Board of Directors
Tom Stanton is Chairman and CEO of ADTRAN, Inc., one of the world’s most successful telecommunications companies. He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2005 and Chairman of the Board in 2007. Prior to joining ADTRAN, he served as an executive for Transcrypt International and held several senior management positions with E. F. Johnson Company. Mr. Stanton has served on the board of directors for a number of technology companies, the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, and as Chairman for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Birmingham Branch. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), a board member for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) and BancorpSouth. Mr. Stanton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Auburn University.
H. Fenwick Huss serves as Dean of the Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. He served as the Dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University from 2004 to 2014. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he was Associate Dean from 1998 to 2004 and Director of the School of Accountancy at Georgia State from 1996 to 1998. He has been a member of the School of Accountancy faculty since 1989. In addition, he served on the faculty of the University of Maryland as an assistant professor from 1983 to 1989, and is a visiting professor at the Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Dr. Huss has been a member of the Board since October 2002 and currently serves as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
William L. Marks served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Whitney Holding Corp., the holding company for Whitney National Bank of New Orleans, from 1990 to his retirement in March 2008. He served in various executive and management capacities with AmSouth Bank, N.A. from 1984 to 1990. He currently serves as a director of CLECO Corporation and CLECO Power, LLC. Mr. Marks has served as a member of the Board since 1993 and currently serves as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
Anthony J. (Tony) Melone has 32 years of Telecommunications experience, including operations and engineering positions of increasing responsibility. He served as Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications Inc. since 2010 and served as its Chief Technology Officer from 2010 to 2014 where he was responsible for Verizon Communications’ Global Technology Roadmap. Over his 32 year career with Verizon and its predecessor, Bell Atlantic, he also has served as Vice President of Network Operations and Staff Vice President of Network Planning and Administration. Since 2008, he has served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Rural Cellular Corporation. Mr. Melone received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the board of directors for Crown Castle International Corporation.
Balan Nair is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Liberty Global, Inc. He served as Chief Technology Officer at AOL, LLC from December 2006 to June 2007. He joined AOL in 2006 as Chief Information Officer and was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in December 2006. Prior to AOL, he served as Chief Information Officer at Qwest Communications where he also served as Chief Technology Officer from 2004 through 2006, Vice President of Network and Technologies between 2000 and 2004, Director of Operations from 1999 through 2000, and Director of Technology Selection and Labs from 1997 through 1999. Prior to 1997, he held Director and Manager positions in Systems Planning, Technology Modeling and Development at Qwest. He currently serves on the Austar United Communications board of Directors. Mr. Nair has been a member of the Board since 2007 and is a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
Roy J. Nichols served as Chairman of the Board of Torch Concepts, Inc., from September 2000 to December 2005. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Technical Officer of Nichols Research Corporation, from 1976 until its merger with Computer Sciences Corporation in November 1999. He currently serves as a member of the Board for both Applied Genomics, Inc. and the Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology. Mr. Nichols has served as a director since 1994. He is currently a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
Kathryn Walker has more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry. Since 2009, she has served as a managing director for OpenAir Equity Partners, a venture capital firm focusing on the wireless, communications and mobile Internet sectors. Prior to joining OpenAir, she worked in a variety of roles at various subsidiaries of Sprint Corporation from 1985 to 2009, culminating in the position of Chief Information and Chief Network Officer at Sprint Nextel Corporation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for SmartHome Ventures, on the Council of Trustees at South Dakota State University and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Ms. Walker received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1981 from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science degree in engineering management in 1982 from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Mrs. Walker has served as a board member since 2014 and currently serves as a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.