QualTek Services Inc. (“QualTek” or the “Company”), a leading turnkey provider of infrastructure services to the North American 5G wireless, telecom, power grid modernization and renewable energy sectors, announced today the appointment of John Kritzmacher, Bruce Roberson and Cielo Hernandez to QualTek’s Board of Directors. They will replace Jigisha Desai, Sam Totusek, and Sam Chawla.
“We are excited to welcome John, Bruce and Cielo to QualTek’s Board of Directors and believe their extensive experience and expertise, both as board members and operators, will benefit QualTek as we execute on future growth,” said QualTek CEO Scott Hisey. “We also would like to thank Jigisha, Sam, and Sam for their service to the board.”
John Kritzmacher joins the board with decades of experience as a board director, CFO and C-level operations executive across the Technology, Media & Telecom sector. Mr. Kritzmacher’s leadership perspective is derived from a combination of senior finance and operations roles in fast-paced markets disrupted by new technology and business model innovations. Mr. Kritzmacher has served as board director for InterDigital for 13 years, including eight years as Audit Committee Chair. Previously, he served on Duff & Phelps’ board prior to the firm being taken private. In his senior executive roles, Mr. Kritzmacher most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Wiley from 2013-2021, developing and executing strategies to drive revenue growth and achieve the highest earnings performance in the company’s 215+-year history. Mr. Kritzmacher’s Telecom experience includes serving as CFO at Lucent Technologies, leading into its merger with Alcatel, and as CFO at Global Crossing, leading into its combination with Level 3. Mr. Kritzmacher earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Dartmouth College. He also holds an MBA with a specialization in accounting from New York University Stern School of Business. John will serve as Audit Committee Chairman.
Bruce Roberson joins the Board with more than 35 years’ experience as a CEO, investor, and consultant. Mr. Roberson is a Partner at Brightstar Capital Partners. Prior to joining Brightstar Capital Partners, he was a Partner with Sun Capital Partners, responsible for leading the firm’s operations team in North America. In that role Mr. Roberson was responsible for the performance of more than thirty portfolio companies and served as a board member for 22 of those companies. Previously, Mr. Roberson served for ten years as President and CEO of PSC Industrial Services under two different private equity owners. At PSC, Mr. Roberson led four separate sale processes. Prior to PSC, Mr. Roberson was an executive with Safety-Kleen Systems as well as a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he worked for twenty years. Bruce received an economics degree from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Cielo Hernandez joins the board as an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience leading global teams across various industries including logistics, energy, manufacturing, retail and technology. Currently, Ms. Hernandez is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer of ProTrans Holdings, Inc. in Austin, TX. Ms. Hernandez is a strategic leader responsible for all financial activities with a focus on driving financial performance management, profitability analysis, long-term financing plan, and compliance. Ms. Hernandez also has extensive experience in HR strategy and transformation that drive company growth and profitability. Ms. Hernandez currently serves as a Board member for KVH Industries as a Chairman of the Audit Committee and Board Member of the Rowan University Foundation. Ms. Hernandez also served as a Board Member for the Chamber of Commerce Southern NJ, a Board Member for SJI subsidiaries, President and Board Member of Maersk Inc and Maersk Services and Board Member for APM Terminals and MSC Joint Venture. Ms. Hernandez earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia. She also holds an MBA with specialization in international business from the University of Miami.
Founded in 2012, QualTek is a leading technology-driven provider of infrastructure services to the 5G wireless, telecom, power grid modernization and renewable energy sectors across North America.
QualTek has a national footprint with more than 80 operation centers across the U.S. and a workforce of over 5,000 people. QualTek has established a nationwide operating network to enable quick responses to customer demands as well as proprietary technology infrastructure for advanced reporting and invoicing.
The Company reports within two operating segments: Telecommunications, and Renewables and Recovery and has already become a leader in providing disaster recovery logistics and services for electric utilities.