Executive Leadership

Jeff Cooper, Chairman and CEO

Jeff is a recognized video processing expert with over twenty years in the industry. He has made strong contributions to digital video product development and standardization activities including MPEG2, H.264, HD-DVD and BD. Prior to igolgi, Jeff was General Manager of a Corporate Research Laboratory for Thomson Inc in Princeton, NJ. He had additional responsibility as Worldwide Director of Compression activities in Thomson leading over a team of 80 researchers. Jeff was the lead contributor to the development of the industry’s first direct broadcast satellite video decoder for DirecTV. He also led several key developments for Thomson including the first HDTV decoder and DVD player. Jeff has 30 issued US patents and over 50 pending applications. He has a BSEE from Ohio University and an MS from Purdue University.

Kumar is a senior technology executive with experience spanning telecom, broadcast and media industries with over twenty years in the industry. Prior to igolgi, he held senior management positions at Thomson Inc., including Worldwide Head of Corporate Research and CTO of the $4 Billion Systems Division which included head end products from Grass Valley and all home client solutions including settop boxes, modems and gateways. He holds 111 US patents and has over 100 pending applications. He has been awarded the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award by the HKN Society in 2000 and is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT, Trichy. He sits on the Advisory Board of Novelsat, a satellite communications technology provider and is Adjunct Faculty at Rutgers University. Kumar has a PhD from RPI in Electrical and Systems Engineering, MS(Math) from RPI, MS in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt and BE from NIT, Trichy, India.

Dr. Kumar Ramaswamy, President

Strategy Board

Frank Dangeard

Frank is Managing Partner of Harcourt and Chairman of Atari. From September 2004 to February 2008 he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson S.A. From 2002 to September 2004, he was Senior Executive Vice President of France Telecom. He joined Thomson multimedia in 1997 as Senior Executive Vice President, and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2000. 

Prior to joining Thomson multimedia, Dangeard was Managing Director of SG Warburg & Co. Ltd and Chairman of SG Warburg France. Before joining that, Dangeard was a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London.

Dangeard serves on the Board of Directors of publicly traded Symantec, Moser Baer and Sonaecom SGPA. He also serves on the boards of the following privately held companies: Credit Agricole CIB, Enerqos, Moser Baer PP, and Harcourt. He graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques and from Harvard Law School. Dangeard is a member of the New York Bar and splits his time between Europe and the United States.

Bob is an executive with operational experience that includes P & L and leadership roles in several functional areas. He has extensive experience leading multi-functional teams in working with global customers and suppliers in business that include large corporations and start-up ventures. His focus is on building teams and combining process, technology and people to deliver shareholder value. 

Bob recently was the Chief Operating officer at CTB Networks, a start-up company in the wireless network industry. In this role he was responsible for leading the definition of the company’s day-to-day operating activities during the company start-up phase and then transition to leading the day-to-day operating activity. Prior to that he was the SVP of Product development at SES Americom and responsible for leading the launch of an Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) service. This effort entailed leading as multi-million dollar software/hardware/network integration project along with defining and implementing the necessary operating processes, organization and support systems. Prior to SES, Bob has held a variety of leadership roles at General Electric Co., a multinational technology and services conglomerate. This experience included positions as diverse as leading the Six Sigma Quality implementation for a GE Capital business, leading a P&L building power plants in the Americas, creating a sourcing organization to support a $2 billion service business and software development roles in the Aerospace business.

Mr. Phelan received both a B.Sc. and a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is a GE Certified Six Sigma Quality Leader and an active Board member for a privately held company.

Robert (Bob) Phelan

Dipankar Raychaudhuri

Ray is Professor-II, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. As WINLAB’s Director, he is responsible for an internationally recognized industry-university research center specializing in wireless technology. His research group at WINLAB has been working on design and implementation of next-generation wireless networks covering a number of emerging usage scenarios such as ad hoc mesh, vehicular, cognitive radio, 4G and mobile Internet. He is the principal investigator for several multi-institutional projects funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) including: “ORBIT” open-access next-generation wireless network testbed, “CogNet” cognitive radio network, and most recently, the “MobilityFirst” future Internet architecture (FIA) project. He also helped to initiate the ongoing GENI program for deployment of a global-scale experimental infrastructure for Internet research. 

He has previously held progressively responsible corporate R&D positions in the telecom/networking industry including: Chief Scientist, Iospan Wireless (2000-01), Assistant General Manager & Dept Head-Systems Architecture, NEC USA C&C Research Laboratories (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications Research, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92). 

Dr. Raychaudhuri obtained his B.Tech (Hons) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.