Industry leaders from Motorola Networks, Texas Instruments, and QUALCOMM, to provide strategic assistance to the company
San Diego, CA – September 14, 2009 – AirHop Communications, a developer of systems software that enables the deployment of high performance and highly differentiated 4G wireless networks, announced the appointments of Stephen Diamond as chairman of the board and Adrian Nemcek as a new member of the board of directors. Additionally, John McDonough joins as a board observer and advisor.
The company also announced today a $1 million strategic financing and an expansion of its management team (see separate press release).
“Attracting industry leaders of this caliber to our Board of Directors is a solid endorsement of our approach to solving the challenges of deploying 4G networks,” said Yan Hui, founder and CEO of AirHop Communications. “With the help of our board and advisors, we expect to extend our lead in developing solutions for self-organized networking (SON), inter-cell coordination, real-time provisioning and efficient frequency reuse.”
Stephen Diamond joins AirHop as chairman of the board. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the networking, mobile/wireless and telecommunications industry, most recently serving as CEO of Reef Point Systems (now GenBand), a pioneer in solutions for fixed/mobile convergence. Prior to Reef Point, he was a general partner and head of the technology and telecom practice at Sprout Group, a $3 billion venture capital and private equity affiliate of Credit Suisse. Earlier, he was group vice president and worldwide director of telecommunications and networking research at Gartner Group/Dataquest.
Diamond has served on the boards of directors of numerous public and private companies including Avici Systems, Aurora Networks, Torrent Networking Technologies (acquired by Ericsson), NetCore Systems (acquired by Tellabs), Astralpoint and Watercove (both acquired by Alcatel-Lucent), Internet Photonics (acquired by Ciena), Omnisky and Optical Solutions (acquired by Calix). He has also served on several advisory boards including SavaJe Technologies (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Sonoma Systems (acquired by Nortel) and NetBoost (acquired by Intel).
“The founders of AirHop recognized early on the issues with deploying smaller cells associated with LTE networks and have been focused on developing enhanced SON solutions for the past two years,” Diamond said. “I am excited to work with this team of industry leaders to help bring this technology to market.”
Adrian Nemcek, a 36-year veteran of the wireless industry, who until 2006, was president of Motorola’s networks business, joins the board of directors. Nemcek expanded the scope of the Motorola networks business to provide cellular radio access, IP networks, telco wireline access, WiMAX wireless access platforms, embedded communications and computer platforms, as well as providing customers with a services and applications management business focused in these areas.
Nemcek currently serves on the board of directors of Wireless Telecom Group Inc. (WTT), the board of trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology and on the wireless advisory board of Auburn University. He is also a past director of IP Unity Corporation and the HP Communications, Multi-Media and Entertainment Advisory Board
John McDonough brings to AirHop more than 22 years of wireless industry experience where he has held both operating and strategic roles. He is currently the founder and CEO of Shorthand Mobile, a privately held mobile application company providing the first “SMS browser.” He is also a venture partner with iSherpa, a Denver-based VC firm investing in wireless technology companies. Earlier, he held senior management positions at Texas Instruments, Dot Wireless, QUALCOMM and NextWave Telecom.
McDonough has served on the advisory boards of several privately-held companies including: TensorComm, a wireless technology company providing interference cancellation solutions and Orca Systems, an RF semiconductor technology and product company. He also a named inventor on 36 issued and 11 pending patents in the area of wireless communications and systems.
About AirHop Communications, Inc.
Founded in 2007, AirHop provides system software to enable the efficient delivery of services in 4G networks with self-organized networking, inter-cell coordination, real-time provisioning and management, and improved QoS technologies. The company is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. More information is at www.airhopcomm.com.