Chief Executive Officer
Director and Vice Chairman
Robert Kennedy has more than 30 years of executive experience in the telecommunications and software industries. He previously served as CEO of Optanix, directing the launch of the company and the delivery of its innovative IT operations management software. Prior to Optanix, Robert served as company director and later as Chairman of ShoreGroup, an innovator in the design, deployment and management of major corporate networks.
Robert’s background includes founding and building successful technology businesses, including raising financing valued at over $650M. He is an IP telephony industry veteran and visionary, having been directly involved in the industry since the earliest days of research and development. He was the cofounder, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of NetSpeak, a pioneer in IP telephony and the creator of the world’s first IP-based contact center. Robert directed NetSpeak through its initial capitalization and IPO, and was intimately involved in launching innovative new products and in forming strategic partnerships with companies such as Creative Labs, Bay Networks, Siemens, MCI and Motorola. He has been recognized as a Computer Telephony “Star of the Industry” for his major contributions to the telecommunications and Internet telephony fields. Robert also served as an Executive Vice President and board member at TPI International, helping to build the company into the nation’s largest independent telecommunications equipment and services supplier. He later assumed the role of senior operating officer at TPI, directing its operating companies and more than 14,000 employees.