“Having players from internet companies, from startups and established vendors, and the telcos, working together on what the infrastructure of the future should look like.”
Axel Clauberg, Chairman of the Board, TIP
Leland Lai, Executive Director
Leland brings to TIP both operator and vendor perspectives. As Managing Director, Asia for GSMA between 2010-2017, Leland charted a strategic pivot and grew the Mobile World Congress Shanghai (www.mwcshanghai.com) from 2,000 to 53,000 attendees in seven years. Leland began his career with Hutchison Telecom in 1990, where he participated in world’s first GSM license bids in Germany, Greece and Australia.
He then restructured in Puerto Rico an Alcatel MVNO for an IPO as part of eOn Communications (Nasdaq: EONC) in 2000. On the vendor side, Leland has worked at 3Com and at Terayon Communication, where he led a DVB-H trial with PCCW and closed a groundbreaking deal with Qualcomm MediaFLO. These successes contributed to Motorola’s $140M acquisition of Terayon in 2007. Leland has consulted for a China Mobile service provider and for one of the world’s largest smartphone maker. Leland holds an MBA and a mechanical engineering degree from UCLA. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and is an FAA licensed pilot and an ASA bareboat captain.
Board of Directors
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it… You have all these equipment makers saying, ‘The world is changing so let’s try to hold on to what we know.’ But the thing is that the world is changing anyway, so it’s much better to take an active role in shaping the future.”
Laurent Le Gourrierec, Nokia