ConnectiviTree founders are experts on data, the movement of data, and the business and technology behind data transport.

Our team is made up of executives with experience and expertise in data communications, network security and design, technology, marketing, and finance. And we’re still building our team! Please feel free to check back here later as our core team grows.

Board of Directors

Paul Cox

Director, CEO and Co-Founder
Entrepreneur, marketing, finance, strategy, IP, start-up and growth management, communications and renewable technologies, securities compliance and law, public and private company senior executive and Board positions - TeraGlobal, AHI, Pilotage.

Issa Nakhleh

Director, CFO and Co-Founder
Finance and operations, focusing on public company governance, managing high growth technology companies, senior level financial executive - TIR Systems, Ultrasonix, UrtheCast.

Niek Jan van Damme

Director and Advisory Council Member
Niek Jan has more than 20 years telecoms experience joining Ben Nederland in 1999, later T-Mobile Netherlands, where he was Chairman as of 2004. In 2009 he became a member of the Global Deutsche Telekom Board, and was CEO Germany with revenues of €20 billion and 75,000 employees. Niek Jan holds other Board positions including: Non-executive Director at Telstra, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at NGN Fiber, Chairman of Board at Infrafibre Germany; Board Advisor, at LotusFlare, Glow Financial Services Ltd and 5Skye.

Executive Leadership Team (including CEO and CFO above)

Eugen Gebhard

CCO and Co-Founder
Growth economy, S/W developer, project/product manager, services and operations, sales & Business Development / senior EMEA leadership positions in large scale sales - Nortel, Ciena, Anodot, EXFO.

Graziano Stracquadanio

COO and Co-Founder
Optical network and telecom engineering, system management, senior network professional, operations management, program and project management - diAx - Sunrise, T-Com/T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom), Swiss Federal Department of Civil Protection.

Mark Gilmour

Strategy, innovation, product and market development, sales, Vendor and Operator, senior executive, solution architect, industry spokesperson - Colt Technology Services, Ciena, Hutchison 3G UK Ltd, Ericsson, Marlis Consulting.

Advisory Council

Roy Chestnutt

Member, Advisory Council
Roy has more than 30 years of telecoms experience, he served as Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer for Verizon, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy. Roy has also held leadership positions at Motorola, Grande Communications, Sprint-Nextel and AirTouch. Roy sits on the Board of Directors of Telstra, Intelsat, Digital Turbine Inc. and was previously a Director of Saudi Telecom and Boingo Wireless. Roy was involved with telecoms industry standardization, was Director for international industry association GSMA and was formerly Chair of the Chief Strategy Officer’s group, which included 25 strategists from the world’s leading wireless carriers.

Holger Mai

Member, Advisory Council
Holger is an industry veteran who has held senior positions with multiple international firms including Wipro, Accenture, Nokia, Siemens, Nortel and HPE. In his most recent role as Managing Director at Accenture, Holger headed Accenture’s European Data and AI practice, and was COO for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Holger also led Accenture’s Centre of Excellence for AI and served as the go-to-market leader for Data and AI. He consistently achieved strong double-digit revenue growth rates and grew the Accenture DACH practice revenue from instigation to over a €1bn annually. He has also personally led multiple large-scale transformation projects with global enterprise clients.