CIE Advisory Board Profile
Chief Executive Officer
Graham Barnes has been the CEO of Concerro since Sept 2007. While CEO of Concerro Inc., formerly BidShift Inc., the company has won numerous awards and recognition, including being named to the prestigious Inc. 500 for all privately-held companies in the US in 2008 (#9 in software) and the RedHerring 100 in 2009. Graham has over 25 years of experience in high tech services, including wireless telecommunications, senior management, strategic planning, business development, sales, marketing, systems engineering both domestically and internationally. Prior to Concerro, Barnes was the CEO and founder of NextWeb, Inc., California and Nevada's largest fixed-wireless provider for business, delivering broadband Internet and VOIP services. NextWeb was named to the Inc. 500 (#8 company in telecommunications). In 2006, NextWeb was acquired by Covad Communications. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service with Western Multiplex Corporation (subsequently Proxim, now owned by Terabeam) Barnes lead the introduction of market-leading Lynx and Tsunami spread spectrum radios. Western Multiplex was acquired by Glenayre Technologies, sold to Ripplewood Holdings and achieved a successful IPO in 2000.
In 2005, Barnes was named finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young's San Jose office. He has a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, and an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Santa Clara University. Barnes is also a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Santa Clara University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In November 2006, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Sunol Glen School District.