Harold Tepper is the Executive Director of the IEEE Communications Society. In this role, he leads the Society Executive Office in supporting and carrying forward the decisions of the Society's Board of Governors, Operations Committee, and President. In supporting the volunteer leadership, he drives society initiatives, supports Technical Activities and IEEE initiatives, and acts as a conduit between the society and the other parts of the IEEE.
Prior to assuming this role, Harold held the position of Future Directions Senior Program Director. Over the past several years, he has supported many Future Directions Committee initiatives, such as Smart Grid, IoT, Smart Cities and, most recently Future Networks (formally known as 5G). These initiatives have built large technical communities, delivered numerous successful events, published well-read newsletters, established new publications, and presented many popular webinars. In his early days at the IEEE, Harold actively supported the award-winning IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge program that has now grown into the Smart Villages program.
Prior to IEEE, Harold worked at Consolidated Edison of NY, AT&T, Avaya, and Adir Technologies in areas including network design, product development and management, and logistics. He also co-founded a professional services firm --Phillips InfoTech--specializing in market and competitive intelligence programs, primary market research studies, competitive database products, and custom consulting for the telecommunications industry.
Harold holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stony Brook University, an MBA from Pace University and certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.