DZS adds Matt Bross, Barbara Carbone to board

Jan. 5, 2021
The two will replace Rolf Unterberger and Seong Gyun Kim on the board of the broadband and switch gear company.

The shuffling of the upper management ranks at DZS (NASDAQ: DZSI) has continued with the addition of Matt Bross, formerly of Huawei Technologies and British Telecom, and Barbara Carbone, whose career includes a stint as a partner at KPMG. The two will replace Rolf Unterberger and Seong Gyun Kim on the board of the broadband, mobile backhaul, and switching gear company.

“We are thrilled to welcome Matt and Barbara to the DZS board of directors, both of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to DZS especially at a time when we are laser focused on innovation and growth spanning 5G, broadband access, smart homes, and fiber-based enterprise solutions," said Charlie Vogt, who joined DZS as president and CEO last August (see Charlie Vogt to lead DASAN Zhone Solutions transformation as new president and CEO). "Matt is a technology pioneer and industry luminary with trusted relationships around the world. As DZS executes its ambitious growth playbook, Barbara’s experience leading companies through transformational growth will be invaluable.”

Bross brings experience as CEO of BT Innovate, global CTO of Huawei Technologies, and CTO of Williams Communications (now Lumen). He currently serves on the boards of Axellio Inc. and Rift.io and is chairman of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC). Bross also is also a Member of IEEE Future Technology Committee and he formerly led the World Economic Forum "Technology Pioneer Program."

“Charlie is extraordinary – a visionary leader who has been innovating and partnering with telecom and media communications providers his entire career,” said Bross. “I am pleased to be working with Charlie and the entire board of directors, especially at a time when DZS is poised to capture market share across a rapidly changing environment brimming with opportunities. As a strategic technology alliance partner to some of the world’s largest and most admired communication service providers spanning Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, and the Middle East, DZS under Charlie’s leadership is well-positioned to accelerate its expansion into North America, Latin America, and Europe.”

DZS foresees that Carbone will provide expertise in software, media, consumer products, manufacturing, and finance. She also has advised on mergers and acquisitions, workforce management, divestitures, spinoffs, IPOs, and navigation of public and private markets during here nearly 40 years at KPMG. Carbone also serves on the boards of TrueCar, Inc. and Side by Side Services. She is also a Board of Trustee member of Exploratorium.

“Charlie and I share a love for transformation, and he is one of the best at building and leading organizations through high growth in challenging and competitive environments and guiding industries through generational change,” said Carbone. “As he makes big moves that position DZS for the future, I look forward to sharing my experiences of supporting global companies’ rapid growth and empowering success on behalf of stakeholders.”

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