Complimentary skills and experience formed from decades in the industry and more than a decade working together
Richard C. Davis
CEO and Director
Mr. Davis, our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors, is a highly experienced executive with over 25 years of experience in corporate finance, private equity and the space industry. He is currently a Managing Director of ADP. He is also a founder and Managing Member of ArgoSat Advisors, a premier global advisory firm focused on the space industry. As part of his duties with ArgoSat, Mr. Davis sits on the boards of SolAero Technologies, Sky and Space Corporation, and EarthDaily Analytics Corp.
Prior to ArgoSat, Mr. Davis was President, and later Interim-CFO, for ProtoStar, a communications satellite operator which raised over $500 million and launched two DTH satellites over Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Davis was a private equity investor Principal at VantagePoint Venture Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm with $4 billion of assets under management. His focus was on media/telecom as well as semiconductors/semiconductor capital equipment. Prior to Vantage Point, he was a Vice President and founding member of the Lehman Brothers Communication Fund which was an $800 million private equity fund focused on communications infrastructure investments. In these roles, Mr. Davis was involved in equity and debt investments, asset acquisitions and dispositions and mergers and other business combinations or spin-offs for approximately two dozen companies in various investment lifecycle stages. Mr. Davis started his corporate finance career as an Associate at Salomon Brothers.
Mr. Davis was formerly an instructor pilot in the United States Air Force. He received his B.S. in Astrophysics (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota, and his MBA from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Shaw, our Chief Technical Officer, is an innovative, respected technologist and business strategist with over two decades of progressive experience in the aerospace and telecommunications industries. An expert in satellite engineering, telecommunications and business development, Dr. Shaw has extensive global experience in conceiving, designing, selling, buying, financing, managing, monitoring and operating satellite and technology projects. He is currently a Managing Director of ADP and a founder and Managing Member of ArgoSat Advisors. As part of his duties with ArgoSat, Dr. Shaw supports clients in leading the design, development, procurement and management of many new satellite projects and financings. He acts as Technical Advisor to financial sector clients to provide due diligence on multibillion-dollar investments or M&A transactions.
Prior to ArgoSat, Dr. Shaw served as Senior Director of Business Development for Orbital Sciences Corporation where he led the Asia Pacific sales activities.
Dr. Shaw has ScD and SM degrees in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BEng degree from Imperial College, London.
Romeo A. Reyes
Mr. Reyes, our Chief Financial Officer, is a veteran investment banker and leveraged finance research analyst. Mr. Reyes began his career in equity research at Goldman Sachs upon graduating from college in 1993. Nearly 30 years later, Mr. Reyes' domain of expertise includes an extensive knowledge of the leveraged finance markets and the TMT industries.
Mr. Reyes spent the bulk of his career at Jefferies LLC, where, over his 19-year tenure, he held leadership positions, including Americas Head of Communications, Cable & Satellites Investment Banking, Director of Leveraged Finance Research and Senior TMT Credit Analyst. Mr. Reyes was instrumental in the origination and structuring as well as the distribution of dozens of high yield and leveraged loan deals in the TMT space. Mr. Reyes' transaction experience, which dates back to the mid-1990s, includes debt and equity capital raises and advisory work for communications service providers, media and emerging technology companies. Mr. Reyes maintains close working relationships with management teams, institutional credit investors and private equity firms. Prior to Jefferies, Mr. Reyes held similar roles at UBS, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Reyes earned an honors degree in Economics (cum laude) from Harvard University.
Board of Directors
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Chandra R. Patel
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Patel, the Chairman of our Board of Directors, is the founder and managing partner of Antarctica Capital. Mr. Patel is responsible for Antarctica Capital’s strategic direction and core relationships and leads the firm’s key expansion initiatives. He developed the real assets business for Antarctica Capital and its SIGA® and SEREY™ investment strategies. Mr. Patel co-founded Antarctica Capital’s private equity business and raised its first real estate fund. Previously, he invested in a portfolio of companies in technology and healthcare, and he was involved in a number of cross-border transactions and policy initiatives. Mr. Patel also founded and held senior management positions at a variety of technology and information services companies and was an associate at a leading New York law firm. He sits on the boards of Weddell Re and EarthDaily Analytics Corp. Mr. Patel graduated from the University of Kansas (Bachelors of Arts), Summa Cum Laude, London School of Economics (Master of Science), and Boston College (Juris Doctor).
Gary D. Begeman, who has agreed to serve as an independent director following the completion of this offering, has over 30 years of experience managing the legal support for a broad range of strategic, financing and commercial transactions for public and private companies. He has served as an independent director on boards of directors of private and publicly held companies including Intelsat Jackson Holdings S.A., a subsidiary of Intelsat SA (since March 2020), SolAero Technologies Corp. (since November 2018), Nine Point Energy (since July 2020), Frontera Holdings (since July 2020), Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (from September 2019 to March 2021), Acosta, Inc. (from August 2019 to December 2019), Toys “R” Us Property Company II, LLC (from August 2017 to December 2018) and Sequa Corporation (from February 2016 to May 2017). He is also the Chair and a director of the University of South Dakota Foundation.
Mr. Begeman was previously Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of NII Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded wireless telecommunications company operating in Latin America (“NII”), from November 2006 to October 2015. In this capacity, he advised the company’s senior management team and board of directors on all legal, regulatory and compliance matters, including through NII’s Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings, which were filed in September 2014. From August 2003 to September 2006, Mr. Begeman was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Sprint Corporation and prior to that, he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Nextel Communications, where he served as lead counsel on behalf of Nextel in the negotiation of its merger with Sprint. Previous to that, Mr. Begeman was General Counsel at XO Communications, Inc., where he advised the senior management team and board of directors on all legal, regulatory and compliance matters and was a Partner at Jones Day LLP, focusing on capital formation and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Begeman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music education from the University of South Dakota and a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University School of Law.
Mr. Dubois, who has agreed to serve as an independent director and chair of our audit committee following the completion of this offering, brings extensive domestic and international experience leading telecom and space-related companies through periods of growth for both public and private companies. He has proven capital markets experience having raised more than $2.5 billion and led over 30 M&A transactions for companies in which he has been a member of senior management. He has led two satellite imaging companies and one telecom company through periods of significant growth and has been advising a data analytics and satellite imaging company as a board advisor through a period of transformation since 2018. As a board advisor to Blacksky, he advised on the carve-out sale of a division and has advised on multiple capital raises and the announced merger of Blacksky with Osprey Technology Acquisition Corp. He served in the chief financial officer role and in a strategic advisory role for GeoEye between 2005 and 2012. For DigitalGlobe, where he served as President, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer from 1999 through 2004, he led the company from its development stage through the commercialization of services from its imaging satellites. And for an Asia Pacific cellular telecom company, PT Centralindo Panca Sakti based in Jakarta, Indonesia, he led the company as chief executive officer from 1995 to 1999 as the company deployed its cellular network and expanded its media operations with acquisitions in related telecom services and television broadcasting.
In addition, Mr. Dubois led Hooper Holmes, a national health risk assessment provider, from 2013 to 2018 as its chief executive officers through a Chapter 11 restructuring that was filed in 2018, refocusing its business lines to high growth opportunities in the healthcare industry shedding under-performing business lines and adding new capabilities through acquisitions. He started his career as a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and as an internal auditor and finance supervisor for Exxon Corporation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross and his Master of Management degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with concentrations in finance, marketing and accounting.
Mr. Leitner, who has agreed to serve as an independent director following the completion of this offering, was the co-head of Blackrock’s Direct Lending and Special Situations investment practice, which had over $17 billion of assets under management at the time of Mr. Leitner’s retirement from BlackRock in December 2020. Mr. Leitner led BlackRock’s investment strategies in the technology, communication services and media sectors, and was also the lead partner for special situations strategies, restructurings, and corporate governance matters for the funds he managed. From 2005 to August 2018, Mr. Leitner held several roles, including Managing Partner, Chairman of the Investment Committee and as a member of the Management Committee, with Tennenbaum Capital Partners (“TCP”), an alternative investment management firm. TCP was acquired by BlackRock in August 2018.
Mr. Leitner has had an extensive career as an executive with several leading technology and global communications firms. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Leitner served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for WilTel Communications. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Leitner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeNet Communications. Mr. Leitner positioned each of GlobeNet and WilTel through successful operating turnarounds and sale transactions. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Leitner served as Vice President of Corporate Development and head of Global Data Center and Colocation Services for 360 Networks. Mr. Leitner also served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Microsoft Corporation, managing corporate investments and acquisitions in the telecommunications, media, managed services, and enterprise software sectors, from 1998 to 2000. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Leitner was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Leitner has served on numerous public and private company boards, including serving as a member and/or chairman of past audit, compensation, executive and governance committees. Mr. Leitner earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A from the University of Michigan. Mr. Leitner is also an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and a licensed EMT in New York.
Michael Leitner currently serves as a director of each of INAP, a global provider of secure, performance-oriented hybrid infrastructure solutions, and Tillman Infrastructure Group, a developer, owner and operator of wireless macro cell sites and towers.