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  • Dan Caruso

    Dan Caruso is President and CEO of Zayo Group, where he oversees Onvoy Voice Services, Zayo Enterprise Networks, and Zayo Professional Services. As an angel investor, Dan helped found Envysion, where he served as Chairman from 2006 to 2013. Dan is a former Board Member of GTS Central Europe and Director of New Global Telecom. Dan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois.

    Between 2004 and 2006, Dan was the President and CEO of ICG Communications. Backed by Columbia Capital and MC Partners, he led the private buyout of ICG in 2004. In 2006, ICG was sold to Level 3 for $170M, resulting in a total distribution to the buyout group and management team of over $225M and a return on investment of 25x.

    As one of the founding executives of Level 3 Communications, Dan was responsible for Level 3’s engineering, construction, and operations organizations. Between 2001 and 2003, most of Level 3’s lines of business and marketing functions fell under his jurisdiction. Earlier, Dan was part of the MFS Communications senior management team. He began his career at Illinois Bell/Ameritech.

    In 2014, Dan was named to the Global Telecoms Business Power 100. In 2013, he was awarded the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Technology Association. In 2011, Ernst & Young named Dan one of the three national finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications, and the Denver Post named him one of Eleven Colorado Business People to Watch. The Boulder Chamber of Commerce honored Dan with the 2010 Esprit Award. In 2009, Ernst & Young honored him as the Entrepreneur of the Year in Rocky Mountain Region Emerging Company Category.

    Dan is an active supporter of the University of Colorado – Boulder. He co-teaches Entrepreneurship and the Private Equity Process in the Leeds MBA Program. He is on the Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board of Silicon Flatirons, a center for law, technology, and entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, as well as board member of StartUp Colorado. He is actively involved in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a frequent guest lecturer and supporter of the Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship program.

  • Philip A. Canfield

    Philip Canfield has served as a Director since July 2012. Mr. Canfield is currently co-head of the Information Services & Technology Group at the private equity firm GTCR. Mr. Canfield joined GTCR in 1992 and became a Principal in 1997. From 1990 until 1992, he was with Kidder, Peabody and Company, where he worked in the corporate finance department. Mr. Canfield is a member of the Board of Directors of Sorenson Communications, Inc., IQNavigator, Inc., Global Traffic Network, Inc., OneSource and Rural Broadband Investments. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.B.A. in Finance with high honors from the Honors Business Program at the University of Texas. Mr. Canfield was appointed Director as a result of his experience in corporate finance and in the telecommunications industry, evidenced by his key role in GTCR’s successful investments in AppNet, Transaction Network Services, DigitalNet, CellNet, and Solera.

  • Cathy Morris

    Cathy Morris has served as a Director since November 2016. Ms. Morris currently serves as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Arrow Electronics, Inc., a publicly-traded global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Ms. Morris leads strategic initiatives for Arrow, including global merger and acquisition activity. Ms. Morris has worked at Arrow for over 20 years in progressively senior roles including president of Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions segment, vice president of North American support services operations, vice president of finance and support services for the enterprise computing solutions business, and vice president of corporate development. Morris came to Arrow through its acquisition of Anthem Electronics, where she was vice president of finance and corporate controller. Prior to joining Arrow, Morris held various financial leadership roles in the banking and manufacturing industries. From 2014 to 2015 she served as a member of the board and chair of the audit committee for GrafTech International Holdings Inc., a manufacturing company listed on the NYSE. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance from Colorado State University and completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.

  • Rick Connor

    Rick Connor has served as a Director and Chairman of the audit committee since June 2010. Mr. Connor is currently retired. Prior to his retirement in 2009, he was an audit partner with KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) where he served clients in the telecommunications, media, and energy industries for 38 years. From 1996 to 2008, he served as the Managing Partner of KPMG’s Denver office. Mr. Connor earned his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. Mr. Connor was appointed Director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee as a result of his extensive technical accounting and auditing background, knowledge of SEC filing requirements and experience with telecommunications clients. Mr. Connor is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Antero Resources Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas corporation. Mr. Connor is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Centerra Gold, Inc., a Toronto based gold mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

  • Donald Gips

    Don Gips has served as a Director since July 2013. Mr. Gips served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from July 2009 until January 2013 and is currently a senior director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm headquartered in Washington, DC. He is also the chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-South Africa Business Council. Mr. Gips served as assistant to President Obama on the Presidential Transition Team and then served in the White House, where he ran the office of Presidential Personnel. Mr. Gips previously served in the White House during the Clinton administration, working as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore. From 1998-2008, Mr. Gips was Group Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Level 3 Communications. Mr. Gips also served as Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission where he was responsible for WTO negotiations and spectrum policy. Before entering government, he was a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Gips received an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he was recently honored as a Donaldson Fellow and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Mr. Gips was appointed Director as a result of his extensive experience in the telecommunications industry.

  • Nina Richardson

    Nina Richardson has served on the audit committee of the board since 2015. She is also a managing director of Three Rivers Energy, an energy services company she co-founded in 2004. Nina served as the Chief Operating Officer at GoPro from 2013-2015. During her tenure as COO, Nina was responsible for engineering, operations, sales, sales operations, customer support, quality, human resources, IT and workplace services. She was instrumental in scaling leadership and processes at GoPro. In addition to delivering outstanding operating results, Nina was a key member of the executive team that drafted the S1 and took GoPro public in June of 2014.

    Prior to GoPro, Nina provided operations expertise and interim operations management for a variety of companies including Tesla Motors, Touch Tunes Interactive Networks, Solaria, and UltraCell. She held a variety of executive positions at Flextronics, a global electronics manufacturing services provider, including Vice President of Worldwide Design for Imaging and Printing and Vice President of the Hewlett Packard global account which she grew from $500M to $1.8B over three years. She also held the role of VP and General Manager at Flextronics with P&L responsibility for a $1B+ operation and staff of over 2000 associates at electronics manufacturing plants based in California and Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Nina began her career at Hughes Aircraft, Ground Systems Group in Fullerton, CA. Later, at Metcal, a metals technology company, she ran manufacturing operations, technical support and customer service. After Metcal, Nina was responsible for Engineering and Operations at lighting electronics start-up ELI, where as part of the executive management team, she raised more than $10M in venture funding and built and managed a staff of development engineers, technical support associates and operations personnel. She has led training seminars through Breakthrough International Group for corporations to increase their effectiveness, communication and partnerships. She mentors women leaders through Women Unlimited, has advised the charitable organization, We Care Solar, in operations and product launch activities and was previously on the Board of Directors of Family Supportive Housing in San Jose. Nina holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University and an executive MBA from Pepperdine University.

  • Linda Rottenberg

    Ms. Rottenberg is the CEO and co-founder of Endeavor, an organization devoted to furthering high-impact entrepreneurship by identifying, mentoring, and scaling the fast-growing businesses around the world. Headquartered in New York with 350 employees and 20 affiliates throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe, Endeavor selects, supports, and co-invests in business innovators demonstrating the greatest potential for impact. Since 1997, Endeavor has screened 39,000 candidates and handpicked nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs who’ve created 400,000 jobs and generate $7 billion annually.

    Ms. Rottenberg was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report and one of TIME’s “100 Innovators for the 21st Century.” Her book, Crazy is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, will be published by Penguin Random House in October 2014.

    Ms. Rottenberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum, and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). She serves on the advisory board of ABRAAJ Capital, an $8 billion global private equity firm, and on the boards of local Endeavor affiliates in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.

    A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and native of Newton, MA, Linda lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.

  • Steven Kaplan

    Steven N. Kaplan is the Neubauer family distinguished service professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has taught since 1988. He is also the Thomas Cole distinguished visiting professor chair at the University of Chicago Law School. In addition, Professor Kaplan is the faculty director of Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Kaplan teaches advanced MBA, law and executive courses on entrepreneurial finance and corporate governance, and he is a well-known researcher in the areas of private equity, venture capital and executive compensation. His findings and opinions regularly appear in the business media. Kaplan co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. With his students, he helped start Booth’s business plan competition, the New Venture Challenge, which has spawned over 100 companies. Kaplan earned his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. He received his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College.

  • Emily White

    Emily is an entrepreneur and operator in the consumer internet space. She was the Chief Operating Officer at Snapchat, Inc., a photo messaging application from 2014 through 2015. Prior to joining Snapchat in January 2014, Emily was at Facebook from 2010 to 2013 where she held several key roles including Director of Local Business Operations, Director of Mobile Business Operations, and led the business side of Instagram. From 2001 to 2010 Emily worked at Google, where she ran North America Online Sales and Operations, Asia Pacific & Latin America Online Sales & Operations and the Emerging Businesses channel. She has served on the board of lululemon, a public athletic apparel retailer, since 2011 and on the National Center for Women in I.T., a non-profit coalition working to increase the participation of girls and women in computing and technology, since 2008. She is also a board advisor to Hyperloop One, and advisor to VSCO, Inc. Emily received her B.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University, has two young kids, and lives with her family in Santa Monica.