WASHINGTON – WISPA announced the hiring of David M. Zumwalt as President and CEO of the Association, effective June 1, 2022. Mr. Zumwalt will oversee the Association's strategic and daily affairs, including staff for advocacy, membership, policy, and events.
Prior to arriving at WISPA, Mr. Zumwalt served as the Chief Operating Officer of Broadband VI, a major ISP in the US Virgin Islands offering fixed wireless and fiber-connected services, where he was recruited to prepare the company for scale. He held full P&L responsibility, helped guide the company to its historic $84.5 million FCC Connect USVI win, and provided operations leadership during and after its acquisition by a unit of Liberty Latin America late last year.
Earlier, he served as the CEO/Executive Director of the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park Corporation (RTPark), an instrumentality of the USVI government formed to establish and grow a vibrant knowledge-based sector in the Territory's economy. He led policy, workforce investment, infrastructure, and market outreach initiatives and guided RTPark to become a rare example of a sustainable three-way partnership with private sector, governmental and university stakeholders.
Mr. Zumwalt also founded and served as Chairman and CEO of CNet, Inc., a leading provider of RF engineering and operational support system software and services to the worldwide wireless communications industry, securing significant customer relationships in forty countries. He has provided growth strategy services spanning private sector, public sector, and academic initiatives, engaging as a board-level advisor working closely with management teams, stakeholders, capital partners and governmental/regulatory counterparts. A graduate of Rice University, he has been named a Fellow of the Radio Club of America and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.
WISPA represents the interests of the evolving Internet service provider that deploys fixed wireless, fiber and hybrid networks. WISPA's members range from small innovative entrepreneurs to large providers, solutions providers, and manufacturers. WISPA members bring critical Internet access to more than nine million Americans, many of whom reside and work in unserved and underserved areas. They also provide access to urban, suburban, and Tribal areas of the country. WISPA members typically focus on rapid deployment models providing affordable, reliable, and sustainable broadband service for primary and backup Internet connections.
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