Our Leadership

Meet our leaders, board members, and advisors helping carry out our mission to change the way the world lives, works, and plays.

Alef Executives and Leadership

Our leaders bring the Alef vision to life and support our teams on this journey.

Board Members

Our board is composed of mobility and technology executives with experience in disruptive markets. These advisors provide their expertise and strategic guidance for Alef’s continued growth.

Board

Philip Erdoes

Chairman

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Philip Erdoes is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Bear Ventures LLC. As a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in developing new enterprises, Philip is an experienced member of various boards, and works closely with senior management to meet strategic and operational objectives. He has been involved in companies at various stages, including early-stage, growth, buyout, and distressed situations. As a principal, he has been active in various sectors, including technology, media, consumer, manufacturing, transportation / logistics and energy. Among other activities, he sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Business School. Philip holds a BS in Biology and Biomedicine from Oklahoma State University, a JD, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tom Wheeler

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Tom Wheeler is a businessman, author, and was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2013 to 2017. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. For over four decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. At the FCC he led the efforts that resulted in the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity, among other policies. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “the Bo Jackson of telecom.”
Mr. Wheeler’s newest book is From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future (Brookings Press, 2019). He is also the author of Take Command: Leadership Lessons from the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000), and Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006).

Mike Mulica

CEO

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Mike Mulica has been at the nexus of mobile communications, the internet and globally scaled industry solutions for the past three decades and was named CEO of Alef in October 2021. A mobile and internet industry veteran, Mulica has played a foundational role in pioneering the mobile internet and overseen the release of game-changing products and technologies to global markets. His leadership at both public and private companies spans the likes of Motorola, Synchronoss, Openwave, Phone.com, Unwired Planet, FusionOne, RealNetworks and Actility. Prior to being named Alef’s CEO, Mike was the Executive Chairman at Alef and has served as a board member and global advisor to other private companies and venture capital funds. Mike holds a BS in Finance from Marquette University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. Ganesh Sundaram

Founder and CEO, Alef Innovations

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Dr. Ganesh Sundaram is a leader in wireless technology with over 20 years of rich experience in technology creation, having worked extensively on opportunities globally. As a founder of Alef, he has made several foundational contributions and was recognized in 2019, at the Edge Computing Congress, with the award for the “Biggest Individual Contribution to Edge Computing Development.” Prior to founding Alef, Ganesh was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and led multiple secure wireless solutions initiatives at Bell Labs in New Jersey. He has developed several foundational technologies, leading to new standards, products, and deployments and has authored over 50 patents relating to mobile data networking, architecture, security, cryptography, resource and mobility management. Ganesh was named a Bell Labs Fellow in 2012, inducted into the Alcatel-Lucent technical academy in 2009, and is a recipient of two Bell Labs president’s awards. He has a PhD in Mathematics from Purdue University and Master of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Jim Bennett

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Jim Bennett is a self-made career entrepreneur who has spent the last three decades building multiple businesses in advertising, cannabis, infrastructure, logistics and technology. Jim’s experiences in building and selling successful companies have given him a keen insight and a hands-on philosophy that enables him to immerse himself with senior leadership, identifying problem areas and strategic shortfalls. This approach results in improved decision making, execution, and increased profits. Jim is in high demand and sits on multiple boards of privately held companies. Jim is a frequent contributor to popular podcasts and a speaker at industry conferences. He earned his B.S. from Ithaca College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Vineet Chadha

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Vineet Chadha joined Tata Capital in December 2009 and has successfully raised and managed investments relating to TCIF. Vineet’s experience is across private equity, investment banking and manufacturing sectors. He is a member of the Investment Committee of TCIF and is a nominee director on Boards of portfolio companies such as Vaultize Technologies. Prior to joining Tata Capital, Vineet was a Vice President at Old Lane Private Equity and was responsible for investments in the Indian infrastructure sector. From 2003 to 2006, he was an Assistant Vice President at Ernst & Young in their investment banking division. From 1999 to 2003, Vinneet was a Manager of Investment Banking at SBI Capital Markets in their investment banking division. Vineet received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and a Masters Degree in Finance from Delhi University. He is also a CFA Charter holder.

David Kiger

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David Kiger founded Worldwide Express in 1995, a global shipping logistics company for small-to mid-size businesses, turning the company into one of the largest in the United States, serving over 100,000 customers. David led the company’s private equity transactions in 2007, 2013 and 2017, and now serves as a board member. In addition to his role at Worldwide Express, David has stakes in several companies across multiple industries, including technology, transportation, lifestyle, entertainment and more. This includes being a majority shareholder and board member of beGlammed.com and serving on the board of advisors for TEDx, XPRIZE and the American Film Institute. In 2017 and 2018, Kiger was named to the D CEO Magazine 500 list, recognizing him as one of Dallas’ most influential business leaders.

Advisory Board

Chetan Sharma

CEO, Chetan Sharma Consulting

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Paul Reddick

VP Strategy, Business, and Product Development, Crown Castle

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Petrina Steele

Global Lead, Connected Autonomous Vehicles & Smart Mobility, Equinix

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Paul Palmieri

CEO and Co-Founder, Tradeswell

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Danny Winokur

Executive Advisor

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Sanida Bratt

SVP, Connected Living Emerging Solutions, Assurant

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