President & Chief Executive Officer
Charlie Vogt is the CEO of DZS, a global leader in Broadband Connectivity, 5G Optical Transport and Software Defined Networking serving more than 700 Communications Service Providers. DZS marquee service provider customers include AT&T, Etisalat, KDDI, KT, LGU+, Lumen, Rakuten, SKB, Softbank, and TELUS and is publicly traded on the Nasdaq under the stock symbol DZSI.
Vogt has spent his professional career executing visionary strategies resulting in unprecedented growth in communications markets. Prior to DZS, Vogt served as Chairman and CEO of ATX Networks, a global leader in HFC, Broadband Access and Media Distribution solutions to more than 200 MSO Cable and Communication Companies including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Altice, Liberty Global and Dish.
Before that, Vogt was CEO of Imagine Communications, a global leader of Broadband Access, Media Content and Networking solutions to more than 1,500 TV Networks, Broadcasters, MSOs and New Media spanning 185 countries. During Vogt’s tenure, he was instrumental in leading a transformation from its 40-year legacy Baseband technology to a cloud virtualized software defined networking IP architecture. He also created an Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) representing the industry’s luminary CTOs and Operations leaders, founded the Alliance for IP Multimedia Solutions and partnered with Disney to become the first global media company to move to the cloud.
From 2004 to 2013, Vogt served as CEO of GENBAND (today Ribbon Communications), a global leader in Access Networking and Optical Transport solutions. During Vogt’s nine-year tenure as CEO, the company acquired and integrated ten companies, expanded its operations to more than 50 countries and secured 80 percent of the world’s largest service providers as customers. Under his leadership, the company experienced a compound annual growth rate of 110 percent and increased operational earnings 9-fold. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal recognized GENBAND as the no. 1 privately-backed company in America, topping a list of 5,900 companies.
In 2002, Vogt was brought on to lead emerging VoIP company Taqua, marking his first stint as chief executive officer. In 2004, Taqua was acquired by then Tekelec (today, part of Oracle) delivering a 4x return to shareholders. Before joining Taqua, Vogt was instrumental in the operational and financial growth of four standard-setting technology companies including Accelerated Networks/Calix, ADTRAN and Ascend Communications that either became public companies or were acquired. Following Lucent Technologies’ $20 billion acquisition of Ascend Communications in 1999, Vogt became part of the sales leadership team responsible for ~$3.5 billion.
Vogt is an active public speaker and has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate accomplishments including EY’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” Light Reading’s “Person of the Year,” Dallas MTBC’s “Corporate CEO of the Year,” Global Telecoms’ “Power 100,” Inc. 500 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” and Saint Louis University’s “Hall of Fame.”
Vogt has been featured on Bloomberg TV with Kailey Leinz, Bloomberg Radio with Alisa Parenti, PBS’s CEO with Lee Cullum, Fox Business Open Bell with Maria Bartiromo, CNBC Squawk Box, Fox Business Closing Bell with Liz Claman and CEO Spotlight with KRLD David Johnson.
Chief Financial Officer
Misty Kawecki serves as Chief Financial Officer of DZS, bringing over 24 years of finance and accounting experience to the CFO role.
Previously, Ms. Kawecki served as CFO and Head of Operations for MediaKind and prior to that, she was VP, Finance and Corporate Controller at Imagine Communications. She also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller at GENBAND and Senior Director, WW Revenue Controller at McAfee (Intel). She started her career at Big 4 accounting firm EY.
Ms. Kawecki has a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.
Chief Customer Officer - Asia
Daniel Won serves as Chief Customer Officer – Asia, and previously served as Chief Product Officer at DZS and President of DNS Korea in connection with the Merger of Zhone Technologies and DASAN Networks.
Mr. Won brings over thirty years of experience in the telecommunications marketplace across several disciplines, including executive management, engineering and sales. Prior to his roles with DZS, Mr. Won held various executive positions at LG and Cisco Systems.
Mr. Won holds an MBA from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and a BS from Seoul National University.
Chief Customer Officer - Americas
Drew Finkelstein serves as Chief Customer Officer for the Americas region for DZS where he is responsible for leading the company’s Americas sales organization. He has spent his 25+ year career leading sales teams and enabling technology companies to break into and grow strategic relationships with Fortune 500 customers.
Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Finkelstein served as Vice President of Sales for Casa Systems, NETSCOUT and Calix, responsible for service assurance efforts across leading customers like CenutryLink, Windstream and Frontier, as well as and building the telco national and regional markets. Prior to Calix, he spent many years in startups, which gave him the opportunity to lead multiple functions including sales, marketing, operations, negotiations, supply chain and business development.
Mr. Finkelstein earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University.
Chief Customer Officer - EMEA
Vicente Olano serves as Chief Customer Officer for the EMEA region for DZS where he is responsible for leading the European Middle East and Africa sales organization. He came to DZS as part of the company’s ASSIA acquisition. Mr. Olano has more than 30 years experience serving in senior leadership and sales roles for global brands like Cisco, IBM and HP. Mr. Olano is also a highly successful entrepreneur.
Prior to ASSIA, Mr. Olano spent nearly 14 years running his own company, VEMA. Before starting his own business, he led business operations for Cisco where he developed strategic business relationships with key customers in the telecommunication market. Prior to that, he held senior sales, solutions and business development leadership roles in IBM and HP.
Mr. Olano holds a Master of Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a post-grade IESE Executive Development Program from Universidad de Navarra.
Chief Strategy Officer
Tuncay Cil serves as Chief Strategy Officer at DZS where he is responsible for driving strategic and growth initiatives across the organization. Before DZS Mr. Cil was a member of the senior leadership team at ASSIA for a decade, serving as SVP Product Management, EVP Enterprise Products, and most recently as Chief Strategy Officer.
Prior to ASSIA, Mr. Cil served as VP Product Management at AirTies and led their expansion into the European service provider market. He has also held multiple senior management roles in engineering, product development, technical marketing, and general management at a variety of both large publicly traded companies and venture backed start-ups throughout the Silicon Valley.
Mr. Cil holds BS degree in Physics from Bilkent University (Turkey) and an MBA from Yale University, where he was awarded John M. Olin Fellowship in Telecommunications Research.
Chief Technology Officer
Andrew Bender serves as Chief Technology Officer for DZS, where he is responsible for developing, coordinating, and promoting the technology strategy for the company.
Mr. Bender has over 20 years of broad ranging experience in the carrier networking, infrastructure and software sectors spanning Kubernetes and cloud native, webscale applications, NFV, SDN, mobile access / edge / core, video and streaming media, IMS / RCS, DOCSIS, multiservice access and transport network technology areas.
Prior to DZS, Mr. Bender led the team of technologists covering the service provider industry in the Americas at VMWare. He has also held various technology, strategy, solutions, architecture and engineering roles at Hewlett Packard, NEC, Ribbon Communications / GENBAND, and others.
Chief Product Officer
Miguel Alonso serves as Chief Product Officer at DZS. In this role, Mr. Alonso is responsible for product strategy, product management, technology, quality and engineering across the Access Edge, Home Edge, Mobile & Optical Edge and Cloud Software teams.
Before joining DZS, Mr. Alonso served as Vice President of Cloud Products at Calix, where he led the company’s transformation from hardware products to cloud, software, and systems platforms. Mr. Alonso has also served in multiple senior product management, marketing, and sales executive positions at Nortek Control, mandal.ai, and Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC).
Mr. Alonso holds an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain).
Chief Marketing Officer
Gunter Reiss serves DZS as Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, Mr. Reiss was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at A10 Networks where he positioned the company as a technology leader in 5G, cloud, and cybersecurity solutions.
Prior to A10, he held business development, strategy, M&A, and strategic sales leadership roles at Ericsson, IPC and DAMOVO Group. Mr. Reiss brings in-depth expertise in cloud, SaaS, AI, cybersecurity, and application networking to DZS.
SVP, Supply Chain
Norm Foust serves as Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain and is responsible for the strategic direction, transformation and execution of vendor procurement, supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics. Mr. Foust’s operations expertise in the telecom industry spans more than three decades, pioneering the evolution of manufacturing and supply chain through automation and AI Robotics technology.
Mr. Foust has spent 20 years in leadership positions with trend-setting access networking companies scaling manufacturing and supply chain. Most recently, Mr. Foust was the Vice President of Operations at Vicarious FPC, an A.I. Robotics Automation company. Prior to Vicarious, he led operations with Cyan (acquired by Ciena), Calix, AFC and DSC Communications.
Chief People Officer
Laura Larsen-Misunas serves as Chief People Officer for DZS. Mrs. Larsen-Misunas has held several progressively advancing administration and human resources management roles since joining DZS, with more than twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
Most recently at Ascend Communications, she established the company’s first Risk Management department, managing day to day cash, long term investments, and the foreign exchange program. Prior to Ascend, Mrs. Larsen-Misunas was a successful account manager and executive in the financial and insurance industries, having worked for Marsh and Willis.
Mrs. Larsen-Misunas holds a B.S. in Marketing from California State University San Francisco.
Chief Legal Officer
Justin Ferguson serves as Chief Legal Officer at DZS, responsible for the company’s global legal activities and policies. In addition, Mr. Ferguson serves as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors and is responsible for all corporate governance matters and brings more than 20 years of legal experience which includes advising companies in the telecom, technology and cloud security space.
Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Ferguson was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Ribbon Communications Inc. Prior to Ribbon, Mr. Ferguson served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Zix Corporation, a Nasdaq listed company that provides email and cloud security solutions. Mr. Ferguson began his career as a corporate attorney at the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Baker Botts L.L.P.
Mr. Ferguson received a Juris Doctorate degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Chief Information Officer
Raghu Marthi serves DZS as Chief Information Officer, bringing 25 years of experience in information technology to the company through leadership of complex company-wide application development, data management, technology infrastructure, data center operations and telecommunication networks worldwide.
Prior to DZS, Mr. Marthi was Chief Information Officer at MediaKind, responsible for information technology and digital strategy spanning applications, data, cybersecurity and infrastructure. He has also held a variety of management and technical leadership positions at Hewlett Packard, PricewatershouseCoopers, HCL and Dresser Industries.
Mr. Marthi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and earned his MBA from SC Johnson Graduate School Management at Cornell University, Ithaca NY.