Mark Pecen, Vice-President, Advanced Technology, BlackBerry
Mark Pecen serves as Vice President, Advanced Technology at BlackBerry and is the founder and General Manager of the RIM Wireless and Networking Advanced Research Centre. The Research Centre functions as a wireless technology incubator, and spans the value chain from applied research, analysis, simulation, proof-of-concept development, prototyping and the creation of initial products using internally developed technology.
Pecen has invented a number of technologies adopted in global standards for the Global System for Mobile telecommunication (GSM), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE), Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) and various Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) standards.
He serves on the board of directors of Ecole Polytechnique Centre de Recherche En Electronique Radiofrequence (CREER), School of Business and Economics of Wilfred Laurier University, Communitech Ontario, 3G Americas, LLC., QuantumWorks network for quantum information research and others. He also serves as advisory board member to several technology-focused industrial, academic and governmental associations in North America and Europe.
Pecen holds more than 100 patents in the areas of mobile communication, networking and computing, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.