As Founder, Executive Chairman, Principal Executive Officer, and in other executive management/advisory roles, Hal Turner has set the vision and business tone that has chartered the successful course of numerous international and U.S. domestic communication, software, and technology startup, growth, and Fortune 500 companies.
Hal’s track record of pioneering successes and leadership spans decades. He founded Turner Telecom Holdings Group, LLC, an executive management and board consultancy that cultivates and grows “all stage” global technology, software, and communications companies. His strong emphasis on sales and business plan execution results in strategy development, organizational leadership, sales growth and fundamental financial improvement.
Hal leads with a culture that has successfully ramped fiscal growth, while passionately serving the needs of valued constituents. This leadership has resulted in sustained financial and commercial growth for his companies. Launching his career at AT&T, Hal rose to senior roles in sales and marketing and served at the highest ranks in a broad spectrum of international startup and corporate firms. Highlights include: NeoNova Network Services, Inc.; Pac West Telecom, Inc.; Panterra Networks; PTT Telecom Netherlands, US Inc. (now KPN); and BellSouth Communications, Inc. (now AT&T). Hal also serves as an advisory board member of The Capital Angels, an angel investing group affiliated with SC Angel Network. Hal earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, where he was presented with a Distinguished Alumni award in 2010.
Yves Van Sante studied Marketing, Communication and Commercial Management. He started his career in 1982 as an advisor at United Brokers and became sales manager for Brinkers International, the market leader in refining oil for the food industry, a year later. From 1987 until 1993 he served as Sales and Marketing manager Central Europe at 3C Communications in Luxemburg, where he launched Credit Card Telephony across Europe.
Following this position, he became a business unit manager Public Telephony at Belgacom, the Belgium incumbent, where he managed a department of 650 employees and a € 40 million business. In 1994, together with Steven van der Velden, Yves van Sante co-founded InTouch Telecom.
As its managing director he was responsible for business development, sales and marketing. In 1999, when achieving a turnover of € 25 million and having grown to 125 staff, InTouch was sold to GTS, a pan European Telecom operator. Mr. van Sante became vice-president Business Services with GTS in London, where he consolidated acquisitions and turned the voice Telco around into an IP operator. In 2000 he became Managing Director of Eport, a call centre owned by the Port of Ostend.
After six months Eport was sold to the Dutch call-centre Call-IT, and Mr. van Sante became advisor to its Management Board. In 2002 he founded Q.A.T. Investments. Concurrently, he has held various Management and Board functions in companies in the QAT portfolio. Mr. van Sante is a member of De Warande and member of the Board of Directors of Festival of Flanders.
Mr. Jimenez-Tuñon is a distinguished mobile telecommunications industry leader, having served as CEO of Pareteum’s largest customer, Vodafone Enabler Spain S.L. (“Vodafone Enabler”) from July 2011 to December 2016. In addition to his role at Vodafone Enabler, during a decade at Vodafone, Mr. Jimenez-Tuñon has also held leadership positions at Vodafone Spain where he was responsible for business development and strategy of the group’s Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), enablers, roaming services, international carriers and wholesale fixed broadband business lines.
Laura Thomas is an experienced telecommunications industry Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer who has steered companies large and small, ranging from $20 million to $1.5 billion in annual revenues, upholding corporate governance and transparency among stakeholders. She has worked alongside Board and C-suite teams to position companies for positive cash flow and to achieve record profitability. Currently, Ms. Thomas is Chief Financial Officer of Towerstream, the leading fixed wireless Internet provider in the U.S. Previously, Ms. Thomas was Chairman of the Board of Directors at Impact Telecom, a leading provider of voice and messaging solutions for businesses and carriers. She provided leadership to the company’s management team in strategic initiatives and increasing enterprise value. As CEO at TNCI, a national telecommunications provider, she was primarily tasked with leading the development and execution of TNCI’s long-term strategy and ensuring the company’s continued success. Ms. Thomas previously served in increasingly responsible leadership roles at XO Communications, culminating with CEO, focused on driving the company’s strategic focus on IP and data solutions, while delivering excellence in customer experience and aligning the company’s resources toward continued operational efficiencies. Prior, she served as Director of Finance at MCI Communications.