Fusion Connect Leadership

Management Team

Brian Crotty

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Crotty is Fusion Connect’s Chief Executive Officer. He brings nearly thirty years of experience leading major organizations in the communications industry. Most recently Brian served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), where he was responsible for all company revenue, with a focus on the customer experience, customer retention and growth. Prior to Sungard AS Brian spent more than two decades in senior leadership positions at major communications companies, including President of Mid-Market Enterprise and Commercial Markets at Windstream and Chief Operating Officer at Broadview Networks, where Mr. Crotty led the transformation of the business to a national Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) cloud solutions provider. Brian earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, and has a Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova University. Brian is an active supporter of various non-profit and civic causes, contributing greatly to the communities where he lives and works.

John Dobbins

Chief Operating Officer

John Dobbins is Fusion Connect’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he is responsible for defining product strategy, as well as optimizing the company network infrastructure, systems, and processes for efficiency and scale. John brings more than 20 years of executive experience rebuilding and transforming corporate infrastructures and operations. At Windstream his team developed and managed the company’s SD-WAN, SDN/NFV, Unified Communications, Fiber Transport and Cloud services. Prior to Windstream he held senior roles at leading companies like Earthlink, XO, and Global Crossing where he was responsible for the development, commercialization, and optimization of various transport and network services to support revenue growth and cost efficiency. John holds a B.S. in Finance/ MIS from Le Moyne College and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Mario DeRiggi

Chief Revenue Officer

Mario DeRiggi is Fusion Connect’s Chief Revenue Officer responsible for all revenue activities across all sales channels and the customer experience. He is a performance-driven leader with over 20 years of executive sales and marketing Leadership. Mario has a history and hands-on experience in increasing revenue, driving customer acquisition/ retention, building partnerships, and managing through change. Most recently, Mario led global channel sales and business development teams as a Senior Vice President at Vonage. Prior to Vonage, Mario spent five years as the Executive Vice President for Sales at Broadview Networks (now Windstream) driving UCaaS, Cloud and Managed Services adoption among enterprise customers. His earlier work history includes senior leadership roles at companies like Paetec and Cablevision.

Brian George

Chief Technology Officer

Brian George is responsible for Fusion Connect’s multi-disciplinary teams in Technology, Engineering, Network and Infrastructure. Brian has been in the communications industry for over 14 years and has spent the last five with Fusion Connect. Brian leads Fusion Connect’s engineering and development teams to evolve and manage the company’s core network and service platforms and infrastructure. Brian builds and deploys against the road map for Fusion Connect’s technology advancements, anticipating dynamically changing opportunities to enhance, expand, and optimize Fusion Connect’s overall portfolio. Prior to joining Fusion Connect, Brian held leadership positions in engineering and operations for several New York metro area ISPs, AT&T Wireless, and Unilever.

James Prenetta

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Prior to joining Fusion Connect, Jim served as General Counsel and Secretary at Hibernia Networks, a provider of global capacity solutions recently acquired by GTT Communications. At Hibernia Networks he was responsible for its legal and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and litigation. Prior to joining Hibernia Networks, Jim served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at One Communications Corp., a communications services company created in June 2006 from the combination of CTC Communications Corp., Choice One Communications and Conversent Communications. Prior to joining CTC Communications in 2003, Jim served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Viatel Holding (Bermuda) Limited (and its predecessor Viatel, Inc.). Earlier in his career, Jim was a partner in the securities practice group at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, New York.

Board of Directors

Timothy J. Bernlohr

Timothy Bernlohr is the founder and Managing Member of TJB Management Consulting, LLC, which specializes in providing project specific consulting services to businesses in transformation. Timothy is a recognized expert in executive compensation and corporate governance and has served as Chairman of over 40 compensation committees. He has served as a guest lecturer on the subjects at numerous venues, including the Financial Times Outstanding Director Exchange, NYSE Governance Services Events, and the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Timothy is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of RBX Industries, Inc., which was a leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of rubber and plastic materials to the automotive, infrastructure, and industrial markets. Prior to joining RBX in 1997, Timothy spent 16 years in the international and industry products division of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. in a variety of management positions. Timothy presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Skyline Champion Corporation and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.; Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Nomination and Governance Committees of WestRock Company; Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Risk and Governance Committee of International Seaways, Inc.

Additionally, Timothy serves as an Independent Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committees of several private companies. Since the inception of TJB Management Consulting, Timothy has served on over 100 public and private boards of directors in a variety of capacities including Chairman, Lead Director and Committee Chairman.

Timothy is a 1981 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Brian Crotty

Brian Crotty is Fusion Connect’s Chief Executive Officer. He brings nearly thirty years of experience leading major organizations in the communications industry. Most recently Brian served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), where he was responsible for all company revenue, with a focus on the customer experience, customer retention and growth. Prior to Sungard AS Brian spent more than two decades in senior leadership positions at major communications companies, including President of Mid-Market Enterprise and Commercial Markets at Windstream and Chief Operating Officer at Broadview Networks, where Mr. Crotty led the transformation of the business to a national Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) cloud solutions provider.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, and has a Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova University. Brian is an active supporter of various non-profit and civic causes, contributing greatly to the communities where he lives and works.

Dudley R. Slater

Dudley Slater serves in a variety of governance, operating and entrepreneurial roles, working with institutional investors and operating companies in the telecommunications, healthcare, banking and media industries. Dudley’s Board memberships include Segra, WOW! Cable & Internet, Umpqua Bank, LS Networks and Integra Telecom, Inc., a company Dudley co-founded in 1996.

Recent operating roles include President of Direct Health Solutions, where Dudley oversaw a significant diversified healthcare technology investment and operating strategy building operating companies in the retail transparency, SaaS, wellness and healthcare financial services sectors, and President and CEO of Western Institutional Review Board. Dudley also serves as an Industry Advisor to EQT Partners in New York. Previously, Dudley served as Chief Executive Officer of Integra Telecom.

Dudley has been recognized as the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Northwest by Ernst & Young. Dudley, a best-selling author, wrote “Fusion Leadership Unleashing The Movement of Monday Morning Enthusiasts”, published by GreenLeaf Book Group (2017) and has been published in over 20 magazine, radio, web-cast, and other media outlets on topics relating to leadership, corporate culture, and employee engagement.

Dudley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from UCLA and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.