Jon Cobin is Intelsat’s Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Intelsat Management Committee. He is responsible for leading Intelsat’s corporate strategy and business development efforts as Intelsat endeavors to provide the world with ubiquitous connectivity, powered by continuous innovation.
Jon joined Intelsat by way of its acquisition of Gogo Commercial Aviation in 2020. He served as Gogo’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer, having held various leadership positions after joining Gogo in 2010, including Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
Prior to joining Gogo, Jon served as the head of strategy at Centennial Communications and held positions of increasing responsibility as a strategy consultant at Dean & Company and in investment banking at J.P. Morgan.
He received his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College.
Jim focuses on investments in the Cyber Security, Media and Mobile sectors. He is currently a director of CPG, Deep Edge, Driven, High Band Holdings, LB Spectrum, Local Media, NextNav, Omnispace, SoundHouse, and Vivacity Networks.
Jim previously held board seats with AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Altamira (acquired by ClearSky), Baja Broadband (acquired by TDS), ExteNet Systems (acquired by Digital Bridge and Stonepeak), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), Nuvox Communications (acquired by Windstream), TVCC (acquired by Light Squared), CCTV (acquired by Light Squared), Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Satellite Radio, ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3 Communications), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), The Tennis Channel (acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting), WCS Wireless (acquired by NextWave Wireless), WNP Communications (acquired by XO Communications), and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO), and has worked closely with a number of former Columbia portfolio companies including Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications) and NeoWorld (acquired by Nextel).
Jim received his B.A. from Stanford University.
Ed Horowitz is a veteran of the media, telecommunications and financial services industries with decades of experience leading start-ups, multinational media conglomerates, nonprofits and governmental organizations.
Ed is Chairman of EdsLink LLC, a New York City-based venture firm focused on financial services, technology, media and telecommunications. He launched his career at TelePrompTer, and has since held senior management and executive roles at Time Warner (now Warner Bros. Discovery), Viacom (now ViacomCBS), Citigroup and SES Americom.
In 2015, Ed was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov) and served as Chairman of the Board, completing his board term October 2021. He also is on the Board of Directors of Qumu (Nasdaq) (provider of enterprise live and on demand video), and a Board Commissioner to LinkNet Tbk PT (LINK:IJ) (largest fixed broadband and cable TV operator in Indonesia).
Ed is a Trustee of the New York Hall of Science. He has been inducted into the Space and Satellite Hall of Fame; and awarded many prestigious industry awards for innovation and technology.
Ed earned his M.B.A from Columbia University and a B.S. in Physics at City College of New York.
Monish focuses on Mobile investments, including investments in satellite communications, wireless services, wireless infrastructure, spectrum, and critical infrastructure. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Hellen Systems, Three-forty five holdings, High Band Holdings, LB Spectrum, Omnispace, and Siden and was previously involved with or on the board of AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Horizon, Local Media, MSV, NextNav (NYSE: NN), Progeny, TerreStar and TVCC. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Monish was Senior VP of Corporate Development for Mobile Satellite Ventures (now Ligado) where he was responsible for leading both the company’s spectrum coordination initiatives and strategic partnerships. Prior to Mobile Satellite Ventures, Monish held positions in private equity with Madison Dearborn and as an executive with broadband, wireless, and satellite service providers.
Monish holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree from the Wharton School.
Serge Martin is Executive Vice President of Telcom Ventures LLC which is based in Miami, Florida. The company specializes in wireless communications technologies, and identifies, develops and pursues selected business opportunities in both the domestic and international wireless communications industries, including cellular, broadcast and Internet-related projects, satellite and wireless systems and emerging technologies. Telcom Ventures and its affiliates have also been involved as originators, founding investors or development catalysts for numerous wireless, broadcast and other technologies throughout the world.
Serge formerly was a partner with Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP where he provided corporate, finance and transactional counseling, particularly to clients in the communications, energy, technology and transportation industries. Serge also formerly served as general counsel to Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. He currently serves of the boards of directors of a number of technology and communications companies, as well as of The Florida Venture Forum. Serge’s education background includes a J.D. from George Washington University Law School with honors, Mus.B. from the Berklee College of Music with honors, and completion of The Wharton School’s Executive Program in Finance.
Gary Parsons, the Chairman of NextNav, Inc (NASDAQ: NN), spent over 45 years in the telecom industry and is noted for the founding or early stage development of a number of innovative telecom companies, including XM Satellite Radio, SkyTerra, TerreStar Networks, Telecom*USA and MCImetro. He served as the founding CEO and then Executive Chairman of XM Satellite Radio from 1997 through its merger with Sirius in July 2008, and continued as Chairman of the combined Sirius XM Radio until 2010.
Gary was a pioneer in the deployment of fiber optic networks in the 80s and 90s and hybrid satellite-terrestrial technologies (such as XM Radio, SkyTerra and TerraStar) during the 2000s. In addition to NextNav, Mr Parsons also serves on the Board of Directors of Omnispace LLC, Siden Inc, Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd, and is Executive Chairman of Torad Engineering, LLC.
He holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Science from Clemson University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and is Co-Chairman of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Mr. Parsons was inducted into the US Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2002.
Dr. Rajendra Singh is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and together with his family, the principal owner of Telcom Ventures, LLC, a private investment firm based in Miami, Florida specializing in new wireless communications systems and technologies. Under Dr. Singh’s direction, Telcom Ventures and its affiliates have launched numerous wireless and other telecommunication systems throughout the world.
Raj and his wife, Neera Singh, were instrumental in founding or starting Appex, Inc. (a billing services firm which was sold to EDS system in 1990), Portatel (a cellular operator in Mexico), BPL (a cellular operator in India), Wireless Ventures of Brazil, Avantel (a specialized mobile radio operator in Brazil and Colombia), Infonet (a GSM operator in Venezuela), Teligent (a competitive local exchange carrier), LCC International (a consulting services company), and Mobile Satellite Ventures (a communication services provider in North America). Raj continues to play a leading role in the development and deployment of emerging wireless technologies.
Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, his M.S. from the University of Maine and his B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology. In 2012, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and was also inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame.
Raj is board emeritus of John Hopkins University, and currently serves on the board of overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Ram Viswanathan brings decades of experience forging new frontiers in the telecommunications and satellite industries to Omnispace. As President and CEO, Ram sets the strategic direction for the development and delivery of the world’s first satellite and 5G-based ‘one global network.’
Previously, as CEO of Devas Multimedia, Ram pioneered the development of India’s satellite-terrestrial broadband internet and media services platform. Prior to that, he led the strategic partnerships as CSO and EVP of Business Development at Cidera. As WorldSpace’s SVP of Corporate Development, he helped formulated the successful U.S. joint venture, XM Satellite Radio.
At McKinsey & Company, Ram worked with U.S. and European telecommunications and technology clients and assisted in establishing its India consulting practice. He also held positions at Goldman Sachs & Company in investment banking, focusing on mergers and acquisitions.
Ram is an advisor to Columbia Capital, Telcom Ventures and Adelphi Capital. He holds a master’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Maryland.
Amit Saluja serves as Omnispace’s Chief Business Officer and General Counsel. In this role, he leverages his diverse corporate and commercial law and financial transactions expertise to oversee Omnispace’s global legal and compliance activities, partnering initiatives and business operations.
Amit Saluja brings more than 20 years of diverse legal and business experience to Omnispace. Previously, Amit was a corporate and transactional partner at Hogan Lovells in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices where he started his career. At Hogan, Amit specialized in corporate law, SEC reporting, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Later, at Howrey LLP he served as Partner and Deputy General Counsel, where he was responsible for providing legal and business advice concerning affairs. There, he also served as the firm’s Managing Director of Global Services, leading its captive litigation support, e-discovery and economic consulting business unit. He later served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Legal Affairs at Vubiquity, a Carlyle Group and Columbia Capital-backed leading global provider of multiplatform video services. While at Vubiquity, Amit managed legal and business affairs, compliance, strategic transactions and financings, including the company’s private equity investment from The Carlyle Group and acquisition of UK-based On Demand Group.
He holds his juris doctor and bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University. He is a member of the bar in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and New York.
Jay Yass is responsible for developing strategic relationships, leading growth and funding opportunities for Omnispace as the company redefines the future of mobile communications through the implementation of its global 5G non-terrestrial network (NTN). He brings four decades of strategic influence and collaborative partnership experience to the role, along with prior expertise in pioneering new, disruptive business models in the satellite and telecommunications industries.
Previously, as VP of Business Development at Intelsat, Jay executed the company’s global business development activities including key investments and partnerships. He was also instrumental in guiding Intelsat’s mobility and product launch strategy.
Jay’s other prior industry experience includes business development, marketing and sales roles at VoIP solutions provider Telogy Networks, acquired by Texas Instruments, and Xybernaut Corporation, a pioneer in wearable computing. He has also held marketing positions at GTE Satellite Corp., which later became GE Spacenet, and at telecommunications industry leader AT&T’s Long Lines.
He holds his master’s degree in mathematics from New York University and bachelor’s degree from Queens College.
Brian Pemberton leads the strategy and direction of the commercial, enterprise, government and IoT businesses for Omnispace as it redefines mobile connectivity for the 21st century. Brian is responsible for leading initiatives with customers and ecosystem partners on the development, validation and commercialization of applications across key industry verticals. Brian brings more than 20 years of experience in global wireless, terrestrial and satellite communications, including most recently serving as the company’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
Previously, as Vice President and General Manager, Aviation and Maritime at Iridium, Brian was responsible for ensuring the success of two key global growth initiatives for the company. He led the launch and go-to-market strategy for Iridium Certus, the company’s award-winning broadband initiative. He also led the development and launch of the Iridium GMDSS, offering enhanced safety and reliable coverage at sea. Prior to that, Brian held senior marketing and engineering roles at commercial and military aviation leader ARINC, which is now part of Collins Aerospace.
Brian holds a master’s degree in business from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech University.