PGi Board of Directors
Hubert de Pesquidoux
Mr. de Pesquidoux is a former senior executive of Alcatel-Lucent SA, with a 21-year career until 2009. His last position was Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel-Lucent and President of its Enterprise Business Group. Mr. de Pesquidoux was also previously a member of the Alcatel Executive Committee and held various executive positions including President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel North America, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Canada (formerly Newbridge Networks) and Chief Financial Officer of Alcatel USA.
Mr. de Pesquidoux has previously served as Chairman of the Board for Tekelec, and was on the board of Mavenir and Thales. Mr. de Pesquidoux is currently the Executive Chairman of PGI and is also a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Radisys Corporation, Criteo SA, and Sequans Communications as well as a member of the Board of Directors of TNS. Mr. de Pesquidoux is a member of the UPMC Information Technology Board of Visitors, which advises UPMC on matters generally related to information technology strategy, acquisition and implementation.
Theodore P. Schrafft
CEO and President
Named PGi’s CEO in 2015 following the company’s acquisition by Siris Capital Group, Theodore P. Schrafft has served as President since July 2006 and oversees the entire operations of PGi. He has more than 35 years of experience in the technology and business communications industries.
With extensive expertise in operations management, sales and marketing, Mr. Schrafft previously served in various capacities with the company, most recently as President of the company’s former Conferencing & Collaboration solution from January 2000 to July 2006, as well as Senior Vice President and General Manager from March 1999 to January 2000. He also served as President of our former Voice and Data Messaging business unit and as Vice President of Corporate Messaging.
Before joining PGi, Mr. Schrafft served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Voicecom Systems, Inc. from June 1996 until October 1997. He spent 14 years at Digital Equipment Corporation serving in various senior level sales and marketing positions. In 1992, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of EA Systems, a global engineering software company and a subsidiary of Digital Equipment Corporation.
Mr. Schrafft serves as a member of the board of Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc.
Mr. Aquilina was a senior operating executive of AT&T, Inc. with a 21-year career. His last post at AT&T was as Co-President of AT&T Consumer Services and a member of the Chairman’s Operating Group. Previously within AT&T, Mr. Aquilina held a variety of senior positions including President of Europe, Middle East & Africa; Vice Chairman of AT&T Unisource; Vice Chairman of WorldPartners; Chairman of AT&T UK; and General Manager of Global Data Services.
Mr. Aquilina served as an Industrial Partner of Ripplewood during the Principals’ tenure there. He has been a Member of Cooper Union’s Board of Trustees since 2000, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Japan Telecom, Inc. and the Co-Chairman of Flag Telecom Group Ltd. Mr. Aquilina served as the Executive Chairman of MedQuist and Applied Discovery, and is currently the Executive Chairman of TNS and a board member of Digital River.
David M. Guthrie is PGi’s former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and during his tenure was responsible for global technology initiatives, including product management, product design, research and development, and global technology operations. He also served as PGI’s Chief Strategy Officer from February 2003 to February 2004.
Prior to joining PGi, Mr. Guthrie served as a Partner with Fuqua Ventures, LLC where he made investments in portfolio companies; led technology-based investments; and served as a strategic consultant to key portfolio companies within the fund from February 2000 to February 2003. He was Senior Vice President, Technology for WebMD where he was responsible for the technology development and deployment for all WebMD’s properties from January 1996 to February 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Guthrie was CTO of ISSI, Inc., a software technology consulting company that creates software applications and systems for healthcare, communications and media-based companies, which is now known as DevGuru, from September 1990 to January 1996.
He brings a keen interest and deep understanding of converging internet, communications, web and software technologies and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and information systems with high honors from the University of Tennessee.
Boland T. Jones
Boland T. Jones is the founder and former CEO of PGi.
In the mid 1980s, Boland Jones started his first company — American Network Exchange (AMNEX) — which provided the first alternatives to the AT&T® operator service. Mr. Jones foresaw a future in business communications applications and founded PGi (Premiere Global Services) in 1991.
Named Georgia’s #5 Top Performing CEO in 2008 by the Atlanta Business Journal and identified as Entrepreneur of the Year of the Southwest Region by Ernst & Young®, Mr. Jones previously served as a director and member of the nominating and governance committee of HSW International, Inc. until June 2010. Following PGi’s acquisition by Siris Capital Group in 2015, Mr. Jones left his position as CEO of PGi.
Mr. Jones received his BS from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children and is an avid supporter of a variety of charitable efforts.
Mr. Randall has spent over 25 years in the technology and computer networking industry as an entrepreneur, senior executive and venture capitalist. He was a founding partner at Vesbridge Partners and a General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital, where he led the mobile investment practice. Previously, Mr. Randall was CMO of Lucent Technologies, and was Vice President of Marketing at Ascend.
Prior to that, Mr. Randall was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Stratus Computer and General Manager of its SS7 business, and was Vice President of Strategic Market Development at Madge Networks, following its 1996 acquisition of Teleos Communications. Mr. Randall had co-founded Teleos in 1987 and served many roles including CTO, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and Vice President of WAN Access Technology. He began his career at AT&T Bell Labs and holds several U.S. patents. Mr. Randall is currently a member of the board of directors of Stratus Technologies, TNS and Airvana, as well as a member of the Board of Overseers for PBS TV producer/ broadcaster WGBH. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Tekelec, Bytemobile, Bitfone, Snowshore, Teltier Technologies, ProQuent, FusionOne, Dynamicsoft and VisageMobile.
Mr. Schell has worked in the telecom industry for over 20 years having last served as Sprint Corporation’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate development and as a member of its Management Committee from 1989-2000. Mr. Schell played a leading role in the founding of Sprint PCS, (a Sprint, TCI, Cox and Comcast partnership) for which he also provided strategic oversight on behalf of Sprint.
Prior to joining Sprint, Mr. Schell was the founder, President and CEO of Realcom Communications Corporation, which was established in 1983 and acquired by IBM in 1987. Mr. Schell also founded and serves as Chairman of Enforta, Russia’s largest and fastest growing wireless broadband access company since 2003. Mr. Schell is a member of the Board of Directors of Airvana, TNS and Enforta and previously was a member of the Board of Directors of Tekelec, Time Warner Telecom, Clearwire, RCN, Comverse Technology and Flag.
Mr. Seedman has more than 30 years of senior executive management, leadership and technological innovation, expertise and experience. From 1993 to 1997, he was Senior Vice President, and General Manager of the U.S. Robotic’s Personal Computer Division (acquired by 3Com Corporation). Prior to U.S. Robotics, Mr. Seedman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Practical Peripherals, which he founded in 1981 and later sold to Hayes Microcomputer, Inc.
Mr. Seedman served as an Industrial Partner of Ripplewood during the Principals’ tenure there. Before his association with Ripplewood, Mr. Seedman was the founder and Chairman of Entrega Technologies (acquired by Xircom), a computer peripheral design and manufacturer. Mr. Seedman is a director of Pulse Secure, the Adler Planetarium and Cleversafe Inc. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Proxim Corp., D&M Holdings Inc., MedQuist (now MModal), Airvana and Applied Discovery, as well as other public and private boards.