Our Judges

Submissions will be judged by a distinguished panel of third-party executives from major telecom, wireless and cable operators. All submissions to judges will be blind and they will not be reviewed by members of the Fierce editorial team.


Ed Chao, SVP Corporate Engineering & Network Operations, MetroPCS

Mr. Chao joined MetroPCS as Senior Vice President Engineering & Network Operations in September 2008. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Chao served as Vice President Product Management at Alcatel-Lucent in the CDMA Networks Business Division. He held a variety of other positions at Alcatel-Lucent, including Business Development and Strategic Planning, as well as conducting research on wireless applications in Bell Labs. Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, Mr. Chao worked with Nortel/ BNR where he was primarily involved in defining front-end requirements and standards in support of the company’s entry into CDMA. Mr. Chao holds a MBA from Columbia University, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Mattias Fridstrom, VP & Head of Technology, TeliaSonera International Carrier

With over 15 years in the telecommunications industry, Mattias Fridström can be considered a veteran – but his enthusiasm hasn’t faded. Mattias combines expert knowledge with anecdotes from behind the scenes and deep insight into the networked economy: What are the challenges of tomorrow for network providers? How can we meet ever-increasing traffic demand and customer quality expectations within the same cost frame? Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles within TeliaSonera International Carrier. Since 2011, Mattias has held the position of Vice President, Technology; with the responsibility for the entire global network.

Andrew Ip, Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Wireless Technology Management, Cablevision System Corporation

Andrew leads the team responsible for the planning, deployment, and operation of Cablevision’s outside plant and WiFi networks. As part of this role, he is responsible for the validation and introduction of wireless capabilities into the organization; including the rollout and optimization of Optimum WiFi – the nation’s largest WiFi network with more than 90,000 hotspots. Previously, Andrew was as a management consultant - advising multiple clients across the broadband ecosystem, including North American MSOs, International mobile operators, OEMs, device manufacturers, content providers, and industry investors. Most recently, Andrew was a Partner at Meridian Advisory Group (MAG) and a consultant at Mars & Co.

Tom Nagel, SVP and GM of Wireless, Comcast

Tom is responsible for the development of strategic business initiatives that drive growth for Comcast’s core communications services. Currently, Tom helps oversee the rollout of the company’s wireless initiatives which include the execution of Comcast’s agreement with Verizon Wireless, the deployment of XFNITY WiFi and working with other MSOs to create a consistent wireless experience for customers. Additionally, Tom played a critical role in the development of Comcast’s wireless partnerships with Sprint and Clearwire, as well as the introductions of products such as Comcast Digital Voice and XFINITY Internet 2go. Building on these experiences, Tom will also look for new opportunities to enhance the overall communications and data strategy for Comcast by conducting customer analyses and building the business case to introduce new products and services that drive business growth. In addition, he develops strategic alliances as they relate to Xfinity Internet, Voice and Wireless businesses as well as the joint venture created with Verizon Wireless.

Chris Rice, Vice President, AT&T Labs Research, AT&T

Christopher W. Rice is Vice President of Research at AT&T Labs, overseeing research and advanced development in networking and IP network management, network virtualization, big data, speech and multimedia technologies, information systems and visualization, algorithms and optimization, and scalable, reliable software systems.

Chris was previously an Assistant Vice President within AT&T Labs Research, where he was responsible for platform and services incubation. His areas of research included broadband wireless network architectures, IMS service platforms research, network performance and measurement research, application management research, and new IP services research. He has helped successfully launch three services into the marketplace based on his team's research. Chris has over 30 patents in his name and in 2005, was awarded the AT&T Distinguished Scientist Award.

Todd C. Smith, Director, Media Relations, Cox Communications

Todd serves as general spokesperson for the company across product lines, is responsible for national media and analyst relations strategy and manages the life cycle promotion of B2Bl services. When Smith joined Cox in 2007 his primary role was senior communications advisor for Cox Business, the $1 billion business telecommunications arm of Cox Communications. In this position, Smith helped raise the visibility of cable’s commercial services by promoting product launches, strategic partnerships/alliances and executive thought leaders through consistent messaging and regular discussions with media and analysts. Prior to joining Cox, Smith spent nine years at BellSouth/AT&T, beginning in small business sales.

Jack Tang, Executive Director, Corporate Technology, Verizon

Jack is responsible for the Verizon Innovation Program, a multi-faceted effort that encourages collaboration among its participants to drive development and deployment of non-traditional wireless devices and solutions. The Verizon Innovation Program consists of state-of-the-art labs in Boston and San Francisco that provide advanced technology necessary to design and develop the next generation of wireless products. Innovation Centers run by Verizon Wireless showcase the work that informs, inspires and promotes Verizon's growing innovation ecosystem, giving partners, innovators and entrepreneurs’ visibility to executives, investors and the media. Jack has worked in the telecom and wireless industry for over 26 years. Prior to this role, Jack held leadership positions in network planning, engineering, system performance, operations, technology development and product development. Jack holds a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Washington. He is a licensed and registered Professional Engineer. Jack also holds two patents in wireless data architecture.

Scott J. Vanderwel, Vice President and Group Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, Rogers Communications

Scott is the Vice President and Group Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning for Rogers Communications. In this role he is responsible for guiding the strategy for the overall company and driving initiatives to improve performance, strengthen Rogers’ competitive position and accelerate growth.

Prior to joining Rogers Scott was a partner with the Monitor Group, a global Tier I Strategy Consultancy. While there, Scott held many roles the most recent being Head of the Toronto Office and Canadian practice. While at Monitor Scott managed a broad set of commercial relationships, advanced the media business area and covered regional management responsibilities