T. Russell Shields

T. Russell Shields is the founder and chair of Ygomi LLC. Businesses that Mr. Shields has founded or led over the last five decades include Shields Enterprises International, Cellular Business Systems (later Convergys), Navigation Technologies (later Navteq, now HERE), and the current Ygomi companies – ArrayComm, Connexis, and SEI.

Shields Enterprises International built many pioneering data management and transaction processing systems, including fundamental systems for the Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration, and CIA.

Cellular Business Systems, Inc. (CBSI) was the first company to provide billing services to the U.S. cell phone industry.

Navigation Technologies pioneered the development of comprehensive, navigable map database and routing tools. Shields served as CEO until 2000, as a board member until 2004, and as an adviser to the CEO until 2008. Under his leadership, Navteq grew to more than an 80 percent market share in Europe and the U.S.

ArrayComm leads the global wireless voice and data communications industry in LTE physical layer (PHY) software and system integration/testing services for manufacturers of base stations and client devices.

Ygomi is partnering with Continental Automotive to develop RoadDB, an end-to-end technology solution for automated driving mapping and localization.

Mr. Shields has been involved in communications standards bodies for nearly 40 years. He was a founder of the organization that became the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) and served as the President of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration (AMI C). He served two terms as Chair of the Committee on Communications of the Transportation Research Board (National Research Council). Mr. Shields was Convenor of the international working group developing standards for vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-infrastructure communications (ISO/TC204/WG16). He is now Chair of the Collaboration on ITS Communication Standards of the ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communications technology (ICT), as well as ITU representative to the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29).

Mr. Shields was also a founding officer and director of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). He was a founder of the ITS World Congress and is a member of its board of directors. Mr. Shields served on or chaired multiple committees of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He received the 1998 SAE Delco Electronics Intelligent Transportation Systems Award for distinguished service to the ITS industry, and was named an SAE Fellow in 2007. Mr. Shields was inducted into the inaugural class of ITS America’s ITS Hall of Fame in 2008, and was named the inaugural U.S. member of the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame in 2010.

Mr. Shields holds a BA in mathematics from Wichita State University and two degrees (an MA in history and an MBA) from the University of Chicago. In 2008, the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business awarded Mr. Shields the Distinguished Alumni Award in the category of Entrepreneurship. In 2013, the Hotchkiss School awarded Mr. Shields its Alumni Award.

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