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.
Former Senior Managing Director, Vesbridge PartnersMr. Cadogan has been a member of our board of directors since October 2005. He has spent his entire career in telecommunications, starting with AT&T and ultimately becoming Chairman and CEO of Minnesota-based ADC, Inc., a leading global supplier of communications infrastructure products and services that grew under his leadership from $263 million in revenue in 1990 to approximately $3.2 billion in 2000. Before joining ADC in 1987, Mr. Cadogan was General Manager of Business Development at the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Intelsat) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cadogan most recently served as Senior Managing Director with Vesbridge Partners, LLC, formerly St. Paul Venture Capital, a venture capital firm. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Managing Director and Founder, Colchester CapitalMr. Hopkins is a Managing Director of Colchester Capital, LLC, an investment and advisory firm. Prior to Colchester Capital, Mr. Hopkins was involved in investment banking for over 17 years, principally at Deutsche Bank (and its predecessor Alex. Brown & Sons), Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Bear Stearns. He began his investment banking career at Drexel Burnham Lambert and has worked on a variety of financing and advisory assignments for companies in a wide range of industries. Prior to investment banking, Mr. Hopkins worked as an attorney for four years, focusing on litigation and general corporate work. Mr. Hopkins has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Wharton.
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
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Siris Capital GroupFrank Baker is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siris. Prior to establishing Siris, Mr. Baker served as a Managing Director and founding partner at S.A.C. Private Capital Group, LLC (“SAC PCG”) since 2007. Before founding SAC PCG, Mr. Baker was a Managing Director at Ripplewood/RHJI, where he was responsible for making various private equity investments. Mr. Baker joined Ripplewood’s New York office in 1999 and transferred to Ripplewood Japan, Inc. in 2002. Prior to joining Ripplewood/RHJI, Mr. Baker spent more than three years in investment banking as an Associate at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in the Capital Markets Group and as an Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Mr. Baker has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Siris Capital GroupPeter Berger is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siris. Prior to establishing Siris, Mr. Berger served as a Managing Director and founding partner at SAC PCG since 2006. Before founding SAC PCG, Mr. Berger was a founding member of Ripplewood and served as both a Managing Director of Ripplewood and as a Special Senior Advisor to the Board of RHJI. Prior to joining Ripplewood, Mr. Berger was a senior partner and global head of the Corporate Finance Group at Arthur Andersen& Co, where he began his career in 1974. From 1989 to 1991, he served as a Managing Director in investment banking at Bear Stearns Companies. He also served as non-executive Chairman of the board of Kepner-Tregoe, Inc., a management consulting company. Mr. Berger has an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a B.Sc. from Boston University.
Executive Partner, Siris Capital GroupRobert Aquilina currently serves as an Executive Partner (a senior advisory role) for Siris Capital Group, LLC. Previously, he was a senior operating executive of AT&T, Inc. 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 was a Member of Cooper Union’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2012, 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 (now MModal) and ADI, and is currently the Executive Chairman of TNS and a board member of Digital River and PGi.