Hamid Akhavan joined the Board in December, 2016. Mr. Akhavan is currently a Partner at Twin Point Capital, a growth-oriented private equity firm based in New York, NY and Palo Alto, CA. Prior to Twin Point Capital, he was a Partner at Long Arc Capital, a private equity firm specializing in disruptive technology investments. Prior to that, Mr. Akhavan was a Principal at Telecom Ventures LLC, an investment firm specializing in telecommunications and related information, from July 2014 to December 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Akhavan served as Chief Executive Officer of Unify Inc. (formerly Siemens Enterprise), a global supplier of telecommunication products, software and services, from February 2010 to January 2014. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Telecom and Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile International. He began his career at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) and Bell Communications Research. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a MS degree in the same fields from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mr. Akhavan also serves on the board of directors of National Broadband Ireland, a private company, a position he has held since January 2020.
Mr. Akhavan brings significant telecommunications, technology and enterprise cloud communications expertise, as well as leadership skills from his role as chief executive at Unify and COO of T-Mobile International. Mr. Akhavan brings deep international and versatile technology, enterprise and communications experience, and adds significant strategic insight to the Board.