CHAIRMAN AND CEO
Mr. Griffin is a wireless industry pioneer and serial entrepreneur who founded and led Vanguard Cellular Systems from commercial launch to its IPO and eventual sale in 1999 to AT&T. He is also the past chairman of the board of the CTIA wireless trade association and serves as chairman of the SmartSky Board.
PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR
Mr. Stone is a serial entrepreneur in the aviation space, having co-founded and led both Davinci Jets and SmartSky, as well as serving as a director of the SmartSky Board. His background included engineering and leadership roles at Duke Energy and as a U.S. Naval Submarine Officer.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Petzold brings 20-plus years of experience as a CFO in the communications, SaaS, and pharmaceutical industries. His background includes roles as Corporate Controller of a NASDAQ listed company and twice as CFO of subsidiaries of multi-billion dollar market capitalization NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies.
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Ms. Walker brings over 30 years of business development, engineering, and program management experience in advanced radio communications systems, both military and commercial, for use in aviation and spaceborne environments. Besides running multiple consumer businesses as an entrepreneur, Ms. Walker’s prior career included roles at NASA, Harris, LiveTV, Thales, and Leonardo DRS.
CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Mr. Eskridge is a pioneer in business aircraft operations and founder of The Aviation Group, a venture-backed aviation logistics company that is now part of UPS’s worldwide overnight package air services. He brings 30-plus years of entrepreneurial and venture funding experience, is a co-founder of SmartSky, and formerly served as a director on the SmartSky Board.
CHIEF NETWORK OFFICER
Mr. Dodson offers 30-plus years of technical leadership experience in the wireless industry where he was instrumental in building many of the first cellular networks in the U.S. In prior roles, his accomplishments include advanced technology planning and program management; RAN, Core and Transport engineering; and the deployment, service launch and operations of major national wireless networks.
External Board of Directors
REED E. HUNDT
Mr. Hundt is an early investor in the company and formerly served as chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997. He oversaw the introduction of spectrum auctions and the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. After leaving the FCC, he worked as an adviser to McKinsey & Company and currently to GTCR. He is also on the board of several technology companies, including Intel Corp.
Mr. Tankersley is an early investor in the company. Jack is a co-founder of Meritage Funds with more than 35 years of experience as a private equity investor, having raised and managed more than $1 billion of capital during his career. He is responsible for a number of highly successful investments in companies such as Crown Castle and Brooks Fiber Properties. He currently serves on the board of directors of Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley, Calif., and currently serves on the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship’s Executive Advisory Board.
Mr. Yeary is an early investor in the company. He is executive chairman at CamberView Partners, a boutique advisory firm that provides public companies with expertise for succeeding with their institutional investors. He has served on the board of eBay and currently serves on the board of Intel Corporation and PayPal. He previously held roles as Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Citigroup, partner and head of New York office for The Carlyle Group, and managing director at Salomon Brothers.
FRED R. LUMMIS
Fred is co-founder and Chairman of Platform Partners, LLC a major investor in SmartSky. Fred currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Baylor College of Medicine and as a trustee of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Woodberry Forest School. He is also director of Amegy Bancorporation, Houston Baseball Partners and several other privately held companies. Fred received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he captained the Men’s Tennis Team, and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
EMIL W. HENRY, JR.
Mr. Henry is CEO and Founder of Tiger Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth equity investments in infrastructure businesses. Tiger is a significant investor in the Company. Mr. Henry has over 30 years of experience at senior levels of the financial services industry and U.S. government. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, key advisor to two Treasury Secretaries on matters affecting U.S. financial institutions. He currently serves on the board of directors of numerous private and public companies.
Mr. Thompson has both a broad business background and a formal legal background, with over 32 years of experience in the investment industry, as well as in mergers and acquisitions, plus first-hand operating experience. Mr. Thompson has directly led many private equity and real estate investment transactions, including workout situations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thompson was responsible for the acquisitions and management of a $1 billion real estate portfolio for the Ameritech pension trust. He has a J.D. degree from Indiana University Law School and a B.A. in government from Bowdoin College.
Mr. Phillips has over 30 years of investment management experience managing large pools of pension assets in the capacity of both a limited and a general partner. Prior to founding WP Global Partners in 2005, Mr. Phillips was the Chief Investment Officer and CEO for WestAM (U.S.), a subsidiary of WestLB, a large German bank. At WestAM he directed the investment strategy and oversaw the firm’s approximately $3 billion portfolio in commitments to private equity funds, real estate, and direct investments. Recently, he was awarded the Richard J. Daley Medal by the Illinois Venture Capital Association which recognizes “extraordinary contributions to the Illinois Economy resulting from private equity investing.” He has an M.B.A. in finance from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in business from Western Illinois University.