Board of Directors

Dave Schaeffer

Dave Schaeffer, age 62, founded our Company in August 1999 and is our Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Schaeffer was the founder of Pathnet, Inc., a broadband telecommunications provider, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 1995 until 1997 and as Chairman from 1997 until 1999. Mr. Schaeffer has been a director since 1999. Mr. Schaeffer serves as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") because he is the founder of the Company and has successfully led the Company and the board since the Company was founded. For this reason he has been nominated to continue serving on the Board. Since 2014, Mr. Schaeffer has been a director of CyberArk Software Ltd., (NASDAQ: CYBR) a publicly traded Israeli company.  Mr. Schaeffer can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 202-295-4201.

Steven Brooks

Steven D. Brooks, age 66, has served on our Board since October 2003. Mr. Brooks is a private investor. He was Managing Partner of BCP Capital Management from 1999 to 2009. From 1997 until 1999, Mr. Brooks headed the technology industry mergers and acquisition practice at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Previously, Mr. Brooks held a variety of positions in the investment banking and private equity fields, including: Head of Global Technology Banking at Union Bank of Switzerland, Managing Partner of Corporate Finance at Robertson Stephens, founder and Managing Partner of West Coast technology investment banking at Alex Brown & Sons, and Principal at Rainwater, Inc., a private equity firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Brooks has been nominated to continue serving on the Board because of his extensive experience with firms such as Cogent and with public market activities of such companies. Having been involved with the Company since its early days he also brings extensive historical perspective to the Board. Mr. Brooks can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 202-295-4265.

Blake Bath

D. Blake Bath, age 56, has served on our Board since November 2006. He is currently engaged in philanthropic concerns. He is a board member of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation in Washington DC, and a board member and the treasurer of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Educational Foundation. From 2006 to 2016 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Bay Bridge Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm in Bethesda, MD. From 1996 until 2006, Mr. Bath was Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and, as a senior equity research analyst for Lehman Brothers, was Lehman's lead analyst covering wireline and wireless telecommunications services. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers he was the primary telecommunications analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein from 1992 to 1996. From 1989 to 1992 he was an analyst in the Strategic Planning and Corporate Finance organizations at MCI Communications. Mr. Bath has been nominated to continue serving on the Board because of his wide experience with the telecommunications industry which allows him to contribute a broad perspective to discussions about the Company's future activities and its place in the current competitive landscape. Mr. Bath can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 202-295-4226.

Marc Montagner

Marc Montagner, age 57, has served on our Board since April 2010. He is currently Chief Financial Officer at Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI), which position he has held since September of 2015. He was previously Chief Financial Officer at LightSquared from 2012 until August 2015. Previously, he had been Executive Vice President of Strategy, Development and Distribution at LightSquared. On May 14, 2012, LightSquared filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Prior to joining LightSquared in February of 2009, Mr. Montagner was Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Telecom, Media and Technology Merger and Acquisition Group at Banc of America Securities. Until August of 2006, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and M&A with the Sprint Nextel Corporation. Prior to this, Mr. Montagner had the same responsibilities with Nextel Communications. Prior to 2002, Mr. Montagner was a Managing Director in the Media and Telecom Group at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Montagner worked for France Télécom in New York where he was Head of Corporate Development for North America. He holds an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, in Paris, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Montagner has been nominated to the Board due to his extensive experience in the telecommunications industry, specifically with respect to operational, financial and strategic matters. Mr. Montagner can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 202-295-4262.

Lewis Ferguson

Lewis H. Ferguson, III, age 74, has served on our Board since October 2018. He was appointed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") to two terms as a board member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board ("PCAOB"), the oversight body for auditors of U.S. public companies, serving from 2011 to 2018. Mr. Ferguson served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators, the international coordinating body of more than 50 independent audit regulators throughout the world, from 2012 to 2015. Mr. Ferguson also served as the first general counsel of the PCAOB from 2004 to 2007.  Prior to his service at the PCAOB, Mr. Ferguson was a partner at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, LLP from 1979 to 1993 and 1998 to 2003, and at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP ("Gibson Dunn") from 2007 to 2011, specializing in securities controversy work, board counseling, representation of audit firms and corporate financial restructurings. While he was a partner at Gibson Dunn he served as acting General Counsel and part of the senior management team at Sunrise Senior Living, the nation's largest provider of senior living facilities, during its financial restructuring from 2009 to 2010. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Wright Medical Technology from 1994 to 1997, a publicly traded medical device manufacturer, where he was also head of strategic planning and acquisitions, completing approximately 25 acquisitions of companies and technologies and raising approximately $100 million of equity capital.  Mr. Ferguson has at various times served on the boards of seven companies, two public and five private. The two public companies were Wright Medical Technologies (1994-1997) and Cogent Communications Group, Inc., a predecessor of the Company (2007 to 2009). His roles as a board member included board chair of one company and audit committee chair, compliance committee chair or member of several others. Mr. Ferguson also taught tax, securities and business planning law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1985 to 2000 and has lectured widely on accounting regulation, the role of audit committees and corporate governance. Mr. Ferguson can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 202-295-4253.

Sheryl Kennedy

Sheryl Kennedy, age 64, has served on our Board since November 2019. Ms. Kennedy is non-executive Chair of Promontory Financial Group Canada, an IBM Company that provides consulting services to the financial services industry.  She is also Vice Chair of the Canadian Public Accountability Board and a Director of the CLS Group Holdings AG and CLS Bank International Board of Directors, serving on the Audit and Finance and the Nominating and Governance Committees. From 1994 to 2008 she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada and chaired the Markets Committee at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland from 2003 to 2006.  She also served as Senior Advisor for International Strategy for Scotiabank in 2006.  Prior to her time with the Bank of Canada, Kennedy worked in the Canadian federal Department of Finance and served as Finance Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France.  Ms. Kennedy serves on the University of Waterloo Board of Governors and its Audit and Risk and Finance and Investment Committees, is a Trustee of the Anglican Church of Canada General Synod Pension Plan and is Vice Chair of the Mothers Matter Centre. Ms. Kennedy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-295-4278.

Carolyn Katz

Carolyn Katz, age 57, has served on our Board since November 2019. Ms. Katz has served on the boards of several public and private companies since 2000.  She has been a director of Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG) since 2014, where she is a member of the Audit and Compensation committees.  From 2004 to 2017 she was also a director of American Tower Corporation, a provider of international communications infrastructure, where she was a member of the Audit committee.  From 2002 to 2015 she was a director of NII Holdings, a multinational cellular telecommunications company, where she served as lead director, chair of the Audit committee and was a member of the Finance and Corporate Governance and Nominating committees.  From 2000 to 2004 she was a director of Universal Access, serving on the Audit Committee.  From 2000 to 2001 Ms. Katz served as a principal of Providence Equity Partners Inc., a private investment firm specializing in equity investments in telecommunications and media companies.  From June 1984 to April 2000, she worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co., ending her tenure there as a managing director and co-head of Emerging Communications.  She is a graduate of Princeton University. Ms. Katz can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-295-4251.

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