Board of Directors
H. Brian Thompson
Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board
H. Brian Thompson is the founder of GTT and has served as chairman of the company’s board of directors since January 2005 and as its executive chairman since October 2006. From January 2005 until October 2006, Mr. Thompson also served as GTT’s chief executive officer. Mr. Thompson continues to head his own private equity investment and advisory firm, Universal Telecommunications, Inc., focused on start-up companies and consolidations taking place in the information/telecommunications business areas both domestically and internationally. From December 2002 to June 2007, he was chairman of Comsat International, one of the largest independent telecommunications operators serving all of Latin America. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Global TeleSystems Group, Inc. from March 1999 through September 2000. Mr. Thompson also served as chairman and CEO of LCI International, Inc. from 1991 until its sale to Qwest Communications International, Inc. in June 1998. He became vice chairman of the board for Qwest until his resignation in December 1998. From 1981 to 1990, Mr. Thompson served as executive vice president of MCI Communications Corporation. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Pendrell Corporation and Penske Automotive Group, Inc. Mr. Thompson served as the co-chairman for the Americas and is currently on the executive committee of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission, a multinational organization launched in Brussels in 1995 to chart the role of the private sector in the developing global information and telecommunications infrastructure. He serves as a member of the Irish Prime Minister’s Ireland-America Economic Advisory Board. Mr. Thompson received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard’s Business School and holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Richard D. Calder, Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Richard “Rick” D. Calder, Jr. is GTT’s president and chief executive officer, appointed by GTT’s board of directors effective May 2007. He brings over two decades of experience in the telecommunications arena to GTT. In his role, Mr. Calder has full strategic and operational responsibility for the company and also serves as a director on the company’s board of directors. Mr. Calder joined GTT from InPhonic, Inc., a leading provider of wireless services and products, where he served as the president and chief operating officer. Prior to InPhonic, Mr. Calder was president of Business Enterprise & Carrier Markets at Broadwing Communications. He held senior management positions at Winstar Communications and prior to Winstar, Mr. Calder co-founded GO Communications, a wireless communications company. In his early career, Mr. Calder held various marketing and business development positions at MCI Communications, and various marketing and engineering positions at Tellabs, Inc. Mr. Calder received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Howard E. Janzen
Howard Janzen has served as president and CEO of Cool Planet Energy Systems since May 2012. Janzen was the chief executive officer of One Communications, the country’s largest privately held multi-regional supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005 he served as president of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint’s global business customer base with almost 10,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was president of Sprint’s Global Markets Group, responsible for Sprint’s $8 billion long-distance business for both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, Janzen served as president and chief executive officer, and chairman from 2001, of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing it’s almost $7 billion next-generation fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry with peak market capitalization of $30 billion. Beginning in 1979, Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams’ energy and natural gas pipeline businesses. Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Sonus Networks and Vocera Communications. Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. Janzen serves as a board member for a number of non-profit organizations including The Colorado School of Mines Foundation, The University of Tulsa, Hillcrest Healthcare System, Morningside Foundation and The Heart of America Boy Scout Council. He also serves on the Governor’s Science and Technology Council for the State of Oklahoma and is a commissioner and chairman of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC).
Joe (S. Joseph) Bruno
S. Joseph Bruno has been a director since May 2007. Mr. Bruno has served since 2004 as president and CEO of Building Hope, a private foundation that develops and finances real estate facilities for charter schools. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Bruno served as senior consultant-eHealth Division of BCE Emergis, an eCommerce service provider in the health and financial services sectors, where he focused on financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and tax compliance. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Bruno also served as director, international operations for Carey International. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Bruno was senior vice president, chief financial officer and corporate secretary of United Payors & United Providers, Inc., a publicly-traded service provider in the health care industry. From 1989 to 1995, he was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand LLP, which merged with Price Waterhouse to form PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Bruno served as senior vice president of operations and chief financial officer of Jurgovan & Blair, Inc., a health care and information technology services provider, and from 1971 to 1986, he was employed by KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, an international public accounting firm, including six years as a partner. Mr. Bruno currently serves on a number of boards in the charter school sector, including Somerset Preparatory Academy Public Charter School, the Center City Public Charter Schools, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, Idaho Charter School Network, and Friends of Choice in Urban Schools. He also chairs the board of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Mr. Bruno has been a certified public accountant since 1972. Mr. Bruno received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Rhodric C. Hackman
Rhodric C. Hackman has been a director since January 2005, and from January 2005 to October 2006 served as our president and secretary. In October 1999, Mr. Hackman co-founded Mercator Capital L.L.C., a merchant and investment bank focused on communications, media and technology. Mr. Hackman was a partner of Mercator Capital and its affiliates from its formation until 2016. From 1981 to 1999, Mr. Hackman served in a corporate finance role within several investment banking firms including Kidder, Peabody & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities and Hackman, Baring & Co. Mr. Hackman also served as a line officer in the US Navy where he supervised, operated and managed shipboard nuclear reactors. Mr. Hackman received a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy majoring in Applied Mathematics and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
Theodore B. Smith
Theodore B. Smith III has spent decades successfully leading and growing businesses. He currently serves as managing member at GHS Partners LLC, a management company that focuses on wealth enhancement through investment management, advanced estate planning, asset protection, and tax planning. Mr. Smith is also managing director of Canrock Ventures, an early-stage venture fund, and runs Piping Rock Advisors LLC, an investment and venture consulting business. He previously served as the chairman and chief executive officer of John Hassall, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of specialty aerospace and automotive fasteners, from 2004 until 2014, when he successfully sold the business to Novaria Group LLC. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Smith served as president of Hassall, and from 1989 to 1997 he served in various positions in manufacturing and sales for the company. Prior to Hassall, Mr. Smith worked at Bear Stearns in Risk Arbitrage and Institutional Equities. He is chair of the Nominating & Governance committees, and sits on the Audit, Compensation and M&A committees for the GTT board. He also serves on the boards of The Alberleen Group, an independent investment bank and merchant-banking firm; Rogers Investment Advisors K.K., a licensed Tokyo-headquartered asset management company specializing in Asian alternative investment products; and Personal Wines (Pervino, Inc.), a premier provider of personalized wines and estate wine brokers. He is also an advisory board member for Metropolitan Partners Group, a direct lending firm that provides short-term loans to small and mid-sized, non-sponsored U.S. businesses. He previously served on the boards of Crowdster and Sentiment Alpha. Mr. Smith is also involved with YPO/WPO International and several non-profits, including the Whitney Museum’s Photography Committee and Autism Speaks, and is a trustee of the North Shore Land Alliance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and art history from Colgate University and completed the Stanford Executive Program, the Harvard Business School Programs in Management Development and the Stanford Directors’ College at the Stanford Law School, and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Nick Adamo currently serves as senior vice president of the global service provider segment for Cisco, a division that is responsible for $13 billion in annual sales. Adamo brings extensive industry experience to his role on the GTT board, including spearheading numerous sales and technology growth initiatives in the enterprise and service provider segments at Cisco. Prior to his current position, Adamo was senior vice president for the Americas region, where he managed more than 6,500 employees across the United States, Canada, and Latin America, and was responsible for approximately 70 percent of Cisco’s annual sales. Adamo’s leadership experience includes acting as Cisco’s representative to the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a U.S.-based organization that is committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations standards for the communications and IT industry. In addition to key positions at Cisco, Adamo worked in sales and sales management roles in the finance industry at IBM. Adamo volunteers on the board of Inwood House, a not-for-profit organization in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Columbia University in New York City.
Elizabeth Satin is head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Wolters Kluwer and has 25 years of M&A and corporate finance experience having completed over 200 deals in her career. In her role, Ms. Satin leads acquisitions and divestitures for Wolters Kluwer’s four global divisions, and has completed over 30 transactions for the company over the past five years. Ms. Satin is part of the Senior Management Council and the Senior Leadership Council of Wolters Kluwer. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Ms. Satin was an investment banker focused on the media industry. She spent 19 years at Lehman Brothers where she was a managing director in the Investment Banking Media and Communications Group. In this role, Ms. Satin led over 175 transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and financing transactions including initial public offerings and leveraged buyouts for industry leading private equity firms. Ms. Satin has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Brown University in International Relations and Semiotics.
Julius Erving, internationally recognized as Dr. J, brings close to 40 years of experience as a basketball sports leader, business executive and entrepreneur, to his role on the GTT board. Mr. Erving currently serves as founder and managing member of Dr. J Enterprises, which manages the merchandising, media and philanthropic involvement of the Julius “Dr. J” Erving brand. Mr. Erving’s business affiliations have generated close to $2.5 billion in revenue and brand value for his partners and clients. He has served on various boards of directors, including Converse, Darden Group, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, LCI International, Meridian Bank, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Sports Authority, The University of Massachusetts, Widener University and Williams Communications. Mr. Erving holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, as well as honorary degrees from Temple University and Philadelphia University.