President and CEO
Ronald Frankel has grown Synacor from a startup to a leading provider of next-gen Internet entertainment services. Under his leadership, Synacor has partnered with hundreds of premium programmers including HBO, Turner Broadcasting, Major League Baseball and Fox. He also has been instrumental in expanding the company’s customer base to include premier brands – Verizon, Toshiba, Charter Communications, WOW!, Dish Network and most of the country’s regional cable and telecommunications companies. Prior to Synacor, Frankel co-founded and served as CEO of Perks.com, an early leader in the delivery of loyalty and performance enhancement solutions for corporate clients including CitiGroup, Dr. Pepper, Showtime, Infiniti Motors, Handspring and Sony. Frankel was formerly president of MGM Interactive, Inc. where he oversaw the development and production of games and complementary online services in the interactive entertainment field. Frankel attended the University of California, Berkeley where he studied International Relations and Computer Science. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center, with a specialty in corporate finance and technology.
Chairman of the Board
Jordan Levy has been a member of Synacor’s board of directors since October 2001, currently serving as Chairman. Levy is Managing Partner at Softbank Capital, as well as Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Seed Capital Partners LLC. Additionally, he serves as Co-Managing Partner of Z80 Labs, a tech incubator in downtown Buffalo with a mission of kick-starting the Internet sector in Western New York. Previously, Jordan was Senior Vice President of Software Etc. (now GameStop GME:NASDAQ), a chain of 270 computer and video game stores throughout the US. He was also Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Software Distribution Services, now known as Ingram Micro (IM;NASDAQ). He started his career in Albany, New York where he worked as an Administrative Assistant in the New York State Senate and was actively involved in dozens of political campaigns. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from University at Buffalo.
Member of the Audit Committee
Marwan Fawaz has been a member of Synacor’s board of directors since December 2011. Fawaz served as EVP of Motorola Mobility through 2013, following its acquisition by Google Inc. He was responsible for leading Motorola’s Home business, driving the evolution of TV and the smart, simple connected home. Fawaz is an independent consultant and top strategist, developing innovative solutions to drive tomorrow’s IP transformation, with more than 26 years of experience in the broadband communications industry, encompassing engineering, technical operations and business development. Prior to joining Motorola, Fawaz was a Founder and Partner at Sarepta Advisors, a technology consulting company based in Denver, Colorado. Fawaz is the former EVP of Strategy and the CTO of Charter Communications. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s technology strategy, product management and business development efforts, as well as engineering and IP infrastructure, network operations, information technology, and web technology. Before Charter, Marwan served as the SVP and CTO of Adelphia Communications, where he was responsible for the company’s overall technology development and deployment. He has also served as an investment analyst at Vulcan, Inc. Fawaz has served as the Chairman of the CableLabs Technical Advisory Committee and on the board of directors for Digeo. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and for Synacor, and is a member of the cable advisory board for Guavus. Fawaz is also the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the prestigious 2010 National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Vanguard Award in Science and Technology. Fawaz holds an M.S. in Telecom Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
Member of the Compensation Committee
Gary L. Ginsberg has been a member of Synacor’s board of directors since December 2011. He is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Time Warner Inc. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President in various capacities at News Corporation, and has been a managing director at the strategic consulting firm Clark & Weinstock, a senior editor and counsel at George, the magazine, a former Assistant Counsel to President Clinton and an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Ginsberg holds an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Nominating Committee
Andrew Kau has been a member of Synacor’s board of directors since December 2000. Prior to joining Synacor’s board, Kau served as a director of MyPersonal. Kau is a managing director at Walden International. He was President of Chemical Technologies Ventures, and a management consultant at Strategic Planning Associates, LLC, and at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc. He also served as a research scientist at Systems Planning Corp. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.
Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Nominating Committee
Michael J. Montgomery has been a member of Synacor’s board of directors since December 2011. He served from 2000 through mid 2013 as President of Montgomery & Co., a boutique investment banking firm focused on consumer and enterprise internet companies. His previous experience includes serving as the chief executive officer at Sega GameWorks, a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios and DreamWorks Studios. Before that, he was a senior executive at DreamWorks Studios, which was preceded by approximately eight years with The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates, holding a number of senior positions including chief financial officer of EuroDisney and treasurer of Walt Disney Company. Montgomery received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he also received a B.A. degree.