Dr. Nathan Kundtz

Nathan Kundtz, Ph.D.

President & Chief Technology Officer

Nathan Kundtz, Ph.D., is a founder, President & Chief Technology Officer of Kymeta Corporation. Dr. Kundtz is an inventor and innovator in the area of metamaterials and microwave devices. His work at Duke University in this field is highly cited as it focused on the development of new design techniques, such as transformation optics, to meet real-world needs. His work in metamaterials at Duke led to his recruitment by Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA, where he pioneered the application of metamaterials technology in electronic beamforming applications. The success of this technology at Intellectual Ventures ultimately led to the spin-out of Kymeta Corporation in August 2012.

Dr. Kundtz was a recipient of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” in 2013 and serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Duke, from which he received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physics.

Bob Beran

Bob Beran

Executive Vice President, Operations
& Chief Operating Officer

Bob has over 25 years of experience in the communications, information and entertainment services industries. He has served in numerous senior executive roles ranging from strategic planning and corporate development to Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer positions in a variety of emerging and traditional businesses, as well as leading business units of major corporations, including Bell Atlantic/Verizon and GE. Bob served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nextlink Wireless, Inc. from 2006 – 2009. Prior to joining Nextlink, Bob was the Senior Vice President of First Avenue Networks. First Avenue merged with FiberTower (NASDAQ:FTWR) in 2006. He was responsible for developing the initial business strategy and plan and for building and leading the day-to-day operations of the company. Bob served as the President and CEO of eVidient, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Capital Corporation, where he was leading the development of a satellite-based, media streaming network for broadband video delivery. eVidient’s assets were rolled into the sale of GE Americom to SES Astra in 2001. Bob also served as SVP and COO of Verizon’s Directory and Information Services business in the US. He was also the founding CEO of the Internet and Data Services business, President – Media Ventures, responsible for investments in and the development of information and entertainment-related ventures and as the founding Vice President – Video Services and Interactive Multimedia lines of business. Bob was also the Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions and leader of multiple JV’s and merger integration efforts.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bill Marks

Bill Marks

Executive Vice President, Strategic & Business Development

Bill has been a founder and senior executive in the satellite and cable TV industries for over 25 years. Most recently he has been an active investor in mobile platform technology companies in the aviation and financial technology sectors. Prior to that, Bill was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), which provides satellite connectivity and content to remote locations around the world. MTN’s customer segments include cruise lines, yachts, oil and gas, news agencies, aviation and the government and military.

In 2007, Bill won the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his role there. Today, he remains with the company as a Director of the Board. Bill also was involved with DIRECTV by founding a national sales and installation company that helped DIRECTV to become the fastest growing consumer electronic company in the US at that time. Early in his career, he held several executive roles in cable TV, including as a multiple system owner and operator.

Q Saeed

Q Saeed

Executive Vice President-Strategy & Corporate Development

Q brings over twenty years of advanced technologies experience to Kymeta in strategic planning, management, and execution. He has held senior executive leadership positions in business development, strategic planning, sales and operations. Q co-founded Open Range Communications in 2004 closing $400 million of green field funding at the height of the recession in 2009. He is an active investor and serves on the board of several technology companies focusing on OTT content delivery, web services and LPTV broadcasting.

While at T-Mobile in 2001, he was part of the pioneering team that introduced the first converged cellular Blackberry to the market exclusively with T-Mobile. Earlier in AT&T’s Advanced Services Division, he introduced CDPD wireless data services to the market. Before coming to Kymeta, he served as SVP of Global Business Development for Stream Global Services, a $1.3 billion company with 40,000 employees worldwide. Stream was sold in January 2014 for $820 million closing in March 2014 following regulatory approvals. Q holds a BSBA in Business Law and Economics from the University of Denver.


Keith Cochran

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Keith has been a partner at two large international law firms, and was General Counsel Corporate Development at a pioneering Seattle photonics company that raised over a half billion dollars from Wall Street and Fortune 500 investors. He has worked with management teams of telecommunications and other companies, several of which built national and international reputations, in a variety of general counsel and transactional roles, encompassing capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, channel/OEM, supply chain, development and other agreements, and corporate governance. He has been recognized as a Leading US Lawyer by Euromoney Legal Group and has written and spoken on a variety of technology industry subjects.

Keith received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Washington and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.


Tom Freeman

Senior Vice President, Land Mobile

Tom is a recognized leader in the connected car industry. Tom is a co-founder of VoiceBox Technologies, and he founded SPLAT.Tv (Songs Places Locations and Things) that created Over-The-Top and IPTV applications that leveraged broadcast awareness to monetize the studios’ content. Tom is experienced in delivering safety, security, and infotainment system solutions to the auto industry. As Senior Vice President of Land Mobile Applications, Tom’s focus is delivering content to connected mobile platforms such as the connected car.

Tom is a Seattle native, completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington, and achieved his MBA from the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington.

Robert Foster

Robert Foster

Senior Vice President, Advanced Products & Services

Bob has been a developer of communications systems for more than twenty five years. His experience ranges from consumer devices and applications to large scale systems. He was CTO of Wavtrace, a manufacturer of millimeter wave access systems which he co-founded in 1996. As CTO he led development of the industry’s first TDD/TDMA based implementation for millimeter wave communications. He also directed the company’s regulatory strategy in the establishment of worldwide standards with numerous contributions to ETSI, IEEE 802.16 and the FCC. Wavtrace developed and deployed systems from 26 GHz to 40 GHz before being acquired in August 2000 by Harris Corporation, its largest shareholder. Bob continued with Harris as Chief Scientist where he managed the broadband access patent portfolio and served as chairman of the Wireless Communications Alliance engineering committee.

Additional career highlights include development of FCC part 15 technologies as co-founder of American Wireless (900 MHz) and 6015 (60 GHz) and early stage contributions to Metawave, a producer of cellular smart antennas and SkyPix, a direct-to-home satellite broadcast system. He has spoken at numerous industry trade conferences and holds 10 patents.


Panos C. Lekkas

Senior Vice President, Advanced Systems

Panos is a wireless communications pioneer, a microelectronics expert, a serial entrepreneur, and a respected technical author & inventor. His intensive, diversified, hands-on experience spans 3 decades in advanced technology, as well as business & corporate development (M&A). In recent years, he patented the world’s first adaptive 10.3 Gbps wireless transceivers operating at 140 GHz and 94 GHz, and he architected advanced cognitive radio transceivers for dynamic spectrum allocation and self-organizing networks. His work covers areas of secure communications processors, tactical & UAV RF systems, software-defined radio, advanced EDA tools & simulators, and special equipment involving photonics & electro-optics. He has worked all over the world and he has held multiple positions with IBM both in the US and Europe, including leading early CPU architecture work for one of IBM’s super-computer lines. He has also led and managed the design of multiple custom VLSI superchips involving DSP and 512-bit wide VLIW processors. He has authored for McGraw-Hill the best-selling technical book Network Processors on the internal architecture of multi-Gbps-capable chipsets, and he has coauthored the equally bestselling Wireless Security.

Panos holds multiple graduate degrees in electrical engineering, including from Rice University, Houston, TX, where he was a graduate student of Nobel-laureate Prof. Robert Curl. He is a Professional Engineer in the European Union and has done his MBA work in Corporate Finance at the KULeuven in Belgium. He is fluent in twelve written and spoken foreign languages (Asian and European).


Craig Recob, CPA

Vice President, Finance & Accounting

Mr. Recob joined Kymeta in April 2013 and manages the company’s financial reporting/planning/analyses, audit/tax compliance, and accounting functions. Prior to joining Kymeta, he held the position of Director of Finance at Intellectual Ventures, directing the financial strategy and supporting investor relations for the Invention Science Funds and related entities.

Previously, Mr. Recob served as Controller for Voyager Capital, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, where he was responsible for all accounting and financial planning functions. Before that, he was Controller for Hardware.com, Inc., an internet startup company. He began his career in public accounting, providing accounting assistance and tax guidance for a variety of clients.

Mr. Recob received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with specialties in accounting and finance from Washington State University and is a CPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, previously serving as president for the Bellevue Chapter.


Bob Shuman

Vice President, Business Development

Bob brings a wealth of experience bringing innovative new products and services to markets around the world. In the last 15 years he has served as CEO, COO, EVP and VP for cloud-based products, Smart Antennas, Online Education, and VoIP companies.

On the client side, he has managed strategic account relationships of both public and private organizations such as Verizon, GTE, Alltel, Ameritech, Global Crossing, Washington State, Holland America Cruise Lines, the FBI, U.S. Navy, Veteran’s Administration, and the Department of State among others. He has built teams to design, deliver and service products to global organizations. Bob has led account management, product management, operations, project management, customer support and development organizations.