Board of Directors
Raymond P. Dolan
Mr. Dolan joined Cohere Technologies Board of Directors in July 2018 and later took the helm as CEO in October 2018. Mr. Dolan has over three decades of wireless industry experiences.
Mr. Dolan served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flarion Technologies. Flarion pioneered the development of FLASH-OFDM for cellular which became the foundation for 4G. Qualcomm acquired Flarion in 2006. Prior to leading Flarion, Mr. Dolan held executive positions at Bell-Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile (now Verizon). Mr. Dolan was deeply involved in the development of IS-95A (CDMA) while Director of Technology for NYNEX Mobile in the early 1990’s.
Mr. Dolan has served on the White House’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) since 2016 and has been an Independent Director of American Tower Corporation since 2003.
Before joining the wireless industry, Mr. Dolan served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served for more than seven years as a Tactical Jet Pilot.
Mr. Dolan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Shlomo Rakib leads a team of engineers and wireless industry veterans who are bringing to market major wireless innovations for 4G, 5G and 6G with OTFS and Delay Doppler. Mr. Rakib is a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur who has launched several companies. Prior to Cohere, Mr. Rakib was with Gainspeed, a company acquired by Nokia in 2016. Mr. Rakib co-founded Terayon in 1993 where he invented Terayon’s S-CDMA technology which is a critical component in the DOCSIS 2.0 cable data specification, and used in tens of millions of cable modems worldwide. The company went IPO in 1998. Terayon was acquired in 2007 by Motorola. Mr. Rakib also co-founded Novafora, a company which developed microprocessors for advanced video applications. Mr. Rakib has been granted more than 50 patents and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technion University in Israel.
Dr. Ronny Hadani
Dr. Ronny Hadani is a mathematical visionary who, together with Shlomo Rakib, created Cohere’s ground-breaking Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space (OTFS) wireless modulation scheme and Delay Doppler channel model — and co-founded the company. Dr. Hadani leads Cohere’s science research into the capabilities of advanced wireless technologies, and how they can enable the next generation of wireless services. In addition to being Cohere’s chief science officer, Dr. Hadani continues to serve as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Texas in Austin (Texas), a position he held prior to co-founding Cohere. Dr. Hadani’s expertise is in representation theory and harmonic analysis with applications to signal processing. Prior to the University of Texas, Dr. Hadani held the renowned L.E. Dickson Postdoctoral Fellowship in mathematics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hadani holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from The Weizmann Institute of Science and a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University.
Richard J. Lynch
Richard J. Lynch (Dick) is the Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry. He has served as a director with Blackberry since February 2013. Mr. Dick Lynch is president of FB Associates, LLC, which provides advisory and consulting services at the intersection of technology, marketing, and business operations.
Lynch was the EVP & Chief Technology Officer for Verizon Communications between 2007 and 2011 and EVP & CTO of Verizon Wireless and its predecessors since 1990.
Lynch is a Life Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). For his leadership in the early years of wireless data, Lynch was honored with the President’s Award by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). He has also been inducted into the Wireless History Foundation’s Hall of Fame. He has been a frequent guest lecturer in academia and industry on technology and its business implications.
Lynch currently serves on the boards of Blackberry (NYSE: BB), VECTOIQ II (NASDAQ: VTIQ), and iconectiv. He also serves in the capacity of an advisor or board member for various private companies.
Lynch is a graduate of Lowell Technological Institute (University of Massachusetts) where he received both B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He has also completed post-graduate work at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.
Amit Mital served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, National Security Council from 2021 to August 2022. He focused on strategy and policy for Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies, including Critical Infrastructure security, Telecom policy, Spectrum policy & 5G strategy, Quantum computing and AI.
Previously, he was CEO and Founder of Kernel Labs, a startup studio that creates technology companies in AI, computer vision and Cyber Security.
His prior role was EVP/GM and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Symantec Corporation. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Amit Mital was responsible for driving the company’s technology strategy. Amit was also the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Emerging Endpoints Business that included Mobile and IoT.
Amit joined Symantec after 20 years with Microsoft, most recently as the Corporate Vice President for the Startup Business Group, where he was responsible for leading strategic product development along with identifying and executing new innovation opportunities. He holds 43 patents, and is an innovator in several technologies including machine learning and high-scale cloud services.
Amit holds a M.S. in Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Johan Wibergh is the former CTO/CIO with Vodafone Group PLC, a position he held from May 2015 until December 2022. Prior to joining Vodafone, Mr. Wibergh held senior management positions at Ericsson from 1997 until 2015. In addition to Cohere Technologies, Mr. Wibergh is also a board member with Avanci and Trimble, Inc. Mr. Wibergh holds a Master in Computer Science from Linköping University in Sweden.