United By a Vision
LightSquared was established in mid-2010 by an experienced team of global telecommunications executives and investors with the vision of revolutionizing the wireless experience in the United States. The company is committed to achieving this through a wholesale-only open wireless broadband network and a combination of terrestrial and satellite technology—both of which represent firsts in the nation.
LightSquared executives have extensive experience in the telecommunications industry across all disciplines, including specific experience in broadband technologies and wireless network deployment.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
As chairman of the board and chief executive officer of LightSquared, Doug Smith is responsible for the deployment and operation of the first-ever nationwide 4G-LTE network to combine satellite and terrestrial technology. He initially joined LightSquared in 2010 as the company’s chief network officer.
With more than 20 years of domestic and international telecom and wireless industry experience, Doug 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, Doug has been involved with the development and technical support of several nationwide cellular networks including leading the team that was responsible for the design, deployment and operation of the United States’ first mobile broadband WiMAX network for Sprint. Joining Nextel when it was a start-up company, Doug 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.
He 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Marc Montagner is the chief financial officer for LightSquared. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s daily financial operations and oversees investor and bondholder relations.
Prior to joining LightSquared, Marc was managing partner of Dupont Circle Partners, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm specializing in the media, technology and telecommunications industries. Before joining Dupont Circle Partners, he served as executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Strategy for SkyTerra, LightSquared’s predecessor company, where he worked on the regulatory, technical and business issues associated with re-purposing SkyTerra’s satellite spectrum for terrestrial use.
Previously, he was managing director and co-head of the Global Telecom, Media and Technology Merger and Acquisition Group of Banc of America Securities. Prior to joining Banc of America, Marc was senior vice president, Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions for Sprint Nextel Corporation, where he was responsible for all M&A activities for the company, including the $70 billion merger between Sprint and Nextel. Prior to Sprint Nextel, Marc was a managing director in the Telecom and Media Group at Morgan Stanley. Marc started his career in the telecom industry at France Telecom.
Curtis Lu is the general counsel of LightSquared. Curtis is responsible for advising on all legal matters affecting the company.
Previously, Curtis was the senior vice president, deputy general counsel, and chief ethics and compliance officer for Time Warner. There, he was responsible for overseeing legal support for intellectual property, antitrust, and communications regulatory issues, as well as Time Warner’s ethics and compliance program.
Prior to his joining Time Warner, Curtis served as senior vice president and principal deputy general counsel for Fannie Mae from 2006 to 2009.
From 2002 to 2006, Curtis was senior vice president and deputy general counsel for America Online, Inc. (AOL). At AOL, Curtis was responsible for overseeing legal support for financial reporting, consumer marketing, corporate compliance, public policy, litigation, and regulatory compliance.
Curtis began his legal career at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, where he was a litigation partner. He served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and the Council for Court Excellence.
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, 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.
Senior Vice President, Satellite Engineering and Operations
Jeff Snyder is senior vice president of satellite engineering and operations for LightSquared, where he is responsible for managing the procurement, construction, launch, testing, and operation of the next generation satellite network and spacecraft being built for the LightSquared network by Boeing.
Before joining LightSquared, Jeff served in the same capacity for SkyTerra Communications and was also responsible for the operation of the company’s two existing satellites. Prior to that he was senior vice president for space and ground systems at XM Satellite Radio, where he was the driving force behind the technical development, program implementation, contract management, and regulatory affairs of the XM Satellite Radio system.
Prior to joining XM, Jeff was the vice president of space systems for Worldspace Corporation, managing the development and delivery of the Afristar and Asiastar satellites. Before Worldspace he held various positions in business development and sales, program management, engineering, and manufacturing at Lockheed Martin and GE Aerospace.
Jeff has also played various roles at GE/RCA Americom, as a program manager and in systems engineering working on fixed service satellites and the development of one of the first direct broadcast satellite systems.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.