Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) @
California State University-Fullerton
Thomas (Tom) Sawanobori is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CTIA, The Wireless Association. He is responsible for technology and technical matters concerning spectrum, network evolution, cybersecurity and other technical areas to aid CTIA’s members and as a technical resource to policy makers. He has over 20 years of technology planning, network engineering and operational
Thomas (Tom) Sawanobori is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CTIA, The Wireless Association. He is responsible for technology and technical matters concerning spectrum, network evolution, cybersecurity and other technical areas to aid CTIA’s members and as a technical resource to policy makers. He has over 20 years of technology planning, network engineering and operational experience for Verizon, including lead planner for Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
Mr. Sawanobori was Vice President of Network Planning at Verizon, where he was responsible for technology planning and capital budget management. He led the technology evolution of the network including spectrum planning, 3G/4G technology, LTE and LTE-Advanced, core network evolution, and enablement of new services such as VoLTE.
In addition to his 22 years at Verizon, he served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve completing his 20 years as Commander. He was also a member of the Hughes Electronics Technical Staff.
Mr. Sawanobori holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Engineering from California State University-Fullerton.
SVP and Chief Technology Offficer @ Technology and technical leadership for CTIA - The Wireless Association. Provide technology expertise, spectrum planning, and technical leadership and direction for the wireless industry. Provide technical input on policy/advocacy issues. Work with member companies to advance the wireless industry and to ensure cybersecurity and support of regulatory requirements while enabling growth. From March 2015 to Present (10 months) Washington D.C. Metro AreaVice President Technology and Network Planning @ VP of Network Technology and Planning at Verizon Communications. Strong and experienced leader with a broad range of proven experience in technology, network planning, engineering/operations, and capital management.
Capital planning and management of one of the largest networks with multi-billion dollar scope. He plans, prioritizes, and manages network capital while ensuring capacity, performance, reliability, coverage, and modernization along with enablement of new services.
Lead planner of Verizon's 4G LTE wireless broadband network. He and his team planned the spectrum, network architecture, suppliers, and deployment rollout of Verizon's first large-scale domestic 4G LTE network. Since then he has led the technology evolution of the network including small cells, additional spectrum (XLTE), LTE-Advanced, network enablement of VoLTE, and other new services.
Served as Vice Chairman of the Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions (ATIS). He has worked several initiatives on behalf of the wireless industry including spectrum and network management considerations.
Field experience leading the Northern California/Nevada region for Verizon Wireless. He spearheaded key performance improvements in the network and was instrumental in preparing for the launch of the 3G network.
. From 2007 to March 2015 (8 years) CTO @ From 2015 to 2015 (less than a year) CTO @ From 2015 to 2015 (less than a year) Executive Director, Network Capital Management @ From 2005 to 2007 (2 years) Executive Director, Network Engineering and Operations @ From 2003 to 2005 (2 years) San Francisco Bay AreaExecutive Director/Director, Network Planning @ From 1992 to 2002 (10 years) San Francisco Bay AreaCommander @ From 1982 to 2002 (20 years) Member of Technical Staff @ From 1988 to 1992 (4 years)
Bachelor of Science (BS), Mechanical Engineering @ Duke University From 1978 to 1982 Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) @ California State University-Fullerton From 1988 to 1991 Tom Sawanobori is skilled in: Cloud Computing, Integration, Mobile Devices, Product Management, Program Management, Security, Telecommunications, Vendor Management, VoIP, Wireless, IP, Network Design, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Leadership, Management, LTE
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