Co-Founder and CEO
Steve is the co-founder and CEO of oneNav, his fourth technology startup based in Silicon Valley. His second company, SnapTrack, pioneered the integration of GPS technology into mobile phones. SnapTrack was acquired by Qualcomm, and SnapTrack technology is now embedded in billions of smart phones around the world. Over the course of his career, Steve has launched, grown, and sold three technology companies, managed a portfolio of a dozen startups as an SVP at Qualcomm, worked at the highest levels in state and federal government and volunteered for a year as a public high school teacher. He was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014. Steve holds a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Stanford.
Dr. Paul McBurney, PhD
Co-Founder and CTO
Paul is the co-founder and CTO of oneNav, his second GNSS startup. He began his focus on GNSS while earning his PhD in electrical engineering, and has since been developing location technology and systems at Stanford Telecom, Trimble, eRide (his first GNSS startup as co-founder and CTO), and GopherHush (his location analytics startup). Most recently Paul was a GNSS architect at Apple. At Trimble Labs, he co-invented a host-based GPS IP that was successfully licensed into consumer and automotive segments. eRide successfully licensed GPS IP into the Japanese mobile phone and automotive segments and was acquired by Furuno. Paul holds a BS in Engineering and Physics from St. Ambrose University, and a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Iowa State University. Paul has over 40 location related patents.
Kamil is the SVP of Engineering at oneNav. His 30 year career focus is on delivering ground-breaking innovation to global markets as timely, high quality, and commercially viable products and services. An early member of the SnapTrack team, Kamil led the growth in Engineering, including GPS IP core, DSP firmware, Assisted-GPS Position Engine Server, QA, and Customer Operations teams, that delivered mobile industry-first award-winning products worldwide. Post-acquisition roles at Qualcomm included strategic investment fund operations and international technology consortium formation. Most recently, as Managing Director of Data Science at Trove (acquired by E Source), Kamil led the growth of a world-class team of Data Scientists focused on Electric Utility analytics. Kamil holds a BA in Computer Science from New York University and a PhD in Biophysics from University of California Berkeley.
VP Hardware Technology
Paul is the VP of Hardware Technology at oneNav. With 35 years experience in the satellite communication industry, Paul has designed and developed numerous GNSS mobile positioning platforms. He helped pioneer SnapTrack’s mobile GPS platform, the first GPS technology to be deployed in cell phones. Paul led the design and development of 9 generations of GNSS product platforms at Qualcomm. Over a 17-year period, Paul’s mobile GNSS designs have shipped in over 10 billion mobile devices. Paul earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Paul continued his extensive education in circuit design, signal processing and communication systems through advanced graduate courses at Stanford and Santa Clara University. Paul has authored 7 patents in the GNSS field.
Lalit is the VP of Firmware at oneNav. Lalit comes to oneNav from an extensive career developing and commercializing GNSS solutions for the Mobile and Automotive industries. Lalit was part of the engineering team at SnapTrack, which pioneered the integration of GPS technology into cell phones for the first time. He then led the design and development of the mobile GNSS measurement engine and new receiver architectures at Qualcomm for 19 years. Most recently, as an engineering executive, Lalit managed Intel’s global GNSS measurement engine team. Lalit holds a BS in Engineering from Osmania University in India.
Vivian is the CFO at oneNav. Vivian has over 25 years of experience in finance and treasury executive roles in a range of technology businesses, from Fortune 200 companies to startups. She has combined her strategic and tactical financial leadership in all areas of finance, producing quantifiable bottom line results and financial strength. Most recently, Vivian served as President at Mirapath, Inc. Prior to that she was VP of Finance and Operations at Olivela, Inc., Director of Operations at Qualcomm Education and VP of Finance & Accounting at Empowered Careers. Earlier in her career, she held senior level finance roles at Zong, Paypal, Microsoft, and Danger. Vivian received her BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Davis.
VP Product Management and Business Development
Bret is the VP of Product Management and Business Development at oneNav. Bret previously held CEO and General Management roles at a number of Silicon Valley startups and NASDAQ companies. An early member of the SnapTrack management team, he built SnapTrack’s relationships with mobile operators, cell phone OEMs and mobile SoC providers worldwide. Bret became SnapTrack’s President after its acquisition by Qualcomm. He was CEO at Venturi Wireless and Kiwi Networks, and served as Synaptics’ CMO and SVP of Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Development, guiding the company into new markets and product areas, and helping grow the company from $500M to $1.6B in revenue. Earlier in his career, Bret held General Manager roles at Octel Communications and Aspect Telecommunications, where he built and led both companies’ Asia-Pacific divisions. Bret holds a BA in Biochemistry and Biological Anthropology from Harvard, an MBA from Wharton, and an MA in International Studies and Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania.
VP Strategy and Ecosystem Development
Greg is the VP of Strategy and Ecosystem Development at oneNav. Prior to oneNav, Greg was Director of Business Development at Intel, supporting the connectivity and IOT groups, and developing Intel’s ecosystem of customers, suppliers and partners. Previously, he was Director of Business Development for the GNSS core technology team, was responsible for product strategy and helped Intel win the GNSS business at Apple. Prior to Intel, Greg spent 19 years at SiRF Technology where he led the product marketing team through multiple generations of the SiRFstar line of silicon and IP for customers such as Garmin, Nextel, Blackberry, and Toyota. At SiRF, Greg brought GNSS technology for E911 to cell phones, and worked closely with the FCC and many standards bodies to develop GNSS protocols for cellular networks from 2G to 5G. Early in his career, Greg worked in engineering at Trimble, Stanford Telecom, and the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Greg holds a BA in Physics from Cornell and an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins.
VP RF Technology and Systems Engineering
Anthony is the VP of RF Technology and Systems Engineering at oneNav. Prior to oneNav, Anthony was a Principal Engineer at Intel managing system engineering teams working on low power connectivity solutions and 5G cellular coexistence. Anthony started his career at Trimble designing Differential GPS systems for Avionics and Surveying systems. During his 30-year career in Silicon Valley, he has defined, designed and led the architecture development of wireless cellular, connectivity, navigation and timing systems including both silicon and board level products. Anthony holds an MS in EESOR from Stanford University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Francisco State University and a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from the TEI of Athens Greece.
40 top GNSS experts, based in Silicon Valley, guided by oneNav’s advanced research team
Dr. Norman Krasner, PhD Co-Founder/CTO at SnapTrack, inventor of Assisted GPS (A-
Dr. Lionel Garin, PhD Qualcomm, SiRF, Ashtech, Magellan, multipath mitigation and
machine learning expert
Dr. Nagaraj Shivaramaiah, PhD Positioning and navigation technology expert
Dr. Mahdi Mareef, PhD Former postdoc research fellow at UC Irvine, navigation engine
and machine learning expert
Dr. Drew Compston, PhD Qualcomm, RF systems and microelectronics expert
Dr. Eleftherios Plakidis, PhD GNSS algorithms, multipath and urban positioning expert
Dr. Miquel Ribot, PhD GNSS signal processing and receiver design, multipath and
machine learning expert
Join the oneNav Team
oneNav is actively hiring in all areas of the company in 2022, including GNSS firmware and hardware engineers, position engine developers, GNSS signal processing and algorithm developers, front and backend ASIC designers, RF engineers, AI/ML data scientists and GNSS field and customer support engineers. We are looking for the best talent at all experience levels. Working remotely is OK.
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Mohamed Awad has more than two decades of experience working in the semiconductor industry. He is currently Vice President and General Manager for the IoT and Embedded Line of Business at Arm, where he manages the teams that develop and market a range of processor IP, development tools and products.
Prior to joining Arm, Mohamed spent 10 years in various leadership roles at Broadcom where he founded the Mixed Signal Asic Products (MSAP) division and grew it to be a billion-dollar business focused on serving the largest mobile phone platforms in the world. Other businesses he notably led while at Broadcom include Location (GNSS) and Mobile Payments (NFC & Security). He has also served in various leadership roles at Ember Corporation, an early IoT startup, where he founded their European subsidiary.
His career started at Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks and Avici Systems, where he held various leadership roles. Mohamed has been named inventor or co-inventor on seven patents and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. He also serves as a board director at Arduino.
Dr. Cormac S.G. Conroy
Cormac has over 25 years of business, engineering and executive leadership experience in both start-ups (Berkäna Wireless co-founder, acquired by Qualcomm) and large technology companies (GM/executive at Intel and Qualcomm). He held multiple VP leadership roles at Qualcomm including oversight for cellular RF, connectivity and the entire GNSS/location portfolio.
As Corporate Vice President and GM at Intel, Cormac led all of Intel’s client/device wireless communications products, technology and business, including 4G/5G modem and GNSS location solutions. He is currently a consultant and advisor providing strategic business and technology advice to large, medium and small companies in the hardware, software, and semiconductor domains.
Cormac received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, has 32 issued US patents, and more than 20 publications in technical journals and conferences.
Julius Genachowski is former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, serving from 2009 to 2013. He presided at the FCC during a period of robust innovation and investment around communications technology and software, including wired and wireless broadband applications, devices and networks. Under his leadership, the FCC took major actions to extend broadband access, accelerate the rollout of advanced wireless networks, free up spectrum for wireless communications, preserve a vibrant Internet and media landscape, foster competition and enhance public safety communications. He also extended the FCC’s international engagement, visiting more than 20 countries, leading U.S. delegations and working on agreements involving global Internet policy, technology, spectrum, national security, cybersecurity and privacy. During his tenure, the FCC was named the most improved agency in the Federal government, and one of Wired Magazine’s “Top 7 Disruptions.”
Previously Julius was a senior executive and member of the Office of the Chairman at IAC/InterActiveCorp, where he helped Barry Diller acquire and operate multiple Internet and media businesses, including Expedia, Ticketmaster and USA Network. During this time, BusinessWeek named Genachowski one of 25 “Managers to Watch” in the media sector.
Julius is currently a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, and on the boards of directors of Mastercard and Sonos.
He graduated from Columbia College and Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, serving on the Harvard Law Review with President Barack Obama. Julius has long advised President Obama on technology issues. He is the son of immigrants and led the U.S. delegation to the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Luis brings to oneNav more than 35 years of leadership experience in the semiconductor industry. Luis served as a senior executive at Qualcomm’s multi-billion dollar semiconductor business for 18 years. As a founding member of Qualcomm’s semiconductor business, he held the position of Senior Vice President, leading QCT’s product management, marketing, and business development through its early start to industry market share leader in semiconductor and software solutions for mobile phones, PCs, tablets and wireless infrastructure. Luis was a member of QCT’s executive team throughout his QCT career and worked closely with Qualcomm’s CEO, President and CFO.
Luis is an executive advisor for several high-tech companies, both public and private. Luis has experience as a frequent industry conference keynote speaker, including panel speakerships at CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, and Computex. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the UC San Diego Alumni Association and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering Corporate Board of Advisors.
Luis holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, and an MBA from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.
With over 20 years of experience in global technology and intellectual property leadership, Eric is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Marconi LLC, a company dedicated to transforming the way that licensing is done to make it more collaborative and more efficient. In doing this, Marconi’s aim is to accelerate the sharing of new technologies to generate new uses and more value.
Prior to Marconi, Eric served as senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. There, he played a lead role in driving growth for the company’s licensing programs. Previously, Eric was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of international law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he chaired the global technology and intellectual property group, and was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Cooley Godward, where he led the firm’s technology transactions practice.
Eric holds a JD from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and BS degrees in physics and mathematics from M.I.T., where he was named the top male scholar-athlete in his senior class.