Network X 2023 Speakers

Brian MecumVice President–Device Technology OrganisationVerizon

Brian Mecum is vice president for Verizon, the largest wireless company in the United States, and oversees the Device Technology organization driving the device ecosystem for future network evolution (LTE-M, NB-IoT, CBRS, 5G, etc.) while optimizing existing device performance and architecture. He is responsible for tracking Verizon and industry network technology plans and ensuring that the connected objects roadmap (across business channels) is enabled to support the technical and business needs of the corporation. In this role, he works in collaboration with Network Planning to ensure device alignment with network future-state infrastructure and capabilities, in collaboration with OEMs and device manufacturing stakeholders to identify and address new-device requirements of the network and also in collaboration with standards bodies (3GPP, GSMA, etc.) to lead development of industry standards for new products and device technology. In addition, Brian also manages the sports-tech partnership initiative for Verizon. Brian is working closely with the NFL, NHL, and NBA to create 5G content and enriched next-gen experiences for Verizon consumers.

Mecum is passionate about ushering in future technologies and cultivating new talent via leadership conferences for women and high potentials, and takes an active role in STEM outreach programs.

Prior to his current position, Brian held the position of West Territory Network Vice President for Verizon Wireless where he had responsibilities for industry-leading voice and data networks for 28 states including 9 of the largest, most dense cities in the United States.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Arizona with a minor in Chemical Engineering