Board of Directors
Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board
Stephen Waldis is currently Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR). With over 20 years’ experience, Mr. Waldis has served in startup and senior executive management positions in both high technology and telecommunication companies. Mr. Waldis started his career at AT&T in various technical, product management and sales and marketing positions before moving to executive-level roles at technology start-ups.
Founded in 2000, Synchronoss has grown from a young New Jersey start-up into one of the most successful technology IPOs of 2007. Today, Synchronoss is the industry leader in Software as a Service in transaction management for a broad range of activation solutions and connected devices, serving the industry leaders around the world.
Over the years, Synchronoss has garnered many awards for its innovative technology platforms and unique business model. These awards include Software 500's Top 10 Companies, Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan's Top 10 Global Companies to Watch in 2009, Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies, NJBiz Fast 50 Companies, IPO Home's top ranked Software IPO of 2007, and various others. Mr. Waldis' success has not gone unnoticed, winning the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award an unprecedented three times. He is also a founding inductee into the Seton Hall University Hall of Fame for Business Entrepreneurial Studies and sits on the Board of Trustees of Seton Hall University as well as the Board of Directors of The New Jersey Technology Council, and two privately held companies, BillTrust and ClickFox.
Synchronoss is currently traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol SNCR.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Miller was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchronoss Technologies in March 2020. Since that time, Jeff has focused on driving Synchronoss’ growth and profitability, through expansion of the Company’s Cloud business. Prior to this Jeff served as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for all processes and strategies related to building profitable sales channels and accelerating revenue growth.
Before Synchronoss, Jeff served as President for IDEAL Industries Technology Group, focusing on designing and delivering solutions for smart commercial buildings and spaces. IDEAL Industries is a century-old, professionally managed and family-owned business, based in the greater Chicagoland area.
Jeff also enjoyed a 16-year career with Motorola, where he served in a number of senior leadership roles including Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Operations in North America for Motorola Mobility, LLC., Vice President of Sales for Motorola’s business with AT&T, T-Mobile, and 23-global wireless customers across North America, Latin America, EMEA and the Asia Pacific. Prior to Motorola, Jeff spent five years with Somera Communications, as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and he worked for AT&T for eleven years, holding various leadership positions in Sales Management, Marketing and Product Management.
Jeff serves on the Board of 1871, Chicago’s largest start-up incubator, and on the non-profit Boards of Aspire Chicago and Junior Achievement. Jeff graduated with a B.S. degree from Miami University and later earned his M.B.A. from The Ohio State University.
He and his wife Susan have four children and reside in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood.
Kristin S. Rinne
Former Senior Vice President, AT&T
Kristin (Kris) S. Rinne was elected to our Board of Directors in July 2018 and has nearly four decades of industry experience, much of which was spent as a senior executive at AT&T’s family of companies.
She most recently served as Senior Vice President at AT&T from 2007 to 2014. In this role, she was responsible for leading the team with planning the technology evolution of AT&T’s wireless network as well as its global IP backbone. Prior to that she was CTO of Cingular Wireless from 2005 to 2007. Preceding that was her role as VP Technology and New Product Development of Cingular Wireless from 2000 to 2005.
Kris is a “Women in Technology” Hall-of-Famer as well as a member of the “Wireless Hall of Fame.” She joined the Ericsson Board of Directors in 2016 and serves as the Chair of the Technology and Science Committee. She also sits on the Board of Trustees at Washburn University Foundation.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washburn University, USA.
Private Investor, Advisor, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Wireless Mobility Services
Mohan Gyani is a private investor and advisor with more than 30 years of experience in the Telecom and Wireless industry.
As former President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Wireless Mobility Services, he played a key role in the $10.6 Billion IPO of AT&T Wireless in 2000. He was instrumental in overseeing record growth, while completing the expansion of the company’s footprint across the U.S. and the build out of its nationwide next generation GSM network.
Previously, as Executive Vice President and CFO of AirTouch, Mohan was a key leader in the $120 Billion merger of AirTouch and Vodafone and the subsequent $70 Billion joint venture with Bell Atlantic that resulted in the creation of Verizon Wireless. Prior to the merger, he played a major financial, operational and strategic role in the company’s growth from a $1.6 Billion IPO in 1993 to a $70 Billion global company within five years.
Prior to AirTouch, Mohan held several executive positions during his career at Pacific Telesis Group/Pacific Bell.
Mohan currently sits on the Boards of U.S. public companies Blackhawk Networks, Digital Turbine and Union Bank. He is, or has been, on the Board of several other for-profit firms and non-profit organizations such as Safeway, Audience, GlobeTouch, , Jasper Wireless, Jibe, Keynote Systems, Mobile Telesystems ( MTS – Russia), IDEA Cellular ( India ), RingCentral, Roamware/Mobileum, Tellme , Argyle Data, CTIA and the GSM Association.
Mohan completed his B.A. in Business Administration and earned his MBA degree in Finance from San Francisco State University.
Former PwC Partner
Laurie L. Harris was elected to our Board of Directors in July 2019 and has more than three decades of experience advising large public companies, private equity backed entities and Fortune 100 organizations.
Laurie most recently served as global engagement audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), a global and top-tier assurance, tax and advisory firm for 25 years before retiring in 2018. She currently holds a seat in the board rooms of IWG plc, the global operator of leading co-work and workspace brands and QBE North America, a division of QBE, one of the largest insurance carriers worldwide. Laurie is also on the board of directors of the Childrens' Museum of the Arts and is a member of the Directorship and Corporate Governance Committee of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), an organization dedicated to developing current and future leaders and increasing the role and interest of women in the financial industry.
Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is a licensed CPA in New York, New Jersey, California and Massachusetts
Head of Private Investments, B. Riley
Martin “Marty” Bernstein was appointed to our board of directors in July 2021 and represents B. Riley Financial, Inc., the company’s largest shareholder. Marty brings extensive experience working with management teams and boards on capital allocation strategies, governance, financing, and operational turnarounds.
Bernstein currently serves as Head of Private Investments with B. Riley Principal Investments, responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing company investments in addition to leading distribution to the firm's syndication partners. He has led numerous investments across technology, transportation, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, power, infrastructure, and other sectors.
Prior to joining B. Riley in March 2021, Bernstein was with Anchorage Capital and led investments across capital structures, including public equities, private equity, performing credit, bank debt and distressed debt, and restructuring situations from the firm’s New York and London offices. He previously worked as an analyst at Bocage Capital, and was on the investment team for the endowment at Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Bernstein earned an AB in history from Dartmouth College. He is based in Connecticut.