Melody Investment Advisors Senior Advisory Board

Melody’s Senior Advisory Board is comprised of some of the leading executives and thought leaders in the communications industry and assists in relationship access and deal sourcing, alongside other responsibilities.

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Ed Horowitz

Senior Advisory Board Member

Ed Horowitz currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the First Responder Network Authority.  Mr. Horowitz is a Board Commissioner to LinkNet Tbk PT and on the boards of US Space LLC and the American Management Association. 

 

Mr. Horowitz served on the Board of Globecomm Systems, Inc., as Chairman of the Board of Fairpoint Communications, on the Boards of i-Village, Acterna, American Reprographics, Eagle Picher and Online Resources Corporation.  He also served on the Board and as Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media.  He also served as President and CEO of SES AMERICOM and was a member of the Executive Committee of SES.  

Prior to that, in 2005, Mr. Horowitz founded EdsLink LLC and served as a Strategic Advisor to Cablevision’s Rainbow DBS Satellite Company, SPARX Group and Neustar Inc. He also founded and was Chairman of e-Citi, a unit of Citigroup, and served on Citigroup’s Executive, Operating and Investment Committees. He also served as SVP at Viacom Inc., Chairman and CEO of Viacom Broadcasting and the Viacom Interactive Media Group.  From ‘74–’89, Mr. Horowitz held various senior management positions at HBO.  He was also a founder of Suburban Cable.  In 2011, he was inducted into the Society of Satellite Professionals International Hall of Fame and has won many prestigious industry awards.

 

Mr. Horowitz has a BS in Physics from The City College of New York and an MBA from Columbia University.

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John W. Diercksen

Senior Advisory Board Member

John W. Diercksen was the Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications Inc., with responsibility for key strategic initiatives related to the review and assessment of potential mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.  Mr. Diercksen retired in late-2013.  He currently serves as an Executive-In-Residence at Liontree Capital Advisors.  Mr. Diercksen serves on the boards of Intelsat, Banco Popular and Cyxtera.  He formerly served on the board of Harman International prior to its sale to Samsung.  

 

From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Diercksen was Executive Vice President –Strategy, Development and Planning for Verizon. He was instrumental in forging Verizon’s strategy of technology investment and repositioning its assets through the acquisition of spectrum including the cable spectrum transaction; the merger with MCI; the Altel acquisition; the restructuring of international assets; the spinoff of Verizon’s directories unit and landline assets; and the Terremark and Cloud Switch acquisitions, as well as the acquisition of Vodafone’s partnership interest in Verizon Wireless in September 2013.  

 

Prior to that, Mr. Diercksen was SVP –Investor Relations for Verizon, Acting Group Head –Directory for Bell Atlantic, CFO and CIO of the Directory Group and held various senior roles at NYNEX  Mr. Diercksen was named CFO of Bell Atlantic’s Directory Group in 1997 and CIO in 1998.  

 

Mr. Diercksen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Iona College, an MBA from Pace University and has completed postgraduate work in financial management. 

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Joseph J. Euteneuer

Senior Advisory Board Member

Joseph J. Euteneuer has been Chief Financial Officer of Mattel since September 2017.  From April 2011 to December 2015, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Sprint Corporation.  Prior to Sprint, Mr. Euteneuer was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Qwest Communications from 2008 to 2011.  Before joining Qwest Communications, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of XM Satellite Radio Holdings from 2002 to 2008.  

 

From 1988 to 2002, Mr. Euteneuer held several executive roles at Comcast Corporation, including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Comcast Corporation’s Business Communications / Broadnet Europe from 2000 to 2002; and earlier, Vice President, Corporate Development, and Corporate Controller from 1988 to 2000.  

 

He has over 25-years of experience in telecommunications and media.  He began his career in public accounting in 1978 with Deloitte and has also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.  Mr. Euteneuer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and MBA from Duke University.

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Ronald T. LeMay

Senior Advisory Board Member

Ronald T. LeMay is a pioneer and respected leader in the wireless industry and has nearly 40 years of telecom senior operating experience with companies such as AT&T, Sprint, and Southwestern Bell. 

 

Mr. LeMay served as the first employee and CEO of Sprint PCS, the company’s wireless entity, and guided it from a start-up to $10 billion in revenue faster than any company in history.  His career with Sprint spanned 18 years and he served as President and COO before retiring in 2003.  

 

Following that time, Mr. LeMay served as an Industrial Partner with Ripplewood Holdings, a private equity firm.  He was CEO at Japan Telecommunications from November 2003 until the sale of the company in July 2004.  In 2006, he was named Chairman of the Board for GoGo In-Flight Internet.  

 

Mr. LeMay co-founded the venture capital entity October Capital in 1999.  It has provided venture capital to more than 15 companies in diverse industry segments.  He is also co-founder and managing director of OpenAir Equity Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on the wireless, communications, and mobile Internet sectors.  Ron currently sits on the boards of GoGo In-flight Internet, Hyla, Main Street Data, Zubie and MachineryLink.

 

Mr. LeMay earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Arkansas University, and was named “Outstanding Business Student.” He also graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law with honors.

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