Board of Directors

Gary Parsons

Executive Chairman
Gary Parsons has spent over 40 years in the telecom industry, and is noted for the founding or early stage development of a number of innovative telecom companies, including XM Satellite Radio, SkyTerra, TerreStar Networks, Telecom*USA and MCImetro.  He served as the founding CEO and subsequently Executive Chairman of XM Satellite Radio from 1997 through its merger with Sirius in July 2008, and stepped down as Chairman of the combined Sirius XM Radio, Inc, in November of 2009.    Gary has been a pioneer in the deployment of fiber optic networks in the 80's, CLEC's in the 90's and integrated satellite-terrestrial network technologies (such as XM Radio, SkyTerra and TerraStar) during this past decade.  He holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Science from Clemson University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and is Vice Chairman of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.   

Dr. Rajendra Singh

Vice Chairman
Dr. Singh is the principal owner and Managing Director of Telcom Ventures, LLC, an investment firm specializing in telecommunications and related information technologies, and founder of LCC International, Inc., one of the largest wireless telecommunications engineering consulting firms in the world. He has co-founded numerous successful domestic and international wireless operators and was an early stage investor in XM Satellite Radio and Aether Systems. Dr. Singh received a B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology, earned his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maine and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.   

Jim Fleming

Jim Fleming focuses on investments in communications services, primarily in the wireless, telecom, satellite, and media sectors. He is currently a Director of Presidio, The Tennis Channel, Tristar and Extenet. He previously held board seats with Nuvox Communications (acquired by Windstream), TVCC and CCTV (acquired by Light Squared), Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Satellite Radio, ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3 Communications), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), WCS Wireless (acquired by NextWave Wireless), and WNP Communications (acquired by XO Communications), and has worked closely with a number of former Columbia portfolio companies including Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications) and NeoWorld (acquired by Nextel). Jim received his B.A. from Stanford University.   

Matt Skaruppa

Matt Skaruppa serves as a Vice President of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners where h focuses on operational diligence and portfolio company value creation.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Skaruppa spent 5 years as a Principal at KKR Capstone.  At KKR Capstone, he worked with the media and telecom team to evaluate new opportunities and on value creation initiatives in the broader KKR portfolio.  
 
Prior to joining KKR Capstone, he was with Bain & Co. where he advised clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, industrials, and real estate. He holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from Northwestern University in Chemical Engineering, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was a Siebel Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar.
 

Don Gips

Ambassador Donald Gips serves as a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity Group, and as a venture partner at Columbia Capital.  He currently serves on the boards of Black Rhino, and the Zayo Corporation.  In addition, Don serves on the boards of numerous foreign policy, international relations and charitable organizations.

Amb. Gips served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from July 2009 until January 2013. Prior to serving in South Africa, Don served as Assistant to the President. He was a leader on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team prior to serving in the White House as head of the Office of Presidential Personnel.  Don previously served in the White House during the Clinton administration, as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore.

From 1998-2008, Don was Group Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Level 3 Communications, where he served as Chief Strategy Officer.  Prior to his role at Level 3, Don 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.

Amb. Gips received an MBA from the Yale School of Management and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Bandel L. Carano

Bandel L. Carano, Managing Partner, joined Oak Investment Partners in 1985 and became a General Partner in 1987. Bandel’s investment focus is on Information Technology and Clean Energy.

Bandel is currently on the Boards of Airspan Networks, Boston Power, Centric Software, eSolar, FirstRain, Good Technology, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Mimosa Networks, MobiTV, NeoPhotonics, Nexant, NextNav, nLight, Norse, Protean Electric, SmartDrive, Solarflare Communications, and Sundrop Fuels. Bandel has also led investments in and/or served on the Boards of 2Wire, Avici, CoreTek, Endwave, Fiber Tower, Netopia, Phononic Devices, Picture Tel, Polycom, Presidio, Qtera, Sentient Networks, Tegic, Trapeze Networks, Wellfleet, Entropic, Illustra/Informix, Sybase, Tele Atlas, Actel, Airgo Networks, CommQuest, Kenet, Level 5, NanoH2O, NemeriX, Newport Media, Resonext, SMIC, Synaptics, Virata, Interconnectix, Parametric, SunSun Lighting, Synopsys, Tensilica, Wavestream, and Zayo.

Prior to Oak, Bandel joined Morgan Stanley's Venture Capital Group in 1983. He was responsible for advising Morgan Stanley on high-tech new business development, as well as sponsoring venture investments.

Bandel received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.

Peter Barris

Peter Barris is Managing General Partner of New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Under his leadership, the firm has scaled from $1B to more than $13B in committed capital and expanded its operations to India and China. Peter has led investments in over two dozen technology companies that have successfully completed public offerings or mergers. He serves on the boards of APX Labs, Goji Food Solutions, Groupon (GRPN), MediaOcean, SnagFilms, Sprout Social, Tamr, and ZeroFox. He has been named several times to the Forbes Midas List of top technology investors, to Crain's Chicago 50 Top Tech Stars and to Washington Tech Council's Hall of Fame.  Peter serves as Vice-Chair on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and the Board of the Tuck School Private Equity and Entrepreneur Center. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Dartmouth.

Ganesh Pattabiraman

With over 14 years of experience in technology development and management, Ganesh currently holds 7 patents; former Product Manager of Qualcomm’s LBS Products; Director of Product Management at Mobio; responsible for deployment and commercialization of LBS & other applications to major BREW Operators. Ganesh holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.

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