Chairs & CEO

Mr. JR Wilson

Chairman

AT&T Services, Inc.
Vice President, Tower Strategy and Roaming

Mr. Wilson is responsible for evolving AT&T’s overall tower strategy which includes creating a diverse community of suppliers and tower companies who will help increase market competition, as well as overseeing AT&T’s domestic and international roaming relationships. JR is responsible for developing innovative international roaming products and services that create a seamless global experience. He leads AT&T’s Global Machine-to-Machine strategy, platform development, services contracts, negotiations, and carrier relations function through AT&T’s global SIM Platform.

JR is Chairman of Wireless Maritime Services (WMS), a joint venture of AT&T and MTN Satellite Communications and Chairman of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).

Since joining AT&T Wireless Services (formerly Cingular) in 2001, he has led major wireless development projects in numerous international markets in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Prior to his current position, he served in key roles covering corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture management, international roaming and strategy, and international development.

JR started his career in Seattle with Arthur Anderson after graduating from Syracuse University. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children.

Mr. Derek Peterson, Ph.D.

Co-Chairman

Boingo Wireless
CTO

Derek Peterson, Ph. D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless. He is responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest wireless network technologies including 5G, Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo’s core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure.

Dr. Peterson has deep telecommunications experience as a consultant, engineer, product manager and executive. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions.

He is a Wireless Broadband Alliance, MulteFire Alliance and New IP Agency board member, and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s Innovation & Technology Council. Dr. Peterson was named “CTO of the Year” in 2017 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and a 2015 “Wireless Industry Executive to Watch” by FierceWireless.

Dr. Peterson holds a BS in computer science from the University of Maryland, an MA in education and technology from the American Intercontinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on enterprise information systems from Colorado Technical University. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the “International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.”

Mr. Shrikant Shenwai

CEO

Mr. Shrikant Shenwai is the CEO and one of the founders of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Under his leadership, the WBA has transformed into a global industry organization with 130+ members, including leading wireless & broadband operators and technology companies who are driving the vision of a frictionless wireless service experience for Citizens, Businesses, Cities and Things. The WBA membership is strategically focussed on enabling services with next generation Wi-Fi and significant adjacent technologies to address business issues and  opportunities for service providers, enterprises and cities. To drive the development of connected communities and cities, the WBA has launched specific global initiatives such as World Wi-Fi Day and the Connected City Advisory Board.

With a 30+ years of global experience in the ICT industry, Mr. Shrikant Shenwai started his career with HP and subsequently held leadership positions with technology, telecom and start-up organizations and established a proven track record of successfully launching and managing new businesses, global industry alliances and entrepreneurial ventures. His acumen for creating creative collaboration and his passion for the power of partnership helped bring together a rather unique mix of top tier organizations from across the cellular, cable, Wi-Fi, OTT and the cities ecosystem in WBA. As a strategic thinker with rich experience and global insights in wireless and Smart Cities arena, Mr. Shrikant Shenwai frequently speaks at the various industry conferences.

An Electronics & Communication engineer by training, Mr. Shrikant Shenwai has lived and worked in Asia for many years and currently lives in Canada with his family.