Gary Parsons


Gary Parsons, the Chairman of NextNav, spent over 45 years in the telecom industry and is noted for the founding or early stage development of a number of innovative telecom companies, including XM Satellite Radio, SkyTerra, TerreStar Networks, Telecom*USA and MCImetro.  He served as the founding CEO and then Executive Chairman of XM Satellite Radio from 1997 through its merger with Sirius in July 2008, and continued as Chairman of the combined Sirius XM Radio until 2010.

Gary was a pioneer in the deployment of fiber optic networks in the 80s and 90s and hybrid satellite-terrestrial technologies (such as XM Radio, SkyTerra and TerraStar) during the 2000s. In addition to NextNav, Mr Parsons also serves on the Board of Directors of Omnispace LLC, Siden Inc, Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd, and is Executive Chairman of Torad Engineering, LLC. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Science from Clemson University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and is Co-Chairman of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Mr. Parsons was inducted into the US Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2002.

Ganesh Pattabiraman


As the Co-Founder and CEO of NextNav, Ganesh is leading the mission to enable the future of geolocation. He is passionate about bringing scale to technologies. Over his twenty+ year career, spanning companies such as Qualcomm, he has led various initiatives in launching terrestrial, satellite based (GPS and LEO), proximity-based location systems into mass market devices – including GPS and sensor based technologies.

Ganesh has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.

Alan B. Howe


Alan Howe has served as a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Broadband Initiatives, LLC, a boutique corporate advisory and strategic consulting firm, since 2001. Previously, he held various executive management positions at Covad Communications, Teletrac, Inc., Sprint and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Mr. Howe is an experienced public company director. He currently serves on the boards of Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE: BW), Resonant (NASDAQ: RESN), Sonim Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SONM), and Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX). Mr. Howe was previously a director of Spartacus Acquisition Corporation.

Mr. Howe received a Masters of Business Administration from the Kelley Business School at Indiana University and a Bachelors of Science – Business Administration and Marketing from the Gies School of Business at the University of Illinois. Mr. Howe was selected to serve on our board of directors because of operational, corporate finance, business development and leadership experience as well as his in depth strategic knowledge of the wireless, location technology, telecommunications, and software industries.

Peter Aquino


Peter D. Aquino is currently the Chairman & CEO of Spartacus Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: TMTS). Spartacus announced a combination with a next generation GPS leader, NextNav LLC. He is a 30+ year veteran of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications industry, starting his career at AT&T / Verizon in 1983. Mr. Aquino has a track record of successfully guiding companies through M&A, major expansion efforts, turnarounds, and strategic partnerships. He has run 4 public companies thus far, including Spartacus AC, and served in leading roles as: Chairman & CEO of Internap Corporation between 2016 and 2020, a North America retail data center company; Chairman and CEO of Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc. from 2010 until 2013, a global telecommunications company providing voice, high-capacity data, and data center services to enterprises; and President and CEO of RCN Corporation from 2004 until 2010, a competitive cable MSO and Metro Fiber company primarily in the Northeast US. Mr. Aquino is also the founder of Broad Valley Capital, LLC since 2014, where he advises firms focused on TMT, and also provides capital to for start-up broadband companies. Mr. Aquino served on several public boards including more recently; Lumos Networks, FairPoint Communications, Alaska Telecom, and TiVo, Inc. He is currently on the board of Spartacus Acquisition Corp. Mr. Aquino earned a B.A. from Montclair State University, New Jersey; and an M.B.A. from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Peter Barris


Peter Barris joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1992 and was the firm’s Managing General Partner from 1999-2017. During his 18 years at the helm, NEA’s assets under management grew from $1B to over $20B and the organization scaled its operations to become one of the world’s largest venture capital firms. He has been named several times to the Forbes Midas List of top technology investors, Crain’s Chicago 50 Top Tech Stars, Washington Tech Council’s Hall of Fame, and the Washington Business Hall of Fame. Peter serves on the board of public companies Groupon (GRPN) and Sprout Social (SPT) and is currently a director of several private companies including Berkshire Grey, Catalytic, NextNav, Tamr, Tempus, ThreatQuotient, Upskill, and ZeroFox.

Peter is Vice-Chair of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and serves on the boards of In-Q-Tel and The Brookings Institute. Peter previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association and was also a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic organization in the Washington D.C. area. Peter received his BSEE from Northwestern University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Jim Fleming


Jim Fleming focuses on investments in the cybersecurity, media, and mobile sectors. He is currently a Partner at Columbia Capital, and a director of CPG, Deep Edge, High Band Holdings, Karousel, LB Spectrum, Local Media, Omnispace, SoundHouse, and Vivacity Networks. The Tennis Channel, Tristar, and Extenet. He previously held board seats with AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Altamira (acquired by ClearSky), Baja Broadband (acquired by TDS), ExteNet Systems (acquired by Digital Bridge and Stonepeak), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), Nuvox Communications (acquired by Windstream), TVCC and CCTV (acquired by Light Squared), Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Satellite Radio, ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3 Communications), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), WCS Wireless (acquired by NextWave Wireless), and WNP Communications (acquired by XO Communications), and has worked closely with a number of former Columbia portfolio companies including Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications) and NeoWorld (acquired by Nextel). Jim received his B.A. from Stanford University.

Bandel L. Carano


Bandel L. Carano is a Managing Partner at Oak Investment Partners, which he joined in 1985 and became a General Partner in 1987. Bandel is currently on the Boards of Airspan Networks, Centric Software, MobiTV, Mojix, NeoPhotonics, NextNav, nLight, and SmartDrive. Bandel has also led investments in and/or served on the Boards of 2Wire, Avici, CoreTek, Endwave, Fiber Tower, Good Technology, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Netopia, Phononic Devices, Picture Tel, Polycom, Presidio, Protean Electric, Qtera, Sentient Networks, Solarflare Communications, Tegic, Trapeze Networks, Wellfleet, Entropic, Illustra/Informix, Sybase, Tele Atlas, Actel, Airgo Networks, CommQuest, Kenet, Level 5, NanoH2O, NemeriX, Newport Media, Resonext, SMIC, Synaptics, Virata, Interconnectix, Parametric, Synopsys, Tensilica, Wavestream, and Zayo.

Bandel received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.