Senior Leadership

Michael (Mike) Grimwood

Vice President Systems Engineering

Mike Grimwood is responsible for the systems design and development of Cohere’s software system. Mr. Grimwood has more than 20 years of experience in senior management of communications technologies and products. Mr. Grimwood joined Cohere in 2013 after serving as an Associate Technical Director in Broadcom’s Infrastructure and Networking Group. Mr. Grimwood’s previous experience also includes senior systems engineering and management roles at AMD, Terayon, and Applied Signal Technology. Mr. Grimwood received his BS degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prem Sankar Gopannan

Vice President of Product Architecture and Software Engineering

Prem Sankar Gopannan brings two decades of experience to Cohere. Mr. Gopannan is an Intel Innovator and active evangelist of Microservices and Private 5G/Telco/Edge Cloud architectures. Prior to joining the company in October 2020, Mr. Gopannan was the Head of Product Engineering at Lumina where he lead 5G product strategy and product development. Before Lumina, Mr. Gopannan led Ericsson’s Opensource-based SDN product strategy and development which was focused on a Cloud Native architecture for Telcos. Prior to Ericsson, Mr. Gopannan worked with leading companies such as Cisco and Novell in the areas of Network and Service Orchestration and Management. Mr. Gopannan received his M.Tech degree in Computer Engineering from Pondicherry University, India

Christian Derrick

Vice President of Sales, South Asia

Mr. Derrick has over 20 years of worldwide Fixed, Mobile and Enterprise Wireless experience. His roles have included Systems Engineering, Product Management, Technical Director & Sales/Account Director roles with global companies and start-ups. Mr Derrick has held senior roles with Nortel Networks, Cisco, Vodafone, Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm, SpiderCloud Wireless, NetComm Wireless and most recently, Casa Systems. Mr. Derrick holds a BEng. (Elec. And Comms.) from the University of Canberra, an M.B.A. from Imperial College, London and a MSc. (Astronomy) from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

Yoav Hebron

Vice President of Standards

Yoav Hebron has more than 30 years of experience in different roles related to wireline and wireless communications including leading set-top boxes, SoC designs as well as standards bodies such IEEE and 3GPP. In addition to his contribution to numerous standard bodies, Mr. Hebron was also an editor of DOCSIS and MoCA specifications, and a Chair/Vice Chair of multiple MoCA work groups.

Prior to re-joining Cohere Technologies in September 2021 as vice president of standards, Mr. Hebron was with Viasat where he led beam management activities and emerging technologies. Mr. Hebron was previously Cohere’s senior director of standards and vice president of research and development (2015 to 2018). Mr. Hebron’s previous experience includes systems engineering management roles with Comstream, Rockwell, Conexant, and Entropic. At Conexant Mr. Hebron led the development of DOCSIS and cable front end, SoCs, and the DOCSIS standard activities. At Entropic Mr. Hebron led all MoCA standard activities and was the project engineer of a third generation MoCA SoC. Mr. Hebron received his BS and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Art King

Director of Product Management and Marketing

Art King brings 3 decades of wireless, enterprise and IT experiences to Cohere Technologies. Prior to joining Cohere in September 2021, Mr. King led the development of enterprise services definitions and business case propositions at Corning Optical Communications. Prior to Corning, Mr. King spent 5 years with SpiderCloud Wireless, a company acquired by Corning in 2017. Before SpiderCloud, Mr. King was a leader in Nike’s IT infrastructure architecture and operations where he held various global roles over 10 years. Prior to Nike, Mr. King led the buildout of two multinational engineering and consulting organizations for an IP services network vendor and managed regional infrastructure operations at PacifiCorp. Mr. King holds a CISSP certification and a BS degree in Computer Engineering from Portland State University.

Shachar Kons

Director of R&D Engineering

Shachar Kons has over 20 years of experience in research & development of the physical layer for wireline and wireless communication systems and an expert on the OTFS waveform. Prior to joining Cohere Technologies in 2015, Mr. Kons was with Entropic Communications, as senior principal engineer, responsible for the development of the physical layer of the MoCA standard. Mr. Kons also held engineering positions with Trident Microsystems, NXP semiconductors, Conexant Systems, Rockwell semiconductors and Comstream. Mr. Kons was also a contributing member of the DVB standardization committee. Mr. Kons received his BS and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.