Mark Pecen serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of ISARA Corporation. Approach Infinity provides advisory services to technology startups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms. ISARA Corporation develops security products for next-generation networks and computing platforms.
Pecen is also the chairman and founding member of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee Cyber working group for Quantum Safe Cryptography (Cyber QSC) in Sophia Antipolis, France, created in March 2015. The QSC was created to make recommendations on core cryptographic primitives and develop specifications for quantum-safe Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) applications, including practical advice and guidance to industry on real-world deployment issues.
Served on over 20 advisory and governance boards for public and private companies including the University of Waterloo (Canada) Institute for Quantum Computing, and Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis Institute for Business Studies (Canada), both located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is an investor and advisor to several technology companies and advisor to Canadian government and European Union in the areas of ICT research and technology.
35+ years in ICT R&D and standardization management. Pecen is a retired senior executive at BlackBerry, Ltd. where he founded the Advanced Technology Research Centre. Previously at Motorola, he was awarded the title of Distinguished Innovator and Science Advisory Board member for his role in developing technology and standards for wireless communication.
He is an inventor on more than 100 fundamental patents in wireless communication, networking and computing, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.