Leadership Team

Kirk Byles

Kirk Byles
Chief Executive Officer

Under Mr. Byles’ leadership, FreeWave is moving through its next phase of innovation and growth, pivoting from a discreet radio manufacturer to an IIoT solutions provider with a dynamic Edge Computing platform. With a strong technical background in wireless, networking, and security technologies and demonstrated success as an executive sales leader, employee motivator, and consensus builder, Mr. Byles’ aptitude and demonstrated success aligns perfectly with his new role at FreeWave.

Prior to his appointment to CEO, he held the position of Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales at FreeWave where he restructured the sales and support teams to prepare for the burgeoning IIoT market. Prior to FreeWave, Mr. Byles led global sales and marketing organizations at Rajant Corporation, Firetide, Relevant Security, Motorola, and Proxim Corporation. At these companies, he was often responsible for providing leadership in a startup situation or helping to realign the company for a successful exit.

Michael (Mike) Tate

Michael (Mike) Tate
SVP Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Michael Tate is Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for FreeWave Technologies. With 30 years of successful C-level experience at major multinational technology organizations, Mr. Tate has a proven track record in building profitability and governance in both public and privately traded companies. In his current position at FreeWave, he will play a central role in building and executing the global sales vision and growing the company’s broad portfolio of radio, IIoT, and new Edge computing platforms for industrial enterprises. Following a career in military intelligence, Michael held progressive executive management roles with increasing levels of responsibility in sales, business development, strategy and execution, and procurement.

Before joining FreeWave, he headed M Tate Solutions, a management consulting firm that delivered integrated strategic solutions to C-level clients on strategic roadmaps, global supply chain, product sourcing, business development, and equity investments.

Parthesh Shastri

Parthesh Shastri
Chief Technology and Product Officer

An early proponent and evangelist of M2M, and now IoT Solutions, Parthesh Shastri comes to FreeWave with a rich set of experiences in building and scaling connected solutions. FreeWave is his 5th IoT endeavor, having built full-suite IoT SaaS, PaaS and Connectivity Platforms that have digitized the physical world and connected a wide range of assets such as medical devices, tomato harvesters, smart bikes, and many others.

In his current role as Chief Technology and Product Officer, Parthesh is responsible for Product Vision and Technology ultimately helping customers realize the value of smart connected assets in their operations. In addition, he is responsible for running the solutions business unit, the cloud practice, the Edge technology ecosystem, guiding a team of Solutions Architects and Business Development personnel, and directing the company wide Product Roadmap.

He has spent much of his career working in the Silicon Valley as a technology leader where he has built up numerous successful IoT products and solutions. With senior leadership roles at Aeris, SeeControl, Sierra Wireless, PTC ThingWorx, and Amazon, Parthesh brings deep experience in Engineering, Product Management, Business Development and Customer Success delivering IoT SaaS, PaaS and Cellular Router products. Under Parthesh’s direction and guidance, numerous IoT products have been built-out and commercialized across various industry sectors including utilities, consumer, public safety, life sciences, smart cities, and manufacturing.

Stefanie Hale

Stefanie Hale
VP, Finance and Operations

Stefanie Hale is Vice President, Finance at FreeWave Technologies. Ms. Hale is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction of FreeWave as well as information technology. Within finance, Ms. Hale oversees financial reporting and controls, accounting, financial modeling and cash flow projections for the organization.

Prior to joining FreeWave in 2014, Ms. Hale served as a public and private company auditor for Ernst and Young. Ms. Hale worked on several audits within various industries including, but not limited to, manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, government and healthcare. Ms. Hale is also experienced in SOX reporting, SEC filings, administration of stock option activity, debt issuance and impairment analyses.

Ms. Hale is a CPA in the state of Colorado and received her B.S. and Masters of Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech.


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