As President of SIA, Tom Stroup is the trade association’s lead advocate for regulatory and policy issues of critical importance to SIA’s membership, including spectrum and licensing issues, defense and public safety matters, and export control and international trade issues. He also manages the day-to-day operations of SIA, including member communications, staff leadership and organization of SIA sponsored events.
Prior to joining SIA, Mr. Stroup was with Shared Spectrum Company (SSC), a leading developer of spectrum intelligence technologies, where he served as CEO. For more than a decade, he served as the President of the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA). Previous to his position at SSC, he founded and ran several companies in the technology industry, including Columbia Spectrum Management, P-Com Network Services, CSM Wireless, and SquareLoop.
Mr. Stroup holds a BS, summa cum laude, in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
Venky Anant joined McKinsey & Company’s Palo Alto office in 2011and has since led several engagements at large high-tech clients across North America. Venky is a member of the Business Technology practice and his focus in the firm has been primarily around cybersecurity, software/ startups and analytics
Venky leads McKinsey’s West Coast Cybersecurity practice, and has been working on several cyber transformation topics at several large global enterprises. Venky also co-hosts McKinsey’s healthcare CISO roundtable (70+ global HC CISOs), and the West Coast CISO roundtables; and has spoken at several industry leading events e.g., RSA, BlackHat
▪Cyber security strategy for >$100B global corporation across 10+ business units worldwide
▪5-year Information Security roadmap for a large payor-provider, including business cases for obtaining funding for the program from the Board
▪Security strategy and investment plan for Fortune 10 global organization
▪Several security product related engagements around cyber-security market, growth and next generation trends that drive CISO focus and attention
▪Growth strategy for a leading hardware/ software vendor with >$20B portfolio of products in a shrinking market- organizational turnaround and growth roadmap
▪Global tech/ talent sourcing strategy for a Supply Chain team with >$100B+ revenue passing through the tech platforms- risk mitigation while optimizing cost
▪$200M+Cost and transformation program at a leading technology giant
Recent Event leadership
▪Blackhat Conference, O’ Reilly North America Conference, Satellite innovation forum 2017, RSA Conference, GSA’s annual Silicon Valley meet, Digital equilibrium with ~15 nation states, HIMSS privacy summit presentation on privacy and security in the healthcare industry, NH-ISAC/ CyberFit, Several leading provider events
Education and prior experience
▪Venky holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD, France, and a Masters in Computers
▪Venky led a business analytics software startup which focused on security analytics in healthcare/ financial industryDr Gregory Falco
Gregory started his career at Accenture with a focus on sustainability and smart-city management. The pervasive cyber vulnerabilities in those systems led him to focus on cybersecurity. After receiving his PhD from MIT, he founded a company and was named a Forbes 30 under 30 for it. He is a leading authority on Space Cybersecurity and the group’s dedicated system cracker.Karl G. Fuchs
Karl Fuchs joined iDirect Government in 2004 as the Director of Sales Engineering, just as the satellite-based IP communications company was expanding its very small aperture satellite (VSAT) market presence into the federal government and international Internet Protocol (IP) networking world. He now works as the Sr. Vice President of Technology.
With more than 25 years of experience in technology and with the federal government, Fuchs leads iDirect Government’s team of federal sales engineers, hardware engineers, software engineers, and serves as chief architect for new product integration.
Prior to joining iDirect Government, Fuchs was Director of Systems Engineering at Nortel Networks, where he oversaw the Verizon account team of systems engineers, leading the design of IP, Frame Relay, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks. Before joining Nortel, he designed IP and ATM networks for Sprint and the federal government.
Active in the satellite industry for more than 20 years, Fuchs has contributed editorial to numerous publications including Federal Computer Week, Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, COTS Journal, Military Information Technology, Via Satellite, MILSATCOM and Satellite Evolution Global. In addition, he has been a featured speaker at leading industry events including the DoD SATCOM User Workshop, ISCe, IBC, Pacific Telecommunications Council and Emergency Management Talks.
Fuchs holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. and an MBA from Averett University, Danville, Va.David Mitlyng
David Mitlyng is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at SpeQtral, a quantum communications startup offering ultra-secure communications based on the laws of quantum physics. David has 25 years of experience in the satellite industry, including Hughes Space and Communications, Orbital ATK, SSL, and BridgeSat. David has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly SLO, an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.