Andrew Parolin

President and CEO at Wi-LAN Inc
Ranked in Licensing, M&A, Technology transfer, Valuation
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A first-class facilitator of high-value deals, Andrew Parolin provides outstanding leadership not only at Wi-LAN but at the negotiating table too. He is commercially minded, tech savvy and gets pen to paper on some of the most lucrative licensing agreements in the technology industry.

Andrew Parolin's Profile

Andrew Parolin is responsible for all operations at Wi-LAN, including the development and implementation of its strategic and operating plans. He has over 15 years of management experience in all aspects of patent licensing, partnerships, acquisitions, litigation and prosecution. His previous roles with Wi-LAN were senior vice president, licensing and business unit leader, which he assumed in 2011; vice president, wireless technologies, which he assumed in November 2007; and vice president, business development, which he assumed in May 2007.

During his tenure, Mr Parolin’s business units have negotiated and signed licence agreements collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars with more than 150 companies, including global technology leaders Alcatel-Lucent, BlackBerry, Broadcom, Dell, HTC, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LG, Mediatek, Motorola, Nokia Networks, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony, Samsung and Toshiba. In addition, Mr Parolin’s teams have helped to drive the diversification and growth of Wi-LAN’s business through the signing of patent acquisition/licensing partnership agreements with many corporations, including Airspan, Conexant Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia Solutions, Proxim and SENSIO Technologies.

Before joining Wi-LAN, Mr Parolin worked at SiGe Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company specialising in next-generation integrated circuit designs, where he served as director of wireless data products. Mr Parolin has an MBA from the University of Ottawa, an MASc from Queen’s University and a BEng from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

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