Dr. Michael Knieling
Since December 2004 Michael Knieling, COO, has been in charge of sales, marketing and administration at snom. Before he joined snom, he worked as an investment and funds manager at a venture capital company for six years and was on the supervisory board of snom. After obtaining a degree in physics at Warsaw/Dresden and a doctorate at the Technical University of Ilmenau, he devoted himself to technology forecasting and IP strategies at the Patent Office for six years. Subsequently, he spent eight years leading the Berlin office of an international technology-oriented business consultancy.
Usman Tahir, appointed to the executive board in 2012 as CTO, began at snom as Senior Software Engineer in 2001 before becoming VP, Product Management in 2010. Prior to snom, he had worked as Design Engineer at AVAZ Networks and also at Communications Enabling Technologies. Obtaining a BA in Political Science & Sociology and also a BE (CS & EE) at the National University of Sciences & Technology, Usman then went on to obtain an MBA in International Business at the University of Stuttgart in 2008. His interests include evolutionary biology, post-colonial literature and test cricket.
As CEO, Brian Kelley joins the snom Managing Board and reports to the company’s Supervisory Board. He joined snom in 2012. Previously, Mr. Kelley had been managing snom’s business in the Americas. He has more than thirty years of executive management experience with an established track record of value creation at both public and private companies. Previous to snom, Brian Kelley was the chairman, CEO and president of Tii Network Technologies, and president and CEO of Cognitronics Corp. He has also held senior management positions with TIE Communications, an early leading provider of enterprise telephony products. He is also a member of the board of directors of Alteva Inc. (NYSE: ALTV), a provider of hosted Unified Communications services.