Imagine This: Four New Execs Join Charlie Vogt At ATX


In February 2018, former Imagine Communications CEO Charlie Vogt (pictured) emerged as the chief executive of a company laser-focused on Optical Access, Media Gateway and Broadcast Distribution technologies.

Now, Vogt is welcoming four key additions to the leadership team at the company, ATX Networks.

Now on board at ATX are the following individuals:

  • Ben Newell as Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer
  • John Ryan as Chief Sales Officer
  • Jeff Liening as SVP/North America Sales
  • Kim Lee as EVP/Marketing

“These new appointments amplify our commitment to customer-led innovation and global expansion, as service providers around the world usher in faster, smarter and more flexible networks designed to support today’s digitally empowered consumer and workplace,” said Vogt. “These highly-accomplished leaders bring a formidable combination of customer-first values and a continuous drive for innovation. Their experience and winning attitudes will complement and enhance ATX’s ability to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to provide quality, innovative products to the marketplace.”

Newell joined ATX in 2000, gaining extensive technical knowledge and developed valuable relationships within the cable television industry over the past 17 years.

Ryan formerly served as VP/Americas Sales with GENBAND, now Ribbon Communications, where he was instrumental in the growth of the company’s IP infrastructure and enterprise software solutions.

Liening previously worked with Vogt — he led North America Sales and Services for Imagine Communications, where he was instrumental in the growth of next-generation ad management, networking and media access solutions with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), and satellite and media broadcasters. An Air Force veteran. Liening has held a variety of sales leadership roles with GENBAND, Sycamore Networks, Lucent Technologies, Ascend Communications and Cascade Communications.

Prior to joining ATX, Lee led the extensive corporate re-brand of Harris Broadcast, launching two new brand identities – Imagine Communications and GatesAir – and held strategic leadership positions with GENBAND, Santera Systems and Ericsson.

“The talented executive team assembled at ATX will accelerate the execution of our strategy to drive an entrepreneurial culture of growth and customer service — while raising the bar on innovation and transformation,” Vogt said. “With 35 years of innovation and our recent acquisitions of InnoTrans and Pico Digital, I couldn’t be more excited about the global ATX team and what we can accomplish together by delivering market-defining solutions that will enable our customers to meet expanding capacity requirements and satisfy evolving media consumption patterns.”