Jeff Abramowitz has been intimately involved in the wireless LAN industry for more than 25 years. He is a co-author of the original IEEE 802.11 specification, was founder and President of the Wireless LAN Association, and co-founded the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Jeff started the Wi-Fi Alliance while at 3Com where he headed Wireless Product Management. He then ran marketing for Dutch Wi-Fi start-up NoWires Needed, which was purchased by Intersil, the Wi-Fi semiconductor vendor. At Intersil, Jeff launched the company’s Wi-Fi efforts into the home.
Jeff next headed marketing and business development for Broadcom, growing the Wi-Fi business from zero to market leadership. At start-up Azimuth Systems, he helped pioneer the Wi-Fi automated test equipment market.
Jeff then founded PowerCloud Systems, where he was CEO of the first cloud managed Wi-Fi company. The company was acquired by Comcast, and is the basis for ‘xFi’, Comcast’s branded Wi-Fi experience. After serving as President for Cloud4Wi, a Wi-Fi services platform, Jeff is a principal for A2Z Partners where he advises companies/boards in the Wi-Fi industry.
Jeff holds three Wi-Fi patents, and has helped coin 18 Wi-Fi-related trademarks – including the name Wi-Fi. His oral history of Wi-Fi is documented in the Computer History Museum.