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Morgan O’Brien, Executive Chairman of the Board

Morgan O’Brien has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board since July 2020 and has been a member of our Board since April 2012. From May 2014 to April 2018, he served as Vice Chairman; and from April 2018 to June 2020, he led Anterix as our Chief Executive Officer.

Since 2009, Mr. O’Brien has served as an independent consultant to several wireless start-ups. As a co-founder and chairman of Nextel, Mr. O’Brien led the creation of the first all-digital nationwide wireless network (the Nextel National Network) and brought push-to-talk (“PTT”) communication to the mass business and consumer markets. After the merger of Nextel with Sprint Corporation in 2004, he was a co-founder of Cyren Call Communications Corporation, where he served until January 2009.

In 2016, Mr. O’Brien was awarded the Armstrong Medal, the highest award of the Radio Club of America, for demonstrated excellence and lasting contributions to radio arts and sciences. He was recognized in 1987 as New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year and was voted the RCR Person of the Year in 1993 and again in 2006. In 2005, he was inducted into the Washington, D.C., Business Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the Radio Club of America and was named “one of the top U.S. wireless innovators of all time,” by Fierce Wireless.

He has served on a number of boards of other public companies, including Sprint, Williams Telecommunications and GTT Communications, Inc. He also serves on the board of several private companies and charitable organizations. Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned his law degree from Northwestern University.

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Singleton B. McAllister, Lead Independent Director

Ms. McAllister has served as a member of our Board since August 2018. Ms. McAllister is currently serving as Of Counsel at the law firm Husch Blackwell, LLP. Before joining Husch Blackwell in May 2014, Ms. McAllister served as a Partner in the law firms of Williams Mullen from 2012 to 2014, Blank Rome LLP from 2010 to 2012 and LeClairRyan from 2007 to 2010. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. McAllister served for five years as the General Counsel for the United States Agency for International Development and previously served in senior positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. McAllister is a Director of Alliant Energy Corporation and the Proxy Board of Securitas Infrastructure Services, Inc.

She also served as a Director of United Rentals from 2004 to May 2018, and previously chaired the National Women’s Business Center. Ms. McAllister is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the African Development Foundation and has been appointed Secretary to the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Ms. McAllister holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland and completed Graduate Studies in International Relations and earned her law degree from Howard University.

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Hamid Akhavan, Independent Director

Mr. Akhavan joined our Board as an Independent Director in September 2020. He currently is a Partner at Twin Point Capital, a growth-oriented private equity firm. Before joining Twin Point Capital, Mr. Akhavan was a Partner at Long Arc Capital, a private equity firm specializing in disruptive technology investments.

Mr. Akhavan’s past leadership experience includes serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Unify Inc. (formerly Siemens Enterprise), a global supplier of telecommunication products, software and services; Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Telecom; and Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile International. He began his career at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) and Bell Communications Research.

Mr. Akhavan has served on the Board of Directors of Vonage since 2016 and joined the Board of Directors of National Broadband Ireland in January 2020. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his Master of Science in the same fields from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Leslie B. Daniels, Independent Director

Mr. Daniels joined our Board as an Independent Director in September 2020. Currently, he is an Operating Partner of AE Industrial Partners, L.P., a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, power generation and specialty industrial markets. Mr. Daniels was a Founding Partner of CAI Managers & Co., L.P., a private equity firm and served in that capacity from 1989 to 2014. Prior to CAI Managers, he was President of Burdge, Daniels & Co., Inc., a company engaged in venture capital and buyout investments and trading of private placement securities. Mr. Daniels also served as Senior Vice-President of Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co.

Mr. Daniels has served on numerous Boards. Currently, he serves on the Moeller Aerospace and the GAMCO Investors, Inc. (GBL) Boards. He also is an Advisor to LGL Systems Acquisition Corp.

Mr. Daniels is a Presidential Appointee on The Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN) and is a former chairman and former member of Florida’s State Board of Administration, Investment Advisory Council. He also serves as Commissioner and Chairman of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Mr. Daniels is a graduate of Fordham University

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Greg Haller, Independent Director

Mr. Haller has served as a member of our Board since November 2018. He has more than 30 years of experience serving as a senior executive in the wireless and telecommunication services industries.

Since July 2018, he has served as the Chief Operating Officer at Alorica, Inc., a leading customer relationships management company. At Alorica, Mr. Haller is responsible for global operations, client solutions, global business services and marketing communications. Prior to joining Alorica, Mr. Haller served in a number of senior executive positions at Verizon Wireless. From August 2016 to June 2018, he was the Chief Executive for Verizon’s prepaid brand, Visible.

Prior to that, from January 2012 until August 2016, he was the President of the west area for all Verizon sales and operations, which encompassed the 18 most western states in the U.S. From September 2010 through January 2102, he held the roles of President, Enterprise and Government Markets and Vice President of Consumer Marketing. Through his 29-year career at Verizon, he also served in leadership positions in the areas of operations, sales, marketing and advanced solutions as well as consumer product portfolio and pricing

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Gregory Pratt, Independent Director

Mr. Pratt joined our Board following the FCC's decision to transition the 900 MHz spectrum band to enable broadband deployment. Mr. Pratt's career spans the range of leadership experiences, from CFO to CEO to Chairman, and from early stage to market leaders at well-known technology innovators like Atari and Commodore.

Mr. Pratt brings more than 40 years of expertise to Anterix. He currently is the non-executive Chairman of Carpenter Technology Corporation, a developer of specialized solutions for the energy, aerospace and medical markets, where he has served on the Board since 2002. At Carpenter, he previously was Executive Chairman, CEO, President, and lead director of multiple committees. He also has been a Director at Tredegar Corporation since 2014, serving as Chairman of their Governance Committee and a member of the Special Finance and Audit Committees. Additionally, Mr. Pratt is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), where he has served on the local chapter board for ten years, and where he has completed the NACD program designed to educate experienced directors on leading practices for boards and committees. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman and a Director of OAO Technology Solutions, Inc. (OAOT). He joined OAOT in 1998 when it acquired Enterprise Technology Group, a software engineering firm founded by Pratt.

Mr. Pratt holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cheyney University. Pratt is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Paul Saleh, Independent Director

Mr. Saleh is the President and Chief Executive officer for Gainwell Technologies. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DXC Technology and as Executive Vice President and CFO for CSC. He also has held CFO roles at other leading companies, such as Gannett Co., Sprint Nextel and Walt Disney International and was the Treasurer of Honeywell, Inc.

Mr. Saleh provides the Board with valuable financial oversight. His 35+ years of corporate finance and operational experience allows him to provide the Board with perspective into strategy and management as the company grows. Mr. Saleh’s expertise has earned him recognition from Institutional Investor Magazine as the best Chief Financial Officer in the telecom wireless industry in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2005, Treasury & Risk Management magazine recognized him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance. In 2006 and 2017, Mr. Saleh received the Public Company CFO of the Year Award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

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Mahvash Yazdi, Independent Director

Ms. Yazdi joined the Anterix Board in February 2021. She currently is the President of Feasible Management Consulting, a strategy consulting firm specializing in energy, innovation, technology, and telecommunication. She is the former senior vice president of business integration and chief information officer of Edison International and Southern California Edison. She successfully oversaw business transformation initiatives across multiple companies, and technology implementation of smart meter and smart grid programs. She was also the co-chair of the EEI, CIO advisory council, leading the industry activities in cyber security, telecommunication, and privacy challenges. Prior to that, she held various roles at Hughes Electronics, and was appointed the vice president, CIO, and a member of the aerospace and defense executive committee engaged in business transformation and M&A activities.

Ms. Yazdi is a nationally recognized expert in corporate information technology and has served on the boards of multiple technology companies. She has received numerous awards including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her philanthropic work. Ms. Yazdi serves as a member of the board of NorthWestern Energy, where she is the chair of its compensation committee. She is also serving as an advisor to H.I.G Capital, Infosys Corporation and Energy Capital Ventures.

Ms. Yazdi holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Mahvash is certified by NACD as a corporate director, and governance fellow.

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Robert Schwartz, Anterix President & CEO

Mr. Schwartz joined our Board in September 2020. He is our President and Chief Executive Officer, having joined Anterix in 2015 as Chief Strategy and Development Officer. Mr. Schwarz became President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2018 and took on the role of CEO in July 2020.

Mr. Schwartz has had a close working collaboration with our Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Morgan O’Brien, for close to three decades. Throughout his career, Mr. Schwartz has focused on strategic and operational roles in emerging telecommunications companies, including executive leadership roles with wireless, fiber and tower infrastructure companies.

He earned his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University.