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 as chairman of the board of directors for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and holds NIRI’s Investor Relations Charter (IRC™) credential.

Brad Eastman
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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

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

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

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

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

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
Tonya McDermott
Vice President, Tax

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.

Raul Magallanes
Vice President, Associate General Counsel

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].