Posted August 10, 2011
August 10, 2011. Ottawa. Karna Gupta, a widely respected senior executive with over 30 years experience in the Canadian and international information and communications technology industry, will be the next President and Chief Executive Officer of ITAC, effective August 25, 2011.
Currently serving as an independent director of a number of technology firms, Mr. Gupta’s last CEO role was with Certicom Corporation, a Mississauga-based encryption technology company. Mr. Gupta led Certicom through a significant turnaround and also defended the company against a hostile takeover bid. He led the ultimately successful transaction which resulted in a friendly acquisition of the company by RIM.
“ITAC is delighted that we have been able to recruit a senior ICT executive with such distinguished credentials,” said David MacDonald, Chair of ITAC’s Board of Governors and President and CEO of Softchoice Corporation. “Karna’s experience includes significant contributions to large Canadian corporations like Bell Canada and global firms like Comverse. As a leader of a number of Canadian start-ups, he’s lived through virtually every significant hurdle and challenge to growth that emerging companies face. His experience will strengthen the authenticity of our advocacy for homegrown Canadian companies and he will be a major resource and counsel for SME’s and the whole ITAC community.”
Prior to joining Certicom, Mr. Gupta was President for the Real-Time Billing Division of New Jersey-based Comverse Technologies. Under his leadership, Comverse became the de-facto leader in telecom billing in emerging economies. He was also President of Sitraka Mobility, leading that company from start-up to a successful merger in 2001. He also held a number of executive positions with Bell Canada including Vice-President, Product Development and Management.
“The future of our industry in Canada lies with the business leaders who, in spite of a global recession, fierce competition and constantly changing technology, are working hard to build the next great global hi-tech companies,” Mr. Gupta said. “In Canada, we need to do a better job of improving their chances for success. ITAC is a respected and influential voice in public policy and is also a dynamic and strong business forum. I am excited to be working with our members to build a strong ICT industry in Canada.”