Chief Executive Officer
Raj has more than 20 years’ experience in telecommunications, including work at Bell Labs, the Dataphone II business unit of AT&T and McGraw Hill, Inc. Raj joined Velankani Communications Technologies, Inc. in 1991 in a business development role. Under his leadership, Velankani has become a full-service consulting firm providing engineering and management services to telecom and data communications firms. In 2005, Raj Singh became President and CEO of Velankani Communications Technologies, Inc. where he has lead the creation of several business models that are now becoming standard practices in the Industry. In 2011, Raj co-founded Network Design Decisions, Inc. to market FTTx network planning software to the telecom industry.
Chief Financial Officer
Ray joined Velankani Communications Technologies, Inc. following a 22-year career at AT&T and Lucent Technologies where his experience spanned field operations and engineering, strategic planning, and Operations Support System design, testing, deployment, integration, and support. At AT&T, Ray managed teams that defined AT&T’s Hybrid Fiber Coax architecture for telephone over cable and was lead planner on the development and deployment of AT&T’s Local Operating Systems. At Lucent, Ray was Managing Director of the System Integration Practice. Ray began his career in the telecommunications industry after serving in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear program.
Vice President, Marketing
Ann is an award-winning executive with more than 30 years’ experience in corporate marketing, working for companies such as McGraw-Hill and Ziff Davis. She joined Velankani in 2012 to develop corporate and product brand messaging, support new product launches and create an integrated marketing program. At McGraw-Hill, Ann developed a worldwide online leads service for architects, engineers and contractors. For Ziff Davis, she developed new marketing strategies for the (then) emerging direct mail channel. At media company Hanley-Wood, Ann headed up corporate marketing and divisional marketing.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Stan Lumish, former CTO of JDSU (and member of Lightwave’s Editorial Advisory Board), is also CEO and chairman of Pilot Photonics Ltd., a company focused on optical comb subsystems development based in Dublin, Ireland. Pilot Photonics develops optical comb source subsystems targeted at next-generation optical communications networks. The subsystems can be used with a variety of multicarrier optical transmission technologies, such as coherent optical OFDM, coherent WDM, and Nyquist WDM. He has spent more than 25 years in optical networking, with stints at AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies as well as JDSU. He most recently spent 18 months in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the United States Department of Defense on economic stabilization efforts.
Director, Network Management Technology
Ramu is an EMS/NMS subject matter expert, with over 17 years’ experience in software architecture, design, development and deployment of EMS and NMS for various types of network elements. He joined Velankani in 2002 as a project manager and is currently responsible for architecting and managing NOCVue and QuickChassis. Ramu has lead teams to successfully complete critical system analysis and functional design of telecom applications and sub-components and managed technical resources through a formal SDLC methodology to meet aggressive schedules and budget limitations. As CTO, he oversees RFPs, proposal generation, project estimating and statement of work for Velankani’s business development team. Previously, Ramu was employed by Varros Telecom, Wipro Technologies, DSQ Software, working for key customers such as Alcatel Lucent, Acme Packet, OKI Electric, Japan and Citibank, India.
Based in Bangalore, India, Venkatesh joined Velankani in 2003 as a technical manager and was promoted to Director of Engineering in 2005. He has worked for 16 years in the telecommunications and networking industry and extensive experience working with geographically distributed teams and customers in India, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Venkatesh has lead teams of up to 10 managers and senior managers and created teams ranging from 2 to 160 engineers to tackle complex embedded and network management implementations. His experience includes development, systems testing, test automation and web/general applications teams in multisite environments. Venkatesh also held technical positions at Celox Networks (USA), Tata Elxsi (India), DSQ Software and ABB India.