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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.


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 Arts 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.


Chuck Bernstein

Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales

Chuck joined Westell in 2015 as Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales. Chuck brings over 25 years sales leadership experience in the telecommunications and information technology industries, including high profile sales vice president positions, leading major sales growth in both Carrier and Enterprise markets. Prior to Westell, Chuck served as Vice President Worldwide Sales for Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (TCS), Commercial Software Group responsible for location platform and applications business. Prior to TCS Chuck served as Vice President North American Sales at Net Optics (acquired by Ixia) and Vice President North American Sales at Tellabs. Chuck earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maryland.

 


Rick Good

Senior Vice President of In-Building Wireless

Rick joined Westell in 2014 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of In-Building Wireless (IBW) in January 2016. Rick brings to Westell more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry.  Prior to his current role, Rick was the Director of Product Management for all IBW product lines within Westell. Before joining Westell, he held positions as Account Manager with CommScope, and Product Manager and Account Manager for ADC/TE Connectivity.  Rick’s exceptional managerial skills also derive from key management positions held at Andrew Corporation, which include Director of Product Development, Site Manager and Operations Manager.  Prior to Andrew Corporation, Rick served as Director of Product Management at Decibel Products, where he managed the company’s antenna, filter and cable product lines. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a Master in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.