Gemini Waghmare, CEO of UXP Systems, and Brendan Paddick, CEO of Columbus Communications, discuss personalization for multiscreen video and voice."
Mr. Paddick is the chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus International Inc., a Barbados-based corporation that holds investments in retail triple-play broadband providers in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada and Curacao, all of which operate under the brand name FLOW. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity & IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 22 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region.
Prior to founding Columbus in 2004, Mr. Paddick was President & CEO of Persona Communications Inc. Persona was a TSX listed company that provided digital cable television, high speed Internet, commercial data and telecom services to a diverse base of residential and commercial customers in 1,200 communities in seven Canadian provinces. Persona, was the largest and controlling shareholder of Cable Bahamas Ltd., and as such, also provided similar services throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He served as CEO of Cable Bahamas Ltd. from 2001 to 2005 and as Chairman and CEO from 2005 to 2010.
Mr. Paddick has extensive capital market experience having raised in excess of US$4 Billion in debt and equity financing through transactions ranging from the initial public offering, private placements of debentures, rights offerings, private equity placements, syndicated banking facilities, subordinated debt, public bond issues and preferred share offerings.
Brendan Paddick was born and raised in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada. He holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2000, he graduated from the prestigious Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard University in Boston.
In addition to sitting on Columbusâ€™ board, Mr. Paddick serves on the Board of Directors and the audit committee of Clearwater Seafoods Inc., a public Canadian company that is the worldâ€™s largest harvester and processor of shell fish and Atlantic Lobster. He is also a director of Summit Broadband Inc. and its operating subsidiary, the Orlando Telephone Company. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Caribbean Cable Television Cooperative since 2005 and is the Past-Chairman of the Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association. He was also a member of Industry Canadaâ€™s National Broadband Task Force in 2001, a government initiative to shape the countryâ€™s roll out of ubiquitous broadband access.
In 2000, Mr. Paddick was named one of Canadaâ€™s Top 40 Under 40 by Caldwell Partners and the Globe and Mailâ€™s Report on Business Magazine. Canada's Top 40 Under 40TM is a national program founded to honor Canadians leaders who have reached a significant level of success but have not yet reached the age of 40. He has also been named one of Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEO's by Atlantic Canadian Business Magazine on three occasions, and was Memorial Universityâ€™s Faculty of Business Alumnus of the Year for 2002. In 2006, he was appointed Honorary Consul for Canada to the Bahamas by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In 2011, Brendan was named Ernst & Young's Atlantic Canadian Business-to-Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mr. Paddick is a Canadian citizen and a permanent resident of The Bahamas.
Will Richmond is president and founder of Broadband Directions LLC, a market intelligence, publishing and consulting firm specializing in broadband-delivered video, which he established in 2003. Will edits and publishes VideoNuze, a daily online publication widely read by broadband video decision-makers.
Will is a 20-year veteran of the broadband, cable TV, content and technology industries. He is a well-known and acknowledged industry expert whose insights and advice are sought by C-level industry executives, venture capitalists, journalists and others.
Will worked at Continental Cablevision (then the 3rd largest cable operator) from 1990â€“1998, initially managing large operations in the Boston area, and subsequently as VP Business Development and part of the founding team of Continental's pioneering broadband Internet access service "Highway1". Subsequently he served as VP Business Development for CMGI's iCast and for Narad Networks. He was also the founder of PoliticalWag.com, a popular political discussion/community site.
Will has also created the industry's popular "VideoSchmooze" conferences and has spoken or moderated at numerous industry conferences (e.g. National Cable Show, NATPE, Digital Hollywood, NABShow and others). Will currently serves on the American Public Television's board of trustees and WGBH's board of advisors. Will has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Gemini provides the strategic direction for UXP Systems and is responsible for the realization of the company's goal of delivering the industry's first enterprise platform for converged multiscreen services. His deep knowledge of service provider infrastructure and entrepreneurial vision give UXP Systems the foundation to succeed in the dynamic telecom and cable landscape. A veteran of the service provider industry's IT space, Gemini has previously held senior positions at Amdocs, TELUS, Digital Equipment Corporation, and various start-up companies. Gemini holds a degree Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.