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.

Dava Baumann

Dava Baumann
Chief Marketing Officer

A wireless thought leader and driven marketer, Ms. Baumann is FreeWave’s Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility for the Company’s Marketing and Product Line Management functions. A channel marketing professional with a focus on network infrastructure, wireless connectivity, and industrial IoT, Ms. Baumann leads the Company’s marketing strategy, PR, and campaign initiatives.

Ms. Baumann has held senior marketing positions at global networking distributor Westcon Group, Motorola Solutions, and Cambium Networks. Prior to joining FreeWave as CMO, Ms. Baumann was Vice President of Global Marketing at Rajant Corporation, a leader in wireless mesh technology. She holds a B.A. in Business Management from Marshall University and M.A. in Public Administration from University of New Mexico.

Chad Scates

Chad Scates
Senior Vice President, Engineering

A highly skilled and accomplished technology engineering leader, Mr. Scates serves as Senior Vice President of Engineering. In this role, he is defining and architecting the expansion of the company’s Zum IQ solutions platform, as well as building out its future technology solutions roadmap.

Prior to joining FreeWave, Mr. Scates was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Senior Partner at Cardinal Peak. During his 15-year tenure, he managed more than 100 engineers and had direct responsibility for business development, project management and day to day operations. He brings Internet of things (IoT), video and audio application development, including mobile application platforms and embedded hardware and software development platforms expertise to his role at FreeWave. Prior to joining Cardinal Peak, Mr. Scates contributed his software engineering talents to ION Geophysical and was a Test Engineer for Visual Numerics. He earned his Computer Science Engineering degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and lives in Erie, Colorado.

Michael (Mike) Tate

Michael (Mike) Tate
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales

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.

Stefanie Hale

Stefanie Hale
Vice President, Finance

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.

Parthesh Shastri

Parthesh Shastri
Vice President, Strategy and Partner Development

Parthesh Shastri runs Partnerships and Business Development at FreeWave, where he is responsible for the strategy and implementation of the Company’s radio and edge platform ecosystem.

Mr. Shastri brings over 18 years of experience in M2M and IIoT Product Management and Business Development and led the deployment of numerous IoT Solutions across a wide range of markets including utilities, public safety, medical, and industrial. At Aeris Communications, a leading MNVO for global IoT connectivity, he led IoT solutions and go-to-market strategies. Prior to that he ran Marketing, Business Development and Product at SeeControl (IoT SaaS platform). Mr. Shastri has also held executive roles at Sierra Wireless, Axeda and Amazon.

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson
Vice President, Operations

Randy Wilson is Vice President, Operations at FreeWave Technologies. Mr. Wilson brings over 30 years of experience in Supply Chain and Operations Management to FreeWave. He developed his management skills leading through extreme business cycles and growth in the semiconductor capital equipment industry. His global experience of managing teams and suppliers with a track record of success fits well with FreeWave’s strategy for growth.

 

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