About Us

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.

Tom Gruenwald

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom joined Westell in 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer, and had served on Westell’s Board of Directors since 2013, including Lead Independent Director since 2014. He brings to Westell three decades of experience leading dynamic, technology-based growth businesses in the global telecommunications market. Tom began his business career in switching systems development at Bell Laboratories before moving to Tellabs, where he held successive senior executive positions during his 16-year tenure there, including Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President of the Broadband Networking division, Chief Information Officer, and Vice President of Human Resources and Quality Systems. After leaving Tellabs in 2007, Tom served as Managing Director at the Global Sentry Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and turnaround firm specializing in small and mid-sized high tech companies. He served on the Board of Spectrum Control (SPEC) from 1999 until 2011 when it was acquired. Tom also has served as Board Chairman for Edward Hospital, a billion-dollar regional health care facility, and on other not-for-profit boards, including Iowa State’s Engineering Advisory Council, Illinois Institute of Technology Board, North Central College Board of Trustees, and Girl Scouts of DuPage County Board. A physicist by trade, Tom earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics from Purdue University and taught Physics and Astronomy at the University of Portland.

Tom Minichiello

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary

Tom joined Westell in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary, responsible for all aspects of finance as well as information technology, human resources, legal, contract administration, and real estate. 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 Bachelor of A in Economics from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Financial Executives International, and serves on the Chicago Advisory Board for Back on My Feet.

Mark Skurla

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Mark joined Westell in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He brings to Westell more than 30 years of experience in the networking, mobile, cable, and telecommunications industries.  Prior to his current position, Mark was the senior leader as the Vice President of Sales for the Customer Networking Solutions business unit of Westell, before it 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.

Scott Goodrich

President, In-Building Wireless

Scott joined Westell in 2014 as President, In-Building Wireless upon completion of the acquisition of Cellular Specialties, Inc. (CSI), which Scott co-founded in 1997. Scott brings over 18 years of experience to Westell delivering in-building wireless products and services. He was also co-founder of Wavelink Communications, a wireless communications company responsible for the early funding of CSI. Previously, Scott worked in sales and marketing for Nextel Communications, Open Development Corporation, and Vedas Systems. He is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Naveed Bandukwala

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Communication Solutions Group

Naveed joined Westell in 2012 as Vice President of Corporate Development, and was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager, Communication Solutions Group in 2014. 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 Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.