Telecom Exchange LA will feature three CEO Roundtables. These roundtables are an opportunity for key CEOs to share their predictions for tech and telecom’s future and to participate in forward-thinking Q&A sessions moderated by industry analysts and journalists.

CEO Roundtable 1

Blockchain Technology & its Impact on Network Infrastructure

10:00 AM - 11:10 AM

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Richard Lukaj

Senior Managing Director

Bank Street


Mayande Walker

Chief Operating Officer



Yariv Trabelsi​

Chief Technology Officer

The Sphere

Blockchain, often described as a distributed ledger, allows for public decentralized transactions without the need for third-party intervention. And since the interaction is public, blockchain technology offers a reliable, incorruptible infrastructure. Is this security value just limited to cryptocurrency or can it influence network designs? How can/does blockchain's reliable peer-to-peer communication model lend itself to more effective IoT ecosystems, software defined networking and even Blockchain-as-a-Transport (BaaT)? This roundtable will explore blockchain network developments, opportunities and what’s next, including the top 3-5 ways to efficiently leverage the power of blockchain technology to provide more reliable networks internationally.

CEO Roundtable 2

Get Ready For the Olympics LA: IoT, Smart Cities, & Infrastructure Predictions

11:40 AM – 12:50 PM

Rosemary Cochran

Principal & Co-Founder

Vertical Systems Group


David Erickson

Founder & CEO,

Founder & CEO, CarrierX


Brynn Fowler

Director, Network Planning, Strategy and Enablement



Marc Gittleman

5x5 Telecom

Chief Executive Officer


The Year 2028 is not as far off as it may sound, particularly as Los Angeles readies its infrastructure to host the Olympics. Meanwhile, technology developments are in overdrive, with smart objects turning into smart homes and then into smart cities. How will LA and other tech-driven cities redefine the ‘connected’ opportunities of tomorrow? From global sporting events, to health care, security, mobility and even water management, our new tomorrow in urban and network planning is here today.  This roundtable will discuss what's in store for next-gen technologies as well as infrastructure and the top 3-5 ways we as an industry can be better prepared.

CEO Roundtable 3

Preventing Content Hijacking: Media & Entertainment & Network Security

1:50 PM – 3:00 PM

IDC predicts cybersecurity spend will grow to $101.6 billion by 2020.  One of the top industries targeted, Media & Entertainment, with its high-profile breaches making news each day, including Sony, HBO, Netfix, TV5, and Yahoo, to name a few.  Content creators and broadcasters alike are facing cyber-chaos-- with hacks and leaks driven by money, mischief, malice or just plain mistakes-- with content hijacked and then ransomed for millions.  How can we architect a more agile and intelligent network defense, up and down the stack, designed to trap and stop attackers?  What we do know for sure: cyberattacks are no longer a question of 'if' but 'when'.  This roundtable will discuss the top 3-5 ways we as as telecom and tech companies can better safeguard media content collectively.

CEO Roundtable 4

The Content and Cloud Perspective: What We Need from Our Infrastructure Partners Now

3:30 PM - 4:40 PM

According to a May 30, 2018 post by Alan Mauldin of Telegeography, content providers such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, account for over a half of total bandwidth demand in the Atlantic and Pacific this past year. And we can safely assume this trend will only increase dramatically with the continual need for high-quality services expanding on a mass, global scale. As such, the partnerships that enable these connections are more critical now than ever before.  In a world driven by content, what can infrastructure partners provide their content and cloud clients to keep up with the ever-growing demand? Our panel will define the top 3-5 ways to productively partner together in the next 12 months, considering the current and future outlook of capacity as well as the benefits, future opportunities and challenges associated.

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

Call For Speakers

Please send speaker submissions to [email protected] and include bios/headshots by Friday, March 30, 2018 for our TEX LA 2018 event.

Members of the Press

If you are a journalist and analyst and would like to attend our CEO Roundtables at TEX, please email [email protected]. We look forward to your participation.