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Executive Team

From our product engineers and sales professionals, to our executive management and Board of Directors, Westell’s leadership team is comprised of industry veterans and thought leaders. Our expertise, focus and customer-centric philosophy differentiates us from other network advancement companies.


Richard S. Gilbert

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Rick joined Westell as CEO in February of 2009. Prior to Westell, Rick served as the CEO of Kineto Wireless and as Chairman and CEO of Copper Mountain Networks, which he took public in 1999. Rick was also President of ADC Kentrox and Sr. VP of ADC Telecommunications. He has also held senior management positions at Make Systems, Vitalink Corporation and IBM Corporation. Rick has served as a Director for several companies, including Paragon Networks, Vertical Networks, Danger and, currently, Kineto Wireless.

Rick holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BA in Mathematics from University of California at Berkeley.


Tom Minichiello

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Tom joined Westell in 2013 as SVP and CFO, responsible for all aspects of finance as well as information technology, human resources, legal, and facilities. Tom came to Westell from Tellabs, where he served as acting Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of Financial Operations, Vice President of Finance for North America, Director of Finance for Tellabs’ product divisions, and Controller for the optical networking group. Prior to Tellabs, Tom served in various financial leadership roles at Andrew Corporation, Phelps Dodge, and United Technologies. He began his career in the finance organization at Sterling Drug. Tom holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and operations management from DePaul University, an MS in accounting from the University of Hartford, and a BA in economics from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Financial Executives International.


Scott Goodrich

President, In-Building Wireless

Scott founded CSI in 1997 and continues to lead that organization today. He has over 17 years of experience delivering in-building wireless products and services. Scott is also co-founder of Wavelink Communications, a wireless communications company responsible for the early funding of CSI. Previously, he worked in Sales and Marketing for Nextel Communications, Open Development Corporation and Vedas Systems. Scott is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in Marketing.


Chris Shaver

Senior Vice President, Products

Chris Shaver is SVP, Products for Westell. Previously, Chris held the positions of Senior Vice President and General Manager for Westell and General Manager of the Westell’s CNS division, most of which was sold to NETGEAR in an asset sale in April 2011. Prior to that Chris served as Westell’s Chief Technology Officer and in various senior Engineering roles. Mr. Shaver joined Westell in January of 2005 as Vice President of Engineering, overseeing the development of several of Westell’s new product lines. Prior to Westell, Mr. Shaver was Vice President of Engineering at Copper Mountain Networks, and helped Copper Mountain migrate from IP DSLAMs to IP service delivery platforms for video, voice and data. Before Copper Mountain he was co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at Oresis Communications, and in the 1990s, Mr. Shaver had various engineering roles at ADC Kentrox. He has been developing leading-edge networking products for over 20 years and holds two patents in networking technologies. Mr. Shaver received his engineering degree from Cornell University, and he completed an executive education program at the Harvard Business School.


Naveed Bandukwala

SVP and General Manager, Communication Solutions Group

Naveed joined Westell as Vice President of Corporate Development in March of 2012. Naveed is a senior transaction and advisory professional with extensive experience leading buy and sell-side acquisition assignments, post-merger integration efforts, public equity offerings and business development initiatives. Prior to Westell, Naveed served as a Director in Corporate Development at both Nokia Corporation and its subsidiary NAVTEQ Corporation. Prior to joining NAVTEQ, Naveed was an investment banker at William Blair & Company, and he held previous positions at A.T. Kearney, Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Naveed holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Mark Skurla

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Mark has over 30 years of experience in the networking, mobile, cable and telecommunications industries. Mark was previously a senior leader at Westell as the Vice President of Sales for the Customer Networking Solutions business unit of Westell. This business unit was sold to NETGEAR, Inc. in April of 2011. Before re-joining Westell in October 2014, Mark was the Vice President of Sales for the Americas for the NETGEAR Service Provider Business Unit.  Previously Skurla has held sales leadership positions at Visual Networks, ADC Telecommunications, and Copper Mountain Networks. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.