LightSquared executives have extensive experience in the telecommunications industry across all disciplines, including specific experience in broadband technologies and wireless network deployment.
President & Chief Executive Officer
As president and chief executive officer, Douglas Smith manages and directs day-to-day operations across every aspect of LightSquared. He has overall responsibility for directing the vision of the company and will lead efforts to utilize its state-of-the-art communications assets in operating a network solutions firm designed to extend coverage, increase capacity and accelerate the delivery of next-generation technology for America’s wireless industry. He initially joined LightSquared in 2010 as the company’s chief network officer.
With more than 25 years of domestic and international telecom and wireless industry experience, Mr. Smith has engineered, built and launched nationwide networks for industry corporations including GTE, Nextel, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire.
From the outset of the commercial cellular industry, Mr. Smith has been involved with the development and technical support of several nationwide cellular networks spanning every generation of technology from the first analog networks through today’s state-of-the-art 4G systems. Joining Nextel when it was a start-up company, Mr. Smith was involved in building the business from the ground up. He was responsible for the design and operation of Nextel’s nationwide network which consisted of more than 20,000 cells and served more than 20 million subscribers. Following that network deployment, he served as Sprint’s senior vice president and chief technical operations officer and embarked on the deployment of the company’s 4G network.
Mr. Smith holds a Master’s of Science in Management of Technology from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College. He and his wife Colleen reside in Leesburg, VA with their four children.
Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy
Jeffrey J. Carlisle
Jeff Carlisle is executive vice president for regulatory affairs and public policy for LightSquared where he is responsible for all domestic and international regulatory and policy matters including those at the FCC, Congress, the Executive Branch, the ITU, and in foreign markets.
Before joining LightSquared, Mr. Carlisle served as vice president of regulatory affairs for SkyTerra Communications. Before joining LightSquared, Jeff served as vice president of regulatory affairs for SkyTerra Communications. Before joining SkyTerra, he served as vice president, international public policy and government relations of Lenovo, the global computer manufacturer. Jeff headed Lenovo's Washington office from 2005 until 2008.
From 2001 to 2005, Jeff served as deputy chief and then chief of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau. At the FCC, he managed the development of the Commission's policies on broadband and competitive entry into the local exchange market, and he was the architect of the Commission's policies on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and bankruptcy of common carriers. From 1995 to 2001, he practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers and independently, starting as a transactional attorney and then specializing in broadcast and telecommunications law. He represented numerous telecommunications investors and service providers.
Jeff has spoken at numerous events on telecommunications, trade and security policy issues. He received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude and with honors, from UCLA; a J.D. from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley; and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Carlisle, and their two children, Isabelle and Jonathan.
Senior Vice President, Finance
Eric Harrington is the Senior Vice President, Finance for LightSquared. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, corporate finance, and investor relations. Eric brings more than 15 years of experience with a unique background in transactional and operational finance, strategic planning, and principal investing.
Prior to joining LightSquared, Eric was an investment professional at The Blackstone Group within the firm’s Mezzanine Group, a $1.1 billion fund focused on subordinated debt and equity investments to provide growth capital and to support leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. While at The Blackstone Group, he was involved in analyzing, evaluating, and executing mezzanine investments across a diverse range of industries.
Previously, Eric began his career at Nomura Securities in the firm’s Leveraged Capital Group. Eric holds a bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Deputy General Counsel, Acting General Counsel
Jamie Kase is the lead legal counsel of LightSquared. He is responsible for advising on all legal matters affecting the company.
Previously, Jamie was Chief Legal Counsel for AOL. There, he led the transactional legal team and was responsible for overseeing legal support for all commercial transactions, including technology licensing, advertising, marketing and revenue transactions. Jamie was with AOL from 1999 until 2010.
Prior to his joining AOL, Jamie was one of the co-founders of Champion Title and Settlements, Inc., a settlement company and title insurance agency that was established in 1993 and is currently licensed and approved to close transactions in 16 states.
Jamie began his legal career at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was a corporate associate. He worked on real estate, finance and technology transactions. He received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
Senior Vice President - Network
Thomas E. Purcell
Tom is responsible for the planning, network engineering and operational support of the satellite and ground networks for LightSquared. Additionally, he supervises the management of the company’s IT, OSS, Infrastructure and Network Reporting functions.
Joining LightSquared, then Mobile Satellite Ventures, in 2007, Tom previously served as the Senior Vice President for North American Operations for the company responsible for all facets of network operations from network systems and the Network Operations Center to IT applications, operations and support. He was also instrumental in the initial planning efforts of LightSquared’s Terrestrial Network rollout.
Over a career that spans 40 plus years in the telecommunications industry, Tom has held various senior level network engineering, operations and technology development management positions with a number of notable industry leaders including XO Holdings/Nextlink Communications; Nextel, Sprint and Bell Atlantic (Verizon).
He currently resides in Gainesville, Virginia with his wife, Robin.