The core management team of Cirries Technologies, Inc. comprises executives and engineers with proven track records in the data management, intelligent network, wireless technology, and telecommunications industries.
- Rick Aguirre, President and CEO
- Roger Boivin, Sr. Vice President
- Bill Pennington, Director, Product Line Management
- Vijay Menon, Vice President, Business Development
Rick Aguirre is co-founder and president of Cirries. With more than thirty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Rick has a successful record of developing and advancing companies that have emerging, industry-changing technologies. He also held a number of key positions in large telecommunications equipment manufacturers. He began his career at Datapoint Corporation’s Integrated Electronic Office Systems Group. Rick joined Northern Telecom (Nortel Networks) in 1983 and spent eight years in engineering, product management and sales and marketing management positions. He served as director of cellular sales and later was named director, strategic marketing in the newly formed Wireless Systems Division. Rick was instrumental in forging relationships with Qualcomm and PacTel Cellular, which helped elevate Northern Telecom to one of the premier wireless manufacturers. In 1991, Rick became a partner in SCS Mobilecom, a CDMA research and development company, which was sold to InterDigital, Inc. (“IDCC”) in 1992. He left InterDigital in 1993 and founded a telecommunications consulting company, which represented a consortium of companies in the development of several key wireless standards, including WIMS/W-CDMA and 802.11. More recently and prior to co-founding Cirries, Rick served as vice president, product management and Marketing for jNetX, Inc., and as vice president and general manager of Protek Limited’s Americas Group, a Warburg-Pincus company.
Roger Boivin is a qualified executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the telecom and data management industries with emphasis on new technology. He has significant experience with emerging businesses focused on maturing innovative ideas into new products. He is particularly effective in building strong, mutually beneficial relationships focused on achieving the organizations’ business goals. A graduate of SJTI in St. John, New Brunswick, Roger spent more than a decade in operations, engineering and management roles with the New Brunswick Telephone Company before joining Northern Telecom Canada. He then transferred to Richardson, Texas, and was quickly promoted to vice president of cellular sales and marketing for Northern Telecom. He was instrumental in nurturing that business from startup to a multi-million- dollar-a- year opportunity. Roger subsequently enjoyed success at Hughes Network, Ericsson, National Telemanagement Corporation and as president of COM DEV Wireless, a Canadian company with its USA headquarters in Richardson Texas. He then accepted a position as president and COO of ISCO International, a company providing interference solutions for the wireless industry using cryogenically cooled filters. In his most recent position as general manager for the Americas at jNetX Inc., Roger was responsible for all sales and strategic alliances of next-generation IMS service layer platform for North America, Latin America, and South America. He closed a major partnership agreement with CGI worldwide and assisted in carrier RFI and RF responses with IBM, Sun and Stratus Computing. He authored the complete sales and technical courses on convergent networks and the evolution to IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS).
Bill Pennington brings over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the telecom industry, including engineering, technical marketing and product management. He has contributed to the entire life cycle of switching systems that span the spectrum of class 5, class 4, tandem, wireless, and large PBX, domestic and international traditional and soft switches. He has introduced telecom equipment into IOC, IXC, RBOC, cellular, and enterprise networks. Bill has performed Product Line Management for Fortune 500 companies like GTE, Nortel and DSC as well as a variety of small start-up companies. He has also served as a consultant to a number of start-up telecom companies developing product plans and strategies. Bill has also served on and contributed to many national industry forums including the Network Reliability & Interoperability Council, the Network Security Council, the Network Reliability Steering Committee, Committee T1, the Telecom Industry Association, and the International Softswitch Consortium Mr. Pennington has a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Vijay has 30 years of experience in product management, sales, and business development. He has lead teams at Nortel Network, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and Niksun, having been instrumental in customer acquisition of both telecommunication companies and large enterprise accounts. Vijay has a Masters degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Arlington.