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Executive Team

Peter Kuciak

Chief Executive Officer

Executive corporate leader, creator of products, focused on lifetime relationships with customers, partners and employees. Extensive global network based on public speaking, strategic partnerships, product marketing, sales, project delivery and business development. Coach, mentor and father to three amazing young adults.

Peter has been fortunate to have worked with amazing mentors along his career path. Key elements gathered provided him with emotional intelligence, passion for strategic innovation, importance of transparency, trust and diligence.

Working with many companies and in different sectors gave Peter the opportunity to lead innovation, next generation strategy, turn-around needs, creation of products, marketing activities, business development and more recently digital transformation.

Focused on speed, agility and delivery of above expectation results. Always keen to jump into customer co-innovation as that is the best vehicle for that win:win result.

Leo Kuyumciyan

Chief Financial Officer

Leo’s experience began as an Associate Auditor at Baker Tilly where he led teams for due diligence processes, yearly audits, IPO audits, and various risk assessment projects with varied sector focus in Technology, Retail, Healthcare and Textiles.

He then moved on to join Abraaj for the restructuring of Yörsan Dairy as the Financial Controller, Leo oversaw budget planning, reporting processes, consolidation, and any other ad hoc financial needs.

Following Abraaj, Leo moved on to restructure Cardtek Group. He established the reporting standards for investor reporting, company-specific KPI establishment, data room creation and necessary back-office formalization. He then moved on to join Orbital Technology as Chief Strategy Officer to aid in their global expansion where he brought revenues from a standstill to six figures MRR.

Leo was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Millimetric Analytics, his role was focused on finance, investor relations and sales. Leo helped in securing Millimetric’s Seed round with Global Founders Capital and Seedcamp.

Arda Ozgun

Chief Technology Officer

Arda is responsible for oversight of the technology and product aspects of many of the Wesley Clover portfolio companies, including those under the Alacrity Global initiative.

Prior to Wesley Clover, Arda was Director of Products and Services at Turkcell, the leading Turkish telecoms provider based in Istanbul. Before that, he worked for Vodafone, focusing on services delivery as well as IT development and specific operations.

Arda has more than 25 years of experience transforming business ideas into products and go-to-market strategies. He has played key roles in several product and services companies, including Product Management, R&D, Marketing, and Operations.

Board of Directors

Terry Matthews

Chairman of the Board

Terry Matthews is the founder and Chairman of Wesley Clover International, a private, global investment management firm and holding company. Since 1972, Terry has founded or funded more than 100 companies. Early data networking giant Newbridge Networks and current business communications leader Mitel are highlights.

Today, Wesley Clover has active interests in a range of innovative cloud and SaaS technology companies, as well as in selected commercial and leisure real estate.

Terry holds an Honours degree in electronics from the University of Wales, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 1994, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 2001, the Queen made him a Knight Bachelor. In 2017, Terry was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Paul Chiarelli

Board Member

As President and COO at Wesley Clover International, Paul’s responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of accounting, financing and regulatory compliance for the company, as well as for many of the technology, real estate and leisure companies in the portfolio. He brings much of this same expertise to the Alacrity Global initiative.

Prior to Wesley Clover, Paul was Director of Finance at Wesley Clover-backed Tundra Semiconductor Corporation, and before that, he worked for Deloitte, where he focused on technology sector clients and provided advice on mergers and acquisitions as well as other financial transactions. Paul has more than 25 years of experience assisting start-ups through to international telecom and software companies.

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Ian McLaren

Board Member

Ian has been in the high-tech industry for over 25 years, in various executive management roles. As President for Systemhouse he led a company of 10,000+ development professionals engaged on projects all over the world.

More recently, Ian has been the CEO of Crosskeys Systems and Ubiquity Software. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of several companies and has acted as an advisor to many companies in the technology sector. Graduate of Queens University, avid golfer and skier, Ian resides with his family in Ottawa.

Peter Kuciak

Board Member

Executive corporate leader, creator of products, focused on lifetime relationships with customers, partners and employees. Extensive global network based on public speaking, strategic partnerships, product marketing, sales, project delivery and business development. Coach, mentor and father to three amazing young adults.

Peter has been fortunate to have worked with amazing mentors along his career path. Key elements gathered provided him with emotional intelligence, passion for strategic innovation, importance of transparency, trust and diligence.

Working with many companies and in different sectors gave Peter the opportunity to lead innovation, next generation strategy, turn-around needs, creation of products, marketing activities, business development and more recently digital transformation.

Focused on speed, agility and delivery of above expectation results. Always keen to jump into customer co-innovation as that is the best vehicle for that win:win result.

Advisory Board

Yung Kim (김일영)

Former President and CEO of DASAN Zhone Solutions
Former President and Group Chief Strategy Officer of Korea Telecom
Former Vice President of BT Group (British Telecom), CTO Office

Yung worked as a telecommunications industry executive in the US, Korea, Japan and the UK and spearheaded many transformational and strategic business remodeling and acquisitions. He is a passionate believer and practitioner of business transformation with beyond-telecom industry experience of working and living globally.

He was President and CEO of DASAN Zhone Solutions (Nasdaq: DZSI) from 2016 until his retirement in 2020, bringing a wealth of experience from a 40-year long career in telecommunications. During his time at the helm of this California-based technology firm, DZS became a top five next-generation broadband and 5G access vendor after a critical period of mergers and acquisitions that Yung spearheaded.

Prior to his time in California, Yung was President and an executive board member of KT (Korea Telecom). His vision was to transform KT into an innovative and dynamic ICT company, taking KT Group’s revenue from U$11bn in 2009 to $24bn in 2013.

He joined KT in July 2009 from British Telecom (BT), where he had worked for almost 30 years and held a number of senior positions both in the UK and Japan. During his time in Asia, Yung was responsible for finding and introducing innovative telecom products from Japan and Korea to the UK and served as a senior member of BT AsiaPac’s management team. In his earlier years at the firm, he served as Head of Technology and Investment in BT Japan and was a key member of BT’s $2bn investment into J-Phone (known as Softbank Mobile today).

Yung is a graduate of the University College London, (University of London) with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a MSc in Microwave Engineering and Modern Optics. He completed his high school education in Korea before moving to the UK in 1975.

Ben Morris

V.P. Technology Strategies at Wesley Clover International

Ben Morris is currently the Vice President of Technology Strategies at Wesley Clover. He helps manage business development, sales and marketing operations for a number of Wesley Clover companies, leveraging his wireless and telecom industry experience and network of contacts.

Ben has been involved in all product lifecycle stages in start-ups through to publicly listed companies.

Ben also volunteers his time as a board advisor and mentor to several other companies.

Sacha Gera

President, IT and Cyber Solutions at Calian

Sacha is an Ottawa-based leader with an excellent understanding of today’s technology. He has more than 20 years of experience working in technology for both start-ups and large multinational organizations, such as IBM, Blackberry and CGI. He has held a variety of leadership and technology roles ranging from software developer and management consultant to head of product management and R&D and general manager. His expertise lies in leading SaaS innovators towards achieving escape velocity, recurring revenue growth and profitability.

Sacha is a co-founder of Kandy.io and a recipient of the 2019 Forty Under 40 award from the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade. He’s passionate about building high performance cultures and grooming the next generation of leaders.

Sacha holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Computer-Systems Engineering from Carleton University. He is a self-proclaimed UCaaS/CCaaS/CPaaS evangelist and a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences including Perspectives, Enterprise Connect, SaaS North and the Gartner Summit.

Sacha’s technology background and experience in professional services and SaaS make him an excellent choice for Calian’s ITCS business.