Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. O’Brien has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2012. From January 2009 to present, Mr. O’Brien has served as a consultant to several wireless start-ups and as a member of the board of directors of Global Telecom and Technology Inc. As the co-founder and chairman of Nextel Communications, Inc., Mr. O’Brien led the creation of the first all-digital nationwide wireless network (the Nextel National Network) and brought push-to-talk (PTT) communication to the mass business and consumer market. After the merger of Nextel with Sprint, he was a co-founder of Cyren Call Communications where he served until January 2009.
Mr. O’Brien was recognized in 1987 as New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year and was voted the RCR Person of the Year in 1993 and again in 2006. In 2005, he was inducted into the Washington, DC Business Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the Radio Club of America and was named by Fierce Wireless as “one of the top U.S. wireless innovators of all time.” Mr. O’Brien has also served on a number of boards of other public companies including Sprint Nextel and Williams Telecommunications. He also serves on the board of several private companies and charitable organizations. Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his law degree from Northwestern University.