Board of Directors & Advisors
C. James Judson, Chairman
Mr. Judson was the Founding President and a Board Member of Nextel International, of XO Communications and of a joint venture controlling the Unicom cellular franchise for Shanghai, China and was an Alternate Director of China Unicom. He was a member of Eagle River Investments, LLC, a Kirkland – based venture capital fund formed by Craig O. McCaw to focus on investment opportunities in communications. Mr. Judson is a Board Member of: GigOptx, Inc., Port Blakely Tree Farms, Garrett and Ring, Joshua Green Corporation , Welco Lumber, Airbiquity, Sonata Capital , Eden Rock Communications, Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research, and TSK America. Mr. Judson serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Foundation, the Yosemite National Institutes (emeritus) and the Washington Athletic Club (first vice chair, finance committee). Mr. Judson attended Stanford University, B.A. cum laude 1966, and Stanford Law School, LLB. 1969 and was Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review.
Dave Gibbons, CEO
Dave Gibbons has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the mobile industry, including operational and senior leadership positions with Motorola, Nokia, AT&T Wireless, and Elektrobit. Dave’s background in mobile spans from 1G to 4G with roles focused on handsets, infrastructure, operations, and business leadership. While with Nokia, Dave managed the system engineering group and led efforts to form their business infrastructure in the US. As President of EB Group - Americas, Dave focused on handset development and reference designs, growing their semiconductor market, and developing an Asian manufacturing base as owner of a $50M P&L. During his time as CTO of the fixed wireless division of AT&T Wireless, Dave led the development of their OFDM technology - a predecessor to the 4G LTE standard. Additionally, Dave was a member of the senior leadership and IPO team when AT&T Wireless was spun out of AT&T in 2000 – the largest ever IPO at the time. Dave’s passion for disruptive wireless innovations, coupled with his entrepreneurial and leadership talents, led him to co-found both Eden Rock Communications (a leader in 4G self organizing networks), and Opanga Networks (the world’s leader in mobile device caching solutions). In addition to serving as a board member for Eden Rock Communications, Dave is currently the CEO of Opanga Networks.
Ed Salley, Director
Ed has over 40 years of telecom industry experience in executive positions with AT&T, AT&T Wireless, NorthStar Communications Group, and PRTM Management Consultants. He has extensive experience in product management, supply-chain, and network operations, as well as international business development, marketing and sales. Ed is the past President of The Performance Measurement Group, PRTM’s operations performance benchmarking services company. Ed graduated from Ga Tech (BIE), Lehigh University (MSIE) and attended executive development programs at Penn State, Stanford and Harvard Universities.
Iván Alonso Hernandez, Director
Iván has over 20 years of telecom and information technology industry experience in executive positions with Axtel and other service oriented companies. He has extensive experience in information technology, network planning, implementation and operations, and business development. Iván is the Executive Director for Innovation and Technology of Axtel. Iván graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology (BIE), and attended the executive development programs at IPADE.
Arlen Prentice, Board Advisor
Arlen (“Arnie”) Prentice is Chairman and CEO of Kibble & Prentice, an insurance and financial services firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, which he co-founded in 1972. Mr. Prentice currently serves on the Board of Directors of Flow International, Northland Telecommunications Corporation and Pacific Marketing International. Mr. Prentice recently retired from the Board of Directors of the Starbucks Coffee Company, a position he held for 19 years. Mr. Prentice is a member of many professional and civic associations at the international, national and local levels, including the Million Dollar Round Table, the National Association of Corporate Directors (Seattle-Northwest Chapter), the Central Washington University Foundation Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees for the Seattle World Trade Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Business Alliance and the Methow Conservancy.
Bill Owens, Board Advisor
William Owens joined AEA Holdings Asia on April 1, 2006 and is managing director of AEA Investors in Hong Kong. Prior to joining AEA, he was chief executive officer and vice chairman of Nortel. Prior to joining Nortel, Mr. Owens was chief executive officer and chairman of Teledesic LLC and before that, he was the president, chief operating officer and vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the largest employee-owned high-technology company in the U.S. Prior to joining SAIC, Mr. Owens was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military officer in the U.S. He had responsibility for the reorganization and restructuring of the armed forces in the post-Cold War era. Mr. Owens has served on the board of directors of nineteen public companies and has founded two technology companies, Lumera and Extend America. He is on the board of Daimler Chrysler AG, Polycom, Wipro, Embarq and AEA Investors LLC. Mr. Owens is a member of several philanthropic boards including the Carnegie Foundation, Brookings Institution and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Owens has a B.A. and M.S. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and an M.S. in management from George Washington University.