NSTAC Members

NSTAC Members

Current members of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Here is a list of past NSTAC Chairs.

Ms. Renee James, NSTAC Chair 

Ms. Renée James is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Ampere Computing.  Previously, Ms. James was president of Intel, where she held a variety of positions throughout her 28 year career in research and development (R&D) leadership of both software and hardware, including the establishment of a global R&D network and global manufacturing leadership.  She serves as an operating director with the Carlyle Group, and a non-executive director on the Vodafone Group, Plc. board, and the board of Citigroup, Inc. and Oracle Corp.  She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Scott Charney, NSTAC Vice Chair

Mr. Scott Charney is vice president for Security Policy at Microsoft, working with public and private sector organizations to develop and implement strategies to help secure the IT ecosystem. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, as a Commissioner on the Global Commission for Stability of Cyberspace, and as Chair of the Board of the Global Cyber Alliance. Prior to his current position, Mr. Charney led Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group where he was responsible for enforcing Microsoft’s mandatory security engineering policies and implementing Microsoft's security strategy. Before that, Mr. Charney served as chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where he was responsible for implementing DOJ’s computer crime and intellectual property initiatives. Under his direction, CCIPS investigated and prosecuted national and international hacker cases, economic espionage cases, and violations of the federal criminal copyright and trademark laws. He served three years as chair of the G8 Subgroup on High-Tech Crime, was vice chair of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Group of Experts on Security and Privacy, led the U.S. Delegation to the OECD on Cryptography Policy, and was co-chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.  Mr. Charney graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law with honors and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Mr. Peter Altabef

Mr. Peter Altabef is chairman and CEO of Unisys, which he joined in January 2015. He is also a member of the boards of directors of NiSource Inc., EastWest Institute and Petrus Trust Company, LTA; and a member of the board of advisors of Merit Energy Company, LLC.  Mr. Altabef previously served as president and CEO of MICROS Systems, Inc., until its acquisition by Oracle Corporation and as president and CEO of Perot Systems Corporation, until its acquisition by Dell, Inc.  Following Perot System’s acquisition by Dell, he served as president of Dell Services.  He has been a member of the Americas International Advisory Council of the International Business Leaders Forum and the advisory board of the Institute for Law and Technology of the Center for American and International Law.  He has served as a member of the board of governors of the Dallas Symphony Association, the associates' board of Children's Medical Center Dallas, and the board of advisors of Dallas Children's Theater, and as co-chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Walk Dallas.  Mr. Altabef received a juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Binghamton University, SUNY.

Mr. William Brown

Mr. William M. (Bill) Brown is chairman, president, and CEO of Harris. Harris is a leading provider of advanced aerospace and defense technology solutions for government and commercial customers.  The company has more than 17,000 employees who serve customers in more than 100 countries.  Mr. Brown was appointed president and chief executive officer in November 2011, and elected chairman of the board in April 2014.  Prior to joining Harris, Mr. Brown was a senior vice president, corporate strategy and development, of United Technologies Corporation (UTC).  Earlier, he served five years as president of UTC’s Fire and Security division.  In all, Mr. Brown spent 14 years with UTC, holding U.S. and international roles at various divisions, including Carrier Corporation’s Asia Pacific operations and the Carrier Transicold division.  Before joining UTC in 1997, he worked for McKinsey & Company as a senior engagement manager.  He began his career as a project engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.  Mr. Brown serves on the board of directors for the Celanese Corporation, the board of the Fire Department of New York City Foundation, the council of trustees for the Association of the United States Army, and the board of trustees of the Florida Institute of Technology.  He is also the Vice Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association Executive Committee.  Mr. Brown received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Mr. Robert Carrigan

Mr. Robert Carrigan is the former chairman of the board and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet. He joined Dun & Bradstreet in 2013 and led a business, technology, and cultural transformation that restored the company to growth.  Prior to Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Carrigan was CEO of IDG Communications, Inc., a global technology media company, with online, print, and events operations in 90 countries.  Under his leadership, IDG transformed from a traditional print publisher to a leading digital media company and the worldwide leader in the technology event and media space.  Prior to becoming CEO in 2008, Mr. Carrigan held several senior leadership roles at IDG, including president and CEO for its U.S. business unit.  Previously, he spent four years at America Online, Inc., where he was senior vice president of the Interactive Marketing Group.  Mr. Carrigan served on the Board of the Interactive Advertising Board for seven years, and was Chairman in 2011.  In 2016, Mr. Carrigan was named NJ Master Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.  Mr. Carrigan graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Mr. Matthew Desch

Mr. Matthew Desch is the CEO of Iridium Communications and serves on its board of directors.  Mr. Desch joined Iridium in 2006, and has more than 35 years of experience in telecommunications management and almost 30 years in the global wireless industry.  Before Iridium, Mr. Desch served as the CEO of Telcordia Technologies (now part of Ericsson) and was on the board of SAIC.  Prior to that, Mr. Desch was president of Nortel Network’s wireless and global carrier’s divisions for 13 years, leaving in 2000.  He began his career in software development and strategic planning with AT&T Bell Laboratories.  Mr. Desch received the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the greater Washington area.  He was also named Via Satellite Magazine’s 2011 “Satellite Executive of the Year” in recognition for his advancement of Iridium’s business and its new $3 billion dollar next-generation satellite constellation.  Mr. Desch serves on the board of directors for Aireon, LLC, and as an active private pilot, is a member of the board of trustees of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Mr. David G. DeWalt

Mr. David DeWalt has served as an executive for more than 30 years in the high tech industry, including 17 years as CEO of McAfee, FireEye/Mandiant, and Documentum.  He is the founder of NightDragon Security, and serves as the chairman or vice chairman of several global cybersecurity companies including ForeScout Technologies, Claroty, ForgeRock, and Illusive Networks.  In addition, he serves as a vice chairman of Safety and Security for Delta Airlines as well a board member at Five9 and Team8.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science as well as an honorary doctorate in computer information sciences from the University of Delaware.

Mr. Raymond Dolan

Mr. Raymond Dolan is the former president and CEO of Ribbon Communications.  Previously, he was the president, CEO, and a member of the board of directors of Sonus Networks, Inc.  He has extensive experience in technology development, field operations, marketing, and general management in the wireless industry.  Prior to joining Sonus, Mr. Dolan was CEO of Qualcomm/Flarion Technologies, and senior vice president of Qualcomm from 2006 to 2010.  Before Qualcomm’s acquisition of Flarion Technologies in 2006, he served as the CEO and chairman of the board of Flarion Technologies.  Prior to that, Mr. Dolan worked as the chief operating officer (COO) of NextWave Telecom and held various leadership positions at BellAtlantic/NYNEX Mobile.  He is currently a member of the board of directors for the American Tower Corporation.  Mr. Dolan is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a tactical jet pilot for more than seven years.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University’s School of Business.

Mr. John Donovan

Mr. John Donovan is the CEO of AT&T Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T, where he is responsible for the bulk of AT&T’s global telecommunications and video services businesses, including AT&T’s Business, Mobility & Entertainment, and Technology & Operations groups.  Mr. Donovan previously served as chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, where he oversaw AT&T’s corporate strategy functions, technology development, network deployment and operations, and the company’s transition to a software-defined and future 5G network. His responsibilities included oversight of the company’s global information, software development and big data strategy; intellectual property, labs, and foundry innovation; IT, digital planning, and engineering; network planning and operations; field operations; and global supply chain.  Mr. Donovan has also served as AT&T’s chief technology officer (CTO).  Prior to joining AT&T, he was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing, and operations at VeriSign, Inc., where he led its global sales organization. Mr. Donovan also served as chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group, Inc., where he helped shape the strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe.  Prior to that, he was a partner and director of the Americas industry practice for telecom for Deloitte Consulting.  He currently serves on the board of directors for Palo Alto Networks.  Mr. Donovan earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Joseph E. Fergus

Dr. Joseph Fergus is the founder, president, and CEO of Communication Technologies, a global telecommunications and IT services provider established in 1990.  Prior to that, he was a R&D scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1982 to 1990, and served as the chair of various technical committees for the American National Standards Institute.  In addition, Dr. Fergus has represented the United States at meetings of the International Telecommunications Union –Telecommunications Sector in Geneva, Switzerland, on the development of international standards pertaining to telecommunications.  He is also the founder and CEO of nexGrēn, Inc., a green technology company that specializes in data security and the protection of corporate and personal information assets.  He holds a patent on computer security technology and served as the chair on industry committees responsible for providing technical direction of industry standards, such as the American National Standards Institute and ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector.  Dr. Fergus is a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He received his doctorate of humane letters in science from Norfolk State University in 2004, and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Fergus also earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norfolk State University.

Ms. Lisa A. Hook

Ms. Lisa Hook has served as CEO of Neustar since October 2010, as a member of the board since November 2010, and as president since January 2008.  Previously, Ms. Hook served as president and CEO of Sunrocket, Inc., a voice over IP service provider; held several executive-level posts at America Online, Inc., a web services company; was a partner at Brera Capital Partners, a global private equity investment firm; managing director of Alpine Capital Group, LLC., an investment banking firm; held several executive positions at Time Warner, Inc., a diversified media company; was legal advisor to the Federal Communications Commission Chairman; and was a senior attorney at Viacom International, Inc., a diversified media company.  Ms. Hook serves on the board of Worldpay Inc., a payment processing firm.  Ms. Hook has previously served as senior independent director of RELX PLC and RELX NV, providers of information solutions, Covad Communications, Time Warner Telecom, and National Geographic Ventures.  In recognition of her personal and professional achievements, The Dickinson School of Law and Penn State University honored Ms. Hook as a 2012 Penn State Alumni Fellow.  Her non-profit affiliations include being a director of Women in Cable Television, and Island Press, on the Advisory Board of The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and vice chair on the Corporate Fund Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She is a member of the Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and innovators, and the Committee for Economic Development, a business-led public policy organization.  Ms. Hook holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Kevin Kennedy

Dr. Kevin Kennedy is the former president and CEO of Avaya.  Dr. Kennedy has over four decades of experience at companies including Cisco Systems, JDSU, Openwave Systems, AT&T Bell Labs; and is currently a Senior Managing Director for Blue Ridge Partners.  Dr. Kennedy’s specialization is transforming companies through growth and company reinvention, tapping both organic innovation, and mergers and acquisitions.  In 1987, Dr. Kennedy was a Congressional fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  Dr. Kennedy’s board experience spans both public and private companies across numerous industries including enterprise software, semiconductors, semiconductor test and measurement, intellectual property, and cloud infrastructure.  Dr. Kennedy has authored multiple patents, including two in enterprise security, and has published more than 30 papers on computational methods, data networking, and issues of technology management.  He is the author of Devil in the Details (2012) and a co-author of Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail (2003).  Dr. Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lehigh University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from Rutgers University where he served as an adjunct professor from 1982 to 1984.  He previously served on the board of regents at Loyola Marymount.  Dr. Kennedy also holds a Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate from the University of Michigan Ross.

Mr. Mark McLaughlin

Mr. Mark McLaughlin serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of Palo Alto Networks. Prior to his current position, he served as CEO and chairman of the board of directors at Palo Alto Networks.  Previously, he was the president, CEO, and a board member of Verisign, Inc.  At Verisign, he held several key positions including serving as COO, executive vice president of products and marketing, and head of the company's Naming Services business.  Before VeriSign, Mr. McLaughlin worked at Signio, Inc., as vice president for sales and business development; at Gemplus International SA as vice president for business development; and at Caere Corporation as general counsel.  He also practiced law at Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP.  Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. McLaughlin served in the U.S. Army and earned his Airborne Wings.  He currently serves on the board of directors for Qualcomm, Inc.  Mr. McLaughlin holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a juris doctorate from the Seattle University School of Law.

Mr. Angel Ruiz

Mr. Angel Ruiz serves as president and CEO of Ericsson’s Media Division overseeing the company’s global operations in this area.  Mr. Ruiz previously served as chairman of the Americas for Ericsson and was head of Ericsson’s North American Region from 2001-2016, growing the business from half a billion dollars to over $9 billion, and setting a vision of growth and customer quality during this time.  Under his leadership, Ericsson became the number one provider of telecommunications solutions and services in the United States and Canada.  In 2010, Mr. Ruiz was awarded the Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award from the University of Texas at Dallas for supporting and enabling activities such as research with UT Dallas faculty.  Mr. Ruiz has been on numerous advisory boards, representing Ericsson.  In 2012, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Technology and Business Council named him CEO of the year for his numerous contributions to the area and the telecommunications industry.  Mr. Ruiz served on CTIA’s Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee for more than a decade.  In addition, he has chaired CTIA’s Suppliers’ Council since 2009.  In 2014, Mr. Ruiz was appointed to the board of directors for Liberty Mutual Holding Company, the parent corporation of the Liberty Mutual Insurance group of entities.  Mr. Ruiz joined Ericsson in 1990 and has held a variety of technical, sales and managerial positions within the company.  He has worked abroad in managerial and customer support assignments in Mexico, Venezuela, and Sweden.  Before joining Ericsson, Mr. Ruiz held various positions with Sprint, AT&T, and Bell Atlantic.  Mr. Ruiz holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in management science and information systems from Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Kay Sears

Ms. Kay Sears is the vice president and general manager of the military space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space.  In this capacity, she has general management responsibility for critical national security space programs including Advanced Extremely High Frequency Defense Meteorological Space Program, Global Positioning System, Mobile User Objective System, Space Based Infrared Systems, Space Protection, and other Department of Defense space programs.  Previously, Ms. Sears was the vice president of strategy and business development where she was responsible for growing the Space business with a comprehensive strategy to develop new markets and expand core mission areas.  Ms. Sears also led strategic planning, advanced technology concepts, and new business acquisition efforts for each of Space lines of business.  Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Sears served as president of Intelsat General Corporation, where she was responsible for implementing the company’s strategic and operational plans and for the overall mission of providing a range of sustainable, cost-effective, and secure communications solutions to Government and commercial customers.  Before Intelsat, Ms. Sears helped launch the Government services business units at both G2 Satellite Solutions and Verestar.  Ms. Sears holds a bachelor of science in marketing and economics from the University of Richmond, and a master’s degree in business administration, with a focus in information systems, from George Washington University.

Mr. Gary Smith

Mr. Gary Smith is the president and CEO of Ciena.  Among the longest-serving CEOs in the industry, Mr. Smith took the helm at Ciena in May 2001, just before the unprecedented telecommunications industry downturn.  Since then, he has successfully led Ciena through two recessions to build a truly global network strategy and solutions company.  His prior positions with Ciena include COO, senior vice president of worldwide sales, and vice president of international sales.  Previously, Mr. Smith served as vice president of sales and marketing for Intelsat, and also held executive roles in several pioneering European communications companies, including Cray Communications Group, Tricom Communications PLC, and Case Communications Group.  He has extensive international experience having been based at various times in Asia, Europe, and North America.  Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors for CommVault Systems, Inc.  He serves on the Wake Forest University Advisory Council for the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship; and participates in initiatives with the Center for Corporate Innovation.  Mr. Smith received his master’s degree in business administration from Ashridge Management College, United Kingdom, where he graduated cum laude.

Mr. Jeffrey Storey

Mr. Jeffrey Storey is the president and COO of CenturyLink.  He most recently served as president and CEO of Level 3 Communications from April 2013, until its merger with CenturyLink in 2017.  Mr. Storey is also a member of the CenturyLink board of directors.  Prior to assuming the role of CEO at Level 3 Communications, Mr. Storey was the company’s COO and president.  As COO, Mr. Storey oversaw Level 3 Communications’ sales, marketing, customer and network operations, and IT and business process engineering worldwide.  Under Mr. Storey’s leadership, he positioned the company to capitalize on the industry transition from legacy services to more efficient and secure technologies.  He also prioritized a company-wide focus on the customer experience, enabling his team to respond more effectively to the complex demands of the market.  Before joining Level 3, he served as president and CEO of WilTel Communications, president of Leucadia Telecommunications Group, and in senior executive positions at Cox Communications.  He was also a founding member of Cox Business Services.  He started his 30-year career at Southwestern Bell Telephone.  Mr. Storey holds a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering physics and mathematics from Northeastern State University and a master’s degree in telecommunications from Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Christopher Young

Mr. Christopher Young is the CEO of McAfee.  Mr. Young leads the company’s security business across hardware and software platforms.  Prior to this role, he served as the senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security Group, where he led Intel’s security business across platforms, including McAfee products and Intel’s other security assets.  Prior to Intel, Mr. Young was the senior vice president of Cisco’s Security Business Group, where he oversaw the strategy, engineering, and product development for the company’s global security business.  Before that, Mr. Young served as senior vice president and general manager at VMware, Inc., where he led the company’s engineering, product development, and marketing for desktop virtualization, consumer, and end user offerings.  He also served as senior vice president of products for RSA, the security division of EMC Corporation.  Mr. Young is on the board of directors of American Express and Snap Inc.  He has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” by Savoy Magazine, and has received an achievement award from the Black Engineer of the Year organization.  Mr. Young holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. .

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