As Vice President – Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Carroll Gray-Preston drives the development of initiatives that put emerging Innovation Agenda priorities, as set by the ATIS Board of Directors, into action. She also works to advance established ATIS initiatives, most recently in the areas of NFV, IoT and Distributed Ledger/Blockchain technologies. Her role encompasses identifying emerging ICT trends and how ATIS members can advance their business priorities in light of them. Gray-Preston honed her strengths as an R&D leader, systems architect and strategic planner most recently serving as Vice President of Strategic Operations and Customer Success at GENBAND (Nortel Networks) and Leader of Technology and Planning, Office of the CTO, where her expertise spanned Agile methodologies, platform and product strategy, cultural change and critical launch strategies. She is a patent holder in the area of Multimedia Services and IP Interconnect. Before joining ATIS as a Vice President she led a standards task force that delivered a major report on the PSTN transition, which was used as input to evolve FCC services standards. Carroll holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Programming from the North Carolina State University.