Chief Executive Officer and Director
Robert Plaschke has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since December 2005. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Plaschke served in multiple roles at Sonim, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Plaschke served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures, a venture capital firm, where he served as a senior executive for a venture capital fund. Mr. Plaschke received a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Tirva, an experienced financial and technology executive, was appointed interim Chief Financial Officer in September 2019. Previously, Tirva served as CFO of Intermedia, a leading cloud UCaaS and business application provider. Prior to Intermedia, Tirva was Corporate Controller at Dropbox, where he was responsible for developing the company's accounting organization. Before Dropbox, Tirva spent nearly 14 years at Broadcom Corporation, where he held a range of finance roles of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President, Principal Accounting Officer and Vice President of Finance. Tirva also has career experience with IBM Corporation, Navistar Financial Corporation and Ernst & Young. He currently serves on the board of directors of Resonant, a leader in transforming the way radio frequency front-ends are being designed and delivered for wireless devices.
Tirva holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Charles Becher has served as our Chief Sales and Marketing Officer since December 2016. From 2000 to December 2016, Mr. Becher served in numerous roles at Kyocera Communications, Inc., a mobile phone manufacturer, including as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing from April 2013 to December 2016, and prior to that, as Senior Director of Strategic Account Sales, United States, Senior Director of Sales, International, and Director of Sales and Regional Sales Manager, Latin America. Mr. Becher received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan.
Senior Vice President of Product
Jeffrey Pon has served as our Senior Vice President of Product since January 2017. From May 2008 to January 2017, Mr. Pon served in numerous other roles at Sonim with increasing levels of responsibility, the most recent of which was as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Mr. Pon received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Peter Liu has served as our Senior Vice President of Operations since September 2010. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Liu served as Global Quality Director for LOM/Perlos, an international VI supplier of mobile phones. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Liu was the Head of Quality for the Strategic Growth Engine business at Motorola Solutions, Inc., a multinational telecommunications company. Mr. Liu received a M.B.A. from Lawrence Technological University and a Bachelor's in Engineering from Tianjin University.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Bengt Jonassen has served as our Senior Vice President of Engineering since July 2016 and as our Head of Platform since January 2014. Mr. Jonassen has also headed our Beijing, China site as General Manager and is currently overseeing all engineering development in both Beijing, China and Bangalore, India. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Jonassen served as a Research and Development Manager and Concepting Product Program Manager at Nokia Corporation, a multinational telecommunications, IT and consumer electronics company. Mr. Jonassen received a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.