Mr. Kennedy brings over thirty years of global executive leadership experience in leading-edge firms. Mr. Kennedy has served on our Board since April 2011. Recently, Mr. Kennedy was CEO of CENX, a leader in service orchestration solutions for software-defined and virtualized networks before the company was acquired by LM Ericsson in 2018. Prior to CENX, Mr. Kennedy was CEO of Tollgrade Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLGD), a telecommunication and smart grid company from 2010-2017 which he took private to Golden Gate Capital.
Mr. Kennedy also served as the CEO of Rivulet Communications, a medical video networking company, President of Tellabs North American Operations and Executive Vice President and co-founded Ocular Networks, a provider of next-generation optical networking technologies, until it was acquired by Tellabs. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions at leading telecom equipment companies, including Alcatel and Newbridge Networks.
Mr. Kennedy was also a Venture Partner at Columbia Capital, a private equity investment firm advising investments into new and existing portfolio companies. Mr. Kennedy also served on the Board of Directors for Visual Networks ((NASDAQ:VNWK) acquired by Danaher), Hatteras Networks, Imagine Communications, Avizia a healthcare technology company and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va. Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.