Matt Bross

Commissioner Matthew Bross is Chairman and CEO of Compass Networks that utilizes photonic backplane technology for ultra-bandwidth dense routers. The Compass-EOS icPhotonics technology is the world’s first commercial silicon for inter-chip optical interconnect.

Commissioner Bross is the former Global CTO of Huawei, former British Telecom Group CTO, former CEO of BT Innovate, and former CTO of Williams Communications. He is one of the most cited industry visionaries and has demonstrated effectiveness in making early implementations of new technologies and innovating around services that improve communications. Commissioner Bross has an exceptional instinct for discerning global business trends and translating them into what is most meaningful to end users.

Commissioner Bross serves on the Board of Directors of Anova Data,, Sonus Networks, X-IO Technologies and the non-profit EastWest Institute. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the U.S.-based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) standards development organization, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), Secerno Limited, ONI Systems, and the Global Innovation Research Centre of Malaysia. Commissioner Bross’ industry recognition includes: Interactive Week’s selection in the “Top 25 Unsung Heroes of the Net”, Light Reading’s inclusion in the Top 10 most influential people in Telecom, and as a 2007 Stevie Award recipient for Excellence in International Business.

Commissioner Bross is currently serving as GIIC Chairman.

GIIC Citation

The GIIC recognizes Matt Bross’s leadership that spans both four continents and the component-to-service-provider supply chain as unique world-class credentials for information infrastructure, and his effectiveness in bringing new technologies to life as having disproportionate positive influence on information infrastructure, and further, that his service as a bold visionary in anticipating the problems that need to be solved tomorrow as consistently helpful in articulating solutions for stakeholders of information infrastructure.

By The Numbers


continents where he served as CXO


Century Network visionary for BT


company to introduce inter-chip optical connections

Policy Contributions

Commissioner contributions are shown in the context of the 8i Framework.

8 Ingredient (8i) Framework of Information Infrastructure