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Forum founders, Dr. Raj Natarajan and Gayne Ek, combined to create Forum Communications over two decades ago. With expertise in both engineering and management, their steadfast commitment to excellence in products, service and support, has been the foundation of the company's success. Joined by a talented and experienced team of engineering, marketing, and customer service professionals, most with over ten years of service, the company continues to deliver unsurpassed product solutions and customer service excellence.

Dr. Raj Natarajan, Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Natarajan has been co-founder and CEO of Forum since its inception in 1991. He was also a co-founder and vice president of DSP Technology Corp. Dr. Natarajan is the co-inventor of the popular DCT transform technique which is the building block for image compression schemes like JPEG and MPEG and holds numerous additional patents. Dr. Natarajan is the Co-Author of a senior level text book on digital signal processing titled "Discrete-Time Signals and Systems". His previous experience includes senior executive and technical positions at Atlantic Richfield, Mead Office systems and Texas Instruments.

Greg Ockelmann, Vice President Sales and Operations

Mr. Ockelmann is Vice President, Forum Communications, responsible for Sales, Operations, and Program Management functions, and has been with Forum since 2016. He has more than 20 years of telecommunications industry experience, known for building strong customer relationships and effectively delivering complex solutions. Prior to joining Forum, Mr. Ockelmann served in several program management, product management, and consulting roles at Nortel Networks, and other wireless related companies, focusing on wireless LTE and CDMA networks and management systems.
Mr. Ockelmann began his career in the Aerospace industry at Hughes Aircraft Company (now part of Raytheon), where he spent 10 years in program management and manufacturing engineering positions on several defense system programs. His educational background includes a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Noel H. Schnell, 2008-2019

Forum regrettably announces, Noel H. Schnell, VP of Forum since January 2008, passed away on July 17th  2019.

The entire Forum family is deeply saddened and mourns his passing.

Gayne Ek, Co-Founder Emeritus, 1991-2012

The late Gayne Ek was the co-founder and was previously president of Forum until 2003 and served as Advisory Board chairman. He spent 21 years with Rockwell Collins and Intecom in technical and management positions in engineering, sales, and program management. He then joined DSP Technology Corp., where he was business director. Gayne held several patents and published numerous articles in the technical trade publications.



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