Dr. William C. Marra
Executive Chairman and CEO
Dr. William Marra is a pioneer in the Telecommunications industry developing many of today’s first undersea cable networks. He received his BSEE from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, a MSEE from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. for joint work done at Stanford University and Stevens Institute. He joined the basic research organization of AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1969. Since that time he has worked on the development of numerous fiber-optic telecommunications systems for both terrestrial and undersea applications. Prior to retirement in late 2009, Dr. Marra was the Vice President and General Manager of Tyco Telecommunications and was responsible for all facets of the business inclusive of Sales, Marine and Terrestrial Engineering and Operations, Manufacture, Research and Development.
Since 1995 and until retirement, Bill has lead the way in developing network architectural concepts into undersea networks, such as the first transoceanic ring networks, the TPC-5 and TAT-12/13 Cable Networks and has been involved in either the design or management of the design teams for every optical amplifier undersea fiber-optic cable system deployed by Tyco Telecommunications (now TE SubCom).
Prior to becoming General Manager of Tyco Telecommunications, Bill served as CTO of Research, Development, VP of Network Engineering and Operations for Tyco Telecommunications and had responsibility for developing new product technologies and overall network design and engineering for all of Tyco Telecommunication’s undersea projects, including third party systems and Tyco’s own Global Network (TGN), which today reaches more than 15 cities on three continents and includes Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific, regional European and regional Asian connectivity and was purchased by VSNL International in July, 2005.
Mr. Phillip Magiera
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Phillip Magiera is a highly experienced telecommunications investor, CEO, CFO and board member. As a seasoned executive, he brings more than 25 years of experience to Emerald Networks, including raising venture capital, private equity, negotiating business acquisitions, developing new products and managing strategic ventures.
Phil was a founder, CFO and investor in InterAmericas Communications Corporation (nasdaq ICCA) and founder, investor and CFO of Worldport Communications (nasdaq wrdp). Additionally, he was the founder and CEO of Applied Telecommunication Technologies, Inc., (ATTI) an early telecommunications infrastructure investment fund with assets of $300 million. ATTI invested in over 24 telecommunications infrastructure businesses including internet and fiber infrastructure opportunities. Phil was recently Executive Chairman of OpenClinica, the leading open source clinical trials software services provider.
Phil was recently Executive Chairman of OpenClinica.com, the leading open source software solution for clinical trials globally. His proven success and passion as a business entrepreneur and executive will further strengthen Emeralds Networks future growth.
Mr. Greg Varisco
Mr. Greg Varisco is a veteran telecom executive and project manager. With over 30 years of experience, Greg has implemented major technology projects globally within the telecommunications industry. He has served in key positions not only in telecom but also major energy companies, starting with Tenneco and most recently with Shell Unconventional Oil. His consultancy in the field of the subsea sector led him to the country of Iceland where he developed key relationships beginning with the implementation of CANTAT3.
Greg’s extensive experience in the telecom and energy industries will be instrumental in the growth of Emerald Networks and his leadership position as President of Emerald Networks.