Meet our Board & Advisors

Board of Directors & Advisors

R. Gerard Salemme


Currently is Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and a Director of Pendrell Corporation. Mr. Salemme has over 27 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He was Executive Vice President-Strategy, Policy and External Affairs of Clearwire Corporation, a broadband wireless service provider deploying operations throughout the United States and in other countries throughout the world. He is also a Principal of Eagle River Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Eagle River Investments, LLC. Mr. Salemme was Senior Vice President, External Affairs of XO, and, before joining XO, he was AT&T Corporation's Vice President of Government Affairs, directing AT&T's federal regulatory public policy organization, and overseeing AT&T's participation in the FCC's narrowband and broadband PCS auctions. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Salemme was Senior Vice President, External Affairs for McCaw Cellular Communications Inc. He also held the position of Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. He also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Mr. Salemme earned a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, and an M.A. in Economics, from Boston College.

Amit Mehta

Currently is a Vice President at Eagle River, an investment firm based in Kirkland, Washington. Since 2006, Amit has been responsible for the firm's investments by leading its diligence efforts, structuring and negotiating transactions, as well as managing the accounting, human resources and legal services teams. Throughout his career, Amit has held a variety of leadership positions in the high tech and telecommunications industries and has served as a consultant and board member to a number of early-stage and established telecom and digital media companies. He served as Treasurer at Nextel Partners, Inc. where he also was a member of the team that sold the company to Sprint Nextel for $6.5 billion and then its integration into Sprint. Previously, he was Vice President of Finance and Corporate development at Monet Mobile Networks, the first 3G mobile wireless broadband operator in the United States. As a founding team member at Monet, Amit raised more than $50 million from strategic and financial partners. Amit started his career with the AT&T Corporation. He earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Howard G. Trott

Currently Chief Executive Office of RECON Dynamics. Mr. Trott has spent more than 30 years working with telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw’s companies. Howard has completed a vast array of high-profile projects ranging from solar farms and aviation projects to large conservation projects. He is deeply focused on advancing green energy technologies, and designing with sustainability and conservation. Most recently he has worked on large scale storage projects in the Western United States. Howard's experience working with utilities and utility contractors makes him uniquely qualified to lead and accelerate RECON's growth in the utility industry.

Robert G. Mechaley, Jr.

Currently is Vice President and Chief Scientist of Pendrell Corporation. Mr. Mechaley is a 35 year veteran telecommunications/ wireless technologist, inventor and entrepreneur. At McCaw Cellular Mr. Mechaley led the development and standardization of the automatic roaming protocol, IS-41, and engineered and built the first roaming network covering the U.S., the North American Cellular Network (NACN). He was a co-inventor of the first native TCP/IP data network technology for cellular networks, Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD), and led a consortium of U.S. cellular carriers in deploying CDPD networks. He pioneered the use of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing in wireless networks as leader of the "Angel" networking project at McCaw, and subsequent to McCaw's acquisition, at AT&T Wireless Services. As CEO of Wildfire Communications Mr. Mechaley brought to market the first commercial-scale complex voice interface and advanced speech recognition for wireless networks. As founder of RadioFrame Networks, he introduced the first commercial Software Defined Radio (SDR) products for use in cellular networks. A Co-Founder and former Vice Chairman of Clearwire Corporation, Mr. Mechaley continued the evolution of OFDM systems into mobility networks. Prior to McCaw Cellular, he held technology development positions with GTE, GE and Westinghouse. Mr. Mechaley is Founder and CEO of MobileSphere Holdings LLC, a former partner in the private investment firm, Eagle River, serves on private company boards and the board of the Wireless History Foundation.

Nick Kauser

Mr. Kauser was the President of Clearwire International and member of the Board of Directors of Clearwire Inc. until mid 2008, a publicly held company dedicated to the implementation of wireless broadband services in various countries. From 1990 through 1998, Mr. Kauser served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AT&T Wireless Services (formerly McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc.), a wireless communications company. From 1984 through 1990, Mr. Kauser was employed by Rogers Cantel, Inc., a Canadian wireless service provider, as Vice President of Engineering and, later, Senior Vice President of Network Operations. Mr. Kauser received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.