Mr. Pons, age 62, was originally appointed to the board of directors of Novatel Wireless, Inc. in October 2014 pursuant to the terms of the Investors’ Rights Agreement and became a member of the Board in connection with the internal reorganization that was completed in November 2016. Mr. Pons is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Advisors Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in telecom and technology companies. From May 2014 until January 2017, he was Executive Vice President of Business Development and from September 2011 until June 2016 was on the board of directors, of HC2 Holdings, Inc. (“HC2”) (NYSE MKT: HCHC), a publicly traded diversified holding company with a diverse array of operating subsidiaries, including telecom/infrastructure, construction, energy, technology, gaming and life sciences. From February 2011 to April 2014, Mr. Pons was Chairman of Live Micro Systems, Inc. (formerly Livewire Mobile), a comprehensive one-stop digital content solution for mobile carriers. From January 2008 until February 2011, Mr. Pons was Senior Vice President of TMNG Global (now Cartesian), a leading provider of professional services to the telecommunications industry and the capital formation firms that support it. From January 2003 until April 2007, Mr. Pons served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Uphonia, Inc. (previously SmartServ Online, Inc.), a wireless applications service provider. From March 1999 to August 2003, Mr. Pons was President of FreedomPay, Inc., a wireless device payment processing company. During the period January 1994 to March 1999, Mr. Pons was President of Lifesafety Solutions, Inc., a software company catering to 911 call centers. Mr. Pons currently serves as a board advisor to Clique, a voice communications API platform. Mr. Pons previously served on the boards of directors of Network-1 Technologies, Inc., Arbinet Corporation, PTGi, Inc., HC2, Proxim Wireless Corporation, MRV Communications, Inc., DragonWave-X and Concurrent Computer Corporation. Mr. Pons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rowan University with Honors. Mr. Pons has over 30 years of management experience with telecommunications companies including MCI, Inc., Sprint, Inc. and Geotek, Inc. Mr. Pons’s experience serving on public company boards of directors, his knowledge and expertise as a pioneer in the telecommunications industry and his experience as a senior level executive working in the telecommunications industry provide a relevant and informed background for him to serve as a member of our Board, a member of the Audit Committee of our Board (the “Audit Committee”) and as Chair for each of the Compensation Committee of our Board (the “Compensation Committee”) and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Michael Newman has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Newman, served in senior executive level positions at Websense, Inc. a global leader of advanced IT security solutions, over an eleven-year span from 2002 to 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Chief Financial Officer, and from 2002-2011 he served in a variety of capacities, including General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. At Websense, Mr. Newman was responsible for Accounting, Finance, Tax, Human Resources, Legal, IT, Facilities, and Sales Operations. Prior to his time with Websense, Mr. Newman handled securities and corporate development matters in the legal department for Gateway, Inc., a publicly-traded computer manufacturer. Mr. Newman holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
General John D. Wakelin (U.S. Army, Retired) has served as a director since May 2009. For the last 24 years he has worked in senior executive and business development roles at SAIC, a scientific, engineering, and technology applications company. In September 2013, a new company, Leidos, Inc., was crated and spun off from SAIC. General Wakelin transferred to Leidos, Inc., at that time. At SAIC and Leidos, Inc., General Wakelin has overseen numerous programs in large scale computing, telecommunications systems, and complex enterprise software systems for the public and private sector. He retired as Brigadier General for the Army where he served for 30 years in a number of roles, culminating in the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Command Control and Communications for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Reagan and Bush and as Deputy Commander for Research and Development for the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J. General Wakelin holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Francisco and he completed all graduate level course work in Social Psychology for the Army's Foreign Area Officer Program at San Diego State University. General Wakelin also attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and National War College. He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Association of the United States Army.
Sue Swenson has served as a director since June 2012, Chairman of the Board since April 2014, and Chief Executive officer since October 2015. Ms. Swenson brings decades of leadership experience and operational expertise in the telecommunications industry and considerable experience serving on the boards of growing technology companies. She served as President and CEO of business software provider Sage North America from 2008-2011. Ms. Swenson also served as COO of digital content company, New Motion/Atrinsic, mobile virtual network operator, Amp’d Mobile, and T-Mobile USA. She was also President and COO of Leap Wireless, International (Cricket Communications) from 1999-2004 and President and CEO of Cellular One from 1994-1999. Ms. Swenson serves on the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo, Spirent Plc, Harmonic, and is Chair of FirstNet, the U.S. Department of Commerce First Responder Network Authority, appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary, Rebecca Blank. Ms. Swenson is a graduate of San Diego State University.
James Ledwith has served as a director since March 2008 and as independent lead director from April 2010 until April 2014. Mr. Ledwith served as a partner at Cohn Reznick, LLP, formerly J.H. Cohn, an accounting and consulting firm, from 1992 until his retirement in 2009 and has been a lecturer at San Diego State University from 2000 to 2007 and from 2011 to the present. Mr. Ledwith serves as a director of San Diego Trust Bank, a privately held community bank until its sale in June 2013. Mr. Ledwith is a certified public accountant and received his undergraduate degree from Babson College and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania.
David A. Werner has served as a director since January 2004. Mr. Werner has been co-owner of Aerofit, Inc., an engineered component manufacturer, since 2004. Mr. Werner was previously a partner at Engineered Components, an acquisition and business development company serving the engineered components market, which he joined in 2002. Mr. Werner also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Day Runner, Inc. from 1999 to 2002. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Werner was Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Kaynar Technologies, Inc., a specialty component manufacturer. From 1990 to 1993, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Microdot, Inc. From 1978 to 1990, Mr. Werner served in various accounting, financial, operating and executive positions with Lear Siegler. From 1974 to 1978, Mr. Werner worked for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (currently KPMG). Mr. Werner is a certified public accountant and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Ross is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Media Connex, Inc., a San Diego based company that provides bundled services and equipment for wireless networks, network security, advanced diagnostics, and other IT services and solutions.
Mr. Ross' extensive business and technology background includes leadership positions at major telecommunications companies, including Motorola from 1995 until 2000, at U.S. Robotics prior to its acquisition of Palm, Inc. in 1995, and at Littelfuse, Inc. At Motorola, Mr. Ross was responsible for numerous breakthrough industry initiatives including development and deployment of CDMA StarTACs, the first clamshell mobile phone, which set several technical standards for future mainstream cellular equipment and in 2005 was listed as #6 on The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years in PC World. He also held leadership roles in Motorola's Japan CDMA infrastructure deployment. Mr. Ross also held several key positions at Novatel Wireless, including heading Strategic Business Development, before founding Media Connex.
Mr. Ross holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of management at Northwestern University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.