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.
Mr. Schneider oversees RigNet's global finance operations, including accounting, treasury, tax, corporate finance, information technology, supply chain management and investor relations. He has more than 30 years of banking and industry experience, working with companies such as KBR, Enron Corp and National Power PLC. Mr. Schneider has held a diverse range of corporate finance and banking positions, with a focus on treasury, project finance, M&A and controllership activities at corporate and division levels. He holds a BBA in Finance and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.
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.
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, 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.
Global Business Leadership
Mr. George leads RigNet’s managed remote communications business in the Asia Pacific & Middle East region with full general management and business development responsibilities. George has 15 years of professional experience with large and small companies in the upstream oilfield services sector. Prior to joining RigNet in 2012, he worked in technical sales, business development and general management roles with companies such as Visean, Weatherford and Baker Hughes. He holds a B.S. degree and a post-graduate diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Western Australia and most recently completed the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Jimenez is responsible for RigNet’s global engineering function. He brings over 20 years of industry experience that includes director of Engineering at Eagle Broadband, chief technology officer at ERF Wireless and senior staff engineer at CenterPoint Energy for SmartGrid terrestrial microwave. As a veteran of the United States Navy, he served as a secure satellite and cryptographic communications engineer. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems Technology from the University of Houston and most recently completed the Accelerated Development Program from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
Global Support Leadership
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.
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].