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Chris Penrose


Global Head Business Development - Telco

As the Global Head of Business Development for Telco at NVIDIA, Chris works across the telco ecosystem to drive the growth of NVIDIA’s hardware and software solutions around the world. Coordinating across NVIDIA and partners, Chris helps to create telco-specific offerings that leverage AI/ML, Gen AI, 5G, Edge/Cloud Computing, and Advanced Networking.

Prior to joining NVIDIA, as the COO of FogHorn, Chris led the go-to-market efforts across business development, technical sales, strategic partnerships, 3rd party distribution, marketing, advertising and public relations globally. Including the strategic planning for the firm and working directly with Telcos around the world to integrate FogHorn’s Edge AI/ML and Analytics solutions on top of their 5G networks.

Previously, Chris spent over 30 years at AT&T and its predecessor companies, leading some of its most important growth areas, serving as President of AT&T’s IoT Solutions organization, building AT&T’s IoT business from a startup into one of the most successful IoT operations in the world. He was also the Senior Vice President of AT&T’s Integrated Solutions and Consulting organization – selling and delivering end-to-end solutions to customers and supporting the partner ecosystem across AT&T’s entire product portfolio. During his time at AT&T, he built domain expertise in IoT, Wireless, 5G, Edge Computing, Next Generation Networking, as well as vertical expertise across Connected Cars, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail, Public Safety, Fleet, Smart Cities, Robotics and Drones.

Chris serves on several boards, including the Kelley School of Business, Curing Kids Cancer, and IOT World. Chris was also a Founder and Executive Advisory Board Member of the Together for Safer Roads coalition and was Chairman of the Board for GSMA’s IOT program for over 7 years.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. His personal passions are family, skiing, dining out, and travel.


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