THE POLATIS TEAM - Highest Performance, Lowest Loss Switch In The Industry

Gerald Wesel
President and General Manager

Gerald Wesel has over 37 years of industry experience and more than 20 years of experience in executive roles at leading-edge technology companies. As President and General Manager, he is responsible for the company's overall management and strategic direction.

Before Polatis, Gerald was Chairman and CEO of Ellacoya Networks, a pioneer in deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, which was acquired in 2008 by Arbor Networks. Prior to Ellacoya, he served as Chairman of the Board at Orthogon Systems, an innovative provider of non-line-of-sight wireless technology, which was acquired by Motorola in 2006.

Gerald was CEO of Crescent Networks, a developer of a next generation edge routing system for carriers, where he was responsible for all operations and for successfully raising over $60 million in venture funding. Prior to Crescent, he was Founder and Vice President at Agile Networks, an intelligent data switching company, where he engineered the strategic partnership that resulted in Lucent Technologies' acquisition of Agile Networks in 1996, Lucent's first ever acquisition. Before Agile Networks, he held executive sales and marketing positions at Interlan, an early Ethernet controller provider which was acquired by Micom/Racal, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Gerald holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College. In 2005 he was awarded the distinction of Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Nick Parsons
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology

As Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Nick Parsons is responsible for advancing the core technology and creating customer solutions to support the strategic vision of the company. Mr. Parsons is responsible for directing the overall Polatis product development program, ensuring products meet or exceed customer expectations.

Nick Parsons has over 20 years experience in the defense, aerospace and communications industries. Prior to joining Polatis, he served as Vice President and Programme Director at Marconi Optical Components. Previously, Nick held senior roles within the Avionics Group of BAE SYSTEMS (now SELEX Galileo), latterly serving as Technical Director of the Electro-Optic Systems and Tactical Products Divisions. In his early career, he managed R&D divisions of GEC-Marconi in photonics & microwave technologies and has over 40 papers and 10 patents in the field.

Nick Warburton
Finance Director, Head of HR & Legal

As Finance Director, Head of HR & Legal, Nick is responsible for the financing and financial strategy of the business, which entails day to day management of cash as well as ensuring the company has sufficient funds to succeed and maximise its return on investment. He also has responsibility for financial control and HR.

Nick has been a financial professional in the technology sector for 15 years. His first five years were spent with ARM Holdings Plc, where he became Group Financial Controller seeing the business through a dual IPO on NASDAQ and London. He was also heavily involved in acquisitions as well as investor relations. Following this Nick has held CFO positions in businesses were he has gained coal face experience of fundraising in the venture capital market place, raising both debt and equity finance. He now has all the skills and contacts to provide SME technology businesses with the financial support and expertise they need to help maximise their value.

Nick holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from The University of St Andrews and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.

Steve Whigham
Vice President, Strategic Operations and Projects

As Vice President, Strategic Operations and Projects, Steve is responsible for the delivery of our strategic objectives; to harness and exploit our technology through coordinated improvements to our products and processes, while all the time being particularly focused on reducing product costs and scaling capacity to ensure that our customers receive a world class customer experience. Steve has 25+ years of senior management experience in the telecoms market with Celestica, JDSU, and e2v, where he was most recently Group Operations and Quality Director with a 1,000 person team reporting to him.

Erik Leonard
Head of Sales and Business Development

Erik Leonard, as Head of Sales and Business Development, provides leadership and guidance to the Polatis and Huber+Suhner sales teams responsible for worldwide sales and support for all-optical switching solutions.

Erik’s career is marked by success in sales leadership at multiple high growth technology companies. Most recently, Erik was SVP of Sales and Business Development at Calient Technologies, a provider of all-optical switching systems that was acquired by Chunxing Precision Mechanical, where he was instrumental in building a strong base of tier one service provider and data center customers, as well as a worldwide partner program. Before Calient, he held senior executive sales positions at Lineage Power (acquired by GE Energy), On2 Technologies (acquired by Google), Narus (acquired by Boeing Skunkworks), Cisco Systems, and AT&T.

Jon Pebody
Vice President, Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Mr. Pebody is responsible for the operations strategy of Polatis Incorporated and all aspects of the company's world-class production facilities and manufacturing partner network.

Jon Pebody has 15 years experience in the manufacture of high technology and precision products. He has held senior manufacturing and change management roles within the microwave, medical device, electronics and optical amplifier industries. Jon graduated with an MS in manufacturing engineering from Cambridge University and studied world class manufacturing with Toshiba in Japan.

Drew Martin
Market Manager – Optical Switching
Sales Director, EMEA and Asia

As Market Manager, Drew is responsible for setting market strategy and product alignment and leveraging HUBER+SUHNER global sales. Drew has over 25 years experience in Optical Connectivity and Cabling Sales and Market Management. Drew joined HUBER+SUHNER UK in 2004 as a Field Sales Manager after spending more than 10 years with Tyco Electronics (AMP). From 2007 until 2016 Drew worked for the Fibre Optics Division of HUBER+SUHNER AG Switzerland as Market Manager for Cell Site and was responsible for setting global strategy, product alignment and business development for the Mobile Telecommunications Market specializing in Remote Radio Head and Small Cell installation systems.