Matthew Carter, Jr. assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective on June 22, 2015. Prior to joining Inteliquent, Mr. Carter served in various roles at Sprint. From 2010 until November 2014, Mr. Carter served as President of Sprint Corporation’s Enterprise, Emerging and Wholesale Solutions business unit, which provides platform solutions serving a broad range of industries and customers in over 165 countries. Prior to that, Mr. Carter served as president of Boost Mobile, part of Sprint’s prepaid group, from 2008 until 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Carter served as Senior Vice President of Base Management at Sprint from 2006 until 2008. Prior to joining Sprint, Mr. Carter served in senior marketing roles at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Leap Wireless International, Inc., Royal Bank of Canada and BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Carter serves on the board of directors of USG Corporation and Apollo Education Group Inc. Mr. Carter also serves on USG’s Compensation and Organization Committee and Governance Committee as well as the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee of Apollo Education Group, Inc. Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Kurt Abkemeier Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Kurt Abkemeier was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President effective January 20, 2014. Prior to joining Inteliquent, Mr. Abkemeier served as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Cbeyond, Inc. from 2005 to 2012. Prior to Cbeyond, Inc., Mr. Abkemeier was the Director of Finance and Strategic Planning at AirGate PCS, Inc., a regional wireless telecommunications service provider. Mr. Abkemeier also held various senior management positions within telecommunications-related companies and was a senior sell-side research analyst at J.P. Morgan & Co. analyzing telecommunications companies. Mr. Abkemeier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied economics from Cornell University.
John Schoder Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President
Mr. Schoder joined Inteliquent in 2013 and serves as our Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President overseeing Product, Marketing and Cost Management. He has approximately 20 years of telecommunications experience. Mr. Schoder previously served as the Company's Executive Vice President of Sales, Product and Marketing in 2015 and as Senior Vice President for Voice Products from 2013-2014. Prior to joining Inteliquent, Mr. Schoder held various positions at Level 3 Communications, including serving as a Vice President of Wholesale Long Distance Services and as Senior Director, Voice Product Management. His professional history also includes five years at Qwest/LCI among other telecom companies. Mr. Schoder holds a B.S. in History from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a Master's degree in International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University.
John Bullock Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President
Mr. Bullock joined Inteliquent in 2004 and serves as our Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Network Operations. Mr. Bullock has served as Inteliquent's Chief Technology Officer since 2011. Prior to 2011, Mr. Bullock held a variety of technical leadership roles, including serving as Inteliquent's Senior Vice President of Network Operations and Engineering from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Bullock was instrumental in building our tandem switching network from serving just two markets to now serving nearly the entire U.S. Mr. Bullock has over 30 years of telecommunications experience. Prior to joining Inteliquent, Mr. Bullock held various technical leadership roles with MCI, WorldCom, MFS and Sprint/CenTel. Today, Mr. Bullock serves on the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a not for profit that helps develop standards and solutions for information and communications technology. Mr. Bullock holds a B.A. in Telecommunications Management from DePaul University.
John Harrington Senior Vice President, Litigation, Regulatory & Human Resources
John Harrington joined Inteliquent in April 2011. As Senior Vice President, Litigation, Regulatory & Human Resources, Mr. Harrington is responsible for all of Inteliquent's litigation and regulatory advocacy, as well as its human resources function.
Prior to joining Inteliquent, Mr. Harrington was a partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago. While at Jenner & Block, Mr. Harrington co-chaired the firm's Communications Law practice and served as Inteliquent's primary outside litigation and regulatory counsel.
Mr. Harrington received his undergraduate degrees from Northwestern University and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University's Maurer School of Law.
David A. Lopez Senior Vice President of Strategic Relationships
Mr. Lopez joined Inteliquent at its inception in 2003 and serves as our Senior Vice President of Strategic Relationships. In this role, Mr. Lopez supports the sale of our voice services to strategic customer accounts and works closely with these customers to ensure the highest level of customer support. Prior to this role, Mr. Lopez served as our Senior Vice President of Voice Sales. In this role, the entire sales organization reported to Mr. Lopez. During his tenure, Inteliquent secured agreements with nearly every national wireless carrier and over 100 other competitive carriers and service providers. Mr. Lopez has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Inteliquent, Mr. Lopez held a variety of increasingly senior sales positions at Centel, Sprint and Focal Communications Corporation. Mr. Lopez holds a B.S. in Marketing from Illinois State University.
Richard Monto General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Richard Monto joined Inteliquent in 2007 and has over a decade of telecommunications law experience. Prior to becoming Inteliquent's General Counsel and Secretary, he served as Assistant General Counsel, and was involved in all of Inteliquent's ongoing legal and regulatory matters.
Before joining Inteliquent, Richard held senior legal positions at various companies. He served as the Chief Legal Officer of Universal Access Global Holdings, Inc., a Chicago based wholesale telecommunications carrier. Richard also worked at MCI, where he was responsible for the provision of legal support for sales to MCI's largest enterprise users in the Midwest region. Richard began his career at the law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal.
Mr. Monto has an undergraduate degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.
Michelle Owczarzak Senior Vice President of Sales
Ms. Owczarzak joined Inteliquent in January 2016 and serves as our Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining Inteliquent, Ms. Owczarzak served in a variety of senior sales positions over an eight-year period at FairPoint Communications. From 2012 until 2015, Ms. Owczarzak served as Vice President, Wholesale Sales, where she served as a member of Fairpoint's Senior Leadership Team and was responsible for the totality of strategy and execution for Fairpoint's wholesale sales channel. Prior to that, Ms. Owczarzak served as Assistant Vice President, Wholesale Sales from June 2007 until December 2012. Ms. Owczarzak has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience and expertise in various sales roles including strategic planning and sales leadership. Prior to her time at Fairpoint, Ms. Owczarzak held positions at Level 3 Communications. TelCove, Inc., and AT&T. Ms. Owczarzak holds a B.A. in Policy and Management Studies from Dickinson College and a Master's degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Brett Scorza Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President
Mr. Scorza joined Inteliquent in 2004 and serves as our Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Information Technology & Product Development. Mr. Scorza has served as Inteliquent's Chief Information Officer since 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Scorza held positions overseeing Inteliquent's domestic products and information systems, including serving as our Senior Vice President of Information Systems from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Scorza was instrumental in the implementation of our billing, reporting and back office functions, and has over 20 years of information technology and telecommunications experience. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Scorza held senior positions, including Vice President of Information Technology, with Focal Communications, Inc. Prior to Focal, Mr. Scorza held various technical and management positions with MFS Communications and Andersen Consulting. Mr. Scorza holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois