Expert guidance from seasoned leaders
Building the best company with the best products and services in our field requires a continual flow of knowledge, leadership and insight. Solacom is proud to bring proven leaders onto our team for their expert guidance and advice as we continually seek to grow our market presence with best in class solutions for customers around the world.
Board of Directors
Bruce Lazenby – Chairman of the Board
Bruce Lazenby brings over 30 years of experience in leadership, senior management, and growth of technology companies. Before joining Solacom, Bruce served as the Founding President and CEO of Invest Ottawa, where he designed and implemented job creation strategies, working with over 1000 technology start-ups to raise venture capital and create over 4,700 jobs.
Prior to Invest Ottawa, Bruce was Chairman of the Ottawa Software Cluster for six years and Vice President in Canada for Corum Group Ltd. – the world’s largest software M&A advisory firm. Bruce was also a Chair and executive coach with The Executive Committee – a global network of 15,000 chief executives in 16 countries.
Before that he held senior executive positions including six years as CEO with FreeBalance Inc. an enterprise software company where he raised millions of dollars in venture capital and debt financing, and helped grow the company by 300 per cent while moving into new international markets.
Mr. Lazenby graduated from the Royal Military College, and the Command and Staff College, and served for 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and Air Force. In addition to managing the accounting systems for the Department of National Defense worldwide, he was a Navy Diver and underwent jet pilot training before retiring as a Commander in the Logistics Corp.
Franz Plangger – Founder and Board Member
Franz Plangger is the founder of Solacom Technologies and was co-founder of CML Technologies in 1982. During his tenure at CML, Mr. Plangger spun off two new companies in 1998, Versatel Networks and Solacom Technologies.
Upon the sale of CML Technologies to Patricof and Company in 1999, Mr. Plangger took over as Chief Executive Officer of Solacom. Under his leadership, Solacom grew to a company of 95 employees and revenues of $16 million for the fiscal year 2009. In July 2009 Solacom sold its Air Traffic Control business unit to Harris Corporation, and focused on mission critical solutions for the public safety and military/security markets. Mr. Plangger obtained his Masters of Electrical Engineering degree from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Donna Ronayne – Board Member
Donna Ronayne is an experienced Marketing Executive with a 30 year track record of helping start-up and established high tech companies achieve market leadership and high growth. She has a passion for helping organizations set vision, build strategic and operational plans, modern revenue engines, business development and product marketing programs as well as building and leading high performing teams.
Until July 2016 Donna was Chief Marketing Officer at Halogen Software, where she fueled double digit growth for over 12 years helping to transform this SaaS company from a start up to a publicly traded market leader.
Prior to joining Halogen, Donna was Vice President of Business Development at BitFlash (Opentext), where she defined market strategy and secured and managed strategic/channel partnerships across the globe. She also led the marketing team at QNX Software (BlackBerry) for seven years establishing the company as an industry leader in the embedded space. Ms. Ronayne holds a Bachelor of Commerce, High Honors, from Carleton University, Ottawa.