Leadership

Leadership Team


HAYNES GRIFFIN

CHAIRMAN AND CEO

HAYNES GRIFFIN

CHAIRMAN AND CEO

Mr. Griffin is a wireless industry pioneer and serial entrepreneur who founded and led Vanguard Cellular Systems from commercial launch to its IPO and eventual sale in 1999 to AT&T. He is also the past chairman of the board of the CTIA wireless trade association and serves as chairman of the SmartSky Board.

RYAN STONE

PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR

RYAN STONE

PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR

Mr. Stone is a business aviation entrepreneur and chairman of DAVINCI Jets (formerly known as Jetpool), a Charlotte, NC-based aircraft management and charter operator recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the Carolinas from 2009-2015. His background includes leadership roles at Duke Energy and as a U.S. Naval Submarine Officer. He is a co-founder of SmartSky and serves as a director on the SmartSky Board.

MATT PETZOLD

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

MATT PETZOLD

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mr. Petzold brings 20-plus years of experience as a CFO in the communications, SaaS, and pharmaceutical industries. His background includes roles as Corporate Controller of a NASDAQ listed company and twice as CFO of subsidiaries of multi-billion dollar market capitalization NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies.

STAN ESKRIDGE

CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

STAN ESKRIDGE

CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Mr. Eskridge is a pioneer in business aircraft operations and founder of The Aviation Group, a venture-backed aviation logistics company that is now part of UPS’s worldwide overnight package air services. He brings 30-plus years of entrepreneurial and venture funding experience, is a co-founder of SmartSky, and formerly served as a director on the SmartSky Board.

MIKE DODSON

CHIEF NETWORK OFFICER

MIKE DODSON

CHIEF NETWORK OFFICER

Mr. Dodson offers 30-plus years of technical leadership experience in the wireless industry where he was instrumental in building many of the first cellular networks in the U.S. In prior roles, his accomplishments include advanced technology planning and program management; RAN, Core and Transport engineering; and the deployment, service launch and operations of major national wireless networks.


External Board of Directors


REED E. HUNDT

VICE CHAIRMAN

REED E. HUNDT

VICE CHAIRMAN

Mr. Hundt is an early investor in the company and formerly served as chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997. He oversaw the introduction of spectrum auctions and the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. After leaving the FCC, he worked as an adviser to McKinsey & Company and currently to GTCR. He is also on the board of several technology companies, including Intel Corp.

JACK TANKERSLEY

DIRECTOR

JACK TANKERSLEY

DIRECTOR

Mr. Tankersley is an early investor in the company. Jack is a co-founder of Meritage Funds with more than 35 years of experience as a private equity investor, having raised and managed more than $1 billion of capital during his career. He is responsible for a number of highly successful investments in companies such as Crown Castle and Brooks Fiber Properties. He currently serves on the board of directors of Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley, Calif., and currently serves on the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship’s Executive Advisory Board.

FRANK YEARY

DIRECTOR

FRANK YEARY

DIRECTOR

Mr. Yeary is an early investor in the company. He is executive chairman at CamberView Partners, a boutique advisory firm that provides public companies with expertise for succeeding with their institutional investors. He has served on the board of eBay and currently serves on the board of Intel Corporation and PayPal. He previously held roles as Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Citigroup, partner and head of New York office for The Carlyle Group, and managing director at Salomon Brothers.

FRED R. LUMMIS

DIRECTOR

FRED R. LUMMIS

DIRECTOR

Fred is co-founder and Chairman of Platform Partners, LLC a major investor in SmartSky. Fred currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Baylor College of Medicine and as a trustee of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Woodberry Forest School. He is also director of Amegy Bancorporation, Houston Baseball Partners and several other privately held companies. Fred received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he captained the Men’s Tennis Team, and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

EMIL W. HENRY, JR.

DIRECTOR

EMIL W. HENRY, JR.

DIRECTOR

Mr. Henry is CEO and Founder of Tiger Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth equity investments in infrastructure businesses. Tiger is a significant investor in the Company. Mr. Henry has over 30 years of experience at senior levels of the financial services industry and U.S. government. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, key advisor to two Treasury Secretaries on matters affecting U.S. financial institutions. He currently serves on the board of directors of numerous private and public companies.

TOM THOMPSON

DIRECTOR

TOM THOMPSON

DIRECTOR

Mr. Thompson has both a broad business background and a formal legal background, with over 32 years of experience in the investment industry, as well as in mergers and acquisitions, plus first-hand operating experience. Mr. Thompson has directly led many private equity and real estate investment transactions, including workout situations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thompson was responsible for the acquisitions and management of a $1 billion real estate portfolio for the Ameritech pension trust. He has a J.D. degree from Indiana University Law School and a B.A. in government from Bowdoin College.