Board of Directors

David Tolley
Chairman of the Board

David M. Tolley joined the KVH Board of Directors in June 2022 and was named Chairman of the Board on July 1, 2023. In August, 2022, Mr. Tolley became a member of the audit committee. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Intelsat S.A. from June 2019 to March 2022, where he helped to lead a multi-billion dollar restructuring of one of the world’s largest satellite providers. Before joining Intelsat, Mr. Tolley served as Chief Financial Officer for Network Access Associates Ltd. (formerly known as WorldVu Satellites Limited) (“OneWeb”) beginning in 2017. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Tolley served as a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone, where he led satellite services strategy and investing and served on the Private Equity Investment Committee. From 1990 to 2000, he was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in the Investment Banking Division, where he provided banking and advisory services to established and emerging companies in the broader communications sector. He has served on the boards of directors of eight public and private companies, including ExteNet Systems from 2016 to 2019, NewSkies Satellites from 2004 to 2006 and Centennial Communications from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Tolley holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and History from the University of Michigan.

Brent Bruun
President & Chief Executive Officer

Effective June 21, 2022, Brent C. Bruun was appointed to the KVH Board of Directors in addition to assuming the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer after previously holding the position of Interim President and CEO from March 7, 2022. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer since July 2016 and as our executive vice president of mobile broadband, beginning in November 2012. From January 2011 to November 2012, he served as our senior vice president of global sales and business development. He served as our vice president of global sales and business development from July 2008 to December 2010. From January 2008 until joining KVH, Mr. Bruun worked as a private consultant. From January 2007 until January 2008, Mr. Bruun served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives for SES AMERICOM, a satellite operator providing services via its fleet of 16 geosynchronous satellites covering North America. In this position, he concentrated on global mobile broadband opportunities with particular emphasis on the maritime and aeronautical markets. Other positions held at SES AMERICOM included president of Americom’s Managed Solutions Division from July 2004 until December 2006 and senior vice president of business development from July 2002 until June 2004. Previously, Mr. Bruun held positions at KPMG LLP and General Electric. Mr. Bruun holds a B.S. in accounting from Alfred University and is a certified public accountant.

Stephen Deckoff

Stephen H. Deckoff was elected to the KVH Board of Directors in June 2023.  From February 2023 to June 2023, Mr. Deckoff was an observer on the KVH Board.  Mr. Deckoff has been the managing principal of Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. (“Black Diamond”), a privately held alternative asset management firm, since its founding in 1995.  In that capacity, he is responsible for all portfolio management and business operations.  Prior to 1995, Mr. Deckoff was a senior vice president of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Inc. (“Kidder”) and head of its Structured Finance Group.  Prior to joining Kidder, Mr. Deckoff was a managing director in the Structured Finance Group at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. (“Bear Stearns”).  Before joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Deckoff worked in the Structured Finance Department of Chemical Securities, Inc. and the Fixed Income Research Department at Drexel Burnham Lambert.  Mr. Deckoff has held or currently holds board seats for a number of Black Diamond portfolio companies, including Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc., ION Media, Werner Ladder, White Birch, and Bayou Steel, among others, and he has held a board seat at Pacific National Bank, N.A., a privately chartered bank headquartered in Miami, since 2014.

Cielo Hernandez

Cielo Hernandez has served as one of our directors since June 2021. Ms. Hernandez has also served as the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee since that time. Since February 2022, Ms. Hernandez has served as Chief Financial Officer of ProTrans Holdings, Inc., a global third-party logistics provider. Previously, Ms. Hernandez served as Chief Financial Officer of XL Fleet Corp. (NYSE: XL), a leading provider of fleet electrification solutions for commercial vehicles in North America, from April 2021 to January 2022. From January 2019 to July 2020, Ms. Hernandez served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of South Jersey Industries, Inc., a publicly traded energy services company, where she continued to serve as a Senior Vice President until October 2020. From February 2015 to December 2018, Ms. Hernandez served as Vice President and Regional Chief Financial Officer of Maersk Line, North America, a division of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, a global container logistics company. From November 2013 to January 2015, she served as Vice President and Regional Chief Financial Officer, Latin America of APM Terminals, a division of A.P. Moller-Maersk that operates a global network of ports. From 2004 to 2013, Ms. Hernandez held various positions in finance and administration at Amcor plc, a global packaging solutions company, including most recently Regional Chief Financial Officer, Central America and Caribbean from 2012 to 2013. Ms. Hernandez received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Universidad Santiago de Cali (Colombia) and a Master of Business Administration with specialization in International Business from the University of Miami. She is a CPA and holds a Certification in Human Resources Talent Management from Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia as well as Certifications in Executive Leadership and High-Performance Leadership from Cornell University, and Strategic Leadership and Improving the Business from IMD University Switzerland. Ms. Hernandez is also a Board member of Rowan University Foundation. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee determined that Ms. Hernandez should be nominated as a director because of her more than 25 years of experience as a finance professional and her proven track record of leading global teams for technology-driven publicly traded and private companies, including in the Company’s core commercial maritime industry. Ms. Hernandez has a strong background in finance, accounting, operations, procurement and information systems.

David Kagan

David (Dave) B. Kagan joined the KVH Board of Directors in June 2022. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE: GSAT) since September 2018, where he also served as President and Chief Operating Officer from December 2017 to September 2018 and from January 2016 to March 2017. From March 2017 to November 2017, he was the Chief Operating Officer of SpeedCast International Limited. Mr. Kagan previously served as President of ITC Global LLC, a premier VSAT satellite services provider, from August 2014 to September 2015, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Globe Wireless LLC from June 2011 until it was sold to Inmarsat in August 2014. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Telecommunications Network, a major satellite services provider to the cruise, yachting, and maritime markets January 1997 to December 2008. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President Finance, Treasurer and Co-Chief Financial Officer at Norwegian Cruise Line (NYSE: NCLH) from April 1987 to January 1997. Mr. Kagan holds a master’s degree of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree in both Finance and Marketing from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Cathy-Ann Martine-Dolecki

Cathy-Ann Martine-Dolecki served as Chairman of the Board from March 7, 2022 until July 1, 2023, at which time she resumed her role as an Independent member of the Board. She began serving on the KVH Board of Directors in June 2021 and was appointed a member of the compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee that same month. In July 2021, she was elected chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee. Martine-Dolecki recently left retirement to join Tristar Acquisition I Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, as Chief Operating Officer. In 2017, Ms. Martine-Dolecki retired after a 37-year career with AT&T, where she most recently served as President of National Business Services from 2016 to 2017. Previously, she served as President, Enterprise Business Solutions of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions from 2013 to 2016, as Executive Vice President, Small Business Solutions and Alternate Channels at AT&T from 2008 to 2013 and in a variety of other leadership roles before that. From November 2020 to December 2020, Ms. Martine-Dolecki was a board member at TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, a publicly traded technology distributor and manufacturer serving the wireless infrastructure and mobile device accessories markets. Ms. Martine-Dolecki also served as a board member of Legal Shield, a provider of consumer legal services, from January 2013 to May 2018. She currently serves on the Americas Executive Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Ms. Martine-Dolecki received a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Charles Trimble
Charles R. Trimble has served as one of our Directors since 1999, a member of our Audit Committee since 2001, a member of our Compensation Committee from 2000 to 2021, and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since February 2004. From 1981 to 1998, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Trimble Navigation Limited, a GPS company that he founded in 1978. Previously, he served as the manager of integrated circuit research and development at Hewlett-Packard’s Santa Clara Division. Mr. Trimble is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he has been Chairman of the United States GPS Industry Council from 1996 to 2013. In addition, Mr. Trimble is a member of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Board of Trustees. He received a B.S. in engineering physics, with honors, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.