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.
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.
General Counsel and EVP, Corporate Development
Chris McKee is GTT’s general counsel and EVP, corporate development and corporate secretary for the GTT board. Mr. McKee is responsible for all of the company’s corporate legal requirements, human resources and supplier management. Mr. McKee also oversees the development of strategic business opportunities for the company, including all merger and acquisition activities. Mr. McKee has over 20 years of broad legal experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining GTT, he served as general counsel for StarVox Communications where he was responsible for the company’s legal department, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, litigation, and legal support for the sales teams. Mr. McKee also formerly served as vice president and assistant general counsel for Covad Communications where he headed Covad’s Washington DC office and directed the federal and state regulatory compliance and advocacy efforts for the company. Mr. McKee previously worked for XO Communications, Net2000 Communications and was in private practice in Washington DC as an associate at Dickstein Shapiro and Cooley LLP. Mr. McKee also serves as a director of Cool Technologies, which is developing heat dispersion technologies for use in various product platforms worldwide (NASDAQ: WARM). Mr. McKee received a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and a law degree from Syracuse University.
Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Dan Fraser is GTT’s senior vice president and corporate controller and interim chief financial officer, leading GTT’s global finance group, including financial operations, external reporting, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and all banking and advisory relationships. Mr. Fraser joined GTT in April 2014, and he has served as principal accounting officer and global corporate controller during his tenure. Prior to GTT, Mr. Fraser served as corporate leader of external financial reporting and accounting policy & revenue recognition at Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Fraser has also held senior finance and accounting roles at DigitalBridge Communications and Sprint Nextel. Mr. Fraser began his career specializing in corporate finance, risk management and providing assurance services at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Fraser is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Fraser holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, Accounting and Company Law from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Division President, Europe
Jesper Aagaard is GTT’s division president, Europe, responsible for leading sales and operations, as well as the client service experience, for GTT’s enterprise, channel, carrier and government clients in mainland Europe and the United Kingdom as well as the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Mr. Aagaard joined GTT through the May 2018 acquisition of Interoute, where he served as managing director, Nordics and Holland. Prior to Interoute, Mr. Aagaard was managing director of Comendo Network, a Danish company listed on NASDAQ OMX, acquired by Interoute in 2012. Prior to Comendo Network, Mr. Aagaard was co-founder and CEO of Netmore A/S, an independent network consulting firm, which was acquired by Comendo Network in 2008. Mr. Aagaard started his career in the shipping industry before moving to the IT and telecommunications sector in 1998. He held sales management roles at UUNET and COLT Technology Services from 1999 to 2006.
Division President, Americas
Ernie Ortega is GTT’s division president, Americas. In this role, Mr. Ortega is responsible for overseeing sales and operations, as well as client service experience, for GTT’s enterprise, channel, carrier and government clients in the region. Mr. Ortega brings over 30 years of telecom experience to GTT with a strong record of delivering revenue growth at major companies, including MCI, XO, Cogent and Colt. He has held various C-level roles with leading organizations ranging from 300 to 1,500 employees and with responsibility for $400 million to $1.7 billion in revenue. Mr. Ortega was most recently CEO of Towerstream. He has also held the chief revenue officer position at Colt Technology Services, where he had global responsibility for sales, marketing, operations and sales engineering spanning three continents. Before joining Colt, Mr. Ortega was chief revenue officer at Cogent, and prior to that he spent 14 years at XO Communications in leadership positions, including executive vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for the growth of XO’s revenue stream. Mr. Ortega started his career in the telecommunications industry at MCI in various senior management roles.
Senior Vice President, Business Operations and Systems
Corey Eng is GTT’s senior vice president, business operations and systems, leading GTT’s software development, systems integration and business operations worldwide. Mr. Eng is a veteran of the telecommunications industry, bringing over 20 years of management experience to the company. Prior to joining GTT, Mr. Eng was vice president of marketing for Comcast, where he was responsible for business services marketing. Before Comcast, Mr. Eng held several senior level marketing positions with some of the leading telecommunications companies, including Nextel, Broadwing, Winstar, Go Communications and MCI. Mr. Eng received a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from UCLA.
Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Operations
Bob Burris is GTT’s senior vice president, global engineering and operations. Mr. Burris is an industry veteran bringing over 30 years of operational, engineering, and technology experience to the company. Mr. Burris is responsible for all operations and engineering components of the company. Prior to joining GTT, Mr. Burris held vice president level positions at Harris Caprock where he managed the firm’s government transport system and global terrestrial network. Before Caprock, Mr. Burris held senior level management positions at Core 180, Arbinet and Cable and Wireless.
Senior Vice President, Client Experience
Beth Hollenback is GTT’s senior vice president, client experience, responsible for driving continuous improvement of the GTT client experience, including setting the strategic direction, collecting client feedback, applying data analytics, and spearheading client advocacy. Ms. Hollenback joined GTT in August 2015 and has led Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) plus Billing and Collections. She brings nearly 20 years of telecommunications industry experience to GTT. Prior to joining GTT, she led FP&A at Intelsat. Ms. Hollenback holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Stanford University and an MBA in finance from Johns Hopkins University.