Brian Mecum is currently a Vice President for Verizon, the largest wireless company in the United States. Brian oversees the Device Technology organization, driving 4G and 5G device ecosystems for future network evolution while optimizing existing device performance and architecture including the LTE-M, NB-IoT, and CBRS networks. Brian 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 the Verizon Radio Network Planning group to ensure the device and connected objects alignment with network future-state infrastructure and capabilities. This is done in collaboration with OEMs and device manufacturing stakeholders to identify and address new-device network requirements in conjunction with standards bodies (3GPP, GSMA, etc.) to lead the development of industry standards for new products and device technology.