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Management Team

Forum founders, Dr. Raj Natarajan and the late Gayne Ek, combined to create Forum Communications over three decades ago. With expertise in both engineering and management, their steadfast commitment to excellence in products, service and support, has been the foundation of the company's success. Joined by a talented and experienced team of engineering, marketing, and customer service professionals, most with over ten years of service, the company continues to deliver unsurpassed product solutions and customer service excellence.

Dr. Raj Natarajan, Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Natarajan has been co-founder and CEO of Forum since its inception in 1991. He was also a co-founder and vice president of DSP Technology Corp. Dr. Natarajan is the co-inventor of the popular DCT transform technique which is the building block for image compression schemes like JPEG and MPEG and holds numerous additional patents. Dr. Natarajan is the Co-Author of a senior level text book on digital signal processing titled "Discrete-Time Signals and Systems". His previous experience includes senior executive and technical positions at Atlantic Richfield, Mead Office systems and Texas Instruments.

Greg Ockelmann, Vice President Sales and Operations

Mr. Ockelmann is Vice President, Forum Communications, responsible for Sales, Operations, and Program Management functions, and has been with Forum since 2016. He has more than 20 years of telecommunications industry experience, known for building strong customer relationships and effectively delivering complex solutions. Prior to joining Forum, Mr. Ockelmann served in several program management, product management, and consulting roles at Nortel Networks, and other wireless related companies, focusing on wireless LTE and CDMA networks and management systems.
Mr. Ockelmann began his career in the Aerospace industry at Hughes Aircraft Company (now part of Raytheon), where he spent 10 years in program management and manufacturing engineering positions on several defense system programs. His educational background includes a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Larry Dunn, Director of Business Development

Mr. Larry Dunn is Director of Business Development responsible for addressing new market segments for Forum’s Products. He has more than 25 years of experience in the Telecommunication Networks market in the areas of Sales Engineering, Account Development, Project Management. He held senior positions at Nortel Networks, Ericsson and Cirrus Core networks. Mr. Dunn holds electrical engineering Degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dean McConnell, Director of Engineering

Mr. Dean McConnell is Director of Engineering in charge of Hardware systems and Firmware development for Forum’s Conferencing and Alerting products. He has been with Forum for over 20 years. His previous experience includes senior software engineering and project management positions at Rockwell Collins and Broadband Gateways. He was a lead software engineer for the Airforce One Console system at Rockwell Collins.

Bob Hartwig, Software Director and Consultant

Mr. Bob Hartwig is Software Director and Consultant responsible for the Application software development for Forum’s Consortium Product line. He has been with Forum for over 20 years. His expertise is in the area of Object-Oriented programming concepts to design and implement flexible, scalable, secure, feature rich, virtualization capable software Applications.  He has extensive knowledge and implementation experience of the DoD Cyber security requirements for the essential software components. He is a VoIP Engineering expert. He has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and previously worked for Darome Teleconferencing., TTI, Coherent Communications Systems and Tellabs.

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