Charlie Ashton, Senior Director, Business Development, Networking Solutions, Wind River. Charlie Ashton is an accomplished marketing and business development executive with extensive experience in the embedded systems industry. At Wind River, Charlie is responsible for business development activities for the networking and telecommunications industries. A prolific writer and commentator, his frequent blog posts and trade articles can be found throughout the embedded and software communities’ literature. Charlie has held management roles in both engineering and marketing at software, semiconductor and systems companies including 6Wind, Green Hills Software, Timesys, Motorola (now Freescale Semiconductor), AppliedMicro, AMD, and Dell. Charlie graduated from the University of Reading in England with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.