Boniface Named to FirstNet Board, Kupinsky Hired as Chief Counsel (11/5/13)
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 | Comments

Barry Boniface, private equity investor and telecommunications executive, was named to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board of directors by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

Boniface replaces William Keever, whose term as a FirstNet board member expired in August and who left the board to pursue other interests. Jeff Johnson, Sue Swenson and Teri Takai were all reappointed to the board for three years in August.

FirstNet is an independent entity within the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), with members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve three-year terms.

“The FirstNet board has been working hard toward implementing a nationwide wireless broadband network that enables our first responders to better respond to emergencies and save lives,” said Pritzker. “With more than two decades of business and management experience in the telecom industry, I believe Barry Boniface will be a great addition to FirstNet.”

Boniface’s 20 years of experience includes particular focus on building, expanding and financing communications companies. He is a partner with MSouth Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm, where he is investing in and assisting in the growth of a number of middle market companies throughout the United States. Prior to joining MSouth in May 2012, Boniface spent five years as chairman and head of communications and media mergers and acquisitions for Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.

Prior to that he spent a decade with two separate stints at BellSouth, most recently as the telecom company’s chief strategy and development officer.

“Barry Boniface brings to the FirstNet board a wealth of experience building and financing technology and telecommunications businesses, which will assist us greatly as we develop our plans to build this nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety,” said FirstNet Chairman Sam Ginn. “FirstNet is taking on a task of historic proportions, and Barry’s financial expertise will help us ensure that we develop a network plan that is self-sustaining.”

In addition, Stuart Kupinsky was named chief counsel of FirstNet. For the past six years, Kupinsky served as the general counsel of Tekelec, a mobile broadband vendor. Kupinsky previously served on the Telecom Task Force of the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, where he helped evaluate incumbent carrier compliance with the provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, as well as the review of telecom-related mergers and acquisitions. He also worked at the FCC in the Common Carrier Bureau.

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