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Executive Session

The Executive Session presents important information you need in managing your business. This session is designed for the general management of the wire and cable producing companies and their suppliers. Important issues facing the industry will be addressed by expert speakers in a provocative session that includes the following topics and presenters.

Meet the IWCS 2022 Executive Session Presenters

Rashmi Varma IWCS 2022

Rashmi Varma

Innovate 5G
Mike Render IWCS 2022

Mike Render

Fiber Broadband Association
Robert Fry IWCS 2022

Robert Fry

Robert Fry Economics
John Gross IWCS 2022

John Gross

Copper Journal
Luca Ruozi

Luca Ruozi

Prysmian Cables and System USA

Important Industry Topics to Be Addressed


Over the past two years, the price of copper and other metals rose to record highs in response to strong demand, declining inventories and the ‘Green Energy’ Initiative.

Within the United States, the most significant change of the past 20 years is currently underway, as companies are in the process of building secondary smelters to recycle more scrap materials in an environmentally safe, responsible, and sustainable manner.

The United States, however, remains dependent upon imports of copper for nearly half of our requirements, while major mines are prevented from operating due to legal, social and environmental concerns.

Keywords: copper, mining, smelting, refining, fundamental trends, price trends, macro-economic statistics.


John Gross is President of J.E. Gross Consulting Inc. a metals management and consultancy firm he established in 1987 to assist companies in their procurement of metals, scrap recycling, and price risk management.

In addition to his consulting activities, Mr. Gross has worked with global leaders in the metals industry over the past 45 years.

John is a graduate of Hofstra University in New York, and is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. He is publisher of The Copper Journal, an industry newsletter since 1987, and has written extensively about copper, commodity markets, and industry issues. He was a Director of the American Copper Council, and also served as a member of the Comex Advisory Committee.


In North America, the upcoming fiber opportunity is truly extraordinary.  The largest key driver is fiber-to-the-home, and it is expected that more fiber will be placed to U.S. residences than in all other years combined.  Large telecom providers are racing to stake their claim, and private equity funds are assisting mid-size and smaller providers.  In addition, unprecedented federal government rural broadband spending passed in the past two years is also a key part of the equation.

Based on extensive original market research from RVA, details for the U.S. and Canada such fiber and fiber cable forecasts, drivers, key market segments, key players, key needs, and constraints such as supply, and workforce will be discussed in detail to provide valuable insight to executive decision makers.  In addition to fiber-to-the-home, important fiber segments such as 5G small cell backhaul, hyper scale data centers, and smart city projects will also be reviewed.

While the fiber outlook for the rest of the world is more mixed, especially considering changes in demand for China, opportunities still abound.  Data and analysis from Michael Finch at CRU will be reviewed to provide a detailed understanding of the entire global marketplace for fiber.

Keywords: Fiber forecasts, Fiber-to-the-home, 5G, wireless, Smart City, network acceleration, fiber deployment,. fiber  supply constraints, telecom workforce, Data center growth.


Michael Render is CEO and Principal Analyst at RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting. He is generally known as North America’s premier market research expert in tracking fiber optic broadband deployment and consumer attitudes to advanced broadband.

Since 2002, RVA has provided market research to the Fiber Broadband Association, (formerly FTTH Council Americas). RVA also produces annual North American Fiber Broadband forecast reports and provides custom market research to both vendors and service providers.

Render has received numerous industry awards for his work in this arena, and for RVA’s market research influence on FCC policy. His firm is currently overseeing market research expansion in the growing fields of 5G and Smart City technology deployment.


Robert Fry will discuss current conditions in the global economy and the outlook for future growth, with emphasis on U.S. manufacturing and on markets important to the wire and cable industry.  In particular, he will discuss high inflation and what it implies about the likelihood of a recession in 2023.  Among the topics covered will be growth in GDP and industrial production, including wire & cable production, housing starts, light vehicle sales, inflation, and interest rates.  A brief Question & Answer period will follow Robert’s presentation.

Keywords: Economy, macroeconomics, manufacturing, GDP, industrial production, recession, recovery


Robert Fry is Chief Economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, where he analyzes and forecasts the global economy to guide business decision-makers.  Robert publishes a monthly newsletter, Current Economic Conditions, and speaks on the economic outlook to corporate leadership teams, customer events, and trade association meetings

In 2018, Robert was elected a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics, in recognition of his outstanding service as a professional business economist and his contributions to the field of business economics.  He joins an exclusive group that includes four Nobel laureates and the last four Chairs of the Federal Reserve.  He is also a member of the Consensus Economics, Wall Street Journal and CNBC survey panels and  has taught  Economics to MBA students at the University of Delaware.

Until retiring in June 2015, Robert was Senior Economist at DuPont, where he analyzed the global economy and its impact on DuPont, published a monthly newsletter sent to thousands of DuPont employees and customers, and made more than 800 speeches on the economic outlook to DuPont senior management, business teams, customers, and trade associations.

While at DuPont, Robert and his colleague Bob Shrouds were named among the top economic forecasters by Bloomberg, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.  In 2005, they won the prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecasting Accuracy, making the DuPont Economist’s Office the first three-time winner of the award.

Robert received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ohio University and his Master’s degree and PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Robert has served on the boards of seven non-profit organizations, including the National Association for Business Economics, the nationally recognized Charter School of Wilmington, and the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.  He would welcome the opportunity to use his board experience and knowledge of the global economy by serving on the Board of Directors of a for-profit company.


The renewable energy market is experiencing unprecedented growth globally, particularly in the US where robust state-level procurement targets, national targets and technological advancements have inaugurated the era of offshore wind. This push for clean energy has spotlighted demand for improved system performance; the development of sustainable and circular cable materials, new installation methods, long-term protection systems, and efficient system design are all part of enabling the energy transition.

This presentation will focus on current cable transmission system developments which are facilitating the transition to green energy.  Prysmian will also present a brief overview of the current market, past projects, and key technical challenges in offshore wind farm applications.

Keywords: power transition, green energy, sustainability, power cables, cable system, challenges.


Luca Ruozi is the System Design Engineer responsible for HVAC Prysmian projects in North America. He holds a B.A. degree in Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and KAIST University in South Korea. Luca joined Prysmian Group in 2020 through the “Prysmian Graduate Program” and he’s currently based in Boston where he’s working as a system design engineer for HVAC submarine and high voltage projects located in North America. Prior to working for Prysmian, Luca worked for Pirelli, IIT and Eldor Corporation specializing in dynamics and control of mechanical structures and processes.


5G – The biggest leap in 3GPP Wireless Technology when compared to all its predecessors. The eight specification requirements that exceed all previous 3GPP technologies, is not easily comparable to anything we have experienced today.

If we try to use 5G the same way we use 3G & 4G, then we constrain what 5G can truly deliver.

This discussion is to invigorate the industry’s imagination on how to go beyond today’s pay-as-a-monthly SIM subscriber? Is 5G meant for human subscribers? Is 5G meant for the app economy?

Let us step into the future and not just ask for a faster horse each time. Ask not how many GBs can the network deliver for a monthly charge, but ask how you can envision the future of Experience!!


Rashmi has lead the way for Women in Communication Networks & Connectivity since 1997.

Rashmi has experience in both Optical and Wireless Communications together with Embedded Software Design, Research & Development. She envisions bold and cutting-edge, innovative ideas and leads multi-disciplinary product teams across the globe, with an unwavering focus to exceed customer expectations.

Selected as one of the Top Women in Technology in North Texas, Rashmi currently spearheads innovate5G Inc. achieving several firsts in the industry.

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