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Tuesday, 07 December 2021

OSMO HAUTANEN,  Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Osmo Hautanen is a recognized leader in the technology, telecommunications and private equity community with strong experience in managing and organizing operations for major international companies, as well as start-ups. Prior to joining Magnolia, Mr. Hautanen served as the CEO of Fenix LLC, the holding company for Union Pacific Corporation’s extensive portfolio of technology assets, as well as CEO of Denver-based Formus Communications, an international wireless communications company. He also was President of Americas for Philips Consumer Communications group, a joint venture between Philips Electronics and Lucent. Mr. Hautanen was an 18-year veteran of Nokia, where he started and built a new division for Personal Communications Services in 1994, which lead Nokia’s dominance in the North American handset market. He also served in multi-discipline roles within Nokia and was a member of their Management Board. Mr. Hautanen serves on the Board of Directors or Advisors for multiple public and private companies and charitable and civic organizations. He holds a BSEE from the Technical College of Varkaus in Finland, and a MBA in international business from Georgia State University. He is fluent in Finnish, German and English.


HAIM HARELFounder, President & Chief Technology Officer 

Mr. Haim Harel is a world-class technologist and innovator in wireless communications, and holds a proven track record as a serial entrepreneur. Prior to founding Magnolia Broadband in 2000, Mr. Harel founded Wireless Online in Los Altos, California in 1995 and served as Chairman and CEO until 1999. He has successfully managed dozens of engineers in numerous R&D projects in RF, Microwave, Digital Signal Processing and Software, and has a successful record in developing commercialized products. In 1991 Mr. Harel founded and served as President & CEO of NEXUS Communications (NASDAQ: NXUSF), a technology company based in Israel that developed an urban radio-location system. Prior to founding Nexus, Mr. Harel was Vice President in Fibronics Ltd., a pioneer in data communications, and before that, a Business Unit manager for in the Electronic Warfare division of Tadiran, Israel, where he managed $30M worth of export projects, delivering sophisticated airborne Elint systems. Mr. Harel is a graduate of the Technion University and the Tel-Aviv University with a BsEE and MsEE, respectively, and is the author of multiple patents in the communications field.


SHERWIN WANG, Ph. D. Vice President System Testing

Dr. Sherwin Wang has over 20 years experience and strong expertise on the wireless and fiber optic communication systems and semiconductor devices. Dr. Wang plays a major role in the testing & validation of the Magnolia's technology. Prior to joining Magnolia Broadband, he was the Vice President of RF Integrated Corporation, a start-up company for GaAs Power Amplifiers, and also served as the general manager of the Wireless LAN Power Amplifier business group. Dr. Wang was a principal scientist at Bell Labs in the area of semiconductor laser development and wireless network systems, where he worked as a system engineer and tier-4 customer support on CDMA wireless network and base station. Dr. Wang received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and is a senior member of the IEEE.


LORELEE MERCHAK,  Director of Finance & Human Resources

Ms Lorelee Merchak joined Magnolia in December 2010 as Director of Finance & Human Resources. Ms Merchak has worked in the financial arena for over two decades, where she has exemplified a series of progressively responsible positions within finance and administration, demonstrating strong leadership and accountability. Previously Ms Merchak was the Controller at Donald S. Heft and Associates, a leading real estate development company in New Jersey. In her current role, Ms Merchak defines, directs and implements financial and administrative initiatives for Magnolia Broadband. She is responsible for directing and coordinating all activities of Finance, Administration, House Activities, Human Resources and Building Services. Ms Merchak holds a degree in Business Administration from Middlesex County College.