Board of Directors


Dan Caruso, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

Dan Caruso is the chairman and CEO of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ZAYO), a global provider of communications infrastructure. As founder of the business in 2007, he has led the company from startup to IPO to a company with a multi-billion dollar equity value. Zayo provides mission-critical bandwidth to the world’s most impactful companies, fueling the innovations that are transforming our society.

Dan has been part of three fiber startups that have become decacorns, which means they eclipsed valuations of $10B. The first, which Dan joined as it began to scale, was MFS Communications. MFS was a pioneer in competing with the Bell system during the initial commercialization of the Internet. The second, which Dan joined as a founding executive, was Level 3 Communications. Dan served in a variety of strategic and operational leadership roles during his tenure at Level 3, including oversight of engineering, construction, operations and marketing. The third is Zayo.

Prior to launching Zayo, Dan was the President and CEO of ICG Communications, where he led the take-private buyout in 2004. In 2006, ICG was sold, which yielded a return of approximately 25X the $8.7M investment. He began his career at Illinois Bell/Ameritech. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois.

Dan is an investor in several high impact Colorado companies including Galvanize and Secure Set. Dan helped launch Envysion, another Colorado company, and served as its chairman from 2006 to 2013. Previously, Dan invested in the Colorado companies Datavail and New Global Telecom as well as the European telecom providers euNetworks and GTS Central Europe.

Dan is an avid supporter of Colorado’s and Chicago’s entrepreneurial community and is particularly interested in the intersection between for profit impact investing, inclusion and entrepreneurship. Dan serves on the board of University of Chicago’s Polsky Center, CU Boulder’s Chancellor Strategic Advisory Council and the University of Denver’s Board of Trustees. He was the original steering committee chairman for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and supported Startup Colorado from its inception. Dan supports Endeavor Global, CU’s New Venture Challenge, Greenhouse Scholars and University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge. In 2015, Dan and his wife Cindy established the Caruso Family Foundation to inspire and support entrepreneurship, advance knowledge and empower healthier lives.

Dan received the 2016 Chicago Booth Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship, the 2013 Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2015 Colorado Governor’s Corporate Citizenship Medal (Zayo), the 2015 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Industry Leadership Award, the 2015 Gold Stevie Winner for Executive of the Year in the Telecommunications, the 2010 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Esprit Award, and the 2009 Communications Technology Professionals Communications Executive of the Year. Dan was also an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 regional winner and 2011 national finalist.


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.


Scott Drake

Scott Drake has served as a Director since November 2018. Mr. Drake has served as president and CEO of ViewRay, Inc., a medical device manufacturer, since July 2018. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of medical device manufacturer, The Spectranetics Corporation from 2011 to 2017. Prior to joining Spectranetics, Mr. Drake served as senior vice president, Operations, of DaVita, Inc., a leading U.S. provider of kidney care and dialysis. Previously, Mr. Drake spent 17 years in several leadership positions within numerous health care business units at Covidien. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Drake was global business unit president, Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions. He is chairman of the boards of AtriCure and Just Right Surgical and serves on the board of directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA).


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.


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.


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.


Linda Rottenberg

As co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, Linda has led the global entrepreneurship movement since 1997. With 55 offices spanning the world, Endeavor’s team and network selects, mentors, and co-invests in the most promising entrepreneurs at the scale-up phase of their ventures. Today, 1900 Endeavor Entrepreneurs – based in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and underserved markets in the United States – generate over $20BN in annual revenues and produce more than 3 million jobs. Linda also oversees Endeavor Catalyst LP Funds with over $150M AUM, raised to co-invest in selected Endeavor companies. Beyond Endeavor, Linda currently serves on three corporate boards: a leading bandwidth infrastructure company (NYSE: ZAYO); a pioneering software developer (NYSE: GLOB); and a digital food-ordering platform (OLO). Linda is also a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities. Her book, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, became an instant NYT bestseller. Other recognitions include: Global Leader for Tomorrow/Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum); 2017 Visionary Award (Silicon Valley Forum); Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Babson College); 2018 Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment (Heinz Family Foundation). A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Linda lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Yancey Spruill

Yancey L. Spruill has served as a Director since November 2018. Mr. Spruill currently serves as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of SendGrid, Inc., a provider of e-mail marketing services to companies. Mr. Spruill also currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., and serves on the audit committee. From September 2014 until June 2015, Mr. Spruill served as the chief financial officer of TwentyEighty, Inc., a provider of training and performance improvement solutions. From August 2004 to September 2014, Mr. Spruill was the chief financial officer of DigitalGlobe, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of geospatial information products and services. Mr. Spruill’s previous experience includes roles in investment banking at Thomas Weisel Partners, Lehman Brothers, Inc. and at J.P. Morgan & Company. Prior to that, Mr. Spruill also served in several engineering roles with Corning Incorporated and The Clorox Company. Within the past five years, Mr. Spruill served as a director of Rally Software, a provider of enterprise-class software and services solutions to drive business agility, which was publicly-traded prior to its acquisition by CA, Inc. (formerly Computer Associates International, Inc.) in 2015.


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.