Vern Fotheringham has been a serial entrepreneur in the broadband wireless and satellite communications industry for over 25 years. He has created and built numerous successful ventures and contributed to large scale projects for major service providers, system vendors and software solution suppliers. He has also been a public policy and regulatory advocate for new standards and technologies.
Advocate for new telecommunications service rules and standards, and an inventor and creator of now globally adopted standards, innovative new products and services.
Presently, he is CEO of Synthesis Cloud Inc. a nationwide hybrid broadband-broadcast TV based IP multicasting network. He is also the Chairman of Apogee Networks, Ltd. of New Zealand a global NGSO V&Q band satellite licensee, and Chairman of Auton, Inc. a heterogenous wireless network service provider to the automotive industry, and he also serves as Managing Member of Synthesis Works, LLC a satellite CDN media distribution venture. Previously, he was the Chairman and CEO of Kymeta Corporation pioneering the field of metamaterial satellite antennas from its inception as a spin-off from Intellectual Ventures through three rounds of finance led by Bill Gates III.
Previously in his career he was the President and CEO of ADAPTIX, Inc., a world leader in the development of the OFDMA technology that is now the core of the Mobile WiMAX, LTE and 5G broadband radio systems. Career highlights include: pioneering the wireless broadband industry as the founder of both Advanced Radio Telecom Corporation (the nationwide 39 GHz licenses now owned by AT&T) and WavTrace (TDD-OFDM multipoint solutions sold to Harris); direct participation with the international development of the cellular telephone industry in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Bangladesh; creation and development of the mobile satellite, satellite radio broadcasting, and the direct to user broadband satellite industry with the following organizations: Omninet (MSS and RDSS L-Band), OmniTRACS (now Qualcomm Ku-Band mobile data), AMSC (now LightSquared L-Band MSS), NORCOM Networks (now Wireless Matrix L-Band mobile data), Digital Satellite Broadcasting Corp (S-Band BSS), Pentriad (Q-Band FSS), and IPB Satellite Services (IPStar Ku-Band DTH).