Management

Charlie Vogt, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Charlie Vogt is the CEO of DZS, a global leader in Broadband Connectivity, 5G Optical Transport and Software Defined Networking serving more than 700 Communications Service Providers. DZS marquee service provider customers include Airtel, AT&T, Bouygues, Deutsche Telkom, Etisalat, KT, LGU+, Liberty, Lumen, Mobily, Rakuten, SKB, Softbank, STC, Telefonica, TELUS, True and Viettel and is publicly traded on the Nasdaq under the stock symbol DZSI.

Vogt has spent his professional career executing visionary strategies resulting in unprecedented growth in communications markets. Prior to DZS, Vogt served as Chairman and CEO of ATX Networks, a global leader in HFC, Broadband Access and Media Distribution solutions to more than 200 MSO Cable and Communication Companies including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Altice, Liberty Global and Dish.

Before that, Vogt was CEO of Imagine Communications, a global leader of Broadband Access, Media Content and Networking solutions to more than 1,500 TV Networks, Broadcasters, MSOs and New Media spanning 185 countries. During Vogt’s tenure, he was instrumental in leading a transformation from its 40-year legacy Baseband technology to a cloud virtualized software defined networking IP architecture. He also created an Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) representing the industry’s luminary CTOs and Operations leaders, founded the Alliance for IP Multimedia Solutions and partnered with Disney to become the first global media company to move to the cloud.

From 2004 to 2013, Vogt served as CEO of GENBAND (today Ribbon Communications), a global leader in Access Networking and Optical Transport solutions. During Vogt’s nine-year tenure as CEO, the company acquired and integrated ten companies, expanded its operations to more than 50 countries and secured 80 percent of the world’s largest service providers as customers. Under his leadership, the company experienced a compound annual growth rate of 110 percent and increased operational earnings 9-fold. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal recognized GENBAND as the no. 1 privately-backed company in America, topping a list of 5,900 companies.

In 2002, Vogt was brought on to lead emerging VoIP company Taqua, marking his first stint as chief executive officer. In 2004, Taqua was acquired by then Tekelec (today, part of Oracle) delivering a 4x return to shareholders. Before joining Taqua, Vogt was instrumental in the operational and financial growth of four standard-setting technology companies including Accelerated Networks/Calix, ADTRAN and Ascend Communications that either became public companies or were acquired. Following Lucent Technologies’ $20 billion acquisition of Ascend Communications in 1999, Vogt became part of the sales leadership team responsible for ~$3.5 billion.

Vogt is an active public speaker and has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate accomplishments including EY's “Entrepreneur of the Year,” Light Reading’s “Person of the Year,” Dallas MTBC’s “Corporate CEO of the Year,” Global Telecoms’ “Power 100,” Inc. 500 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” and Saint Louis University’s “Hall of Fame.”

Vogt has been featured on Bloomberg TV with Kailey Leinz, Bloomberg Radio with Alisa Parenti, PBS’s CEO with Lee Cullum, Fox Business Open Bell with Maria Bartiromo, CNBC Squawk Box, Fox Business Closing Bell with Liz Claman and CEO Spotlight with KRLD David Johnson.

Misty Kawecki, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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Misty Kawecki serves as Chief Financial Officer of DZS, bringing over 24 years of finance and accounting experience to the CFO role.

Previously, Ms. Kawecki served as CFO and Head of Operations for MediaKind and prior to that, she was VP, Finance and Corporate Controller at Imagine Communications. She also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller at GENBAND and Senior Director, WW Revenue Controller at McAfee (Intel). She started her career at Big 4 accounting firm EY.

Ms. Kawecki has a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

Daniel Won, CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER - APAC

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Daniel Won serves as Chief Revenue Officer - APAC, and previously served as Chief Product Officer at DZS and President of DNS Korea in connection with the Merger of Zhone Technologies and DASAN Networks.

Mr. Won brings over thirty years of experience in the telecommunications marketplace across several disciplines, including executive management, engineering and sales. Prior to his roles with DZS, Mr. Won held various executive positions at LG and Cisco Systems.

Mr. Won holds an MBA from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and a BS from Seoul National University.

Jay Hilbert, CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER - AEMEA

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Jay Hilbert serves DZS as Chief Revenue Officer for the Americas and Europe. Before joining DZS, Mr. Hilbert served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at RigNet, a global provider of digital technology solutions including broadband connectivity, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) for global enterprise customers. Prior to RigNet, he was SVP of Sales at CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global provider of wireless solutions, where he was responsible for sales of the first O-RAN product for LTE.

Mr. Hilbert was also the first Global SVP of Sales for Cambium Networks (a spin out of Motorola), which provided Fixed Wireless Access technology for rural broadband coverage. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hilbert also served as SVP of Sales at Nokia and Jabil.

Mr. Hilbert has a Bachelor of Science in engineering management from the University of North Dakota.

Tuncay Cil, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

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Tuncay Cil serves as Chief Strategy Officer at DZS where he is responsible for driving strategic and growth initiatives across the organization. Before DZS Mr. Cil was a member of the senior leadership team at ASSIA for a decade, serving as SVP Product Management, EVP Enterprise Products, and most recently as Chief Strategy Officer.

Prior to ASSIA, Mr. Cil served as VP Product Management at AirTies and led their expansion into the European service provider market. He has also held multiple senior management roles in engineering, product development, technical marketing, and general management at a variety of both large publicly traded companies and venture backed start-ups throughout the Silicon Valley.

Mr. Cil holds BS degree in Physics from Bilkent University (Turkey) and an MBA from Yale University, where he was awarded John M. Olin Fellowship in Telecommunications Research.

Andrew Bender, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

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Andrew Bender serves as Chief Technology Officer for DZS, where he is responsible for developing, coordinating, and promoting the technology strategy for the company. He joined DZS in October 2020 to help expand the solutions space for DZS to SDN, mobile broadband and 5G technologies.

Mr. Bender has over 20 years of broad ranging experience in the carrier networking, infrastructure and software sectors spanning Kubernetes and cloud native, webscale applications, NFV, SDN, mobile access / edge / core, video and streaming media, IMS / RCS, DOCSIS, multiservice access and transport network technology areas.

Prior to DZS, Mr. Bender led the team of technologists covering the service provider industry in the Americas at VMWare. He has also held various technology, strategy, solutions, architecture and engineering roles at Hewlett Packard, NEC, Ribbon Communications / GENBAND, and others.

Miguel Alonso, CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER

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Miguel Alonso serves as Chief Product Officer at DZS. In this role, Mr. Alonso is responsible for product strategy, product management, technology, quality and engineering across the Access Edge, Home Edge, Mobile & Optical Edge and Cloud Software teams.

Before joining DZS, Mr. Alonso served as Vice President of Cloud Products at Calix, where he led the company’s transformation from hardware products to cloud, software, and systems platforms. Mr. Alonso has also served in multiple senior product management, marketing, and sales executive positions at Nortek Control, mandal.ai, and Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC).

Mr. Alonso holds an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain).

Gunter Reiss, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

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Gunter Reiss is DZS’s Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining DZS, Gunter was Vice President, Worldwide Marketing at A10 Networks where he led the Silicon Valley company’s global marketing transformation, brand refresh, analyst and customer advocacy programs, sales enablement, and the successful positioning as a global 5G, cloud, and cybersecurity technology leader.

He also served as Vice President, Strategic Alliances at A10 Networks. Prior to A10, Gunter was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Ericsson Silicon Valley, and held senior roles at Ericsson in Texas, Sweden, and Austria, and Damovo and IPC in the UK. He currently serves as a Board Advisor of MobileComm and EigenX. Previous engagements include the Board of Directors of Skorpios Technologies and the Sun Microsystems Customer Advisory Board.

Norm Foust, SVP, Global Supply Chain

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Norm Foust serves as Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain and is responsible for the strategic direction, transformation and execution of vendor procurement, supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics. Mr. Foust's operations expertise in the telecom industry spans more than three decades, pioneering the evolution of manufacturing and supply chain through automation and AI Robotics technology.

Mr. Foust has spent 20 years in leadership positions with trend-setting access networking companies scaling manufacturing and supply chain. Most recently, Mr. Foust was the Vice President of Operations at Vicarious FPC, an A.I. Robotics Automation company. Prior to Vicarious, he led operations with Cyan (acquired by Ciena), Calix, AFC and DSC Communications.

Laura Larsen-Misunas, CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

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Laura Larsen-Misunas serves as Chief People Officer for DZS. Mrs. Larsen-Misunas has held several progressively advancing administration and human resources management roles since joining DZS in 2000, for a total of more than twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

Most recently at Ascend Communications, she established the company’s first Risk Management department, managing day to day cash, long term investments, and the foreign exchange program. Prior to Ascend, Mrs. Larsen-Misunas was a successful account manager and executive in the financial and insurance industries, having worked for Marsh and Willis.

Mrs. Larsen-Misunas holds a B.S. in Marketing from California State University San Francisco.

Justin Ferguson, CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

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Justin Ferguson serves as Chief Legal Officer at DZS, responsible for the company’s global legal activities and policies. In addition, Mr. Ferguson serves as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors and is responsible for all corporate governance matters. He joined DZS in September 2020 and brings more than 17 years of legal experience which includes advising companies in the telecom, technology and cloud security space.

Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Ferguson was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Ribbon Communications Inc, a Nasdaq listed company that provides real time communications software and packet and optical transport solutions . Prior to Ribbon, Mr. Ferguson served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Zix Corporation, a Nasdaq listed company that provides email and cloud security solutions. Mr. Ferguson began his career as a corporate attorney at the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Baker Botts L.L.P.

Mr. Ferguson received a Juris Doctorate degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Raghu Marthi, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

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Raghu Marthi joined DZS as Chief Information Officer in September of 2021, bringing 25 years of experience in information technology to the company through leadership of complex company-wide application development, data management, technology infrastructure, data center operations and telecommunication networks worldwide.

Prior to DZS, Mr. Marthi was Chief Information Officer at MediaKind, responsible for information technology and digital strategy spanning applications, data, cybersecurity and infrastructure. He has also held a variety of management and technical leadership positions at Hewlett Packard, PricewatershouseCoopers, HCL and Dresser Industries.

Mr. Marthi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Master's degree in Computer Science and earned his MBA from SC Johnson Graduate School Management at Cornell University, Ithaca NY.