"I don't want to be sold to. I want the companies we work with to be a member of my team, and I give Airbus DS Communications the highest marks for that. Everyone on their team, no matter when, will talk to me, with no in-betweens. They make themselves part of my team and this is critical when you are talking about systems that save peoples' lives."
- Steve Graves,
Chief Technology Officer
City of Richardson (TX)
As Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bob oversees all aspects of Airbus DS Communications, driving the company's growth in both the public and private sectors in the U.S. and abroad. He, in concert with the Executive Management Team, sets the vision for the organization, providing strategic direction and guidance to the company's 500-plus dedicated employees, and cultivating meaningful relationships with channel partners, technology partners, and end-user customers.
Since 2001, Bob has served integral roles within the company such as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, as well as General Manager. Prior to joining Airbus DS Communications, Bob spent five years in international sales and marketing for start-up companies, successfully launching a Voice over IP (VoIP) carrier business in Europe, Asia and the Americas. During that time, he was heavily engaged with more than 100 telephone companies and internet service providers in 17 countries, helping drive the development of VoIP applications and their associated deployments.
Bob earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Baltimore and an MBA in Marketing, Distribution and Logistics from Michigan State University's Graduate School of Business.
As General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Paula leads the company's legal and compliance teams. She also serves as the company's Corporate Secretary. Her established expertise lies in the areas of risk management, commercial transactions, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and corporate governance.
Prior to joining Airbus DS Communications, Paula was a partner with Pyle Sims Duncan & Stevenson, where she specialized in bankruptcy and business reorganizations as well as financial institution representations. While in San Diego, Paula was a recognized leader in the insolvency community as a founder of the Women's Insolvency Network and The San Diego Receivers Forum. She was a regular lecturer on insolvency related topics and served on numerous Practice Group boards.
Paula is a member of the California State Bar and is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP)®. Paula holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law.
Jeff Wittek has served the Public Safety industry for over 35 years. Since joining Airbus DS Communications in 1998 as the Manager of Integration Services, Jeff's promotions have included Sales Engineering Manager, Director of Product Line Management, Vice President of Product Management, Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President of Corporate Business Development. Today, he serves as Airbus DS Communications' Vice President of Strategic Planning.
Jeff's industry background, prior to Airbus DS Communications, is built upon the eighteen years he was employed with Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Rising from Deputy Director of Telecommunications to Director of Emergency Dispatch Services, he is experienced in all aspects of Public Safety management and has a broad understanding of the Public Safety marketplace. While in Montgomery County, Jeff was responsible for all operational, technological and strategic planning, as well as the integration of ever-changing telephony, radio and computer technologies. In addition, he founded and was President of the Keystone State National Emergency Number Association (NENA) chapter and remains an active member of both NENA and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
Jeff holds a BSEE degree from Drexel University.
Louis joined Airbus DS Communications in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), contributing extensive and global experience in business and financial strategy and planning. Prior to his current role, he served as CFO in several business units throughout Europe and Asia for Airbus Defense and Space. Other experience includes a position with Air France as Finance Manager in Great Britain and Ireland, where he was actively involved in the European call center implementation.
Louis earned his finance degree from the Institut Superieur de Gestion, Paris, and his Executive MBA from HEC Paris, one of the oldest and most respected business schools in the world.
As Chief Technology Officer, Jeroen is responsible for the technology vision and direction, design, development and quality assurance activities for Airbus DS Communications product lines, as well as fully integrated, third party applications. Jeroen, who joined the Airbus DS team in 2003, is a licensed, professional engineer with 25 plus years of R&D experience and extensive knowledge in Ethernet, IP, SIP, ATM, DSL, radio dispatch and call processing. Prior to Airbus DS Communications, Jeroen held various R&D management roles with Nimcat Networks, Lantern Communications and Nortel Networks.
Jeroen earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is also the author/co-author of several patent disclosures.
As Vice President of Operations, Mary Wathen oversees operations for business units within Airbus DS Communications, including Next Generation 9-1-1 and Emergency Notification systems.
Before joining Airbus DS Communications in January 2004, Mary served as President of Nelco Technology for three years; General Manager for QLP Laminates (a division of Tyco/Amp) for six years; National Sales Manager for Polycad for six years; and President of Koboway for 15 years.
In 1987, Mary was selected, while serving as a board member of the American Electronics Association, to be a representative of Small Business for a congressional sub-committee hearing in Washington, DC.
Becky Amantea has been with Airbus DS Communications since 2004, serving as the Vice President of Human Resources. Becky is responsible for managing and driving efficiencies in the company's working conditions, compensation and benefits, and workforce engagement across all lines of business. In addition, she is responsible for ensuring compliance with all state, federal and country (USA and Canada) employment laws and regulations.
Prior to joining Airbus DS Communications, Becky worked for fourteen years with a global start-up franchise, HQ Business Centers in San Diego, where she grew the business from two locations to eight within five years. She held the positions of General Manager and then President and COO. While there, Becky received national awards for Top Business Center and best-in-class marketing, and served as a national auditor to transfer best practices to other franchise owners.
Becky has also worked as a consultant for small to mid-sized companies where she focused on top-down reorganization, creating critical partnerships between operations and human resources to deliver results and achieve customer satisfaction, internally and externally.
Becky has served on the U.S. HR Council and in 2011 was awarded Woman of the Year in the HR profession in the U.S. out of 1,500 nominees.
Mike's tenure with Airbus DS Communications dates back to 2007, when he joined as Director of Channel Management, a position in which he managed the company's channel partner program. Today, Mike serves as Vice President, Sales and Channel Management, and is accountable for all sales of the company's Next Generation 9-1-1 systems and Emergency Notification solutions.
Prior to Airbus DS Communications, Mike was employed with Verizon for 29 years, during which he held the role of Regional Sales Director, responsible for national accounts in 10 western states and commercial accounts in three Middle Atlantic states.
As Vice President of Services, Next Generation and Network, Larry is responsible for the implementation of Airbus DS Communications NG9-1-1 offerings and the services to support them. He has extensive background and knowledge of network, 9-1-1 systems engineering and sales. Larry, above all, is forward thinking and dedicated to ensuring customers receive the reliable, innovative solutions that will take them into the future.
Before joining Airbus, Larry spent 31 years with AT&T, where he gained wide-ranging network and facilities experience, including managing the Network Operations Center for the U.S. Southwest region. It was during this time with AT&T that he also discovered his passion for 9-1-1 and for work with Public Safety agencies, while engineering 9-1-1 systems in 22 states across the Midwest.
Larry's focus has always been to advance Public Safety technology while assuring PSAPs that their business requirements are front and center. As Vice President, Larry's leadership and the work with Airbus customers and his dedicated team will innovate and transform the services and solutions PSAPs require for Next Generation Public Safety communications.
As Vice President of Product Development, Michael Molohon is responsible for product line and program management, design engineering and system testing for the VESTA® portfolio of emergency management solutions. He joined Airbus DS Communications in 2015.
Prior to Airbus, Michael held a wide variety of increasingly responsible positions in program management, international business development, portfolio management and engineering leadership. He has successfully directed global product development teams with industry leading firms such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Motorola Solutions and Nokia. Michael is known for his outstanding and consistent record of meeting and exceeding business and team goals by working cross-functionally across geographically distributed teams.
Michael earned a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Dallas, a MA in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a ME in Systems Engineering from Texas Tech University.