Edward H. Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer and President
As a driver of global telecommunication transformation, Edward H. Kennedy has been recognized for his ability to build innovative, high-growth companies. Probably best known as the CEO and President of Ocular Networks, a company he co-founded and sold in less than three years to Tellabs, Ed was lauded by Forbes for executing one of 2002’s top high-tech deals. Ed was selected as Ernst & Young’s 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and one of Telephony magazine’s top ten leaders of telecommunications transformation. As President and CEO of Tollgrade Communications, Ed is putting his experience transforming the telecommunications industry to work by helping utilities modernize their nation’s power grid.
Ed has held several executive level positions at Tellabs, Ocular Networks, Rivulet Communications, Alcatel and Newbridge Networks and board positions at Hatteras Networks, Imagine Communications, Visual Networks (acquired by Danaher Corporation NYSE: DHR) and Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR).
Working with Virginia’s Governor Mark Warner and the Appalachian Regional Commission in 2003, Ed outlined the importance of Telecommunications in Rural Development. He is on the Board of Trustees of Flint Hill School, a premier private school in Oakton, Virginia. He also works with several charitable organizations and youth sport leagues. Ed is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Steve Furr, Chief Financial Officer
Steve Furr brings more than 25 years of experience to Tollgrade specializing in finance and accounting for high-tech, telecommunications and government contracting organizations. As CFO, Steve manages all aspects of corporate finance, legal, and human resources for Tollgrade Communications.
Prior to Tollgrade, Steve held various leadership roles with Global One, Rivulet Communication, VeriSign, Ocular Networks, Sprint and Alcatel. Within those roles, he managed finance, human resources, administrative and MIS functions. As CFO of Ocular Networks where Steve was instrumental in obtaining both venture and debt financing for the start-up organization and oversaw the growth of the company from business initiation through the sale of the company to Tellabs Corporation for $355M.
Steve holds a bachelor of Arts degree in business with a concentration in accounting from James Madison University and became a CPA in 1982.
Thomas J. Kolb, Chief Operating Officer & GM Broadband Solutions (Telco)
Tom Kolb has more than 20 years of experience delivering operations and supply chain management best practices at global high-tech companies. As chief operating officer and GM Broadband Solutions, Tom is responsible for the strategic and overall leadership of Tollgrade’s global broadband solutions business unit. Including product development, services, manufacturing, and supply chain, marketing and sales. In this capacity, Tom is responsible for defining, creating and delivering Tollgrade’s best-in-class service assurance solutions to a global install base of the world’s largest broadband service providers. Tom is also responsible for supply chain and manufacturing operations for the smart grid business unit. Prior to Tollgrade, Tom held several management positions at industry-leading high-tech companies including Ericsson, Marconi and Fore Systems.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing/Operations Management from Duquesne University.
Mark B. Peterson, Vice President Global Sales Broadband
As Vice President of Global Sales Mark is responsible for managing Tollgrade’s Broadband solution sales worldwide. Mark has over 28 years of telecommunications and broadband industry experience. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Global Sales for VPI systems Inc., a predictive telecom network impact analysis company. Prior to joining VPI systems, Mark was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Nakina Systems Inc., a start-up software company focused on providing enterprise-wide telecom network management software. Before he joined Nakina Systems, Mark spent 10 years in executive leadership roles with Tollgrade. Mark began his career in 1984 as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, which later became part of Lucent Technologies.
Mark holds engineering degrees from Lafayette College and Duke University, and an MBA from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.