About Ligado Networks

At Ligado Networks, we’re all about connectivity.

As a network service operator, we are driven by the power of connectivity. Its importance to the way we live and work has never been more pervasive. Our connected life is supported by many networks ranging from satellite connectivity that extends mobile coverage to the most remote areas in the U.S. to wireless connectivity that is supporting an explosion of mobile data traffic. At Ligado Networks, we believe in the tried-and-true formula for America’s global leadership in wireless—that more spectrum availability and continued investment in wireless infrastructure can deliver more innovative ways to connect people, devices, objects, vehicles, and buildings in an increasingly mobile lifestyle and economy.

Based in Reston, Virginia, Ligado Networks is led by an experienced management team and Board of Directors with extensive backgrounds in telecommunications, technology, and public policy.

  • Doug Smith
    Doug Smith
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Doug Smith
    President & Chief Executive Officer

    As president and chief executive officer, Doug Smith manages and directs day-to-day operations across every aspect of Ligado Networks. He has overall responsibility for directing the vision of the company and will lead efforts to utilize its state-of-the-art communications assets in operating a network solutions firm designed to extend coverage, increase capacity and accelerate the delivery of next-generation technology for America’s wireless industry.

    With more than 25 years of domestic and international telecom and wireless industry experience, Mr. Smith has engineered, built and launched nationwide networks for industry corporations including GTE, Nextel, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire.

    From the outset of the commercial cellular industry, Mr. Smith has been involved with the development and technical support of several nationwide cellular networks spanning every generation of technology from the first analog networks through today’s state-of-the-art 4G systems. Joining Nextel when it was a start-up company, Mr. Smith was involved in building the business from the ground up. He was responsible for the design and operation of Nextel’s nationwide network which consisted of more than 20,000 cells and served more than 20 million subscribers. Following that network deployment, he served as Sprint’s senior vice president and chief technical operations officer and embarked on the deployment of the company’s 4G network.

    Mr. Smith holds a Master’s of Science in Management of Technology from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College. He and his wife Colleen reside in Leesburg, VA with their four children.

  • Tamara Casey
    Tamara Casey
    Chief Technology Officer
    Tamara Casey
    Chief Technology Officer

    Tamara Casey is chief technology officer for Ligado Networks. She is responsible for Ligado’s network design, deployment, and operations. In this role, she leads the company’s development of a next-generation network that can support advanced radio technology suitable for emerging use cases in innovating industries and categories such as connected cars, mobile healthcare, and mission critical enterprise applications.

    Before joining Ligado, Tamara was a senior TMT advisor at Nexius Insight where her clients included Cisco and several large private equity firms. Previously, she had co-founded and served as CEO of 4DK Technologies, Inc., a technology solutions firm that was acquired by Radius Networks in early 2014. During her tenure at 4DK Technologies, Tamara and her team were granted 6 USPTO patents.

    From 2001 to 2005, as Vice President of Technology, Strategy, Research and Architecture for Nextel Communications, Tamara was responsible for all technology strategy and long-term network architecture and technology research. In this role, Tamara drove development of push-to-talk technology for 3G and many of the technology concepts that became 4G LTE. She also drove development of the second largest private data network in North America. For a decade prior, she served Nextel as a Regional Vice President of Engineering and Operations responsible for the Northeast region.

    Tamara attended the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, completing the Strategic Business Leadership program; and Laney College where she studied media communications.

  • Scott Wiener
    Scott Wiener
    Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
    Scott Wiener
    Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

    Scott Wiener is Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Ligado Networks with responsibility for strategy & planning, business development, marketing, and commercial partnerships.

    Prior to joining Ligado, Scott was co-founder and partner at Alta Nova Group, a Virginia-based consulting firm advising technology and telecommunications clients on market analysis and strategy, business planning, and pricing management. Scott brings over 25 years of telecommunications and technology experience in strategy, business planning, pricing management, marketing, and business development. He previously held executive marketing and strategy roles at Nextel Communications, Sprint, and LightSquared, LP. Scott began his career as a market development manager at MCI.

    Scott holds a B.A. in American History from Brandeis University and received an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

  • Thomas E. Purcell
    Thomas E. Purcell
    Chief Network Officer
    Thomas E. Purcell
    Chief Network Officer

    Tom is responsible for the planning, network engineering and operational support of the satellite and ground networks for Ligado Networks. Additionally, he supervises the management of the company’s IT, OSS, Infrastructure and Network Reporting functions.

    Tom previously served as the Senior Vice President for North American Operations for the company responsible for all facets of network operations from network systems and the Network Operations Center to IT applications, operations and support. He was also instrumental in the initial planning efforts of Ligado’s Terrestrial Network rollout.

    Over a career that spans 40 plus years in the telecommunications industry, Tom has held various senior level network engineering, operations and technology development management positions with a number of notable industry leaders including XO Holdings/Nextlink Communications; Nextel, Sprint and Bell Atlantic (Verizon).

    He currently resides in Gainesville, Virginia with his wife, Robin.

  • Valerie Green
    Valerie Green
    Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
    Valerie Green
    Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

    Valerie Green is executive vice president and chief legal officer for Ligado Networks, joining the company after more than seven years in the Obama Administration. Most recently, Valerie was at the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel, where she led the Administration’s efforts to recruit, develop, and retain talented candidates to serve as presidential appointees in agencies and departments across the government.

    Prior to joining Presidential Personnel, Valerie was the general counsel at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). During her time at CNCS, Valerie provided strategic counsel to the federal agency that runs national service programs including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps and the Social Innovation Fund. She helped CNCS develop and launch innovative partnerships to expand national service and advance policy priorities for other Federal agencies and local communities. Valerie helped to start FEMA Corps (focused on disaster relief and recovery) and justice AmeriCorps (providing legal aid for unaccompanied minors). Before CNCS, Valerie had several roles in the White House, including Deputy Special Counsel to the President and Special Assistant to the President.

    Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Valerie was an attorney on Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign for President. Valerie started her career as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore (in New York) and later practiced at Venable (in Baltimore) and Wiley, Rein (in Washington, DC). She has also worked in the non-profit sector as a Justice Harry A. Blackmun Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy and at People for the American Way.

    Valerie received a BA in Political Science from Barnard College and a JD from New York University School of Law. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her three children.

  • Jamie Kase
    Jamie Kase
    Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
    Jamie Kase
    Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel

    Jamie Kase is the lead legal counsel of Ligado Networks. He is responsible for advising on all legal matters affecting the company.

    Previously, Jamie was Chief Legal Counsel for AOL. There, he led the transactional legal team and was responsible for overseeing legal support for all commercial transactions, including technology licensing, advertising, marketing and revenue transactions. Jamie was with AOL from 1999 until 2010.

    Prior to his joining AOL, Jamie was one of the co-founders of Champion Title and Settlements, Inc., a settlement company and title insurance agency that was established in 1993 and is currently licensed and approved to close transactions in 16 states.

    Jamie began his legal career at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was a corporate associate. He worked on real estate, finance and technology transactions. He received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

  • Ashley Durmer
    Ashley Durmer
    Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs
    Ashley Durmer
    Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs

    Ashley is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Ligado Networks. She is responsible for the company’s relationship with government agencies as well as press and media outlets in advocacy of the company’s vision to provide next-generation connectivity using its mid-band spectrum. Ashley is a former Capitol Hill staffer, with experience in political organization, government relations, and corporate communications.

    Prior to joining Ligado Networks in 2016, Ashley founded and served as President of the public affairs firm, Durmer Solutions.

    Ashley's political experience includes her work for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, as well as roles in the 2004 re-elect effort for U.S. Senator Tom Daschle and in the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. Her business experience includes a variety of roles for Citizens Energy Corporation, leading the wind development business as well as media and government relations, and for Citigroup, where she managed state and local government outreach.

    Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science from Sacred Heart University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

  • Eric Harrington
    Eric Harrington
    Senior Vice President, Finance
    Eric Harrington
    Senior Vice President, Finance

    Eric Harrington is the Senior Vice President, Finance for Ligado Networks. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, corporate finance, and investor relations. Eric brings more than 15 years of experience with a unique background in transactional and operational finance, strategic planning, and principal investing.

    Prior to joining Ligado, Eric was an investment professional at The Blackstone Group within the firm’s Mezzanine Group, a $1.1 billion fund focused on providing growth capital and supporting leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. While at The Blackstone Group, he was involved in analyzing, evaluating, and executing mezzanine investments across a diverse range of industries.

    Previously, Eric began his career at Nomura Securities in the firm’s Leveraged Capital Group. Eric holds a bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jenny Crandall
    Jenny Crandall
    Vice President of Human Resources
    Jenny Crandall
    Vice President of Human Resources

    Jenny Crandall is the Vice President of Human Resources for Ligado Networks, where she leads all facets of the HR function including strategic planning, employee relations, recruitment, retention and change management.

    She previously served as the VP of Human Resources for start-up company, Brand Informatics, where she was responsible for implementing best HR practices, recruitment of key executives, and development of the company culture, vision, mission and goals. From 2003-2008, she served as Sr. Director of Human Resources for Spirent Communications, a company with a broad portfolio of innovative network products and services. There, she supported more than 1500 employees throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia and managed a team of HR professionals.

    Mrs. Crandall has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources, beginning her career in recruitment and moving into generalist roles by 2002. She works to achieve organizational effectiveness at all levels and has a strong business acumen and analytical mindset with the ability to lead, implement, and facilitate change

  • Ivan G. Seidenberg
    Ivan G. Seidenberg
    Chairman
    Ivan G. Seidenberg
    Chairman

    Ivan Seidenberg served as the Chairman of Verizon Communications from 2000 - 2011.

    His telecommunications career started in 1966 when he joined New York Telephone, one of Verizon's predecessor companies.

    Mr. Seidenberg served as a member of the President's Export Council, which advises the President on how to promote US exports, jobs and growth, and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which provides counsel on communications issues related to national security. From 2009 to 2011 he chaired the Business Roundtable, an influential association of CEO's of leading companies.

    Mr. Seidenberg serves on the Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital, is Co-Chair of the New York Genome Center, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Pace University. He also serves on the boards of Blackrock, Inc. and Boston Properties. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, and a master's degree in business administration and marketing from Pace University.

  • Doug Smith
    Doug Smith
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Doug Smith
    President & Chief Executive Officer

    As president and chief executive officer, Doug Smith manages and directs day-to-day operations across every aspect of Ligado Networks. He has overall responsibility for directing the vision of the company and will lead efforts to utilize its state-of-the-art communications assets in operating a network solutions firm designed to extend coverage, increase capacity and accelerate the delivery of next-generation technology for America’s wireless industry.

    With more than 25 years of domestic and international telecom and wireless industry experience, Mr. Smith has engineered, built and launched nationwide networks for industry corporations including GTE, Nextel, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire.

    From the outset of the commercial cellular industry, Mr. Smith has been involved with the development and technical support of several nationwide cellular networks spanning every generation of technology from the first analog networks through today’s state-of-the-art 4G systems. Joining Nextel when it was a start-up company, Mr. Smith was involved in building the business from the ground up. He was responsible for the design and operation of Nextel’s nationwide network which consisted of more than 20,000 cells and served more than 20 million subscribers. Following that network deployment, he served as Sprint’s senior vice president and chief technical operations officer and embarked on the deployment of the company’s 4G network.

    Mr. Smith holds a Master’s of Science in Management of Technology from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College. He and his wife Colleen reside in Leesburg, VA with their four children.

  • Timothy M. Donahue
    Timothy M. Donahue
    Timothy M. Donahue

    Timothy M. Donahue is the former executive chairman of Sprint Nextel Corporation and the former president and chief executive officer of Nextel Communications, Inc. Since his retirement in 2006, Mr. Donahue has played active roles in advising and counseling numerous companies in the industry and technology sectors, including serving as a non-executive chairman of UCT Coatings as well as a director for Tyco International Ltd., Covidian Ltd., and Eastman Kodak.

    Additional tenure includes his positions as northeast regional president for AT&T Wireless Services; president of the central region of its predecessor company, McCaw Cellular Communications; and president of McCaw’s paging division. Mr. Donahue also currently serves as a director for several other companies, including The ADT Corporation, NVR Inc., and Radius Networks.

  • John Fischer
    John Fischer
    John Fischer

    John Fischer serves as an advisor to several high-tech start-ups and has significant experience advising telecommunications clients. As Logica Consulting’s managing partner of Telecoms, Mr. Fischer directed a wide range of telecom industry projects in 16 different countries on behalf of major U.S., European, and Japanese companies. In addition to his tenure at that pan-European management consultancy, Mr. Fischer served as general counsel of LCC International, Inc., a global wireless communications engineering company. He has more than 30 years of legal, management, and transactional experience at both major corporations and emerging growth companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has negotiated and closed acquisitions and related financings with a total value of more than $12 billion.

    Mr. Fischer currently serves as the general counsel of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC), a rapidly growing specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. From 2006 to 2012, he served first as general counsel and subsequently as interim president and chief executive officer of The Berry Company, LLC, one of the country’s largest local search firms.

    Mr. Fischer holds a BA degree from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and JD and MBA degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.

  • Jared S. Hendricks
    Jared S. Hendricks
    Jared S. Hendricks

    Jared S. Hendricks is a senior managing director for Centerbridge Partners, L.P., leading the firm’s investments in telecom, technology, and media. Prior to joining Centerbridge in 2006, Mr. Hendricks was an associate at Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in technology and related growth companies operating at scale. Previous experience includes his role as an investment banking analyst within the Global Industrial and Services group at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Hendricks graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in Economics. In addition to Ligado, Mr. Hendricks also serves as a director of American Renal Holdings, Inc., as well as IPC Systems affiliate, Ivy Acquisition Parent, Inc.

  • Reed Hundt
    Reed Hundt
    Reed Hundt

    Reed Hundt is the chief executive officer of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit that advises governments on the creation and operation of green banks—government-charted finance authorities dedicated to increasing public-private investment in the new clean energy platform. He is a consultant to Covington & Burling, principally working with that firm’s communications practice group. He sits on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, the world’s leading semiconductor design and manufacturing firm, as well as on the boards of a number of private firms and the Connecticut Green Bank. He was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997 and served on Barack Obama’s 2008-2009 Presidential transition team.

    Mr. Hundt has written many articles and four books: Zero Hour: Time to Rebuild the Clean Power Platform (E-Book; Odyssey, 2013); The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy, an e-book co-authored with Blair Levin, (E-book; Odyssey, 2012); In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006); and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000). He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.

  • Andrew A. McKnight
    Andrew A. McKnight
    Andrew A. McKnight

    Andrew A. McKnight is managing director in the San Francisco office for Fortress Investment Group, LLC, where he serves on the investment committee for Credit Funds and co-heads the Corporate Loan and Securities Group. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining Fortress in 2005, Mr. McKnight was the trader for the $2.3 billion value-based hedge fund, Fir Tree Partners, where he was responsible for analyzing and trading high yield and convertible bonds, bank debt, derivatives, and equities. Before Fir Tree, Mr. McKnight worked on Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s distressed bank debt trading desk. He received a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.