Optulink Leadership

A start-up founded in 2013, Optulink brings together CEO Bruce Peterson and COO Brian McConnell. Both bring decades of experience in telecom networks.

CEO, OptulinkBruce Peterson, Founder and CEO – A successful serial entrepreneur, Bruce Peterson founded Optulink in 2013 to improve voice quality on mobile networks through real-time optimization.

Optulink applies unique optimization algorithms to optimize mobile voice. Optulink has initiated 4 patents for Optulink in IP flow-based optimization triggers, VoLTE optimization and WCDMA voice optimization, which Peterson co-invented.

Before starting Optulink, Peterson was founder and CEO of Velocent Systems. Its unique mobile data monitoring system is used in 4G LTE networks in Japan. Velocent’s sales doubled for 3 consecutive years before he sold the company.

Peterson’s previous experience includes business development and product management for Lucent Technology, where he co-founded the cooperative Innovations team to fill gaps in the Lucent portfolio, including licensing a probe interface that launched the probe industry. He also was product manager for the next-generation UMTS packet core.

He was founder and CEO of VoiceCue, which provided an enhanced services platform to provide voice dialing, directory assistance call completion and pre-paid billing services for mobile operators such as New Zealand Telecom, Alltel and Cellular One Chicago.

Peterson holds a B.S. in business administration from Drake University.


 

Brian McConnell, COO, OptulinkBrian McConnell, Chief Operating Officer, co-founded Optulink in 2013 to improve the user experience on mobile networks through real-time voice optimization.

Before joining Optulink, McConnell was vice president and general manager of a $200 million division of Tellabs. As division leader, he successfully managed profit and loss, and developed 4G mobile packet gateway and Voice Quality Enhancement solutions. He led product management and marketing to capture more than a 70% market share in a highly competitive market segment.

McConnell held a series of increasingly responsible roles at Tellabs. He served as vice president of marketing for the transport solutions group at Tellabs. In that role, he led all global marketing, product management and sales support for a product line that grew to over $1 billion in annual revenue. He identified new market opportunities, developed a scope of work, developed solution architecture and built teams in low-cost geographies to lower R&D costs. That team successfully launched new products in less than 12 months.

He successfully managed the life cycle of a product with more than a $10 billion installed base. He has led engineering teams of 20 to 250 engineers and program managers, with a focus on delivering new products quickly.

McConnell holds an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.


 

Optulink VP of Product ManagementMichele D’Agostino, Vice President Product Management, joined Optulink in 2013 to improve the user experience on mobile networks through real-time voice optimization.

Previously, D’Agostino was senior product line manager for Alcatel-Lucent, defining and managing LTE and WCDMA strategy and roadmaps for self-organizing networks (SON) and operational excellence. With his team he reduced network design operating expenses and increased Quality of Service with commercial deployment of multi-technology SON features. He also successfully led co-creation of advanced SON solutions and was granted a co-invented patent.

Earlier at Alcatel-Lucent, he held a series of increasingly responsible roles, including product line management for the 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) and OA&M. He was key in defining and implementing a convergence strategy to rationalize products, as a result of M&As (Alcatel, Lucent Technologies and Nortel), reducing costs and protecting customers. He delivered best-in-class network performance by improving challenging traffic profiles, including the impact of AT&T’s Apple iPhone first release and deployment.

D’Agostino has also served as a research scientist at Hewlett-Packard Labs and a research fellow in the augmented reality group of Percro Lab.

He holds an MBA from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Pisa.


 

Pat DolanPat Dolan, Associate Board Member, joined Optulink Inc. in 2015 as VP responsible for sales in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacifc markets.

Mr. Dolan joined Optulink Inc. from Accedian Networks Inc. where he was responsible for sales in the EMEA region. Prior to that Mr. Dolan was at Tellabs Inc. where he held the position of Vice President and General Manager for the EMEA region having served in multiple senior roles across the globe.

He brings to Optulink a proven track record in sales and business development and a wealth of experience globally having worked with many of the worlds largest service
providers.

Pat holds a Degree in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University.


 

Scott Fox, Business Development Director,  joined Optulink in 2016 to improve the user experience on mobile networks through VoLTE and VoWiFi real-time optimization.

Scott brings Optulink 38 years wireless industry experience. His diverse background ranges from executive/officer positions within multinational corporations, leading the world’s largest international wireless industry trade organization, founding and executing innovative and entrepreneurial startups, strategic consulting, M&A and equity investing.

Before joining Optulink, Scott he held several senior positions including Senior Advisor at FirstNet, Dept. of Commerce, Chairman of the Global GSM Association, Group President at Wireless Facilities & CTO/CSO at BellSouth/Cingular/AT&T Wireless.

Scott holds an BSEE in Digital Communications from the University of Florida.

 

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