Cerberus Telecom Acquisition Corp.
Board of Directors
Frank Bruno, Board Chairman and Co-Founder
Mr. Bruno is the Board Chairman and Co-Founder of CTAC. Mr. Bruno also serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Cerberus and is responsible for leading Cerberus’ global investment activities across credit, private equity, and real estate strategies, working closely with Co-Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Feinberg. Prior to this role, Mr. Bruno was President of Cerberus Global Investments, where he was responsible for leading Cerberus’ international businesses.Read More
Since joining Cerberus in 1998, Mr. Bruno has overseen the investment of more than $38 billion in equity capital in Asia and Europe alone. Under Mr. Bruno’s leadership, Cerberus expanded its international presence significantly, opening global advisory offices across Asia, including Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and across Europe, including Baarn, Belfast, Dublin, Frankfurt, London and Madrid. Mr. Bruno graduated from Cornell University and received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bruno currently serves on the Wharton School’s Graduate Advisory Board.
Tim Donahue, Director and CEO
Mr. Donahue is the Chief Executive Officer of CTAC and serves as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Donahue is a distinguished industry leader who most recently served as the Executive Chairman of Sprint Nextel and the Chairman of Sprint Nextel Corporation from 2005 to 2006, after Sprint Corporation’s merger with Nextel Communications Inc. Prior to the merger, he served in various executive roles at Nextel, including as Chief Executive Officer from 1999 until 2005 and as President and Chief Operating Officer between 1996 and 1999. During Mr. Donahue’s tenure at Nextel, Nextel experienced significant improvements in financial performance, including significant growth in revenues and EBITDA, and increased its equity market capitalization from under $16 billion to approximately $40 billion. Mr. Donahue started his telecommunications career with McCaw Cellular in 1986 as President of its paging division.Read More
Mr. Donahue is currently a member of the Board of Directors of NVR Inc. (NYSE:NVR) and Ligado Networks. Mr. Donahue is a former director of ADT Corporation (formerly NASDAQ:ADT); Covidien plc (NYSE:COV); Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:KODK); Nextel Partners Inc. (formerly NASDAQ:NXTP); and Tyco International Ltd. (formerly NYSE:TYC). He also served on the Board of John Carroll University and is the former Chairman of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. In 2004, Institutional Investor Magazine honored Mr. Donahue as the best chief executive officer in the telecommunications services and wireless sector based on ratings by investors and brokerage firm analysts. Mr. Donahue received his B.A. in English Literature from John Carroll University.
Dr. Shaygan Kheradpir, Director, CTO, and Chair of Advisory Board
Dr. Kheradpir is the Chief Technology Officer of CTAC and serves as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Advisory Board. Dr. Kheradpir is best known for driving transformational change through technology innovation, most recently at Coriant as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 2015 through 2018. Prior to this role, Dr. Kheradpir served as Chief Operating Officer of Juniper Networks in 2014, and as Group Chief Operating Officer and member of the Global Executive Committee at Barclays Bank from 2011 to 2013. He previously served as Verizon’s Group Chief Information Officer from 2000 to 2010, where he was a member of the founding Executive Leadership Committee. Dr. Kheradpir continues to work with high-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, leading private equity firms, and national governments on 5G networks, next generation applications for the industrial internet, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and blockchain.Read More
While serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coriant, Dr. Kheradpir propelled the company to become the leading insurgent telecom equipment company worldwide across high-speed packet-optical and 5G networks. Dr. Kheradpir’s extensive accomplishments throughout his career also include elevating Juniper Networks to become a premier “cloud builder” and creator of “high IQ networks” via cutting edge networking technology, automation and machine learning; helping to set the course for 21st Century industrialization while at Barclays; and aiding in Verizon’s transformation from a phone company to a premier telecom company worldwide in super high-speed networks such as FiOS and 4G-LTE.
Dr. Kheradpir received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Kheradpir is on the Board of the MTN Group, is a member of the Cornell University Engineering Council, and served on the Advisory Board of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Kheradpir was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2006 and selected in 1990 as outstanding young engineer by U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Hossein Moiin, Director
Dr. Moiin serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTAC. Dr. Moiin has over 30 years of experience in the ICT sector, most recently as Chief Technology, Innovation, and Strategy Officer for Nokia Mobile Networks from 2016 to 2018, during which time he was responsible for returning the company to profitability following the acquisition of the Alcatel Lucent wireless business and merging portfolios in a manner that minimized customer disruption. He was also responsible for 5G and IoT, and for creating a roadmap from 4G networks encompassing technology and business models. Prior to this role, Dr. Moiin was Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and a member of the Executive Board of Nokia from January 2012 to February 2016.Read More
Dr. Moiin also served in senior technology roles at British Telecom and T-Mobile. Dr. Moiin received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Robert C. Davenport, Director
Mr. Davenport serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTAC. Mr. Davenport also serves as Cerberus’ Head of Global Corporate Credit and Distressed Debt. Mr. Davenport is responsible for overseeing and managing Cerberus’ investments in stressed and distressed debt on a global basis. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Corporate Credit Investment Committee. Since joining the firm in 1996, Mr. Davenport has played a significant role in building and establishing Cerberus’ core credit platform, which has invested approximately $30 billion across industries, geographies, and asset classes. In addition, Mr. Davenport has led the investment of multiple billions of capital per year during periods of market dislocation, such as the Asian Financial Crisis and the Great Financial Crisis.Read More
Mr. Davenport oversees a team of more than 25 dedicated investment professionals, who cover the United States, Europe, and emerging markets and have significant experience identifying and sourcing investment opportunities. During his tenure, Mr. Davenport has helped Cerberus develop new investment strategies that expand outside its core strategy of investing in stressed and distressed debt. Prior to Cerberus, Mr. Davenport was a principal at Vestar Capital Partners from 1990 to 1994, where he was responsible for identifying, analyzing and executing leveraged buyout opportunities. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Davenport worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Drexel Burnham. Mr. Davenport graduated from the University of California. Mr. Davenport is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, California.
Timothy Kasbe, Director
Mr. Kasbe serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTAC. Mr. Kasbe has served as a Director and the President of Zoho Corporation Pty Ltd. (“Zoho”), a leading SAAS and PAAS company that operates in over 180 countries, since 2018. Prior to Zoho, from 2016 to 2017, he was the Chief Information and Digital Officer of The Warehouse Group. Mr. Kasbe has served as the Chief Information Officer of various companies, managing large multi-billion budgets and over approximately 26,000 technologists supporting businesses across retail, finance and high-tech. In 2007, he was named by CIO 100 as one of their Most Innovative CIOs and Influential CIOs.Read More
Mr. Kasbe was a distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford University from 2011 to 2018 and completed doctoral studies in ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Duke University in May 2020. Mr. Kasbe also serves on the board of Cargo Services Far East, Hong Kong and Tamr, Inc.
Tamara Casey, Member
Ms. Casey serves as a member of the Advisory Board of CTAC. Ms. Casey is a seasoned, C-Level executive engaged in engineering, operations and technology development of wireless networks since 1985. Since 2005, she has been a successful start-up founder (currently with AURA Network Systems and formerly 4DK Technologies, sold to Radius Networks in 2014) and advisor to globally recognized investment firms and Cisco, among others.Read More
As a technology advisor, Ms. Casey has managed technical diligence on opportunities such as Blackberry, Pacific Data Vision (Anterix), Lightsquared (Ligado Networks), SubCom, a carve out of a Mexican wireless company, and many others. As a result of her diligence work on Lightsquared (Ligado Networks), Ms. Casey served as Chief Technology Officer upon the company’s exit from bankruptcy.
Prior to these roles, Ms. Casey spent a significant portion of her career with Nextel Communications, where she was widely recognized for her technical leadership and technology development work. Ms. Casey currently serves on the Board of Directors of NextNav. She holds a Strategic Business Leadership certificate from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and graduated from Laney College.
Shervin Gerami, Member
Mr. Gerami serves as a member of the Advisory Board of CTAC. Mr. Gerami also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of TeleWorld Solutions, a wireless services and consulting firm that was recently acquired by Samsung. As Chief Executive Officer since 2009, Mr. Gerami has grown TeleWorld Solutions to over 400 employees, working with over 50 clients, including Tier-1 wireless operators, MSOs, OEMs, media and IoT providers. Mr. Gerami is also the Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of SmallCellSite.com, the first online and open marketplace for real estate for 4G and 5G networks.Read More
Prior to these roles, Mr. Gerami spent a decade working for Nextel, Sprint, and XOHM in various management and technical roles, including management of wireless networks across 3G and 4G. Mr. Gerami received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Gerami has also completed executive education at Harvard and Wharton.
Peter Foyo, Member
Mr. Foyo serves as a member of the Advisory Board of CTAC. Mr. Foyo is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Principal Standard Group (“PSG”) where he oversees a broad range of international development projects in sectors such as real estate, health care, energy, and communications, including the first solar facility in Mexico, a medical plaza in Cancun, and various engagements to analyze ICT acquisition targets. Mr. Foyo is recognized as an accomplished telecommunications executive with a proven ability to translate strategy into profitable results. He spent much of his career as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Nextel de Mexico, where he increased the company’s customer base and secured a significant share of the Mexican postpaid market in the process.Read More
In the early years of his career, he worked at AT&T Corporation, beginning as a product planner in the computer systems division and advancing to become a corporate strategy director. As a leader of the AT&T/Telecom Italia regional network plan for Latin America, he established working partnerships with major telecom organizations such as Entel Chile, Entel Bolivia, and Telefonica Argentina.
Mr. Foyo has held numerous board leadership positions over the course of his career, including serving on the Boards of Palace Resorts Group, Sirran Communications, YipTV, Blackburn Technologies, and the Marquette Companies, a prominent real estate company. Mr. Foyo also served on the Advisory Board of the freight rail company, Kansas City Southern. He received a B.A. in international business and economics from Benedictine University in Illinois. A Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, Mr. Foyo also serves as a reserve U.S. Embassy Attaché.
Additional Management Team Members
Jeff Lomasky, CFO
Mr. Lomasky is the Chief Financial Officer of CTAC. Mr. Lomasky also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Cerberus. Prior to joining Cerberus in 1994, Mr. Lomasky was the Chief Financial Officer of New Street Securities from 1992 to 1994.Read More
From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Lomasky was the controller of Drexel Burnham Lambert and from 1989 to 1990, he was the Chief Financial Officer of European activities for Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Lomasky graduated from Bernard Baruch College.
Nicholas Robinson, Co-CIO
Mr. Robinson serves as the Co-Chief Investment Officer of CTAC alongside Michael Palmer. Mr. Robinson is a Managing Director and Cerberus’ Global Head of Trading. Mr. Robinson helps manage several of Cerberus’ largest ICT investments and he also sits on Cerberus’ Corporate Credit Investment Committee.Read More
He is a member of Cerberus’ Financial Risk Subcommittee and is involved in risk management for the firm globally. Mr. Robinson joined Cerberus in 2011 from Morgan Stanley where he was an Executive Director in the Distressed Credit Trading division. Mr. Robinson started his career in the Leveraged Loan Group at Goldman Sachs in 2004. Mr. Robinson graduated from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Michael Palmer, Co-CIO
Mr. Palmer serves as the Co-Chief Investment Officer of CTAC alongside Nicholas Robinson. Mr. Palmer is a Managing Director at Cerberus within Cerberus’ private equity platform, which invests in global companies across various industries and geographies. In this role, Mr. Palmer helps support Cerberus’ private equity investments in healthcare, telecommunications, and technology companies. Mr. Palmer has assisted in the identification of opportunities to collaborate with innovative managers and invest in sectors undergoing transformation. Mr. Palmer has also contributed to the development of Cerberus’ investing practice in emerging markets and he currently serves on Cerberus’ Emerging Markets Investment Committee.Read More
Mr. Palmer is also on the Board of Directors of Stratolaunch, an American aerospace company that develops and operates technologies to fulfill national priorities; and AURA Network Systems, a company focused on developing a dedicated nationwide air-to-ground wireless communications network. Mr. Palmer previously served on the Board of Directors of Steward Health Care, Covis Pharma, PaxVax Global, and Print Media Holdings, a division of YP Holdings, which was an advertising solutions platform that Cerberus carved out of AT&T. Mr. Palmer graduated from Duke University.