Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer
John Gregg has been our Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer since October 2020. Mr. Gregg has been the founder of Bluewater Ventures since 2003. Bluewater Ventures represents his family office and focuses on investing in special situations in the technology, media, telecom and entertainment industries. Mr. Gregg previously held various leadership roles including Head of Corporate Development and CFO from 1994 to 2003 for NTL Inc (now Virgin Media), a NYSE-listed cable communications company. Mr. Gregg also served as a Managing Director in charge of corporate finance and development for Cellular Communications Inc, Cellular Communications Intl, and Cellular Communication Puerto Rico Inc, three Nasdaq-listed companies. He was Managing Director and Chief Restructuring Officer of Iesy GMBH and the Managing Director of Cablecom GMBH, the largest Swiss broadband provider. Over his 30-year career in the TMT sector, he has negotiated over 50 acquisitions, divestitures and corporate restructurings and arranged over $18 billion in strategic investments. He has successfully led operational restructurings in companies varying in size from 500 to 25,000. He was the Vice Chair and co-founder of Virgin Net and served as the Executive Chairman of Carat Security and Centigon, both providers of global mobile security solutions. Mr. Gregg received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Co-Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Randall Mays has been our Co-Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer since October 2020. Mr. Mays has been the Founder & CEO of Running M Capital and Co-Managing Partner of Mays Family Enterprises since 2013. He sits on the boards of Live Nation Entertainment, Digital Defense, Spinal Stabilization Technologies, BuildGroup Technology Fund, Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM), Mind Science Foundation and the Mays Family Foundation. Running M Capital is a private investment firm supporting innovative and passionate entrepreneurs with novel ideas and technologies. Mays Family Enterprises (MFE) is a family office fund that partners with trusted and experienced management teams to invest in profitable companies with strong opportunities to grow their core businesses and pursue new market opportunities. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1991, Mr. Mays began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. working with the mergers and acquisitions team before joining Clear Channel Communications. Mr. Mays spent almost 20 years at Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartCommunications), a Fortune 500 mass media corporation, holding various leadership roles including Vice Chairman, President and CFO from 1993 to 2013. During his tenure, Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU) was one of the best performing stocks for the decade of the 1990’s. Mr. Mays helped manage over 40,000 employees, global operations, strategy, corporate development and capital markets. Since joining the company , Mr. Mays supported Clear Channel Communications’ growth from a handful of radio stations to an enterprise with over 1,200 radio stations, one of the largest outdoor advertising businesses in the world and the largest live entertainment company. Annual revenue grew during that period from approximately $100 million to over $6.9 billion in 2008, when the company was sold. While at Clear Channel, Mr. Mays led the strategic initiative to further consolidate the Live Entertainment business through its wholly owned subsidiary Clear Channel Entertainment. Mr. Mays oversaw its spinout into the publicly traded company now known as Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE:LVY). During this period, Mr. Mays was the CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment and served as the Chairman of Live Nation from its inception until its merger with Ticket Master. After stepping down as Chairman in 2010, Mr. Mays has served on the board as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Mays also served on the board of Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE:CCO), XM Satellite Radio, American Tower Corporation, and CNET Technologies. He has recently joined the Bridge Builders Collaborative, an investment group focused on technology to redefine mindfulness and social wellness. Mr. Mays received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from University of Texas.
Anne Farlow is an experienced private equity investment professional and currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd. Ms. Farlow, a Hong Kong resident, has been an independent director of Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd. since 2014. Since 2005, she has been an active investor in and nonexecutive director of various unlisted companies. From 2000 to 2005, she was a director of Providence Equity Partners in London, and was one of the partners responsible for investing a $2.8 billion fund in telecom and media companies in Europe. From 1992 to 2000, she was a director of Electra Partners. Prior to working in private equity, Ms. Farlow worked as a banker for Morgan Stanley in New York, and as a management consultant for Bain and Company in London, Sydney and Jakarta. Ms Farlow graduated from Cambridge University with a MA in engineering in 1986 and a Meng in chemical engineering in 1987. She obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991.
Alok Sama was formerly the President and CFO of SoftBank Group International , where he was responsible for the finance functions for SoftBank Group International and its operating affiliates. Alok served as CFO of SoftBank Group International from September 2014 to July 2016 and President and CFO from July 2016 to April 2019. Alok served as a Senior Advisor of SoftBank Group International from April 2019 to February 2020. Alok also served as Chief Strategy Officer for SoftBank Group, where his responsibilities included corporate development, M&A, all proprietary investments and investor relations. While at SoftBank, Alok led the announced $59 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, SoftBank’s $34 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings Plc, the $10 billion disposition of SoftBank’s stake in Alibaba Group Holding, SoftBank’s $8.6 billion sale of Supercell Oy to Tencent Holdings, and the restructuring of SoftBank’s holding in Yahoo Japan. He was also responsible for multiple growth capital investments across technology verticals, including ridesharing, fintech and communications. Alok additionally represented SoftBank as a Board member at ARM Holdings from August 2016 to April 2019, Fortress Investment Group from June 2018 to May 2019, Brightstar Corp from January 2016 to April 2019, SoftBank Energy from June 2016 to June 2020, SoFi from October 2018 to September 2020, SoftBank Group Capital and Airtel Africa from November 2018 to May 2019. Alok has over 30 years of investment banking, capital markets and investment experience in New York, London and Hong Kong. Prior to his time at SoftBank, Alok was a senior Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, he led the firm’s communications practice in Europe and its TMT practice in the Asia-Pacific region. He also established Morgan Stanley’s capital markets business in Asia as well as its investment banking practice in India. His experience at Morgan Stanley included M&A advisory, IPOs, restructurings and financing transactions for clients in North America, Europe and Asia. Alok also co-founded Baer Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm focused on India with over $300 million in assets, in partnership with the Baer family and Dubai Holdings. He continues to serve as a Director of Baer Capital. He is a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and is a former Chairman of the London Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Alok has served as a Senior Advisor to The Raine Group since January 2020 and a Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus LLC since December 2019.
John E. Sununu
John E. Sununu served as a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire from 2003 to 2009. He was a member of the Committees on Banking, Commerce, Finance and Foreign Relations, and he was appointed the Congressional Representative to the United Nations General Assembly. Before his election to the Senate, Senator Sununu served three terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire’s 1st District from 1996 to 2002, where he was vice chairman of the Budget Committee and a member of the Appropriations Committee. During his twelve years in Congress, he drafted and helped pass several important pieces of legislation, including the Internet Tax Freedom Act, the Survivors Benefit Act and the New England Wilderness Act. Prior to serving in Congress, Senator Sununu served as chief financial officer for Teletrol Systems, a manufacturer of building control systems. Senator Sununu formerly served as a director of Time Warner Cable Inc. He has been a director of Boston Scientific since 2009 and as Council member of Lloyd’s of London since 2019. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.