Who We Are

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Howard Kidorf, MEng—Managing Partner

Howard is a recognized expert in optical transmission and telecommunications networks and an experienced manager of research and development teams. Before becoming a partner in Pioneer Consulting, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Forward-Looking Technology Assessment at Tyco Telecommunications and Director of Services Engineering at Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd. He holds numerous U.S. and foreign patents in the field of fiber-optic communications and has authored many technical papers. Howard is a highly effective communicator with industry-leading technical skills which he leverages to add value for our clients.

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Keith Schofield, CEng MIMechE FCMI—Managing Consultant and Director of Submarine Networks

Keith is a seasoned commercial development director and general manager of complex telecommunications infrastructure projects. He has more than 30 years of experience of successfully implementing consultancy programs in the submarine fiber optics industry, having previously worked for Cable & Wireless and STC. Keith’s ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems, to manage relationships at all levels of the organization, and his sound business and commercial judgment help our clients to achieve strategic goals and long-term profitability.

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Gavin Tully—Partner

Gavin brings to Pioneer Consulting a diverse set of skills from the undersea telecommunications industry. Previously employed at SubCom, Gavin’s career began in Mechanical Engineering of undersea cables before growing into System Engineering and then evolving into Global Sales for the offshore oil and gas, scientific and renewables markets. Having been responsible for “non-traditional” submarine telecoms, Gavin’s unique insights into the market allow for customized client solutions that range from broad commercialization concepts to important technical details. Gavin holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.

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Guy Arnos—VP, North America

Guy has more than 30 years of experience in submarine and terrestrial networks, and has been responsible for the planning, engineering and implementation of transoceanic, transcontinental, metropolitan and specialized telecom systems. Prior to joining Pioneer Consulting, Guy has been involved with the design and implementation of the first transcontinental single mode fiber optic networks at MCI, the first private trans-Atlantic undersea fiber optic system – PTAT, the Time Telekom nationwide network in Malaysia, metropolitan networks in New York City and a festoon system along the coast of Angola. Since 2004 Guy has participated in the design and implementation of wireless and fiber optic networks for oil and gas applications in terrestrial and offshore fields including Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, the Gulf of Mexico, Angola and the Northwest Shelf of Australia. Guy is responsible for developing and implementing Pioneer Consulting’s terrestrial and oil and gas business opportunities.

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Iain Ritson, CEng, CMgr—Director of Client Solutions

A Chartered Engineer (IET), Iain brings to Pioneer Consulting more than 20 years of experience of multi-disciplinary telecommunications projects in submarine and terrestrial environments with a proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget. Iain has worked for a number of network operators including: Cable & Wireless, Vodafone and FLAG Telecom, (which developed into Reliance Globalcom and now known as Global Cloud Xchange), as well as Systems integrators in leadership roles such as: project management, engineering, operations and vendor management capacities. Iain holds a BSc in Engineering Systems from Napier University, Edinburgh, an MSc from Loughborough University in Computer Integrated Manufacture and is a Chartered Manager from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). As Pioneer Consulting’s Director of Client Solutions, Iain is responsible for advising clients in the development of new submarine cable systems.

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Ryan Wopschall—Director of Client Solutions

Ryan has spent the last ten years working in the submarine cable industry, having previously worked for Fugro to develop international business for their cable survey services, grow a global marine advisory consultancy, and drive forward other business initiatives in the fiber optic and power cable sectors. With an expertise in business development and marketing, and a technical proficiency in planning submarine cable systems, as Pioneer Consulting’s Director of Client Solutions, Ryan is responsible for market analysis projects, adding to Pioneer's existing global market study capability. Ryan's responsibilities also include supporting Pioneer Consulting’s comprehensive set of services globally. He holds a BSc in Engineering Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Professional Certificate in Business Development from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

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Philip deGuzman—Director of Client Solutions

Philip has over 10 years' experience in the undersea cable industry, ranging from System Design and Engineering to Project Management. Having previously worked at Subcom, Philip was responsible for ensuring the technical design solution on a vast array of submarine cable projects, before moving onto a Project Management role in which Philip fully led the implementation of numerous trans-Pacific projects. As Director of Client Solutions at Pioneer Consulting, Philip brings both his technical expertise and project management experience in advising their global clients in the development and management of new submarine cable systems and markets. Philip holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.

E-mail: Telephone: +1 732 796 4718

 

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Bertrand Clesca—Director of Client Solutions

Bertrand brings to Pioneer Consulting 30 years of knowledge in optical telecommunications coupled with a breadth of expertise ranging from research to engineering marketing and business development. In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 80 peer-reviewed publications, Bertrand also holds numerous patents in the area of optical amplification for multichannel transmission and advanced modulation formats for optical transmission. Before joining Pioneer Consulting, Bertrand worked for a US-based supplier of optical networking solutions for long-haul, high-capacity optical transmission subsea/terrestrial infrastructure for 12 years where he was responsible for client development. In 2014, Bertrand founded his own consulting boutique focusing on optical infrastructure enabling web and cloud worldwide.

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Linda Van Haren—Director of Finance & Operations

Linda has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and managing her own technology firm until its sale in 2002. Linda now directs all financial aspects as well as handles the IT operations of Pioneer Consulting. Linda began her accounting career at New England Life Insurance Company and became a vital part of the organization’s partnership with IBM to computerize the accounting and billing functions. Linda holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Fisher College and continued her education at Northeastern University in computer programming.

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Christine Schinella—Marketing Logistics Manager

With a background from the publishing industry, Christine joined Pioneer Consulting in 2000 as the company’s Art Director where she supervised the final production of market research reports as well as produced marketing collateral. In 2008, Christine’s role with the company evolved into the position of Marketing Logistics Manager where she continues to be responsible for all company-wide promotional material as well as coordinates company participation for many global industry events. Christine holds a B.S. Degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, Concentration Graphic Design, from Northeastern University.

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