Board of Directors

Andrew Weinberg, Chairman

Andrew Weinberg, 48, has served as a Member of the Board of Managers of QualTek since 2018. Mr. Weinberg is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brightstar Capital Partners. He currently serves as the board chair of Likewize, and serves on the boards of America’s Auto Auction, Gateway Dealer Network, ReMarkets, Oasis Technology & Engineering and Texas Water Supply Company, all Brightstar portfolio companies. Prior to Brightstar, Mr. Weinberg was a Partner at Lindsay Goldberg, a New York-based private equity firm, with extensive experience working on numerous large transactions. In addition, from 2008 to 2011, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Likewize, a $10 billion global leader in mobility services including distribution, handset protection insurance, reverse logistics, buyback and leasing solutions spanning more than 100 countries and serving many of the major OEMs, carriers and retailers. Mr. Weinberg served on the boards of 13 portfolio companies during his tenure at Lindsay Goldberg. Prior to joining Lindsay Goldberg in 2003, Mr. Weinberg worked at Goldman Sachs in their Principal Investment Area. Mr. Weinberg started his career at Morgan Stanley in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged finance. He received his Master of Business Administration from Stanford GSB and a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Dartmouth College with a double major in History and Economics. He serves on the boards of The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. Mr. Weinberg is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum where he serves on the Global Future Council on Investing and the Stewardship Board of the Forum’s Platform on Shaping the Future of Investing.

Christopher S. Hisey

Christopher S. Hisey, 56, a founder of QualTek LLC, will serve as Chief Executive Officer and director of the Combined Company following the consummation of the Business Combination. Mr. Hisey serves as a Member of the Board of Managers of BCP QualTek HoldCo, LLC. Mr. Hisey has more than three decades of experience leading and organically growing telecommunications service companies. Prior to founding QualTek, Mr. Hisey was a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia- based Trident Advisors, a firm specializing in US and international acquisitions targeting the telecommunications industry. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hisey ascended the ranks from field technician to president and chief operating officer in the cable and satellite communications industries. Mr. Hisey served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1988 and is an Honorable Discharged Disabled Veteran.

Matthew Allard

Matthew Allard, 50, has served as a Member of the Board of Managers of QualTek since 2018. Mr. Allard is a partner at Brightstar Capital Partners and a Member of its Investment Committee. He currently serves as Board Chair of Novae, Vice Chair of the Board of Amerit Fleet Solutions, and as board member of Likewize, WindsorONE, and Texas Water Supply Company, all Brightstar portfolio companies. Prior to joining Brightstar, Mr. Allard was Head of Financial Sponsors at Stifel where he was responsible for leading the firms Private Equity client coverage and execution efforts, was a member of the Investment Bank Management Committee and had extensive merger & acquisition, capital markets and relationship management experience across a range of industries. Mr. Allard started his finance career with Citibank and Bank of America, and previously held positions in both consulting and operations. Mr. Allard received his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, Beta Gamma Sigma honors, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan with a major in Industrial and Operations Engineering. He is a Trustee of the King School in Connecticut.

Dan Lafond

Mr. Lafond joins the Board with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industries, including in many senior leadership roles at AT&T Inc., Comcast Corporation (“Comcast”) and QuadGen Wireless Solutions Inc. Most recently, Mr. Lafond served seven years as Senior Vice President of Sales at Comcast.  In this role, Dan led the transformation strategy for XFINITY sales channels and operations. Mr. Lafond helped drive customer growth by investing in sales channel to better serve the customer, as well as creating a more centralized sales operations function to help support the employee serving the customers of Xfinity.

Bruce Roberson

Bruce Roberson, 64 , joins the Board with more than 35 years’ experience as a CEO, investor, and consultant. Mr. Roberson is a Partner at Brightstar Capital Partners. Prior to joining Brightstar Capital Partners, he was a Partner with Sun Capital Partners, responsible for leading the firm’s operations team in North America. In that role Mr. Roberson was responsible for the performance of more than thirty portfolio companies and served as a board member for 22 of those companies. Previously, Mr. Roberson served for ten years as President and CEO of PSC Industrial Services under two different private equity owners. At PSC, Mr. Roberson led four separate sale processes. Prior to PSC, Mr. Roberson was an executive with Safety-Kleen Systems as well as a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he worked for twenty years. Bruce received an economics degree from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. We believe that Mr. Roberson’s extensive operating, investing, and board member experience make him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.

John Kritzmacher

John Kritzmacher joins the board with decades of experience as a board director, CFO and C-level operations executive across the Technology, Media & Telecom sector. Mr. Kritzmacher’s leadership perspective is derived from a combination of senior finance and operations roles in fast-paced markets disrupted by new technology and business model innovations. Mr. Kritzmacher has served as board director for InterDigital (NASDAQ: IDCC) for 13 years, including eight years as Audit Committee Chair. Previously, he served on Duff & Phelps’ board prior to the firm being taken private. In his senior executive roles, Mr. Kritzmacher most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Wiley (NYSE: JWA) from 2013-2021, developing and executing strategies to drive revenue growth and achieve the highest earnings performance in the company’s 215+-year history. Mr. Kritzmacher’s Telecom experience includes serving as CFO at Lucent Technologies, leading into its merger with Alcatel, and as CFO at Global Crossing, leading into its combination with Level 3. Mr. Kritzmacher earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Dartmouth College. He also holds an MBA with a specialization in accounting from New York University Stern School of Business. John will serve as Audit Committee Chairman.

Cielo Hernandez

Cielo Hernandez joins the board as an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience leading global teams across various industries including logistics, energy, manufacturing, retail and technology. Currently, Ms. Hernandez is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer of ProTrans Holdings, Inc. in Austin, TX. Ms. Hernandez is a strategic leader responsible for all financial activities with a focus on driving financial performance management, profitability analysis, long-term financing plan, and compliance. Ms. Hernandez also has extensive experience in HR strategy and transformation that drive company growth and profitability. Ms. Hernandez currently serves as a Board member for KVH Industries (NYSE: KVHI) as a Chairman of the Audit Committee and Board Member of the Rowan University Foundation. Ms. Hernandez also served as a Board Member for the Chamber of Commerce Southern NJ, a Board Member for SJI subsidiaries, President and Board Member of Maersk Inc and Maersk Services and Board Member for APM Terminals and MSC Joint Venture. Ms. Hernandez earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia. She also holds an MBA with specialization in international business from the University of Miami.