Wednesday, May 25 - 8:30am
Director, Product & Technology Marketing, IP Communications
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Vickie McGovern is the director of marketing for IP
Communications at Cisco Systems. She is a sought after industry speaker and
author. Ms. McGovern's current responsibilities include product marketing,
positioning, collateral development, and market development for the applications
portfolios within the Voice Technology Group at Cisco.
Prior to joining Cisco Systems, Inc., Ms. McGovern led the voice and
applications marketing efforts at Nortel Networks. She has nearly 20 years of
experience in the industry and has held numerous leadership roles throughout her
career including sales engineering, product management, professional services,
and business support. Ms. McGovern attended George Mason University in Northern
Wednesday, May 25 - 9:15am
Head of Product Marketing
Mike manages Aculab’s product portfolio, from the positioning of new
products, taking customer feedback, through to overseeing the lifecycle process.
He manages the link between customers and Aculab’s engineering teams, directs
Aculab’s product roadmap, and supports the company’s global sales force.
Mike has 25 years of telecommunications experience and joined Aculab in 1998.
Previously Mike worked for 3Com Europe, Mitel and Plessey-GPT in a number of
design and commercial positions. He has had several roles in telecommunications
industrial consortia responsible for ensuring equipment interoperability. With a
keen interest in technology, Mike was an early ‘ convergence activist’ promoting
the point that IP transport and TDM infrastructure will provide great
opportunity to blend the best engineering practices into user friendly
Wednesday, May 25 -
Chief Technology Officer and President
Inter-Tel Integrated Systems
Mr. Ford began his career with Inter-Tel in 1983,
while still in his senior year at Arizona State University. After graduating in
1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering, Mr. Ford worked
as a software engineer and was on the development team of the GX-120, ESP, and
ESPDX. From 1989 through 1996, he led the software development of Inter-Tel's
flagship Axxess and Eclipse product lines, and beginning in 1996, Mr. Ford led
Inter-Tel's entry into convergent technology with patented VoIP technology.
Mr. Ford’s work progressed through engineering
management and, in 1997 he was named Chief Technology Officer. In 1998, he was
additionally named president of Inter-Tel Integrated Systems, Inter-Tel’s
development, production and wholesale distribution arm. In addition to his
engineering degree, Mr. Ford holds an SEP certificate from the Stanford Graduate
School of Business.
Wednesday, May 25 -
Vice President of Engineering
Throughout his career, Peter Monaco has been a technology innovator and a
company leader. He is a founder of Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN), the
company that established itself as a speech expert for companies and
telecommunications carriers worldwide. During his nine years with Nuance, Mr.
Monaco held numerous leadership roles that ultimately led to Vice President of
Application Engineering. He started as Principle Product Engineer at the
company’s launch, which involved hiring the first engineering team and leading
the development and release of the company’s flagship product. He continued to
manage the design and development of five new releases of the company’s core
speech recognition system. He went on to become Nuance’s Chief Software
Architect and then become vice president of application engineering and
developed a suite of packaged solutions. Prior to launching Nuance, Mr. Monaco
was a research engineer with SRI International, the company most recognized for
inventing the modem, the computer mouse and helping to launch the Internet. He
holds three patents associated with voice processing and speech recognition. Mr.
Monaco has a BA from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree from Cambridge
Thursday, May 25 - 10:00am
Bruce Eidsvik, Vice President of International & Telco Sales, has been instrumental in the creation and growth of
VoiceGenie Technologies since its creation in 2000. Bruce is a pioneer in the VoiceXML marketspace, having worked
with AT&T since 1996 in the development of the original VoiceXML phoneweb product. Bruce was also instrumental in
securing VoiceGenie’s early lead in the marketplace and devising the focused product strategy that has led to
early profitability for the company. Prior to VoiceGenie, Bruce worked for several years as VP of Sales and Marketing
for Array and as Director of Engineering and Director of Business Development for Sparton of Canada. He received his BSc.
with Honours in Engineering Physics in 1985.
Thursday, May 25 - 10:40am
Peter S. Mahoney
Vice President, Worldwide Marketing,
Peter is responsible for worldwide marketing
strategy, customer programs, external communications and industry
marketing. Prior to joining ScanSoft, Peter was vice president of marketing
and product management at Performaworks, a leading supplier of goal-driven
performance management software. Peter has held executive positions in
marketing, product management, sales and business development with leaders
in CRM, telecommunications, and enterprise software including IBM,
PictureTel, Engage and ATG. Peter holds degrees in Physics and Computer
Science from Boston College.