IntelePeer’s Board of Directors provides us significant guidance and leadership. Our current members are some of the most revolutionary and innovative people in the communications industry.
Lawrence Irving, Chairman of the Board and Audit Committee Chairman
Lawrence is the Chief Financial Officer at Synchronoss Technologies, a NASDAQ listed company that is a premier provider of on-demand transaction management software to tier-1 communications service providers and OEMs. Prior to joining Synchronoss Technologies, Lawrence was the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary at CommTech Corporation, a communications service provider. Before joining CommTech Corporation, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Holmes Protection Group, a NASDAQ company that provides electronic security services.
Previously, Lawrence held senior management positions in finance at Centennial Security Holdings, Inc., The National Guardian Corporation, Berkey, Inc. and Kane Miller Corporation where he started his career in finance in 1978.
Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He won the New Jersey CFO of the Year Award in 2009 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Technology Council – CFO Network.
Frank Fawzi, President and CEO
Frank M. Fawzi is the Chief Executive Officer at IntelePeer, a cloud communications platform company based in San Mateo, California. He joined IntelePeer in 2006 as a Board Member then as CEO in 2007. Mr. Fawzi has been a guiding force in driving the company’s efforts to become a leading innovator of communications services and applications. And with his leadership, the ability to attract and retain exceptional talent and to raise the necessary venture funding, IntelePeer has grown dramatically. This rapid growth was funded with over $55M in venture financing that Mr. Fawzi secured from VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners, and EDF Ventures. In recognition, the company has received numerous awards for its products, customer service and leadership over the past several years, including being named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing U.S. companies and to Deloitte’s Silicon Valley’s Fast 50 Rising Star. In March 2015, Mr. Fawzi was the recipient of the 2014 ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award by Stevens Technology Institute, recognizing his leadership talent and achievements.
Between 1991 and 2001, Mr. Fawzi founded and grew CommTech Corporation to be an early leader in the communications software sector. Recognizing CommTech’s leadership and the management capabilities of Mr. Fawzi and his team, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners provided the company with funding, which CommTech deployed to fund its aggressive expansion organically and through acquisitions. CommTech was eventually acquired by ADC, a leading provider of broadband solutions for the telecommunication industry for $178M.
Prior to founding CommTech, Mr. Fawzi worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and other divisions of AT&T. While at AT&T, he worked as the lead data communications architect on a team responsible for AT&T being awarded a $1.4 billion contract from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Fawzi received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in ‘84 and a Master’s of Science in Management in ’87 both from Stevens Institute of Technology.
William J. Harding, Board Member, Chairman of the Compensation Committee
Dr. William Harding has served as a Managing Director of VantagePoint Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, since October 2007. Prior to joining VantagePoint Venture Partners, Dr. Harding was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley & Co., President of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and a Managing Member of several venture capital funds affiliated with Morgan Stanley, where he was employed from 1994 through 2007. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Dr. Harding was a General Partner of several venture capital partnerships affiliated with J.H. Whitney & Co.
Previously, Dr. Harding was associated with Amdahl Corporation, a computer systems manufacturer, from 1976 to 1985, serving in various technical and business development roles. Prior to Amdahl, Dr. Harding held several technical positions with Honeywell Information Systems.
Dr. Harding holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mathematics and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Harding also served as an officer in the Military Intelligence Branch of the United States Army Reserve.
Javier Rojas, Board Member
Javier Rojas, Managing Director of Kennet Partners, leads the U.S.investment activities. He is also currently on the boards of Revolution Prep and AcademixDirect. Prior to joining Kennet, he was a managing director of Broadview International and led its West Coast software and services practice. Javier specializes in advising high growth, early-stage companies on how to capitalize on emerging technology markets and partnering opportunities. He has invested and/or advised on a number of successful companies and high value exits including Etek, Webex, Looksmart, Blue Mountain Arts, When.com and Rightworks.
Previously, Javier was with Morgan Stanley. Earlier, he founded a software firm that developed products for capital markets interest rate and currency swap traders. He holds an MBA degree from The Harvard Business School and a BAS degree from Georgetown University.
Keith Olsen, Board Member
Keith Olsen has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2011. Mr. Olsen currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of vXchnge Holdings, LLC, a private company offering data center services. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Switch and Data Facilities Company, Inc., a public company who was a provider of network-neutral data centers that house, power and interconnect the Internet, from February 2004 to May 2010, when Switch and Data Facilities Company, Inc. was acquired by Equinix, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Olsen served as a Vice President of AT&T, where he was responsible for indirect sales and global sales channel management from May 1993 to February 2004. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Olsen served as Vice President of Graphnet, Inc., a provider of integrated data messaging technology and services. Mr. Olsen also serves as am independent director, for RigNet, NASDAQ listed company. Mr. Olsen brings experience in running a public company to our board as well as a wealth of experience in the communication industry.
Thomas Weilby Knudsen, Board Member
Thomas has worked with venture capital (VC) for more than a decade. He has gained extensive experience in establishing new businesses across Europe and has specialized in maturing businesses for the US market. He joined IVS in 2002, and when it became Northcap Partners in 2006, he was a driving force in establishing the current Northcap team and firm.
Since closing his first VC investment with the hosting company eStructure.net in 2000, Thomas has now more than 20 investment under his belt. Taking a special interest in cloud computing and SaaS businesses, Thomas built his first SaaS business in 1996, which he grew to 200,000 subscribers across four countries.
Prior to joining the VC business, Thomas held several senior management positions in IT and Internet-based companies. Among other merits, Thomas led the Managed Services business unit at Cybercity (Telenor) launching a number of innovative products in a highly competitive market, and at TDC, Thomas built a new business unit from scratch. He received his M.Sc. degree in Finance and Business Administration from University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Around the office Thomas is said to have an impatient mindset, which might explain why he prefers action sports like running or mountain biking over a trip to the golf course.