Howard “Skip” Speaks
Howard “Skip” Speaks has over twenty six years of telecommunications experience in the network operator and the wireless equipment manufacturing and vendor business. He recently served as CEO of Rosum Corporation, a positioning and timing technology company. Additionally, Mr. Speaks serves as a board advisor for CommNexus, a non-profit network of communications industry companies. Until 2003, he served as a member of the board and CEO for Kyocera Wireless Corp, a San Diego-based wireless handset manufacturer. Mr. Speaks also serves on the Triton Network Systems Board of Directors. He was CEO of this start-up broadband microwave equipment manufacturer and with the management team took the company public during the summer of 2000. Prior to Triton, Mr. Speaks worked thirteen years at Ericsson, and most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Ericsson’s Wireless Division.
As Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Speaks was responsible for sales and deployment of Ericsson’s wireless communications infrastructure in the United States and helped navigate the company through a significant restructuring to better address the impact of the convergence of data and voice over wireless networks. Mr. Speaks earned a Bachelor of Science degree for Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology and is a retired, registered professional engineer.