Board of Advisors
Matthew J. Desch
Matt Desch is chairman and CEO of Iridium Satellite LLC, and CEO of Iridium Holdings, the parent company of Iridium Satellite. Previously, Mr. Desch was CEO of Telcordia Technologies, a private communications software and services supplier. In addition to other management positions, Mr. Desch was executive vice president and president of Nortel Networks’ Wireless Networks division, with responsibility for Nortel’s $4.5B global wireless infrastructure business. Mr. Desch is currently chairman of Airspan Networks and is on the board of directors for Starent Networks. He has previously been on the boards of a number of other technology companies, including Flarion Technologies (acquired by Qualcomm), SAIC and Glenayre. Mr. Desch has a B.S. in Computer Science from Ohio State University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Hernan Giraldo is currently the Sales Vice President of National Accounts at Alcatel-Lucent. Prior to his current position, Mr. Giraldo lead the software and applications sales for Alcatel-Lucent’s Caribbean and Latin American markets and served as the Director of Product Management for Alcatel-Lucent’s mobile software business division in France. Additionally, he has held a variety of executive roles in research and development, operations, marketing, product management, and sales. Mr. Giraldo holds Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.
General Mike Hagee
General Mike Hagee retired from the United States Marine Corps in January 2007 after almost 39 years of service. In his last active-duty position, he served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Currently, General Hagee is head of MH Dimension Consulting and sits as a director on the boards of several U.S. companies. In addition, he serves on several company advisory boards as well as civic, community and philanthropic boards. General Hagee has received several U.S. and foreign awards. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs.
Jeffrey M. Heller
Jeffrey M. (“Jeff”) Heller retired from EDS in 2008, having joined in 1968. He was most recently Vice Chairman and served on the company’s board of directors Executive Committee, previously President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Heller has served on the board of directors of the Dallas Symphony Association, Mutual of Omaha, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and Temple-Inland, and has been a member of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council, the University of Texas Engineering Foundation Advisory Council, the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, the University of Texas Development Board, the Longhorn Foundation and is a trustee of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. Mr. Heller received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a jet pilot from 1960-66.
Sue Spradley is customer and market operations (CMO) region head, North America, for Nokia Siemens Networks. Sue has more than 20 years of experience in services, operations, sales, customer service and global product line management in the telecommunications industry. The former president of Nortel global services and operations, Sue was most recently responsible for technical engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management. Her prior roles at Nortel include president of global product line management and North America sales. Sue joined Nortel in 1997 as vice president, customer service and operations, where she led a team of field-based project managers. Prior to joining Nortel, Sue was vice president of marketing and product development for Siemens Communications, playing a key role in launching the North American business and developing its new organization