FTE Networks, Inc.

NYSE American: FTNW

Strategic Advisory Board


Strategic Advisory Board

Michael Palleschi

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Michael Palleschi has more than 18 years of experience in the telecom industry. Currently as CEO, Mr. Palleschi is taking a hands-on approach to overseeing day-to-day operation for all core business structures. Responsibilities include supervising the managerial team, ensuring project efficiency from on-boarding to completion, maintaining corporate communication, new business development, office advancement, vendor and client relations, corporate compliance continuance, procurement and contracts, operations, budget management and turn-around operations.

As a customer focused and results driven executive, Mr. Palleschi has a proven talent for harnessing cutting-edge technology to strengthen corporate systems and maximize operations. He is an established business cultivator that has aggressive experience in managing small to large firms, through the period of company launch to multi-million-dollar success and has done so in highly technical fields. With his expert knowledge in developing and delivering communications networks, he has maintained a reputable record of aligning corporate processes with the company growth strategy. His core competency is based on streamlining operations, improving service-delivery efficiency and enhancing the bottom line. Being a decisive, results-driven project and program leader, Mr. Palleschi has remained committed to reducing costs and increasing ROI through constant technical innovation.

Lynn Martin

Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board

Prior to joining FTE, Lynn was head of the communications, software, and technology division of Nexius where he was responsible for growing the business by delivering end-to-end network solutions for emerging technologies, such as Open Source/NFV/SDN and infrastructure services that provided relevant value to customers and helped them to optimize their businesses. In addition to leading the software and technology teams, he created several new business offerings in Engineering, Fiber and Open Source development where he joined efforts with Open Compute Project and Telecom Infra Project communities both founded by Facebook to provide new network architectures and solutions with greater simplicity and efficiency. Before Nexius, Martin served as Executive Director of Telcordia Technologies, where he ran the company's next generation software product line, was a senior strategist in Accenture's Network Practice, and spent over a decade at Level 3 Communications at VP of Operational Integration and Process Management.

Michael Bonewitz

Chief Technology Officer

.Mr. Bonewitz has over 20 years of senior management experience in communications network engineering and information technology industries developing cutting edge capabilities via advanced IT automation and data analytics driving operational and financial performance. Prior to FTE, he was VP of Strategy and Product Development for Cloud services, Fiber engineering and construction at Nexius where he developed and launched the company’s first fiber deployment program supporting multiple Tier 1 service providers in the US. He also led the company strategy and participation in Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Platinum member and as an original member of Facebook’s Telcom Infra Project (TIP). He has held previous technology and engineering leadership positions focused on NFV/SDN, Network Optimization and integration with Ericsson, Zayo and Level 3.

John Morgan

Independent Member

Mr. Morgan is currently a member of the Infrastructure Product Partnerships Team at Facebook working with operators to improve network coverage and capacity to make the world more open and connected. Morgan has over twenty-five years in the Communications and IT Industries and is currently supporting operators with the adoption of open source hardware and software in their networks through the Open Compute Project (OCP) and Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) initiatives.  Prior to joining Facebook, Morgan was global technical lead for legacy network migrations at Accenture where he worked with operators on product rationalization and simplification, copper to fiber migration platform implementations, and decommissioning strategies for copper and central office equipment.  Prior to Accenture, he held executive positions with several software start-up firms in the communications industry, as well as with leading operators, such as Verizon, Level 3 Communications, and Genuity.  His background includes work in network planning and engineering, product management, OSS/BSS development, finance, and operations.  He completed his undergraduate work in Accounting at the College of William and Mary and received his MS in Information and Telecommunications Systems from the Johns Hopkins University.

David Kalinske

Independent Member

Mr. Kalinske is the Chief of Staff for A3 by Airbus Group and former Aide to two U.S. Presidents, President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.  In his previous role, he was the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal for superior meritorious service in the position of significant national responsibility as Aide to the President of the United States.  He also served as a research engineering leader with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics supporting Advanced Development programs, also known as The Skunk Works, and founded Global Hybrid Company, an airborne logistics provider utilizing the revolutionary Hybrid Airship.  A TOPGUN graduate and a Marine Corps fighter squadron Commanding Officer (CEO), he was selected via scholarship into the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, National Security Fellow program with a focus in the study of cybersecurity policy.

Eric Salzman

Independent Member

Mr. Salzman has 20 years of experience working with communications and software companies with a focus on driving operational and financial excellence.  He is currently a Senior Managing Director at Monarch Capital Group, LLC, a boutique investment bank and money management firm and serves as an independent director on several public and private technology company boards including 8x8, Inc., ASG Technologies, Sorenson Communications and FragranceNet.com.  Prior to 2011, Mr. Salzman spent eight years at Lehman Brothers as a Managing Director in the Private Equity and Principal Investing Group, as well as a Managing Director in the Global Trading Strategies Division, including three years managing the operational and financial restructuring of dozens of companies within the Lehman Bankruptcy.  Prior to Lehman Brothers, Mr. Salzman was a senior investment professional focused on the technology and communications industry at a multi-strategy hedge fund and at two growth-oriented private equity funds.  Mr. Salzman began his career in the M&A Group at CS First Boston.  Mr. Salzman graduated with a B.A. Honors from the University of Michigan and received his MBA from Harvard University.

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