Lee Gopadze

Principal and Co-Founder - Broadband Initiatives, LLC

 

Advisor Biography

Lee Gopadze is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 30 years of success across the telecommunications, manufacturing, photography, and renewable energy industries. Leveraging extensive experience with wireless and related service providers, he is a valuable advisor for an organization interested in redefining their business or product focus in order to increase relevance in today’s markets. His broad areas of expertise include rapid growth, reversing declining revenue trends, manufacturing of telecom products, service provider operations and development, strategy, and structural planning.

Throughout his executive career, Lee has held leadership positions with Southwestern Bell, AirTouch, Covad Communications, Broadband Initiatives LLC, and Proxim Wireless. Additionally, he has consulted for a large manufacturer of Li-Ion battery modules.

Experience

January 2011 - Present

President/CEO/Chairman of Board of Directors - Proxim Wireless - Proxim Wireless

  • Reorganized a declining business to reduce expenses and focus on product areas; went from loss to break even
  • Introduction of a new product line that grew by 1000% in the three years he was CEO
  • Reestablished a distribution network to concentrate with key distributors; 150 boiled down to 30 worldwide
  • Made process of distribution more efficient

January 2002 - Present

Principal & Co-Founder - Broadband Initiatives, LLC - Broadband Initiatives, LLC

  • Client assignments have taken a major MSO cable company; teaching it basics of wireless communications in preparation for the Spectrum acquisition
  • Competitive local exchange carriers, transitioning to small regional carriers; helping service providers
  • Revitalization with new products layering in over older products

May 2005 - December 2010

Senior VP & General Manager - Covad Communications Group - Covad Communications Group

  • Due diligence; sold it for twice of the initial purchase
  • Various management roles of all three divisions
  • Consolidated distribution through master agents; largely responsible for developing and implementing strategy
  • Went from $5 to $75 million in EBITDA and reduction of $50 million in operating income
  • Significant improvement in efficiency and operations

Advisor Skills

Telecommunications

Wireless

Leadership

Go-To-Market Strategy

Turn Around Management