The ng Connect Program Executives

Together, ng Connect executives offer expertise and experience across a wide range of sectors and markets.

Sean Fleming

Sean Fleming is the Head of IoT Business & Ecosystem Development, part of the IoT Product Unit within Nokia’s Applications & Analytics business group.  He leads diverse, distributed teams to identify, develop, and operationalize partnerships to broaden Nokia’s IoT portfolio and generate revenue.

Prior to Nokia, Sean was the Vice President of Business Development Worldwide for Mformation (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent).  He was responsible for all of Mformation’s strategic alliances, channel partners and OEM relationships. He has previously served in various roles within Mformation, solution sales, presales, professional services, & customer support.  Sean has a proven track record in building world class presales & services teams and deep customer relationships through strong presales & post-sales support.

Prior to Mformation, Sean was a management consultant in the communication & media industry sectors of IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers & Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Sean has led implementation teams for various fortune 500 companies.

Sean holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Sean is also an EIT, registered in Delaware.

Volker Held

At Nokia, Volker is focused on combining the technology and business side of innovation. He heads Nokia’s 5G market development activities for the company, helping to create the future of telecommunications. Prior to this role, Volker was one of the founders of Nokia FutureWorks and brought Technology Vision 2020 to life. He has a broad professional background in portfolio management, sales, and business consulting.

Jason Elliott

In Nokia’s 5G market development team, Jason combines his broad technical and market knowledge to advance the future of communications. He has contributed to showcasing many ‘industry firsts’ at technology events around the globe and is impassioned to show how technology can have a positive impact on our world.

Khamis Abulgubein

Khamis Abulgubein leads our Enterprise IoT team. His team focuses on creating service concepts & executing market trials for large enterprises; usually out of the large enterprise IoT lab in Texas. He and his team have expertise in IoT & mobile connectivity, device management, data analytics & visualization, sensor collection, network virtualization, software-defined networking, edge & cloud computing, enterprise communication/collaboration, data center interconnections and connected vehicle services.

For the past 5 years, Khamis was responsible for the Innovation Program at Sprint for Nokia. In that role, he managed collaboration between Nokia and Sprint’s CTO organization on emerging technologies and innovation; utilizing the innovation lab at Sprint’s HQ in Overland Park, KS.

Khamis has over 15 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industries, with roles in R&D, program management, consulting, marketing and technical support. He has worked for infrastructure vendors, Tier-1 service providers and in the retail industry

Khamis holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, with a concentration on Computer Technology, and Spanish.

Jean-Marc Cannet

Jean-Marc Cannet leads the ng Connect program for EMEA at Nokia.

He has served Nokia for 30 years in various positions including customer marketing, positioning marketing, solutions marketing and operational marketing. He has also worked directly with operators on business consulting, business support and international sales development, including assignments of 18 months in South Africa, and two years in both the U.S. and China. He joined Nokia in 1986.

Jean-Marc is a telecom engineer graduate from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in France, and holds an MBA from INSEAD


Terri Gibbs

Terri Gibbs leads the global Marketing and Operations and Americas region for the ng Connect Program. Terri joined Nokia in December 2008.

Her career in telecommunications includes over 16 years in senior executive positions, including Vice President – Strategy and Business Development for GTE Telephone Operations (prior to the Verizon merger) and Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing for Masergy Communications, where she led the sales, marketing and product management organizations. Prior to Masergy Communications, she was the Chief Operating Officer for Allied Riser Communications and Jato Communications. Her experience also includes managerial accounting. She holds an MBA from Illinois State University, a BA in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and recently completed the Graduate Marketing Certification Program at Southern Methodist University.

Lee L’Esperance

Lee L’Esperance is currently the Business Model Lead within Nokia’s IoT Market Development organization.

In this role, Lee leads in the identification of existing and new business models for service concepts developed by Nokia and the ng Connect ecosystem. Lee also serves as facilitator for customization of business models and development of business cases based on regional and customer-specific differences.

Lee has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked in a broad set of areas in leadership roles including basic research, manufacturing optimization, supply chain, product cost management, competitive analysis, sales support, and business model/business case development. Lee was also a member of the Bell Laboratories organization twice during his career. Lee holds 6 US patents, and has authored numerous technical articles on various topics. In his most recent role prior to joining the Emerging Technology and Innovation team, Lee was a Senior Consultant within the Bell Labs Business Modeling team. In this role Lee lead both internal and external consultative engagements.

Lee holds a M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a B.S.E.E. from Drexel University, and an A.A.S. in Laser/Electro-Optic technology from Camden County College. Lee has served as an adjunct professor previously and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Op-Tec, The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education. Lee is based in southern New Jersey where he resides with his wife and family.

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