TEX LA will feature five CEO Roundtables. These roundtables are an opportunity for key CEOs to share their predictions for tech and telecom’s future and to participate in casual Q&A sessions moderated by industry analysts and journalists.

CEO Roundtable 1

Cybersecurity- How Do We Prepare for Tomorrow?

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

IDG Research observes that cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. Over $1 trillion worldwide will be spent on cybersecurity products and services over the next five years in response to such attacks. Industry spectators and analysts continue to put cybersecurity at the top of the list of concerns, as it poses the largest threat for potential disruption of technology and industry growth. But even as this awareness grows, recent reports indicate that only 38% of global organizations are prepared to handle sophisticated cyberattacks. This roundtable will detail many of the security issues created by advancing technologies and will provide insights on how to effectively prepare for these issues today, and tomorrow.

CEO Roundtable 2

AI and its Impact on Networks 

11:20 AM – 12:05 PM


Ronald Gruia

Director of Emerging Telecoms

Frost & Sullivan


Simon Lee

Director, Centeris

Managing Director, Sapience Capital Partners


A recent Forrester survey of business and technology professionals found that 58% are researching AI, but only 12% are using AI systems. Moreover, research firm Markets and Markets estimates that the AI market will grow from $420 million in 2014 to $5.05 billion by 2020. As brainpower and significant funds are formally allocated to the exploration of AI, the technology becomes an increasingly legitimate driver of network advances. This roundtable will consider AI’s growing evolution and its impact on network deployment.

CEO Roundtable 3

IoT - Predictions for 2018 

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Rob Headshot

Rob Barlow

Chief Executive Officer



In a recent JSA TV Virtual CEO Roundtable discussion, Upkar Dhaliwal, CEO & Founder of Future Wireless Technologies, contemplated the “networked” car as both an IoT device and a network densification tool to supplement existing network reach. Taken with Gartner’s recent prediction of $2.5M per minute in IoT spending and 1M new IoT devices sold every hour by 2021, the future of IoT is now. This roundtable will examine IoT use cases currently in progress, and what we can expect beyond 2017.

CEO Roundtable 4

TransPacific Connectivity Challenges & Opportunities

1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

A shared (and largely untapped) opportunity exists between American technology companies and their Asian counterparts. As tech companies pursue new business opportunities across the Pacific, high-speed interconnection and datacenter access between the continents is critical. And while Asia-PAC has bolstered its bandwidth resources with the completion of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable, and the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC), there remains significant opportunities for growth. This roundtable will explore the burgeoning opportunities and challenges for TransPacific cable builders, datacenter operators, OTTs and more

CEO Roundtable 5

Silicon Valley's Next Generation Demands on Data Centers and Networks 

2:10 PM - 2:55 PM





As the epicenter of technology development and connectivity, the Silicon Valley can be a canary in the coal mine. As new technologies push the boundaries of our existing “connected” infrastructure, Silicon Valley will be on the front lines of testing data center and networking capabilities. This roundtable will explore these new demands and will prognosticate on how next-gen technologies will shape the data centers and networks of the future.

Check out the topic and speakers from our November 2016 event.


If your company is chosen to speak at our CEO Roundtable, we also offer discounted sponsorship packages to further brand your company on-site and leading up to TEX. View the full list of our sponsorship opportunities or contact us at info@thetelecomexchange.com to customize your package.

Call For Speakers

Please send speaker submissions to info@thetelecomexchange.com and include bios/headshots by September 1st.

Members of the Press

If you are a journalist and analyst and would like to attend our CEO Roundtables at TEX, please email info@thetelecomexchange.com. We look forward to your participation.