Board Members

Board Members

Each sponsor of CTM is entitled to have one representative on our Advisory Board of Directors. The Board meets semi-annually and Board members serve at the request of their company and participate in any and all aspects of CTM's work as their interest and time permit.

At each Board meeting, the members are provided unique industry insights from our CTM research work. The Board also provides a special opportunity to its members to form personal relationships across the entire span of the global Networked Digital Industry.


Thomas Barnett, Jr.

Director, Service Provider Thought Leadership Marketing

Company: Cisco Systems

Thomas. Barnett, Jr. is the Director of Service Provider Thought Leadership Marketing for Cisco Systems. In that capacity, he and his team are responsible for several global research activities, including the Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global IP Traffic Forecast, the VNI Global Service Adoption Forecast, and the Global Cloud Index. These studies and others are part of Cisco's ongoing effort to forecast and analyze the growth, trends, and use of IP networks worldwide.

Thomas has more than 18 years of telecom industry experience in a variety of marketing roles. Thomas has more than 25 years of professional experience including previous marketing positions at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Parker Hannifin Corporation. He earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN).

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Gerald Belson

Global Consulting Leader, Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Company: Deloitte & Touche

Gerald Belson serves as the Global Consulting leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice, and previously led the Telecommunications industry practice for the U.S. Mr. Belson has advised industry clients for over 25 years on a wide range of issues, including business and IT strategy; Billing/OSS, M&A and process management. His clients have included major US and global carriers, as well as emerging market players. Previously, he was Deloitte’s wireless industry practice leader and global IT practice leader for the telecom industry. He has also served as the managing director for the Washington D.C. consulting practice.

Mr. Belson has been a frequent speaker at telecom industry conferences, has directed several industry studies resulting in published articles, and has been quoted in CIO Magazine and other major publications. Mr. Belson also represents Deloitte on the Board of Directors of CTM. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

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Deborah Bothun

US Advisory Leader, Entertainment, Media & Communications Practice

Company: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deborah Bothun is a principal in the Advisory practice in the Los Angeles office of PwC. She leads the US Advisory Entertainment, Media & Communications practice and the industry initiative around Digital Transformation, focusing on assisting clients in adapting to the changing content and distribution marketplace. Ms. Bothun specializes in commercial and financial due diligence for entertainment and media transactions and financings and strategic consulting around business transformation. Ms. Bothun has over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 E&M clients. Her recent experience includes providing due diligence for financings supported by over $20 billion in entertainment assets, strategy consulting and voice of the market studies, market and competitive analysis, and emerging market entry analysis.

A recognized industry expert, Ms. Bothun has been featured at several industry conferences, including the National Association of Television and Program Executives (NATPE). She is frequently quoted in trade publications on industry issues and topics. Her recent contributions to PwC' s thought leadership include, "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2009-2013", "How to Capitalize on Lifestyle Advertising in a Customer-Centric World", "Breaking Down the Walls: How an Open Business Model is Now the Convergence Imperative", and "The Rise of Lifestyle Media: Achieving Success in the Digital Convergence Era". Ms. Bothun is an author of the Entertainment Profit and Litigation chapter in the Fourth Edition of the Litigation Services Handbook: "The Role of the Financial Expert". She has also contributed to more than a dozen research briefings that explore changing consumer behavior and its implications to business models, most recently publishing an article that explores how marketers can tap into the mobile and always connected teen demographic. Deborah is also acknowledged in best-selling author Don Tapscott's book, "Grown Up Digital", as a champion in researching consumer behavior and it's impact on business models. She is the recipient of the 2007 Cruz de Plata Award of Distinction, received from The Expresion En Corto Film Festival, the largest festival in Mexico, for her achievements in the E&M industry, as well as the 2009 Founders Award from the Association of Entertainment and Media Counsel for her support of the industry.

Ms. Bothun is a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She has a Masters of Management in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Ms. Bothun is a member of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA), and serves on the boards of Women in Film, Clare Foundation and the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) with the USC Marshall School of Business. She is a member of other industry organizations, including the Academy of Television Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Sherri Brown

Vice President Networking & Hosting Services Enterprise Infrastructure Services

Company: Disney Worldwide Services, Inc

As Vice President of Enterprise IT – Network & Hosting Services for the Walt Disney Company / Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Sherri Brown is responsible for the strategy, architecture and operations of data center, hosting and global telecommunications services. She is a member of Disney Enterprise Architecture Board aiding in the establishment and adoption of company-wide technology strategy and architecture decisions.

Prior to this position and role, she was the Vice President - Corporate I.S., Telecommunications for Disney Worldwide Services. This year marked her 19th year with The Walt Disney Company.

Ms. Brown is also a Board Member for the Institute for Communications Technology Management at USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Ms. Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Cal Polytechnic San Luis Obispo University.

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John Bucher

Senior VP, Strategy


John is the SVP of Strategy at semiconductor manufacturing company GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF).

Prior to joining GF, John served as an EVP with Punta Mita Partners, a high-tech consulting firm with a hybrid management services/investor business model. Previously, from 2010 through the closing of the acquisition by Google, John served in several senior executive positions with Motorola Mobility (MMI), ultimately as MMI 's Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). In the CSO role, John was responsible for strategic research and analysis, corporate planning, M&A, and Ventures for MMI's Home and Mobile Devices businesses. Prior to joining Motorola, John worked on the buy side as a financial analyst for PRIMECAP Management Company, a long-only, equity-only investment management firm based in Pasadena, California.

Prior to this, John worked as a Wall Street sell-side equity research analyst covering the communications equipment sector as a Managing Director for the Bank of Montreal (BMO Capital Markets), including predecessor firm Gerard Klauer Mattison.

Prior to his Wall Street experience, John worked as a private equity analyst focused on internet/communication technologies. Previous to the positions listed above, John held product management, marketing and network operations positions with Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile and PCS PrimeCo, each of which is now part of Verizon Wireless.

After graduating from UCLA, John began his professional career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he served on active duty for ten years and during which time he received a Master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

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Steve Cistulli

President and General Manager

Company: TCL Communication, North America

Steve Cistulli is the President and General Manager for TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCT) in North America which is headquartered in Irvine, California. Under the Alcatel brand, TCT manufactures and markets Alcatel mobile devices globally and is currently the fastest growing mobile handset manufacturer in North America.

Recognized as a leader in the wireless industry, Cistulli is responsible for managing all of TCT's North American operations. In addition, he has responsibility for South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, (referred to as North Asia Region).

With more than 25 years of experience bringing disruptive innovation and business growth within the technology and telecom sectors, Cistulli has previously held positions with Fortune 500 companies. Since joining TCT, he has leveraged this experience to lead the strategic growth and channel expansions that have advanced the company to be one of the largest mobile phone manufacturers in North America and around the globe.

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John DeVine

Global Operations, Senior Vice President

Company: Yahoo

John DeVine was named Senior Vice President of Yahoo’s Global Operations teams in June 2013.

John brings vast experience in marrying the needs of businesses with the wants of users to Yahoo, where he will employ his unified and client-oriented approach to build and lead high-performance global advertising and account management operations.

Prior to Yahoo, John DeVine was a Principal in the Miami office of McKinsey & Company, boasting an esteemed record of successfully transforming operations strategies and customer-experience service models for both regional and global companies across many industries including major U.S. wireless operators, retail banks, cable and communications providers, consumer electronics companies, international online travel companies, and hotel and gaming companies.

Previously, John worked as a U.S. Navy submarine officer, serving three of his eight years aboard a craft based out of Seattle, Washington.

John graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds a graduate degree in nuclear engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a business degree from the University of Washington. John is returning to the Bay Area, where he spent his high school years, along with his wife, Laurel, and four children.

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Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer

Company: TELUS

Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s most colorful and respected executives, Ibrahim Gedeon has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and thoroughly non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, his energy and engaging manner as a speaker and presenter are legendary within industry circles.

Ibrahim began his career in telecommunications engineering and research in 1990 when he joined Bell Northern Research, designing signal-processing software in the Cryptographic Systems division. He moved to Nortel Networks in 1994 as a network design engineer. He was named vice president and director of Data Network Engineering at Nortel in 1996; vice president of Internet Brand Management in 1999, and senior vice president of Wireless Engineering in 2000. He joined TELUS in 2003 and is responsible for technology strategy, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems for the company’s wire line and wireless divisions, as well as service and network convergence, enterprise applications and network infrastructure strategies and evolution.

Ibrahim has held numerous leadership roles in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has also received numerous professional awards and various forms of industry recognition, including being named twice to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s “GTB Power 100,” a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. He is currently the General Chair for the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications in Ottawa and also serves on the board of a number of industry associations, including the Washington, DC based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry.

A native of Lebanon, he has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Masters' in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, he received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.

Also renowned as a chef and gregarious host, his initial foray into the publishing world took the form of a cook book entitled From the Heart, released in 2006, which was followed by his much anticipated book on leadership in June 2011, entitled Weeding out the Wankers – Life Lessons from the workplace as seen by a Technology Executive.

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Michael Gooch-Breault

Director, Consumer Insights at Verizon

Company: Verizon Communications

Michael Gooch-Breault is a Director in Verizon’s Consumer Insight organization. He is responsible for proactively developing and delivering Insights at front end of Verizon Corporate Marketing to drive effective messaging and brand strategies, in addition to commissioning and leveraging traditional and data-driven research including real-time measures on share, sales, and sentiment.

Michael is also responsible for partnering with Consumer Wireless and Broadband business units to adapt marketing to evolving competitive situations. He applies insights within Product Development to drive growth by leveraging Verizon capabilities in home broadband and entertainment. Mr. Gooch-Breault previously launched 200+ Wireless retail sales kiosks nationwide to sell and showcase Internet and TV service.

Specialties include: Customer Insights, Marketing, Strategy, Product Ideation, Distribution and Sales Channel Development.

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Liz Huszarik

Executive Vice President Media Research & Insights

Company: Warner Bros.

Elizabeth Huszarik was named Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Media Research & Insights in August 2011. In this post she serves as the co-head of one of the industry’s premiere media research operations. As EVP, “Liz” oversees the daily operation and supervision of Warner Bros.’research team. Her areas of responsibility include Domestic TV Distribution, Digital Business Development & Sales Research as well as sharing oversight of Warner Bros. Studios’ state-of-the-art, in-house Media Lab – a traditional focus group facility and emerging technology consumer testing center.

Ms. Huszarik also has “hands on” responsibility in key Financial and Revenue Analysis and Media Sales activities of the department. During her tenure at Warner Bros., she has held all positions from Manager to her most recent role as Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Liz worked in the Research Department at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, the Sales Department at KEYT in Santa Barbara and in the Research & Programming Department at the station rep firm, TeleRep, Inc. in New York City.

Liz received a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. For the past twelve years, Liz has taught a course on Research and Programming at California State University, Northridge and has also taught courses on the same subject matter for the acclaimed UCLA Extension Program. From her teaching experience, Liz has identified and hired numerous students who have taken internships and full-time research positions at Warner Bros. and other media companies throughout the industry. Ms. Huszarik is actively involved with the CTAM and ProMAx Research Committees as well as appearing on panels for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) at the annual NAB Convention.

Liz is a 22 year veteran of Warner Bros., joining the studio in April 1990.

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Pieter Poll

Senior Vice President Network Services

Company: CenturyLink

Pieter Poll oversees the planning, engineering and construction of CenturyLink’s national and international networks to support capabilities for hosting; LD voice and VoIP; data, transport and fiber networks; cloud-based services and distributed functions. He also leads a team that performs vendor technology management on behalf of Network Services. He previously served as CTO for Qwest and was responsible for the strategic technology direction of the company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Telecom Management at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He participates on the Advisory Board for the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado – Boulder. In 2009, Poll was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Gerard Power

Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing and Executive Director, Institute for Communications Technology Management

MS, BS, Pennsylvania State University

Jerry Power is the Executive Director of The Institute for Communications Technology Management (CTM). In this role, Jerry works to identify emerging trends that will reshape the evolutionary trajectory of the communications industry. A part of the communications industry for more than 30 years, holding positions in Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and Product Management. Jerry is a strong proponent of anticipating and encouraging behavioral shifts that increase the utility of products/services to better serve growing markets. That philosophy is embraced by the CTM in order to provide increased insight and understanding.


Christopher Sambar

Vice President Corporate Strategy

Company: ATT

With 13 years of telecommunications experience, Chris Sambar currently serves as a Vice President in the Corporate Strategy department where he is responsible for AT&T’s overall long-term planning and strategic initiatives.

Chris joined SBC Communications as part of the Leadership Development Program in 2002 with his first rotation in Network Operations as an installation and repair supervisor. Following his network assignment he held multiple sales positions in AT&T Business Solutions where he worked with C level decision makers across various industries. Chris then moved to San Diego, California, to build various direct and indirect sales channels and coordinate the launch, marketing and sales of our U-verse television product. His success with U-verse sales led to his move to the position of Retail Director of Sales for the San Diego market area where he led all retail, door-to-door and event sales teams in the market. Chris was then promoted to Executive Director of Retail Learning Services, Human Resources, responsible for training 40,000 retail sales people throughout the United States. Following this assignment Chris served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Virginia/West Virginia and Southern Texas markets where he was responsible for overseeing all AT&T wireline and wireless sales, service, network, marketing and public relations for the respective territories.

Chris holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Naval Academy. Following graduation from the Naval Academy, he served 7 years on active duty and 16 years in the reserves with multiple deployments throughout Europe, the Middle East and one tour of duty during the Iraq war in 2005 and 2006. He is married with 4 children and enjoys spending as much of his free time as possible with his family.

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Jim Slevinsky

Director of Technology

Company: TELUS

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Willard Somers

Senior Vice President and Head of Research
Analytics Innovation Research & Strategy

Company: FOX Broadcasting Company

Will Somers executes strategic research and insight for FOX’s primetime entertainment division.

His main responsibilities are overseeing audience analysis, operations, and consumer research in support of the network’s programming, scheduling, marketing and digital efforts. Areas of focus include interpretation of audience behavior, ratings production, interfacing with Nielsen Media Research, cross-platform consumption, TV-related social media activity, and primary audience feedback.

Prior to joining FOX, Mr. Somers conducted audience and program research for the Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Television syndication and Touchstone Television studio, where his responsibilities included audience analysis, pilot testing and series maintenance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Somers worked for Western International Media and launched a local market research department supporting the company’s spot media buying division.

Mr. Somers attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he received a B.A. in Government with a concentration in International Politics.

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Doug Webster

Vice President Product & Solutions Marketing

Company: Cisco Systems, Inc.

Doug Webster is the Vice President of Global Marketing and Corporate Communications for Cisco Systems. In that capacity, he has go-to-market responsibilities for overall thought leadership, messaging, launch, content, and program development on the company’s service provider strategy and priorities, as well as oversight of the service provider routing and mobility solutions teams.

The highly regarded Cisco Visual Networking Index forecasts are developed under Doug’s guidance.

His team also works with a number of teams throughout Cisco on the delivery of the content through a wide range of vehicles including customer, press, analyst, investor, event, web, social media, and internal communications.

Before joining Cisco Systems, Doug was an initial employee and Director of Communications at WheelGroup Corporation, a network security startup acquired by Cisco in 1998.

Doug graduated from Yale University with a degree in economics, and has served four years as a decorated officer in the US Air Force and in an elected position on the Board of Directors of one of the largest credit unions in the United States.

He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, two sons and daughter.

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Kevin Wescott

Global Consulting Leader
Media and Entertainment Lead

Company: Deloitte Consulting LLP

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