Perry LaForge.

Perry LaForge founded the CDMA Development Group (CDG) in 1993 and is its Executive Director. The CDG is a trade association comprised of over 100 of the world’s leading wireless operators and manufacturers. Perry has led the development and worldwide commercialization of CDMA since the first proof of concept trials in 1988. He was instrumental in the introduction of CDMA, helping to secure initial funding, developing new markets and manufacturers’ support, securing standardization and ultimately leading the evolution of CDMA as a next generation digital technology.

Perry is also the Executive Chairman of the Device Renewal Forum, formed in 2012 to establish standards for testing and certifying refurbished devices.

Perry was the founder of inCode Telecom Group (sold to Verisign) and co-founder of Kodiak Networks, an innovative voice platform for GSM and CDMA operators, and a seed investor and advisor/board member in FiberTower (ticker symbol FTWR), Danger (sold to Microsoft); Signalsoft (sold to Openwave), Bitfone (sold to HP) and WiChorus (sold to Tellabs). He currently sits on several director and advisory boards.

He retired from the management consulting firm of Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath (now PWC’s PRTM Management Consulting) after 18 years, where he was managing partner of its telecom practice. While at PRTM, Perry oversaw the company’s growth from twenty to over four hundred employees and led the firm’s expansion into various domestic and international markets.

With more than 30 years of working with high-tech companies, he is known for growing companies, building global business partnerships and being a driving force behind the worldwide expansion of wireless communications. He is a guest columnist for a number of publications and has appeared on a variety of broadcast interviews about the wireless industry.

Perry graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (magna cum laude) and was awarded a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.