Telecom Exchange will feature four 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

If It Can Be Hacked… Network Security & The New Reality

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

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Robert Powell

Editor & Creator

Telecom Ramblings


Jim Anthony

VP, Cybersecurity Sales Engineering

Cyxtera Technologies


Jerzy Szlosarek

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer



Rajiv Goel

Sr. Director, Principal DC & SP Product Management

Extreme Networks

Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer



Chris MacFarland

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



Akio Sugeno

Founder, NYIIX

Vice President, Internet Engineering, Operations and Business Development, Telehouse

As hospitals, content providers and other network operators line up to pay hackers to release their data, Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. Analysts consider cyber security one of the largest threats for potential disruption of technology and industry growth. This Roundtable will not just list the issues of cyber hacking and content theft, but will strive to enumerate 3-5 ways in which we as an industry can collectively help increase our security in the next twelve months, as we prep for the new reality of a connected world.

CEO Roundtable 2

The Investment in Network Infrastructure: Who's Responsible & Where's the Profit

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Brian Barnell

Managing Director

Q Advisors


Najam Ahmad

Vice President of Network Engineering



Chris Downie

Chief Executive Officer


Erick Contag

Erick Contag

Executive Chairman



Ben Hedges

Chief Executive Officer

LINX America

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Frank Rey

Director Global Network Strategy



Gil Santaliz

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX)

Traditional data center, subsea and terrestrial fiber business models have shifted as content providers like Google, Riot Games, Blizzard, Facebook, and Salesforce have identified cost and operational benefits from abandoning outsourced infrastructure and investing in their own facilities and networks. How do hyperscale data centers, network operators and content providers alike monetize their assets while also manage the expanding needs of their end users? This roundtable will explore options, opportunities and what’s next, including the top 3-5 ways to efficiently partner together to provide high capacity, reliability and availability to every corner of the globe.

CEO Roundtable 3

Next Generation Wireless: 5G, DAS, Small Cells & the Necessary Infrastructure

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Fedor Smith

President and Managing Partner



Cris Kimbrough

Senior Vice President, Building Technology Services



Cliff Kane

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Cleareon Fiber Networks


Doug Wiest

Chief Executive Officer

NextEdge Networks


Amy Marks

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

XSite Modular

Ray La Chance

Ray La Chance

President & Chief Executive Officer

ZenFi Networks

As the demand for immediate information and constant communication continue to grow, so does the demand for better, faster wireless service. According to a 2017 market research report by GSMA, 5G is forecasted to be the lead network technology in the US by 2025, projecting 190 million connections, about half of the total mobile connections. Additionally, 70% of mobile data traffic occurs inside buildings, increasing the demand for DAS, small cells, macrosites and more. This roundtable will dig deeper into the wireless and wired ecosystem to uncover the future of mobile connectivity, outlining the obstacles and discussing solutions for a better, next generation of wireless.

CEO Roundtable 4

Humans Vs. Machines: AI, Skynet & Network Safeguards

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM


Evan Kirstel

Social Media Business Strategist - Advisor


Todd Coleman

President and CEO

eStruxture Data Centers


Melvin Greer

Chief Data Scientist, Americas

Intel Corporation


Ryan Neading

Chief Information Officer



Jaisimha Muthegere

Chief Technology Officer


Tech innovators like Elon Musk and Bill Gates have donated significant time and money to explain AI as a threat and to figure out new ways to advance technology without turning over all the keys to the machines. With AI/Deep Learning's ability to grow exponentially, and hypothetically improve upon itself, at what point will intelligence surpass its creators and become unrestricted development and/or control? This Roundtable will explore the growth of AI and suggest our industry's next steps, including the top 3-5 ways to safeguard our networks and infrastructure collectively.

Check out the topics and speakers from our June 2017 event.

Call For Speakers

Please send speaker submissions to [email protected] and include bios/headshots by May 4, 2018 for our TEX NYC 2018 event.

Members of the Press

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