, he was the Vice President of RF Integrated Corporation, a start-up company for GaAs Power Amplifiers, and also served as the general manager of the Wireless LAN Power Amplifier business group. Dr. Wang was a principal scientist at Bell Labs in the area of semiconductor laser development and wireless network systems, where he worked as a system engineer and tier-4 customer support on CDMA wireless network and base station. Dr. Wang received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and is a senior member of the IEEE.
Mr. Justin Thesiger has over 15 years experience working in the European Mobile Telecoms market and has a wealth of knowledge and detailed understanding of both the European Wireless Network Operators and the OEMs. Mr. Thesiger directs Magnolia’s sales and business development efforts and is also responsible for driving the demand through the Wireless Network Operators to the OEM’s and Chipmakers. Before joining Magnolia, Mr. Thesiger served as European Account Director for Palm Europe and was responsible for establishing relationships with Vodafone and then subsequently Telefonica O2 and Hutchison 3G. Mr. Thesiger also functioned in various commercial roles within Orange dealing with Nokia, SonyEricsson, Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC and subsequently ended up managing the introduction of 3G devices for France Telecom across all Orange Group countries. Mr. Thesiger holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree from Oxford Brooks University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
Ms Lorelee Merchak joined Magnolia in December 2010 as Director of Finance & Human Resources. Ms Merchak has worked in the financial arena for over two decades, where she has exemplified a series of progressively responsible positions within finance and administration, demonstrating strong leadership and accountability. Previously Ms Merchak was the Controller at Donald S. Heft and Associates, a leading real estate development company in New Jersey. In her current role, Ms Merchak defines, directs and implements financial and administrative initiatives for Magnolia. She is responsible for directing and coordinating all activities of Finance, Administration, House Activities, Human Resources and Building Services. Ms Merchak holds a degree in Business Administration from Middlesex County College.