Meet the

Management Team

William W. Smith Jr.
President & CEO, Chairman of the Board

After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Grove City College and launching his career with companies such as RCA Computer Systems, Xerox Data Systems, and Rockwell International Corporation, Bill co-founded Smith Micro Software, Inc. in 1982. Guided by his visionary leadership and savvy business acumen, Smith Micro developed a reputation as a trusted software solution provider to wireless carriers and cable companies. Throughout the company’s 39-year-history, Bill has overseen more than 25 strategic acquisitions and has built Smith Micro into a multi-national company positioned for sustained success in the rapidly evolving global telecommunications industry. Bill has served as Smith Micro’s President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception and as Chairman of the Board since the company’s successful IPO in 1995 (NASDAQ: SMSI).

David Blakeney
Senior Vice President of Engineering

David joined Smith Micro in 2011 and is responsible for Development Engineering. Prior to this role, he led the development team for several Smith Micro products as well as the Wireless Products Quality Engineering team. Prior to joining Smith Micro, he served as Vice President of Product Development for Marconi’s Broadband Switching Division and Vice President of ATM Engineering at Fore Systems. Previous positions also include engineering management roles at 3Com Corporation and Texas Instruments. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and studied for a Masters in Electrical Engineering at Rice University.

James M. Kempton
Chief Financial Officer

Jim joined Smith Micro in 2021 and oversees all finance, accounting and control functions, and human resources companywide.   With his unique background that includes extensive experience with public and private-equity backed companies, as well as a Big 4 public accounting firm, Jim provides strategic, operational, and financial perspectives on a multitude of focus areas, including SEC and other regulatory matters, as well as Sarbanes-Oxley and internal controls over financial reporting.  During his career, Jim has been heavily involved in various equity and debt offerings, as well as bringing significant experience in M&A activities, including leading integrations of acquisitions.  Jim holds Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Thiel College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Marco Leal
Vice President of Worldwide Products

Marco joined Smith Micro in 2016 after the acquisition of iMobileMagic. He has been involved in the mobile products and services space throughout all his career in different technical, management and executive roles. Marco started his career in MobiComp where he played a key role in the company’s product development and innovation strategy, helping the company grow and expand internationally. After MobiComp’s acquisition by Microsoft in 2008, he took on the role of Principal Group Program Manager helping deliver several high profile Microsoft mobile products and services. Marco left Microsoft in 2011 to start and lead iMobileMagic as its co-founder and CEO. He is a graduate of the Systems and Informatics Engineering degree at the Universidade do Minho in Braga, Portugal.

Charles Messman
Vice President of Investor Relations & Corporate Development

As Vice President of Investor Relations & Corporate Development, Charles brings over 20 years of experience in working with a large range of technology companies providing investor relations counsel, strategy, financing alternatives, and M&A. Prior to joining Smith Micro, Charles was the Vice President of Finance & Corporate Development at eGain Corporation as well as having co-founded The MKR Group, serving as its President. He has worked with over 50 companies with market caps ranging from $10 million to $2.5 billion and is well known on Wall Street for having a strong marketing presence across many diverse industries. Charles holds a BA degree in Economics from Iowa State University.

Gail Redmond
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Smith Micro, Gail leads the company’s customer acquisition, customer management, business development and systems engineering teams. A calculated risk taker with deep industry knowledge, Gail has built a reputation for championing growth, intense customer focus, and team development. Before joining Smith Micro in 2011, Gail was SVP Corporate Development for Hillcrest Bank, acquired by National Bank Holdings Corp, where she led technology evolution and mobile payments. She has launched two tech startups, as CEO and co-founder of a mobile imaging start up in Austin TX, and as VP Sales & Marketing at a venture-backed mobile provisioning company in San Francisco acquired by Evolving Systems. Earlier, Gail held executive roles at Sprint including VP Strategic Account Sales and VP/GM Sprint Products Group. She holds an MBA from the University of Kansas.

Ken Shebek
Chief Information Officer

Ken joined Smith Micro in 2010 and is responsible for the IT, Operations, and QA organizations. Prior to Smith Micro, he was Vice President of Operations for Tollgrade Communications. He also served as Vice President of Supply & Logistics for Ericsson, Inc. and worked for Marconi as Vice President of Supply Chain and served as its Vice President of North American Operations. Prior to joining Fore Systems in 1994, he held management positions with IBM. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

David P. Sperling
Chief Technology Officer

Dave is responsible for architecture and innovation for the company’s entire software portfolio. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 1989, beginning as a software engineer and advancing to the CTO role in 1999. Dave’s expertise and innovation in fixed and wireless broadband connectivity has increased the adoption, security, and reliability of wireless services and mobile devices for consumers and businesses. Dave is a recognized thought leader and a contributor to several standards and industry organizations, including the Open Mobile Alliance, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, and the USB Implementers Forum. Dave currently holds five patents for various Internet and connectivity-related technologies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

Eytan Urbas
Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Eytan joined Smith Micro in April 2021 as Vice President, Corporate Strategy, as part of the company’s acquisition of Avast Software’s Family Safety mobile business.  At Avast, Eytan served as Vice President of Business Development and directed a global portfolio of strategic partnerships focusing on Family Safety, 5G and IoT Security; revenue growth & optimization; and inbound / outbound technology licensing.  Prior to Avast Eytan served on the executive management team at Mailshell, a provider of internet security solutions for the OEM market, where he oversaw ISV & Strategic Alliances; go-to-market strategy; and international expansion. Eytan holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.