Leadership

Executive Team

Fernando Murias

Chairman & CEO

Fernando Murias

Chairman & CEO

Fernando joined DGS in 2013 from PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he held several leadership positions in both the United States and Latin America. Fernando consulted on some of PWC’s largest clients while serving as the managing partner of the greater Washington, D.C. area and practice leader for a specialty group operating throughout Latin America and the United States.

Fernando was also responsible for starting and growing three distinct businesses within PWC. His experience over his 32 years in public accounting was concentrated in the telecommunications and government contracting sectors. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland with a double degree in business and economics.

Larry Pearce

Chief Technology Officer

Larry Pearce

Chief Technology Officer

Larry brings 27 years experience in the wireline and wireless telecommunications industry having held senior leadership positions at Sprint and Ericsson. Prior to DGS, Larry was responsible for architecture, design and management of Sprint’s RAN, core, and backhaul big data network analytics business.

Larry’s experience in big data architecture and telecommunications management systems is key to DGS bringing advanced solutions to market. Larry graduated from Ottawa University with a MBA in addition to his BA in both business and human resource management.

Steve Searles

Chief Operating Officer

Steve Searles

Chief Operating Officer

Steve brings 30 years of management experience in the tech and telecommunications industries having managed global organizations for large technology companies including Nortel Networks, and Sprint. He has a proven track record for taking this big company experience to smaller organizations having founded and grown 3 companies as well as providing business consulting services to various tech companies from 11 countries. Steve's focus at DGS is to manage all operational functions of the company.

Steve holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Steve Fletcher

President EMEA & Asia Pac

Steve Fletcher

President EMEA & Asia Pac

Steve has served for over 25 years on the Board & Executive teams of multiple International Technology & Defense companies and is a specialist in high-growth emerging market development. Having started his career at Honeywell Defense, Steve served on the management teams of Cisco, 3Com & Avaya with responsibility for high value market growth, M&A deals and was founder of several start-up companies, which he led to successful trade sale exits.

Steve graduated from LSE with a first class degree in Economics.

Jeremy Levin

SVP - Product Development

Jeremy Levin

SVP - Product Development

As one of the founders of DGS, Jeremy was responsible for the early leadership and vision of the company, developing its product strategy, development focus and the go-to-market execution into the tier 1 carrier and enterprise vertical markets.

Jeremy’s leadership in both product development and sales serves to increasingly align DGS solutions with client needs globally. Jeremy graduated from the University of Maryland College with a B.A. in communications.

Pat Rudolph

VP Global Sales

Pat Rudolph

VP Global Sales

Pat has over 25 years experience in executive sales and technical management spanning mobile applications, carrier infrastructure equipment, IP telephony applications, and networking. With experience selling into Federal civilian agencies and Department of Defense branches, as well as the enterprise market, Pat will help DGS expand market share in key areas.

Pat holds a bachelors degree from Hendrix College and a master of business administration from Northern Illinois University.

David Kleinbeck

VP - Engineering

David Kleinbeck

VP - Engineering

David Kleinbeck is a leading Engineering Executive with over twenty-five years of experience in communications systems, architecture and design, Geo-Spatial systems design, massive scale data system design and data science. Dave previously held executive positions with K&M Systems, a niche engineering company focusing on Consulting and Engineering services for Telecom, Power and Healthcare industries.

Prior to his work with K&M Systems Dave served as the VP of Engineering and Information Technology for Alamosa PCS, where he formed an effective team focusing on operational integrity, forecasting, system planning, network evolution, capital deployment, operational metrics, and actionable customer satisfaction activities. Alamosa was eventually purchased for $4.3 billion.

Advisory Board

Lt. General John M Mulholland

Lt. General John M Mulholland

Served as Deputy Commanding General, United States Special Operations Command where he led and supervised US Special Operations forces employed in upwards of 100 countries round the world, with primacy to on-going combat operations.

As Associate Director of Military Affairs, he served as the senior military advisor on operations, actions and activities for Defense interactions. As Commanding General, United States Army Special Operations Command, United States Special Operations Command, he led the world's market-leading ground and helicopter special operations capability. As Commanding General, Special Operations Command, Central, Commander, United States Central Command, he planned and executed special operations across the Middle East and South Asia in support of US national and regional strategy, goals and objectives. As Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, he acted as the Deputy Commander of the world's most unique and broadly capable special operations organization. Provided organizational leadership and guidance to this multi-million organization responsible for the development of cutting-edge applications of operational art, intelligence disciplines, technology, human performance and advanced tactics for global employment. Served as Acting Commander of JSOC forces in the Continental US whenever Commander, JSOC was forward deployed. Served as Acting Commander of JSOC operational forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His various leadership roles provide a unique perspective to DGS leadership on how is technology can help save lives.

Vice Admiral Sean A Pybus

Vice Admiral Sean A Pybus

Admiral Pybus is the former Deputy Commander, US Special Operations Command. He is a career Naval Special Warfare (NSW) SEAL officer with multiple Joint Special Operations duty assignments. Decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (one award), Distinguished Service Medal (one award), Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and various other awards.

Vice Adm. Sean A. Pybus graduated from the University of Rochester in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and earned a regular Navy commission through Navy ROTC. He graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal (BUD/S) training in December 1979, with Class 105. He is also a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas

Charlie is currently senior vice president of insight and analytics at Synchronoss Technologies. Prior to his work at Synchronoss, he was the chief executive officer of Razorsight, a big data cloud analytics industry leader.

In 2012, Frost & Sullivan ranked Razorsight number one globally for cloud financial analytics in the communications industry. Charlie has also held senior positions with IBM and Verizon and has served on over 10 corporate boards including Reliacast (acquired by Comcast in 2009), True North Solutions (acquired by ASC in 2007), Base Technologies (acquired by CA in 2011), mindSHIFT (Acquired by Best Buy in 2011).

Kevin Bennis

Kevin Bennis

Kevin Bennis has over 35 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors. He is the current President and CEO of KB Advisors, a company who aims to help e commerce/software/technology companies access the major cable, wireless and wireline companies in North America. Prior to his time at KB Advisors Kevin served in numerous leadership roles such as Chairman of 10e Solutions, President & CE of SunRocket, President & CEO of Sprint Canada, and President of Frontier Communications. Kevin spent the first 21 years of his career with MCI, where he eventually worked as President of the System Integration Division.

Kevin is on the Board of Advisors of Touch Commerce and has served on the board of numerous early and late stage companies, including Sprint Canada, 10e Solutions, Anystream, and Razorsight.

Board of Directors

Dean N. Parker

Dean N. Parker

Dean is the CEO and founder of Callis Communications, the leader in cloud communication services for Tier 2 Markets. Prior to Callis, he held a number of executive roles at General Electric and Ericsson and has over 12 years of technology and telecommunications experience. Dean currently serves on the board at IT Networks for Young President’s Organization, Gulf of Coast Angel Network, Nations of Coaches, Distinguished Young Women’s Organization, and Crossroads World Wide. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Business Management and Finance.

Leonard Moscati

Leonard Moscati

Leonard Moscati has over 30 year's experience in Financial Services at Global Investment Banking firms including Morgan Stanley and Barclays Bank where he was a Managing Director. He holds Board positions at two additional Companies- FORU International Inc., a health and wellness company and Presidium USA, Inc a specialty chemical polymer company. Leonard has a B.S.(B.A.) degree in Economics from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Pace University.

Jason Kampf

Jason Kampf

Jason Kampf serves on the Board and overseas Business Development for CoVant. Exclusively partnered with Madison Dearborn Partners (Chicago), CoVant brings true operational experience to the PE marketplace. CoVant and Madison Dearborn Partners acquired LGS Innovations (LGS) during 2012. LGS focuses on providing technical solutions to the U.S. Government and is a strategic technology partner with Digital Global Systems (DGS). Jason sits on the LGS, CoVant and DGS Boards and thus ensures LGS and DGS pursue opportunities where there is synergy between the two firm’s solutions. A graduate of American University, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, Law, Economics & Government.

Robert Gunther

Robert Gunther

Mr. Gunther is the founder and Chairman of Highpoint Tower Technology. He has extensive experience in the acquisition and development of telecommunication sites and he has been looked upon as a pioneer and leader in the wireless communications industry since 1967. He has a BS degree from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, and has also attended the prestigious Corporate Finance, Taxation and Banking Graduate Program at the NYU Graduate School of Business. Mr. Gunther is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Radio Club of America and a life member of AFCEA. Since 1967, Mr. Gunther has been owner and general manager of Highpoint Enterprises Inc., the flagship company in the Highpoint group.

Fred Disanto

Fred Disanto

Fred DiSanto is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ancora. He became the Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and Chairman in 2014. Mr. DiSanto leads Ancora and its three Registered Investment Advisors along with its Broker Dealer.

Prior to joining Ancora, Mr. DiSanto served as the Executive Vice President and Manager of the Fifth Third Bank’s Investment Advisors Division overseeing Investment Management, Private Banking and Trust and Banking Ser- vices. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Maxus Investment Group from 1998 until December of 2000, which was subsequently sold to Fifth Third Bank in January 2001. In his role at Maxus, he was responsible for the marketing, sales and financial operations. He also served as Managing Partner at Gelfand Partners Asset Management from 1991 until its merger with Maxus Investment Group in 1997. Mr. DiSanto began his investment career in 1985 with McDonald Investments in Institutional Equity Sales.

Mr. DiSanto is currently on the boards of Medical Mutual of Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, Digital Global Systems, The Eastern Company (EML), Edgewater Technology, Inc. (EDGW) and Regional Brands, Inc. (RGBD). He is also on the Executive Committee for the Board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University. Fred is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents of St. Ignatius High School and former Chairman and current Trustee of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. He is a past Board Member of Lorain National Bank (LNBB) and Parkview Federal Savings Bank (PVFC). Fred earned a Bachelor degree in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management (Cleveland, Ohio).