Kymeta News

September 19, 2013

Executive Spotlight: Vern Fotheringham

Vern Fotheringham has been a serial entrepreneur in the broadband wireless and satellite communications industry for more than 25 years. He has created and built numerous successful ventures and contributed to large scale projects for major service providers, system vendors and software solution suppliers. He has also been a public policy and regulatory advocate for new telecommunications service rules and standards, and an inventor and creator of now globally adopted standards, innovative new products and services.

vern fotheringham communications industry ceo of kymeta

Previously, he was the President and CEO of ADAPTIX, Inc., a leader in the development of the OFDMA technology that is now the core of the Mobile WiMAX and LTE broadband radio systems. Career highlights include: pioneering the wireless broadband industry as the founder of both Advanced Radio Telecom Corporation and WavTrace; direct participation with the international development of the cellular telephone industry in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Bangladesh; creation and development of the mobile satellite, satellite radio broadcasting, and the direct to user broadband satellite industry with the following organizations: Omninet (MSS and RDSS L-Band), OmniTRACS (now Qualcomm Ku-Band mobile data), AMSC (now LightSquared L-Band MSS), NORCOM Networks (now Wireless Matrix L-Band mobile data), Digital Satellite Broadcasting Corp (S-Band BSS), Pentriad (Q-Band FSS), and IPB Satellite Services (IPStar Ku-Band DTH).

SatMagazine (SM)
Good day, Mr. Fotheringham…given your more than two decades of experience within the communications industry, what prompted you to move your career to Kymeta? How did your previous company experiences prepare you for your role at Kymeta?

Vern Fotheringham
I was introduced to Dr. Nathan Kundtz early in the recruitment process that was conducted to find a CEO for Kymeta. As he shared with me the essence of his remarkable technical advances in the field of antenna design, the massive benefits to all forms of satellite communications were instantly obvious. Subsequently, it has been my great honor to be selected to lead Kymeta through its formative years. I have been privileged to participate in the creation of a number of game changing technologies across the expanse of the field of wireless communications, and the sum total of those experiences I believe combined to lead to my selection as the leader of this incredible opportunity.

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