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Board of Directors

  • Nick Adamo

    Vice Chairman

    Nick Adamo serves as vice chairman on GTT’s Board of Directors and joined the company’s board in 2016. Adamo was formerly 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 vice chairman 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. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Columbia University in New York City. His other board positions include chairman of the board of Commvault Systems, a New Jersey based multinational software company, and board membership of Lookout,  a San Francisco based mobile security software company.

  • Howard E. Janzen


    Howard E. Janzen has been a director since 2006. Mr. Janzen has served as CEO and chairman of several communications and energy companies. He was the executive chairman of Cool Planet Energy Systems from December 2016 until January 2019 and previously served as its president and chief executive officer since May 2012. He currently serves as a member of the Cool Planet board of directors. Mr. Janzen was the chief executive officer of One Communications, the USA’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 client base. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was president of Sprint’s Global Markets Group, a division of Sprint serving both consumer and business clients. From 1994 until October 2002, Mr. Janzen served as president and chief executive officer, and chairman from 2001 to 2002, of Williams Communications Group. Beginning in 1979, Mr. Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams’ energy and natural gas pipeline businesses. Mr. Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Vocera Communications. Mr. Janzen also served on the board of directors of Sonus Networks.

    Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Janzen also serves as a member of the board of directors of Bye Aerospace Inc., a privately held aerospace engineering and technology company. He is a commissioner and chairman emeritus of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission and also serves as chairman of the board of directors for HeritX, an inherited cancer prevention initiative, the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, Denver Area Boy Scouts of America and the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, each a non-profit organization.

  • 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. Mr. Hackman also serves on the Board of Directors of NCB Management Services, Inc.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Satin


    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.

  • Anthony M. Abate


    Mr. Abate was appointed director in January 2021 and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Echo360, Inc., an education technology company, since August 2007. He has also served as chairman of the board of directors of Southeastern Grocers, a multi-brand grocery store business, since May 2018; a director for Tops Markets Corporation, a private regional grocery chain, since November 2018; and a director for Denbury, Inc., an independent energy company, since November 2020. Mr. Abate’s previous experience includes serving as a General Partner at Battery Ventures, where he led several mobile and network-based communications investments; as Chief Financial Officer of Grab Networks; as Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, focusing on the technology, media and telecom sector; and as a director for Broadview Networks and Cbeyond. Mr. Abate graduated summa cum laude with a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

  • Sherman Edmiston III


    Mr. Edmiston was appointed director in January 2021 and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee.  He has served as a Managing Member of HI CapM Advisors, a consulting firm providing strategic and financial advice to corporations, PE firms and hedge funds, since August 2016. He also currently serves as a director of Arch Coal, Inc., the second largest producer of thermal and metallurgical coal in the United States, Arko Corp., a leading independent convenience store operator, Key Energy Services, Inc., a leading provider of oilfield services such as well service rigs and fluid management services in the Permian Basin and California, and Mallinckrodt SpecGX, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality specialty generic drugs and bulk API products including opioids and acetaminophen. Mr. Edmiston has previously served as a director of Centric Brands, Inc., Monitronics International, Inc., Maremont Corporation and HCR ManorCare Inc. Mr. Edmiston holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

  • Eugene Davis


    Mr. Davis was appointed director in January 2021 and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. He has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIRINATE Consulting Group, LLC, a privately held consulting firm specializing in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting, hostile and friendly takeovers, proxy contests and strategic planning advisory services for domestic and international public and private business entities since 1999. From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Davis was the President, Vice Chairman and a director of Emerson Radio Corporation, a consumer electronics company. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Davis was the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Sport Supply Group, Inc., a direct-mail marketer of sports equipment. Mr. Davis currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of FTS International, Inc., and as a director of Hycroft Mining Corporation, where he is Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. During the past five years, Mr. Davis has served as a director of the following public or formerly public companies: Montage Resources Corp., Seadrill Limited, VICI Properties Inc., Verso Corporation, ALST Casino Holdco, LLC, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Atlas Iron Limited, The Cash Store Financial Services, Inc., Dex One Corp., Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, Global Power Equipment Group, Inc., Goodrich Petroleum Corp., Great Elm Capital Corp., GSI Group, Inc., Hercules Offshore, Inc., HRG Group, Inc., Knology, Inc., SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc., Spansion, Inc., Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., Titan Energy LLC, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., U.S. Concrete, Inc. and WMIH Corp.

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