Shiraz Hasan, Vice President, Internet of Things, AT&T

Shiraz Hasan is the Vice President of AT&T’s Internet of Things (IoT) organization, a division of AT&T Business. Shiraz is responsible for leading all IoT product strategy, management and distribution initiatives. This includes delivering highly secure and scalable network connectivity, device and application platforms, professional services and end-to-end solutions for the global IoT market.

Shiraz Hasan brings more than 18 years of expertise in developing and implementing strategic business solutions, managing process improvement initiatives, technology integration, building IoT & Mobile Applications solutions.

Wesley J. Johnston

Wesley J. Johnston, Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Industry Association

Mr. Johnston joined TIA as its CEO in June 2017. He brings more than 25 years of experience delivering global solutions in information and communications technologies (ICT), as well as a keen sense of how business, government and associations should work together to drive industry innovation.

Prior to joining TIA, Mr. Johnston was the Managing Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT investments for the Gores Group, a leading global private equity M&A firm). As an active technology company board member, he was responsible for portfolio company oversight as well as leading operational due diligence efforts for the firm’s TMT investments. Prior to joining The Gores Group, Mr. Johnston held senior executive positions with global, multi-national firms as well as start-up technology companies. He was EVP and Chief Operating Officer with Dimension Data, where he led sales, marketing, solutions development and service delivery across the Americas for the $6 billion technology integrator.

Sankaran Ramanathan, Executive Director, Network Support Systems

Sankaran Ramanathan is currently Executive Director, Network Support Systems at Verizon Wireless, focused on strategic initiatives improving overall wireless device quality and customer experience. Mr. Ramanathan leads a team of technical professionals and engineers dedicated to evaluating return trends to achieve high-performance standards. He is also responsible for quality management reviews with suppliers and OEMs to monitor KPI trends, improve performance metrics and achieve operational efficiencies.

He leads a group of professionals responsible for the transformation of device quality assurance and testing to higher standards as part of supply chain management. Under his direction, the team has developed technical guidance procedures, customer issue detection tools, Joint-OEM-Tests to accomplish Return Rate Reduction and improve Defect Detection. Mr. Ramanathan has been part of Verizon Wireless in various executive positions and well experienced in the telecommunication industry for over 20 yrs. in the area of network planning, engineering and device operational management.