Board of Directors

peter_hs1Peter Jones, Cisco

Chairman, Vice President and Board Member

Peter Jones has been disrupting the software and systems architecture segments in Cisco for nearly ten years. As a Principal Engineer, Peter oversees system and software architecture for key areas within the enterprise switching and wireless platforms.

Currently, Peter is Chairman and Vice President of the NBASE-T Alliance, driving market development and standardization efforts and promoting product interoperability to ensure a positive user experience of IEEE 802.3 BASE-T Ethernet technologies.

Peter is actively involved in IEEE 802 standards development focusing on 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking Task Group, as well as 802.3 work including 802.3br Interspersing Express Traffic Task Force and the “Next Generation Enterprise BASE-T Access” CFI group. Peter was a significant contributor to IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring Working Group, and is still active on the 802.17 Experts List.

Prior to Cisco, Peter has offered his expertise and leadership to the likes of Luminous Networks, Atmosphere Networks and DataCraft. At all three companies he furthered major product platform developments, making systems deployable and delivering device control and manageability for network usability.

Peter holds a BSc in computer science and physics from the University of Western Australia.

Aside from technology, Peter is passionate about Celtic music, science fiction and good wine. You can find Peter on LinkedIn and Twitter @petergjones.

KamalKamal Dalmia, Aquantia


Kamal Dalmia is Sr Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Aquantia. He has been with Aquantia since 2009 and is a 19-year veteran of the semiconductor industry. He is a widely recognized business and technology expert in the area of Ethernet. He has one of the most extensive track records of defining innovative and differentiating products in the physical-layer space. In 2011, Kamal pioneered the development of 2.5 & 5G BASE-T copper phy technology. This technology has since become the basis for IEEE 802.3bz standard and is a focal point of growth in the Ethernet industry.

Kamal serves as President of NBASE-T alliance. He represents Aquantia at the alliance and has been instrumental in its formation and growth. He also chairs Energy-Efficient-Ethernet group within Ethernet Alliance and is actively involved in standards development at IEEE. He holds 19 patents related to physical-layer technology.

Prior to joining Aquantia, Kamal was Vice President of Marketing at Teranetics and Director of Marketing at Marvell. Previously, he has held various management and engineering positions at Cypress Semiconductor and PMC Sierra, focusing on PHYs for Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, SONET and ATM. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of British Columbia.

joeJoseph Byrne, NXP


Joseph Byrne is senior manager of strategic marketing for NXP’s Digital Networking Group focusing on analyzing market opportunities, assessing competitors, and forging alliances. Prior to joining NXP, Joe was an analyst at The Linley Group, where he focused on communications and semiconductors, providing strategic guidance on product decisions to senior semiconductor executives. Prior to working at The Linley Group, he was a principal analyst at Gartner, leading the firm’s coverage of wired communications semiconductors. There, he advised semiconductor suppliers on strategy, marketing and investing.Joe started his career at SMOS Systems after graduating with a bachelor of science in engineering from Duke University. He spent three years at SMOS as part of the R&D engineering team developing high-performance RISC microprocessors. He then returned to school for an MBA, which he received with high distinction from the University of Michigan.

Shreyas Shah, Xilinx


Shreyas Shah has over 20 years of experience in design of communications and Data center networking chips and systems. He held various positions at Alantec/FORE/Marconi communications before starting his journey in startup world. He was at various startups from 2000 to 2010, including Xsigo systems, where he was co-founder and CTO, before joining Xilinx. At Xilinx, Shreyas serves as Principal Data Center Architect.

Dave Chalupsky, Intel


David Chalupsky is a Product Architect for Intel’s Network Division.  With Intel since 1988, Dave has held a variety of hardware development and engineering management roles which began with single board industrial computer design.  In 1992 he developed his first 10BASE-T repeater product and has been in the Ethernet business ever since, holding roles in board development, ASIC design, applications, and validation.  During his tenure at Intel he has been on the leading edge of Ethernet transitions, from 10Mbit to 10Gbit Ethernet products.   Dave made key contributions to bringing Wake on LAN management functionality to 100Mbit Ethernet NICs, bringing 1000BASE-T connectivity to the PC motherboard, and 10GbE to the Server in both SFP+ and BASE-T forms.    An active contributor to the advancement of the Ethernet ecosystem, Dave currently chairs three BASE-T-related standards development projects in IEEE 802.3 as well as the BASE-T subcommittee of the Ethernet Alliance.   Dave holds a BS in Computer Engineering from California State University, Chico, a Masters in EE/CE from Portland State University, and eight U.S. patents.

RonCates-PhotoRon Cates, Marvell


Ron Cates is the Sr. Director of Product Marketing for PHY products at Marvell Semiconductors where he is responsible for a broad range of Ethernet PHY devices spanning data rates from 10Mbps to 100Gbps.  Prior to Marvell he held executive marketing positions associated with Ethernet protocols at PLX, Mindspeed, and Solarflare Communications.  He holds a BSEE and MSEE from UCLA and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Zimmerman-17_hsGeorge Zimmerman, CME Consulting


George Zimmerman is an independent consultant, specializing in physical layer communications technology.   Over the past 20 years, he has been a defining force in the development of multiple wired technologies, including 2.5G, 5G, 10G, 25G, and 40GBASE-T, Energy Efficient Ethernet, various ANSI and ITU-T standard DSL technologies, and contributes to cabling specifications both for Power over Ethernet and new BASE-T technologies as a member of TIA TR42.7.  George serves as Technical Committee Chair for the Ethernet Alliance, and on the board of the NBASE-T Alliance. George contributed to PoE+ (802.3at), and is a contributor to the IEEE 802.3bt (4 pair Power over Ethernet) and IEEE 802.3bu (Power over single-pair data lines). He is Chair of the IEEE 802.3 10Mbps Single Pair Ethernet Study Group, and most recently was Editor for both the 2.5G/5GBASE-T and 25G/40GBASE-T standards.  As a consultant, his clients include networking systems, cabling infrastructure, and physical-layer silicon companies. Dr. Zimmerman’s technical interests are on communications and signal processing near the fundamental limits and energy efficiency, and he holds more than a dozen patents related to BASE-T Ethernet and Energy-efficient Ethernet technology, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech, and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Committee Chairs

AmrikAmrik Bains, Cisco

Technical Chair

Amrik is a Hardware Principal Engineer, and has been with Cisco for 11 years. Amrik works on system architecture, designing and implementing (Access Switches, ASIC, PHYs, CPU) for Cisco Campus switching, as well as standardization of 2.5G / 5G BASE-T Ethernet as NBASE-T Technical Working Group  chair and in IEEE 802.3bz.

Amrik received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Aston (England) specializing in Electronic Communication Systems.

LKLK Bhupathi, Aquantia

Marketing Chair

LK Bhupathi has been working with data networking products within the semiconductor industry for over two decades. He currently leads the Product Management and Marketing efforts for Aquantia. Prior to joining Aquantia, LK served in the roles of Sr. director of marketing at Tabula Inc and Director of marketing at Marvell. He held product management and marketing responsibilities for diverse products ranging from PHYs and NIC controllers to switches, embedded processors and FPGAs.

Previously, LK led various design engineering efforts at Dallas Semiconductor and Fujitsu Microelectronics. He holds an MBA degree from University of California, Berkeley, an MS degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and a B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Management Team

Jordan Thorpe, VTM Group

Jordan Thorpe is as Account Lead within the Initiatives & Alliances Division at VTM Group. In this role, she is responsible for delivering management, marketing and event services to various non-profit high-tech trade associations. Since joining VTM in 2011, Jordan’s consulting experience includes work with the NBASE-T Alliance, The Green Grid Association, HDMI Forum, Network Test Automation Forum, MulteFire Alliance, OpenSFS, the OpenDOF Project, and the Open Data Center Alliance. Jordan holds a B.S. in Organizational Communications and History from the University of Portland.