Management

Corporate Leadership
Steven E. Pickett
Chief Executive Officer and President

Steven currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President for RigNet. Before joining RigNet, Steven was the Chief Executive Officer and President of 21st Century Towers, a new entrant in the wireless infrastructure market. Steven also served as Chief Executive Officer to North America’s second largest tower construction and maintenance company, WesTower Communications which was acquired by MasTec (NYSE). Prior to WesTower, Steven was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Telmar Network Technology until its sale to Jabil Circuits (NYSE). Steven’s other roles included Senior Vice President/General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s Optical Network Division and Vice President of Sales at Alcatel.

Steven has been a QuEST Forum Board Member since early 2011 and served as an Executive Contributor for two years prior to that. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Lee M. Ahlstrom
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Mr. Ahlstrom manages all financial aspects of the company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, as well as managing the tax, internal audit, treasury and investor relations functions. Mr. Ahlstrom brings more than 20 years of finance and capital markets experience. Most recently, Ahlstrom served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Paragon Offshore Ltd. and as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Strategy, and Planning. Previously, he served in executive and leadership roles at Noble Corporation, Burlington Resources, Unocal and as a consultant with McKinsey and Company. Mr. Ahlstrom began his career at ExxonMobil where he held a variety of engineering positions.

Mr. Ahlstrom holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He also currently serves on the board of directors for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and holds NIRI’s Investor Relations Charter (IRC™) credential.

Jamie Barnett Rear Admiral USN (Retired)
Senior Vice President of Government Services
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James Arden “Jamie” Barnett, Jr. is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, serving for 32 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. He is one of the founders of the American College of National Security Leaders. His final assignment in the Navy was Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NECC consisted of approximately 40,000 specially trained Sailors such as the Seabees, Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel, Coastal Warfare and Riverine units, with approximately 8,000 of these Sailors deployed to combat zones. His previous flag assignment was Director of Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Rear Admiral Barnett was named as the Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. He was responsible for overseeing FCC activities pertaining to public safety, homeland security, emergency management and disaster preparedness. Under his leadership, the Bureau proposed major initiatives for Next Generation 9-1-1. He worked actively on a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network for first responders, including a rulemaking that designated the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for that network. He established the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division in his bureau and led the Commission’s team in developing policy to fight botnets and improve the security of Internet routing and the Domain Name System. He proposed and helped conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

Before joining RigNet, Rear Admiral Barnett was a partner in a major law firm in Washington, D.C. where he was the Chair of the Telecommunications group. In 2015, he was named as a Top Lawyer in DC for cybersecurity by the Washingtonian magazine. He has written pieces for or been interviewed by The Washington Post, Newsweek, Roll Call, The Hill, Politico Pro, Communications Daily, The Washington Examiner, FedScoop, TR Daily, CIO Magazine, New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Network World, National Defense Week, Stars and Stripes and Law360 and has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg News as well as local Washington, DC stations.\

 
Brad Eastman
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
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Mr. Eastman manages RigNet’s legal function serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Eastman brings more than 25 years of legal experience focused on providing corporate, securities and general legal advice to public companies with operations across the globe. Most recently, Mr. Eastman served as General Counsel of the Cameron Group of Schlumberger Limited following Schlumberger’s acquisition of Cameron International in 2016. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Eastman acted as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cameron International. Before his role at Cameron, Mr. Eastman held the positions of Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Input/Output, Inc. and Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Quanta Services in Houston, Texas. Mr. Eastman began his legal career as a law clerk for the Western District of Texas before joining the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City as an associate in the firm’s corporate group and later joined the law firm of Brobeck, Phelger & Harrison in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Eastman received his J.D. from Harvard University, cum laude and B.A. from University of Texas, Liberal Arts Honors Program (Plan II), where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Mr. Eastman is a member of the Houston Grand Opera Development Committee and enjoys music and reading history.

Jay T. Hilbert
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
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Jay T. Hilbert Senior Vice President, Sales Mr. Hilbert is responsible for RigNet’s global sales. Prior to joining RigNet, Mr. Hilbert served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales - Airvana Business Unit for CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global provider of wireless solutions. Additionally, Mr. Hilbert served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Cambium Networks. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Telmar Network Technology. Also, Mr. Hilbert served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales of Spirent Communications and finally as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Somera Communications. Mr. Hilbert holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Management from the University of North Dakota.

Brendan Sullivan
Chief Technology/Information Officer
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Mr. Sullivan supports RigNet’s strategic initiatives as Chief Technology/Information Officer, aligning the company's product architecture with business priorities. Brendan brings over 20 years of technology leadership, driving transformational business process change and developing network services solutions. Brendan’s broad industry experience spans the media, telecom, entertainment and emerging technology industries. He previously held top technology positions at Vubiquity, DG, Level 3 Communications and Andersen Consulting. Brendan’s teams have been awarded multiple honors such as the Frost & Sullivan Innovation in Industry, Forbes Magazine Best of the Web, and a Technical Emmy. He received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Brown University.

Egbert Clarke
Vice President, Global Operations
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Executive-level leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience in building and maintaining operational excellence in Field operations, supply chain management, warehouse and logistics management. Delivers real business solutions through strategic business planning and effective asset management while consistently achieving superior performance levels in fast paced, changing environments. Known for energetic performance-oriented management style that facilitates and drives results. Recognized for collaborative leadership and change management.

Jackson Markley
Vice President, Corporate Development
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Jackson Markley leads RigNet’s merger & acquisition activities and strategic partnerships in the continued pursuit of bringing complete digital communications and advanced analytic solutions to our customers. In conjunction with his new role, Mr. Markley will support RigNet’s high-growth activities within the Middle East region. He brings a unique perspective to his role, with 10 years’ experience implementing cutting-edge technology into major oil and gas operators in Saudi Arabia and the GCC, and with 7 years at Level 3 Communications. In these roles, he focused on building revenue generating partnerships utilizing transformational technology and domain expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Lance Smith
Vice President, Cyphre
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Lance currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Cyphre Security Solutions, a RigNet Company. As Cyphre’s Co-Founder and CEO, Lance leads a highly-innovative team developing solutions that transcend current security protocols and policies by blackening data, network and device access, as well as the cloud from the dynamic and evolving security threat landscape. Lance is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of executive leadership experience at ACS/Xerox and Atos as well as 10+ years of start-up experience having formed businesses focused on the payment card industry, security compliance, and cloud solutions. In the past, Lance was the CEO and co-founder of cloud company VAZATA; an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider serving Global 1000 businesses, U.S. Federal Government Agencies and Mid-Market Enterprises. Lance has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Austin College and a Master in Public Administration from the University of North Texas. He enjoys robots, spreading STEM awareness to youths and family life with his wife Amy of 23 years and their four children.

Lelio Souza
Vice President, Intelie
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Lelio Souza is the Chief Executive Officer of Intelie, a RigNet Company. As Intelie’s CEO, Lelio leads a team of award-winning, early pioneers in deep machine learning and planning optimization. The team has developed an operational intelligence platform that empowers clients to make timely, data-driven decisions in real-time operations, including drilling, and in longer-term, data-intensive projects, such as well planning. Lelio has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in the energy and technology sectors. Before joining Intelie, Lelio was a corporate director at TOTVS, a leading ERP software and B2B solutions provider in South America, and he had also been part of the Brazil Energy Practice at Accenture as a senior manager, participating in several consultancy projects in the resource industry, highlighting the Petrobras Downstream Business Unit. Lelio holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. He has had executive training in Brazil at the Fundação Getulio Vargas and in the United States at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ed Traupman
Vice President and General Manager, Products and Services
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Ed Traupman is the Vice President of RigNet’s Global Customer Care (GCC) and RigNet’s Systems Integration business unit. The GCC provides all RigNet customers with quality support services including 24/7/365 NOC support. The SI group executes large communication infrastructure projects involving Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) and on-site support on a global basis.

Prior to joining RigNet, Mr. Traupman spent almost 39 years in various segments of the telecommunications industry holding numerous technical and managerial positions at DSC Communications, Alcatel, Rapid5 Networks and Telmar Network Technology Inc. where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Telmar’s Extended Life, Professional Services, and Customer Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) business units.

Mr. Traupman holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Traupman is also the holder of nine telecom related patents.

Global Support Leadership
Shelly Buchman
Vice President of RigNet Connect, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Shelly Buchman is vice president of RigNet Connect, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s Human Resources organization, including HR Operations, Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Compensation and Benefits as well as serving as the Company’s Corporate Secretary.

Ms. Buchman joined Rignet in 2014 as senior counsel and progressed to associate general counsel and corporate secretary in 2016, where she was responsible for corporate governance matters with respect to the company’s Board of Directors, ensuring compliance with securities laws and NASDAQ listing requirements, foreign subsidiary management and labor and employment matters In 2018, Ms. Buchman assumed the role of vice president RigNet Connect where she was an integral part of establishing the company’s global employee engagement program. She was subsequently appointed as the global head of Human Resources after holding interim roles in HR and as General Counsel.

Ms. Buchman holds a juris doctorate from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Ohio State University.

Ben Carter
Director of Accounting & Reporting
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Ben Carter leads RigNet's global Accounting and Financial Reporting functions. He has served in many progressing roles since joining RigNet in 2004. Prior to RigNet, Mr. Carter worked in the audit practice of Deloitte & Touche, a leading global public accounting firm. Mr. Carter is a certified public accountant and holds a Master of Science in finance and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Texas A&M University.
Danielle Edwards
Vice President of IoT & Apps
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Danielle Edwards is the Vice President of Internet-of-Things (IOT) & Apps for RigNet. In this role, Danielle is focused on developing solutions that enhance the safety, security, and workforce productivity of businesses with remote operations all over the world. With more than 19 years of experience in product management, Danielle is passionate about developing innovative solutions that enhance customer operations and competitiveness. Before joining RigNet, Danielle served as senior product manager focusing on maritime and mobility satellite solutions, at Intelsat and NSSLGlobal.
Keith Frederick
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
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Keith currently serves as CISO for RigNet. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Officer who spent a good deal of his career attached to the Intelligence Community specializing in Cybersecurity. He also has over 25 years’ of experience in Civil Corporate Organizations as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in three different companies (Private & Public) servicing Commercial, DoD, & Federal with hands-on information security systems design and analysis to include Cybersecurity Engineering, Risk Management Framework (RMF), Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), Authorization and Assessment (A&A), FedRAMP (Cloud Technology), Payment Card Industry (PCI), Security Control Assessor (SCA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC-CIP), Industrial Control Systems (ISC), SCADA, and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
Trent Jabbia
Vice President of Sales of North America Sales.
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Mr. Jabbia brings over 20 years of professional experience with companies in the upstream oilfield services sector. During Trent's 14-year tenure at RigNet, he has held positions as a Field Engineer, Sales Executive, Offshore Sales Team Lead, and a Global Sales Executive. Prior to joining RigNet in 2005, Mr. Jabbia worked as a Senior Technical Professional for Halliburton, where he led a crew of service operator technicians in conducting highly technical downhole acquisition services at remote well sites on land and in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Jabbia holds a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mr. Jabbia also completed continuing education at Northwestern Kellogg school of Management on maximizing sales performance.
Raul Magallanes
Vice President, Associate General Counsel
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Raúl Magallanes is responsible for telecommunications licensing and regulation. His duties also include overseeing anti-corruption and export control compliance; as well as managing new country entry and all corporate requirements for RigNet international subsidiaries. Magallanes previously served as principal of The Law Office of Raul Magallanes, PLLC, a law firm focusing on telecommunications law. Previous to that Magallanes served as Corporate Counsel for CapRock Communications, and in various engineering roles. Magallanes holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University; a B.S. in Telecommunications Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University; an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake; a J.D. from the Thurgood Marshal School of Law; and an L.L.M in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary School of Law [University of London].

Tonya McDermott
Vice President, Tax
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Mrs. McDermott manages RigNet's tax function, including global tax compliance, income tax accounting and strategic tax planning and structuring.  She most recently was director of Tax at W-H Energy Services, an oilfield services company based in Houston with multi-national operations.  Prior to that, she was a partner with a local private firm and tax manager with Arthur Andersen.  A certified public accountant, McDermott has an M.S. in Tax from Texas A&M University and a B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington.