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.
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.
Marwan Fawaz has been a member of our board of directors since December 2011. Fawaz is currently the Principal at Fawaz Consulting Services. Prior to this position, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Charter. Preceding Charter, Fawaz was Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Adelphia Communications Corporation. Additional experience includes serving as an Investment Specialist/Technology Analyst for Vulcan, Inc.; Regional Vice President of Operations for the Northwest Region for Charter; Chief Technology Officer for Infinity Broadband; and Vice President of Engineering and Operations at MediaOne, Inc. Fawaz received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and a M.S. in telecom engineering from California State University — Long Beach.
Gary L. Ginsberg has been a member of our 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.
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.
Michael J. Montgomery has been a member of our board of directors since December 2011. He currently serves as President of Montgomery & Co., a media and entertainment investment banking firm. 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 Dartmouth College, where he also received a B.A. degree.