Charlie Vogt is CEO of Imagine Communications, a global leader of video infrastructure, advertising and workflow management solutions serving media networks, broadcast stations, on-line and communication service providers, and enterprise markets spanning 185 countries.
Vogt has spent his professional career executing visionary strategies resulting in unprecedented growth in the communications markets. Prior to joining Imagine Communications, Vogt served as CEO of GENBAND, a global leader in IP networking and software solutions to the Communication Service Provider and Enterprise markets. During Vogt’s nine-year tenure as CEO of GENBAND, the company acquired and integrated ten companies, expanded its operations to more than 50 countries and secured 80 percent of the world’s largest service providers as customers. Under his leadership, the company experienced a compound annual growth rate of 110 percent and increased operational earnings 9-fold. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal recognized GENBAND as the No. 1 privately-backed company in America, topping a list of 5,900 companies.
Prior to joining GENBAND, Vogt was CEO of Taqua, a market leader in soft-switch technology which was acquired by Tekelec in 2004. Before joining Taqua, Vogt was instrumental in the operational and financial growth of four standard-setting technology companies including ADTRAN and Ascend Communications that either became public companies or were acquired. Following Lucent Technologies’ $20 billion acquisition of Ascend Communications in 1999, Vogt became part of the leadership team.
Vogt is an active public speaker and has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate accomplishments including Finance Monthly’s “CEO of the Year”, EY's "Entrepreneur of the Year", Dallas MTBC's "Corporate CEO of the Year", Global Telecoms’ "Power 100", Inc. 500 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies", Saint Louis University’s and Affton High School’s "Hall of Fame".
Vogt has served as chairman of two companies and a board member of five companies. He is on the Board of Directors of IABM (the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers) and is an active member of TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) and FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Advisory Council.