David M. Montanaro has more than 30 years of experience as a senior corporate executive and entrepreneur within the telecommunications and data networking industries. Mr. Montanaro is currently the chairman of the board and CEO of USA Datanet, after having been an early investor and founding director of the board in 1998. He began his executive career as the founder and CEO of American Dynatel Corporation, a northeastern distributor of NEC telecommunication products in the late 1970's. After negotiating the sale of the business in 1981 to TelPlus Communications, Inc., Mr. Montanaro was appointed group vice president and board member of TelPlus Communications, leading that group until 1987 when Siemens Communications Systems, Inc. purchased TelPlus.
He served as executive vice president and vice chairman of NEC Business Network Solutions (BNS), a national technology systems integrator which was formed through the merger of NEC's Business Communication Systems subsidiaries. Mr. Montanaro was also senior vice president of NEC America, Inc. and served in an advisory position on corporate business development encompassing joint ventures, strategic partnerships, investments, mergers and acquisitions. He previously directed the largest NEC Business Communication Systems subsidiary as president and CEO for nine years. Additionally, he was an active member of the NEC Foundation of America, providing grants to organizations supporting technology development for the disabled.
In 2001, Mr. Montanaro was appointed CEO and chairman of the board of NEC eLUMINANT Technologies, Inc., a recognized leader in the development of fiber-based broadband access solutions for voice, data, video and content to service providers worldwide. Mr. Montanaro served as a director on the board at eLUMINANT since the company was established as an independent subsidiary of NEC USA in 1998. He guided the company through its acquisition by Zhone Technologies, Inc. in February, 2003. Mr. Montanaro sits on the board of Sensis Corporation, a global developer of air traffic, radar, and surveillance systems. He currently serves on the boards of the Syracuse Metropolitan Development Association and the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, while previously serving as a North American Telecommunications Association board member and a past president and chairman of the board of the New York State Telecommunications Association.