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Executive Bios

DragonWave's executive team is comprised of industry professionals with an average of twenty years' experience in Telecommunications, Networking, Microwave and Millimeter wave technologies. Their combined skill and knowledge with worldwide trends in the dynamic telecommunications market enables DragonWave to maintain its leadership in the competitive broadband wireless access market.

Peter Allen, President & CEO

Peter Allen | President & CEO

Peter Allen brings 35 years of industry experience in Broadband Telecommunications. Prior to joining DragonWave, Peter was founder, President and CEO Innovance Networks. Prior to Innovance, Peter was the Vice-President of Business Development and General Manager of the Optoelectronics organization within Nortel Networks' Optical Networks division, where he had responsibilities for both the system and component businesses. Peter's experience in business leadership includes heading up a 5000-employee global operation spanning R&D, manufacturing as well as Sales & Marketing. Peter has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and has been involved in numerous multi-billion dollar transactions, as well as establishing business partnerships in North America, Europe and Japan. Peter has also held managerial positions at Ford Motor Company and Rothmans International, and has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Africa.


Dave Farrar, Founder & VP Operations

Dave Farrar | Founder & VP Operations

Dave Farrar has over 34 years of design and senior management experience in the telecommunications and networking industries. Prior to DragonWave, he was with Newbridge Networks Corp., where he held senior management positions in Product Management, Research and Development, Operations, and Information Technology.

Prior to joining Newbridge, Dave was Director of Engineering at Synapse Corporation, a startup focused on data communications design and an Engineering Manager at Mitel Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.



Greg Friesen , VP Product Management

Greg Friesen | VP Product Management

Greg Friesen is the Vice President of Product Management at DragonWave, responsible for global product management responsibilities across DragonWave’s complete portfolio of products. This role includes regular interaction with customers to understand their evolving network requirements. Greg has 19 years experience in senior product management roles, network design, planning, and engineering, at a number of communications firms, including his current role at DragonWave and previous roles at Nortel Networks, Innovance Networks, and Fundy Telecom. As Senior Product Manager at Innovance Networks he was responsible for all product definition, architecture, and network design. He has been involved in the planning and engineering of over 10 nationwide network deployments. His experience ranges from operations and Capex modeling to network architecture design to site and link engineering. Greg holds B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan.  

Greg has authored numerous papers and magazine articles in publications including Microwave Journal, Telecommunications, Xchange, Telephony Online, Last Mile, AGL, Radio World, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences such as WiMax World, CTIA, Telecom Next, ISPCon and UTC. Greg holds 2 granted patents and has 3 pending applications in the networking area. Follow Greg on Twitter @greg_friesen.


Tom McLellan, VP Services

Tom McLellan | VP Services

As Vice President, Services at DragonWave, Tom McLellan is responsible for Customer and Professional Services as well as Trial execution activities. A proven business performance 'change agent', Tom was a key industry player in the establishment and measurement of telecom performance standards such as RQMS and TL9000.

Mr. McLellan has over 35 years experience in the telecommunications industry and was most recently with Nortel Networks where he led technical support and services in the Enterprise Services business. Tom also partnered with other corporate functions to drive product and business performance initiatives focusing on key industry measures and standards. Driving corporate quality changes in conformance with industry standards, he was a business unit prime for the institution and successful certification of ISO9001 standards for Nortel.

Prior to Enterprise, Tom led the Global Product Support team for Nortel Carrier Networks encompassing Wireline and Wireless Networks, Optical and ATM/IP product lines. Tom operates with an overtone of multi-cultural awareness with a focus on integrity to ensure compliance with local government employment/business laws. Tom's large organization leadership experience complemented by strong strategic acumen, has enabled him to successfully execute numerous global organizational migrations.

Tom has a C&G of London Institute Diploma in Telecommunications, and graduated with a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Glasgow, Scotland.


Barry Dahan, Executive Vice President, Global Sales

Barry Dahan | Executive Vice President, Global Sales

Barry Dahan is the Executive Vice President of Global Sales at DragonWave. Barry has 35 years’ experience in the International Telecom industry in various roles. Prior to joining DragonWave in 2011, Barry was tasked with building the business and infrastructure for Starent Networks. Barry was employed with ALU and Nortel in various Executive / Leadership roles. Since 2010 Barry is investing in private growth companies. Barry holds a Business Degree in Finance as well as a Bachelor in Engineering from Polytechnique in Canada.




Barry Dahan, Executive Vice President, Global Sales

Patrick Houston | Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Houston oversees the accounting, business support, treasury, financial planning and analysis at DragonWave. Patrick joined the Company in 2007 and has served in various senior roles in both finance and operations. Patrick has over 12 years of experience in various finance roles in both industry and public practice.   Prior to DragonWave, Patrick was with Deloitte LLP where he was a Senior Associate. Patrick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa.




Tom McLellan, VP Services

Ingrid Mag | VP Product Development

Ingrid Mag is the Vice President of Product Development at DragonWave, responsible for all product development activity.  Ingrid has over 24 years of design and senior management experience in the RF design and telecommunications industries. She has over 14 years tenure at DragonWave primarily focused on leading product development teams. Her leadership has been instrumental in delivering the majority of the Horizon product line and in the recent launches of the Harmony product line. Prior to joining DragonWave, Ingrid worked for 2 years at Sirenza Microdevices and more than 5 years at Nortel Networks in senior RF design roles. Previously, Ingrid worked for over 2 years at COM DEV International. 

Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.  She has a microwave integrated circuit packaging patent and has co-authored several papers.