Mark Richer

Mark Richer

Company: Starleaf

Job Title: Chairman of the Board


Mark Richer has a reputation for success in delivering innovative solutions that solve real-life business challenges. For over 20 years, he has successfully brought to market network, voice and video solutions that have improved irrevocably the way we communicate across the enterprise.

A serial entrepreneur, Mark was the Chairman and founder of Codian, which he established in 2002. Codian delivered a new generation of video conferencing infrastructure solutions, and was acquired by Tandberg in 2007. Prior to this, Mark was the CEO and founder of Calista, a company specializing in Voice over IP products, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999. Calista’s products and technology are incorporated into the Cisco IP Communications product range.

At the very beginning of Mark’s career, he was a founder and Director of Engineering at Madge Networks, a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of close to $1 billion at the time he left.

Mark has a Masters Degree in Theoretical Physics and Chemistry from Cambridge University and is a graduate of the owner-directors program at INSEAD. Mark is a member of the Cambridge Angels and a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine’s College.

Mark Richer Seminars

  • PANEL: Future of Video Collaboration Wed 20th Apr 11:20 - 12:20

    PANEL: Future of Video Collaboration

    The future of video collaboration promises to be a major disruptor in how we work and communicate across distances. This panel will give you access to world-class expertise from some of the most influential vendors in the market who will share their vision for the next 3 years. With issues around adoption, ROI and interoperability and disruptive technologies like WebRTC maturing understanding the what the future will look like is crucial if your organisation uses or plans to use video. This session is not to be missed.

    Chair: Rob Bamforth, Quocirca
    Tim Stone, Polycom
    Mike O'Boyle, PGi
    Antony Blake, Cisco
    Mark Richer, Starleaf
    Axel Albrecht, Blue Jeans Network


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    Time / Place

    Wed 20th Apr 11:20 to 12:20


  • Video Communications: Change is Coming Wed 20th Apr 14:00 - 14:30

    Video Communications: Change is Coming

    Insanity is widely regarded as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. 

    Mark Richer shines a powerful light on the perpetual insanity of the video conferencing industry. He explains how current video architectures have imprisoned and crippled organizations, and why these architectures have and continue to triumph over commonsense.  A Change is Coming walks the audience through why the video industry has grown up this way, and why it will never get any better, for users, as long as manufacturers continue to develop infrastructure in silos. All is not lost, as Mark shares an architectural vision of what it will take to free the organization and deliver a video conferencing architecture that delivers universal connectivity, where it’s the people that count and not the machines.


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    Time / Place

    Wed 20th Apr 14:00 to 14:30

    Enterprise Mobility, Video & Flexible Working

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