I had a chance to have a few conversations recently with former CEO of Aviat Networks Harald Braun (pictured) regarding his current activities. A former International Telecom CEO of the Year, he stepped down a few months ago as Chuck Kissner, who had been Aviat's chairman of the board, has taken his place as CEO.
Braun is currently acting as an adviser to the investment community and also consulting and is interested in new opportunities in a few spaces. I've followed him in his CEO role at Nokia Siemens Networks and Aviat Networks (formerly Harris Stratex) and because he has been a mover and shaker at some major companies I thought it interesting to pass along his areas of interest as he looks for the next big thing.
1) Mobile networks and mobile broadband
2) Convergence of networks such as wireline, wireless and enterprise networks
3) Video processing - especially as it pertains to mobile traffic
4) Smart grid, smart home, wireless networks in these spaces
Braun is one of the most charismatic guys in the communications and technology space and my sense is he is a no-nonsense leader who brings vision to the markets he is in. From topics such as IMS to wireless broadband he has an ability to humanize technical markets and distill them down to easy to understand opportunities.
I look forward to chronicling his accomplishments in the future and if you're interested in contacting him just drop me a line and I'll connect you.