About

Straight Path Communications Inc.

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Straight Path Communications is a forward thinking communications asset company. We specialize in maximizing the value of assets such as millimeter bandwidth licenses for 5G networks (Spectrum) and Intellectual Property (IP).

Our allies in the marketplace manufacture products, build networks, and provide services that rely on our intangible assets. We are a premier choice for  mobile network operators (MNO’s) and  Internet service providers (ISP’s) to increase network capacity for high quality, high speed data transmission. We provide licenses for efficient communications over the Internet to VoIP providers, and products and services that allow for the transmission of data over the Internet. Through our Spectrum  and  IP  portfolios, we provide the critical missing piece for our lessees and licensees to revolutionize communication and data transmission.

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    • We believe that intangible assets are a low-risk, high-reward asset class when thoughtfully employed. We avoid heavy capital and operating expenses by entering into partnerships that guard our downside exposure, while maintaining healthy upside potential.

 

    • Straight Path has an entrepreneurial flair that is well suited to the monetization of intangibles. We uncover value through creative market strategies and implementation. We are steadfastly committed to efficiency and the eradication of corporate waste.

 

  • Straight Path, its executives, directors, and employees operate with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity.

Connecting People with Integrity

What does it mean?

Our business is to connect people, and to do it with integrity.

Straight Path Spectrum is the bridge that links people with their friends and family, with their favorite movies and content. We connect you to your world with a reliable service. That’s integrity that unites.

Straight Path IP Group licenses patents that make communication over the internet seamless and easy. We work with licensees to foster honest recognition of innovation in the market. That’s integrity that inspires.

Straight Path Communications operates with efficiency and responsibility. We work for our shareholders, to maximize value and minimize waste. That’s integrity that pays dividends.

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Davidi Jonas

Chief Executive Officer and President

Davidi Jonas has served as Chief Executive Officer of Straight Path Communications since its inception in April, 2013. Previously, Mr. Jonas served in several executive roles within IDT, most recently managing the IDT Spectrum division (as Vice President of Business Development at IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT)) since August, 2012. He also served as Executive Vice President of IDT’s Innovative Communications Technologies Inc., now Straight Path IP Group, since November 2012.

Mr. Jonas was part of the strategic team to determine that IDT could better realize the true value of its Spectrum and Intellectual Property divisions in an independent entity. Mr. Jonas implemented a strategic plan, directed all aspects of the creation and spin-off of Straight Path Communications, and managed the day-to-day operations of the Spectrum and IP divisions. Prior to that Mr. Jonas worked on business development for Fabrix Systems. Mr. Jonas has served as the Rabbi of Kingsbridge Center of Israel in the Bronx, New York since 2010 and received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

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Jonathan Rand

Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Rand has served as Chief Financial Officer of SPCI since June 2013, and as the Chief Operating Officer of our spectrum subsidiary, Straight Path Spectrum, Inc., since January 2015. Mr. Rand joined SPCI from Organic Motion, an innovative computer vision company where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Together with Organic Motion’s CEO, Mr. Rand was named Innovator of the Year by Popular Mechanics in 2008. In 2002, Mr. Rand co-founded Indigo Capital Advisers, a management consulting firm that provides sales and financing strategies and execution to software, Internet and telecommunications companies.

From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Rand held key positions at Net2Phone, a spin-off from IDT Corporation, including EVP Sales, Treasurer and CEO of Net2Phone’s Y@P division. Mr. Rand was IDT’s EVP Sales & Finance and Treasurer from 1992 to 1998. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Rand founded and later sold Campus Connection, a national magazine which achieved a circulation of 1.2 million. He started his career as a brand assistant at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Rand earned his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Zhouyue “Jerry” Pi

Chief Technical Officer

Jerry Pi has served as Straight Path’s Chief Technology Officer since September 2014. He leads the spectrum regulation, research, and product development activities in millimeter-wave 5G, Gigabit broadband, and backhaul solutions. Prior to joining Straight Path, Mr. Pi was a Senior Director at Samsung Research America in Dallas, Texas, where he led system research, standardization, and prototyping activities in 4G and 5G. Mr. Pi pioneered the development of millimeter-wave 5G. He co-authored the world’s first invention and first journal article on Millimeter-wave Mobile Broadband. He also led the development of the world’s first 5G baseband and RF system prototype that successfully demonstrated the feasibility of 5G mobile communication at 28 GHz.

Before joining Samsung in 2006, Mr. Pi was with Nokia Research Center in Dallas and San Diego, where he was a leading contributor to Nokia’s 3G wireless standardization and modem development efforts. He has authored more than 30 technical journal and conference papers and is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 100 patents. Mr. Pi holds a B.E. degree from Tsinghua University (with honor), a M.S. degree from the Ohio State University, and an MBA degree from Cornell University (with distinction). He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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Dave Breau

General Counsel

Dave Breau has served as General Counsel of SPCI since February 2016. Before joining SPCI, Mr. Breau practiced law for more than eight years at two highly regarded law firms in New York City, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Sidley Austin LLP. Mr. Breau’s legal practice at both firms included the defense of securities class action litigations as well as internal and regulatory investigations involving various federal and state agencies. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Breau was a law clerk to Judge Stanley Marcus on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Breau earned his J.D. cum laude from Duke University School of Law, and has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Before attending law school, Mr. Breau served in the infantry of the Israel Defense Forces.

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K. Chris Todd

K. Chris Todd has been a partner at the law firm of Kellog, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. since 1994. Prior to that, Mr. Todd was head of the Litigation Group at Johnson & Gibbs. Mr. Todd’s extensive career in government includes service as a Law Clerk to a federal judge, as Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel under Lawrence Walsh during the Iran/Contra Matter, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York where Mr. Todd conducted the prosecution of numerous violations of federal law, including multi-defendant business fraud and tax evasion cases.

Prior to serving in the Southern District, Mr. Todd also served as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice’s Tax Division, Criminal Section, where Mr. Todd conducted numerous jury trials and grand jury investigations involving tax evasion. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

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William F. Weld

William F. Weld has been a partner at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Mintz Levin) and a principal of ML Strategies, LLC, a consulting affiliate of Mintz Levin, since 2012. Mr. Weld has served as a director of Just Energy (TSX and NYSE: JE) since 2012. Mr. Weld was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP from 2006 to 2012. In addition, Mr. Weld served two terms as Governor of Massachusetts, being elected in 1990 and re-elected in 1994 and had previously served as Assistant US Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department in Washington D.C. Mr. Weld received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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Fred S. Zeidman

Fred S. Zeidman has served as Chairman of the Board of Petroflow Energy Corporation since September 2011 and as Chairman of the Board of Petro River Oil Corporation since 2011. Mr. Zeidman has also served as a director of Hyperdynamics Corporation since 2009 and as a director of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. since 1986. He currently also serves as trustee for the AmeriSoft Liquidating Trust.

Mr. Zeidman has served as CEO, Interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of a variety of companies, including several in the oil and gas sector. Mr. Zeidman is the Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He was appointed to that position by President George W. Bush in March 2002 and served from 2002-2010. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the University of Texas Health Science System Houston and is on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Heart Institute (where he currently serves as Interim Chief Financial Officer) and the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).

He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the University of Saint Thomas and chairs its Development Committee and Houston Community College. Mr. Zeidman received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Washington University and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University.