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Leadership2018-10-11T21:34:37+00:00

Global Leadership Matters

DZS is focused on empowering the advancement to a new connected world with ultra-high speed internet access across any media: fiber, copper and wireless. Our leadership team and board are focused on value through innovative solutions that enable our customers to rapidly deploy new revenue generating services that take advantage of the best broadband technologies available. 

Yung Kim

Yung Kim

Chief Executive Officer

IL Yung Kim joined DZS as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a director on September 9, 2016 in connection with the merger of Zhone Technologies and DASAN Solutions. Prior to the merger, Mr. Kim served as a consultant to DASAN in connection with the merger. From September 2014 to August 2016, served as Chief Executive Officer of TukTak in Korea, an online startup company, which enables people with creative talents to collaborate and produce goods and services online.

From December 2014 to August 2016, he also served as a strategic advisor for InMobi, a global mobile advertising platform provider. Previously, Mr. Kim held various positions with Korea Telecom, including as President and executive board member, and as Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Kim commenced his career with British Telecom, where he held various senior positions including Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Program Director and Head of Technology and Investment.

Mr. Kim holds an M.S. Degree in Microwave and Modern Optics and a B.S. (with Honors) in Electrical Engineering from University College, University of London.

Michael Golomb

Michael Golomb

CFO, Corporate Treasurer & Secretary

Michael Golomb serves as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Treasurer and Secretary for DZS. Mr. Golomb joined DZS in December 2017, bringing over twenty years of senior management experience across a broad spectrum of high growth industries. These industries include Blockchain, manufacturing, digital health & medical devices, consumer electronics, SaaS, and real estate which involved some emphasis on telecommunications assets in Europe.

As a hands-on entrepreneurial company builder and proven top executive, Mr. Golomb has driven successful equity and M&A exits for several of his prior companies as well as completing significant fundraising initiatives, including when he was the first employee at BitFury (a global full-service Blockchain company), serving as CFO, Board Member, and head of its San Francisco office between 2013 and 2015; led the formation of Mayak RE (a joint venture with Morgan Stanley and MCP PE Fund in Europe), where he served as Co-Founder, Co-President, and Board Member between 2008 and 2012; successfully managed Sistema Hals’ 2006 IPO on the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of $2.7B in 2007; as well as played a vital role in the Form S1 filing of a security software company on the NASDAQ in 2000-2001.  Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Golomb was CFO at Breathometer, a hyper-growth digital-health and medical device venture-backed startup, which he helped take from pre-revenue to shipping in the FDA regulated space.

Mr. Golomb holds a M.Sc. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, and a B.A. with double major in Economics and Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College. Mr. Golomb is also a CPA (inactive) in California and is a recovering professional chess player, who now prefers the thrill of a winning business strategy as part of a winning team.

Philip Yim

Philip Yim

Chief Operating Officer

Philip Yim serves as Chief Operating Officer for DZS, responsible for the company’s growth in Marketing & Product Management, Operations, IT-DevOps, and global R&D program coordination. Mr. Yim joined DZS in June 2017 as Vice President of Engineering, bringing more than thirty years of experience across the data and telecommunications sectors.

Prior to DZS, Mr. Yim held several global multinational executive leadership positions across global operations, marketing, development, business and sales, most recently as Executive Vice President of Global Program Management for Allied Telesis. Mr. Yim was the original founder of Turin Networks, and was the head of Product Line Management for Advanced Fiber Communications. Earlier in his career Philip led the Product Line Management group and R&D team at Siemens / Plessey Broadband Communication over a 15 year tenure.

Mr. Yim holds a B.S. in Engineering (1st Class Honors) with an emphasis in Electronic and Control Systems from University of Bradford, England.

Dr. Seungdong Lee

Dr. Seungdong Lee

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Seungdong Lee serves as Chief Technology Officer for DZS, leading the team responsible for system/software design, development initiatives for global R&D activities, creation/management of intellectual property and decision on technology evolution strategy. Dr. Lee joined DZS in September 2016 in connection with the Merger of Zhone Technologies and DASAN Solutions, where he also served as CTO.

Dr. Lee was a pioneer in implementing MMU-awareness for embedded debugger while he was working for Mentor Graphics ESD. Dr. Lee also played a significant role in proving the viability of embedded Linux as a platform for network operating system before Linux gained wide acceptance and popularity. Dr. Lee also lead IP-DSLAM and ATCA blade development while DASAN was a subsidiary company of Siemens / Nokia Siemens Networks.

Dr. Lee holds a Ph. D from Seoul National University.

Jun Bahk

Jun Bahk

Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Jun Bahk serves as Senior Vice President of Global Sales for DZS. Mr. Bahk joined DZS in February 2017 as Vice President of Management Innovation and brings more than 20 years of telecommunications and IT start-up experience to his role.

Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Bahk held various senior management and executive positions with British Telecom Plc, UK and Korea Telecom Corp. He was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business at KT responsible for global sales and operations, strategic alliance/partnership and strategic investment projects to expand global. During his tenure with BT Plc, Mr. Bahk held senior management positions in product management, strategy, marketing, business development and sales.

Mr. Bahk holds an M.B.A. from Nanzan University, Japan and also studied international business at Indiana University.

Keith Nauman

Keith Nauman

Senior Vice President Quality and Service

Keith Nauman serves as Sr. Vice President, Quality & Service for DZS, responsible for comprehensive quality, feature, and performance testing of new products and software releases, and providing 24×7 technical support and professional services for DZS solutions across the globe. For more than 30 years, Mr. Nauman has served in leadership roles focusing on the definition, design, development, test and support of voice and data communications products.

Mr. Nauman’s career spans three major technology waves for residential Internet Access: Dial Modems, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), and Fiber To The Home (FTTH). Prior to DZS, Mr. Nauman held executive level roles for the leaders in the aforementioned technologies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, Paradyne, and Zhone Technologies.

Mr. Nauman holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Monmouth University in Eatontown, NJ.

Pei Hung

Pei Hung

Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations

Pei Hung is Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations for DZS. Ms. Hung joined DZS in January 2018, and is responsible for communicating DZS’s financial, product, and sales successes to the investor community. Ms. Hung is also actively involved with capital markets initiatives, including debt and equity raising activities, as well as being a senior member of the DZS finance team. Ms. Hung brings more than 12 years of deep finance experience across technology investment banking, capital markets structuring and credit investing.

Prior to DZS, Ms. Hung was most recently Executive Director in the Technology group at UBS Investment Bank, advising public and private technology companies, including high growth hardware and software companies, on equity offerings, debt financings (including balance sheet recapitalizations), and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to UBS, Ms. Hung was a credit investor with MetLife Investments and Columbus Nova Partners.

Ms. Hung holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer

Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas

Michael Fischer serves as Senior Vice President of Sales for the Americas, including North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Mr. Fischer is responsible for the development and execution of all sales in these markets, joining Zhone Technologies in 2004 for a total of over twenty years of telecommunications experience.

Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Fischer held several positions at Advanced Fibre Communications, including Regional Vice President of Sales. Mr. Fischer’s track record of delivering outstanding business results in the telecom sector includes roles earlier in his career with HickoryTech, Contel and GTE.

Mr. Fischer holds an M.B.A. from Drake University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Daniel Won

Daniel Won

President of Korean Business Unit, DZS

Daniel Won serves as President of the Korean Business Unit for DZS. Mr. Won joined DZS in September 2016 as President of DNS Korea in connection with the Merger of Zhone Technologies and DASAN Solutions.

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 DASAN, Mr. Won held various executive positions at LG and Cisco Systems.

Mr. Won holds an M.B.A. from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and a B.S. from Seoul National University.

Alex Yastremski

Alex Yastremski

General Counsel

Alex Yastremski serves as General Counsel to DZS. Mr. Yastremski joined DZS in February 2018, bringing more than eighteen years of legal executive expertise from law firms and technology ventures across several industries.

Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Yastremski was General Counsel for BitFury, one of the oldest and largest bitcoin miners in the world.  Mr. Yastremski began his legal career at the international law firm Coudert Brothers and, prior to going in-house, was also Counsel with Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Mr. Yastremski earned his J.D. at American University, Washington College of Law, and a B.A. (with Honors) from Bucknell University.

Laura Larsen-Misunas

Laura Larsen-Misunas

Vice President, Human Resources

Laura Larsen-Misunas serves as Vice President of Human Resources for DZS. Mrs. Larsen-Misunas has held several progressively advancing administration and human resources management roles since joining DZS in 2000, for a total of more than twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

Prior to DZS, Mrs. Larsen-Misunas held positions across multiple disciplines in addition to HR, including account management and operations. Most recently at Alcatel / Lucent, she established the company’s first Risk Management department, managing day to day cash, long term investments, and the foreign exchange program. Prior to Alcatel, 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 has also contributed her expertise to the United States Tennis Association in Northern California, both in human resources and other aspects of operations.

Mrs. Larsen-Misunas holds a B.S. in Marketing from California State University San Francisco.

Blair King

Blair King

Vice President, Sales Finance and Business Development

Blair King serves as Vice President of Sales Finance and Business Development for DZS. Mr. King joined DZS in April 2018, bringing more twenty years of investment, startup and public company experience in the telecommunications sectors.

Prior to joining DZS, Mr. King led global Treasury and Investor Relations for Harmonic, where he was also a key team member in a number of board approved strategic projects spanning M&A, partnerships, development agreements, and capital raises. Prior to Harmonic, Mr. King led corporate development for Verimatrix, and was a senior equity research analyst covering the communications equipment manufacturing space. Mr. King began his career at Nortel and Arris, holding several roles in finance and sales including Vice President of Sales.

Mr. King holds an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. from University of the Pacific.

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw

Vice President, Product Management

Michael Shaw serves as Vice President of Product Management for DZS. Mr. Shaw has held several progressively advancing marketing and product line management roles since joining DZS in 2010, for a total of more than twenty five years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

Prior to DZS, Mr. Shaw held positions across multiple disciplines, including system engineering, business development, sales, and management positions. Most recently at Avaya, he was a successful Professional Services Sales Executive. During his prior tenure at Nortel Networks, Mr. Shaw served as the lead business process architect on a COO task force to reduce the cash collection interval for the company’s professional services business unit, and led European system and sales engineering organizations.

Mr. Shaw holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mario Blandini

Mario Blandini

Head of Global Marketing

Mario Blandini serves as Head of Global Marketing for DZS. Mr. Blandini joined DZS in June 2018, bringing more than twenty years of marketing experience from the IT, networking, SaaS, and cloud data center sectors.

Prior to joining DZS, Mr. Blandini was Vice President of Marketing for SwiftStack, focused on cloud and software-defined infrastructure. He was also Vice President of Marketing for Drobo, following a tenure at Brocade where he held product, technical, and solution sales and marketing roles by way of the acquisition of Rhapsody Networks in 2003. Mr. Blandini began his career serving 6 years in the United States Marine Corps specialized in IT systems.

Mr. Blandini holds a B.S. in Business – Information Systems from University of Phoenix.

Min Woo Nam

Min Woo Nam

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DASAN Networks Inc.

Mr. Min Woo Nam serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DASAN Networks Inc. (formerly DASAN Internet Inc.). Mr. Nam has been the Chairman and Director of DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. since September 9, 2016, and currently serves as chair of the compensation and corporate governance & nominating committees. Mr. Nam founded DASAN Engineering, Inc. in 1993, following his founding of Korea Ready Systems in 1991. He founded ‘DASAN Internet Inc.’ merging ‘DASAN Engineering Inc.’ in 1999. Mr. Nam continues to serves as Vice Chairman of Korean Venture Business Association, having also served as its Chairman previously. Mr. Nam has been a Director of the Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation since November 2011, and was General Chairman of International Network Korea Entrepreneurs from 2004 to 2006.

Mr. Nam holds a B.S. in Engineering from Seoul National University in 1984, and also graduated from the Technical Research Center / Research Institute of Daewoo Motor Company.

Yung Kim

Yung Kim

Chief Executive Officer

IL Yung Kim joined DZS as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a director on September 9, 2016 in connection with the merger of Zhone Technologies and DASAN Solutions. Prior to the merger, Mr. Kim served as a consultant to DASAN in connection with the merger. From September 2014 to August 2016, served as Chief Executive Officer of TukTak in Korea, an online startup company, which enables people with creative talents to collaborate and produce goods and services online.

From December 2014 to August 2016, he also served as a strategic advisor for InMobi, a global mobile advertising platform provider. Previously, Mr. Kim held various positions with Korea Telecom, including as President and executive board member, and as Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Kim commenced his career with British Telecom, where he held various senior positions including Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Program Director and Head of Technology and Investment.

Mr. Kim holds an M.S. Degree in Microwave and Modern Optics and a B.S. (with Honors) in Electrical Engineering from University College, University of London.

Michael Connors

Michael Connors

Director, The Connors Foundation

Dr. Michael M. Connors serves as Director of The Connors Foundation and a member of the advisory board of the European Technology Fund. Dr. Connors has been a Director of DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc., since November 2003, and currently serves as a member of the audit, compensation, and corporate governance and nominating committees. Dr. Connors served as the President of AOL Technologies, an Internet service provider from 1992 to 1998.

Dr. Connors earned a B.S. in Engineering, an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics & Operations Research from Stanford University.

Seong Gyun Kim

Seong Gyun Kim

Executive Director, FTenE

Mr. Seong-Gyun Kim serves as Executive Director for Finetex EnE Inc. a leading manufacturer of nanofibers using electrospinning technology. Mr. Kim has been a Director of DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc., since September 9, 2016, and currently serves as chair of the audit committee. Mr. Kim previously served as Outside Director for Interpark Corp., Executive Director for DONG WON Corp, and Manager-Finance by Korea Rental Corp.

Mr. Kim holds an M.B.A. from Ajou University, and an undergraduate degree from Seoul National University.

Rolf Unterberger

Rolf Unterberger

Managing Director of RMU CAPITAL GmbH and Managing Partner of Executive Interim Partners GmbH

Rolf Unterberger serves as Managing Director of RMU CAPITAL GmbH, as well as Managing Partner of Executive Interim Partners GmbH. Mr. Unterberger been a Director of DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc., since April 9, 2018. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Unterberger served as a Board Member and Executive Manager for Frequentis AG in Austria, as an Executive Partner and Managing Director at Accenture in Germany. Mr. Unterberger also held different General Management positions for Siemens in Germany, Austria, China and Indonesia.

Mr. Unterberger holds degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. Mr. Unterberger has also completed executive programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and London Business School.

Sung Bin Park

Sung Bin Park

Co Founder and Managing Director, Translink Capital

Sung Bin Park was Co Founder of Translink Capital and serves as its Managing Director, with active investments in Airplug, Diamanti, Nexenta, and Solinea. Mr. Park been a Director of DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. since September 9, 2016, and currently serves as a member of the audit, compensation, and corporate governance and nominating committees. Prior to co-founding TransLink, Mr. Park founded SPK Inc. and Spark and Associates in Korea. Mr. Park also co-founded Soundpipe in the US, worked for 3Com as a router product manager, and Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan.

Mr. Park holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and and S.B. in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Schopp

David Schopp

Operating Partner of Stonebridge Partners

David R. Schopp joined Private Equity firm Stonebridge Partners as an Operating Partner in 2004 and is also a General Partner in Fund IV. Mr. Schopp became a Director of DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc., on August 13, 2018. He currently is Chairman of three portfolio companies; Cast-Crete, Hydraulex Global and Specialty Bakers, and previously was Chairman of American Dryer and Alpine Engineered Products. Mr. Schopp was previously President and CEO of Orbis Corporation, a $250 million manufacturer of plastic reusable packaging and a leader in supply chain solutions for the automotive and beverage industry. Prior to joining Orbis, he was Vice President and General Manager of Promo Edge, a leading supplier of promotional printed labels and displays. Mr. Schopp has 25 years of turnaround experience, building and then selling several of his own portfolio companies. He was previously a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton specializing in strategy and marketing for Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Schopp holds both an M.S. and B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.