Cogent’s CEO Dave Schaeffer is active and accessible. He's a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before founding Cogent. He meets with government regulators the world over with a particular focus in the US meeting with Congress to educate and champion industry specific causes. Each year, he commits to visiting each of the 38 sales offices across North America and Europe. Dave has an all hands call with the entire company every other week during which anyone is empowered to ask questions. He drops by New Hire Training whenever his schedule allows, and invites new employees to ask him anything. A lot of CEOs talk about having an open door policy, but Dave means it.
In addition, as the public face of our company, Dave regularly speaks at investor conferences around the globe. Here a link to his recent travels, including webcasts.
Dave’s leadership has been recognized by those far beyond Cogent. In 2017, he won the Top Rated CEO award from Owler!
Our Senior Leaders
Jim Bubeck was appointed as our Chief Revenue Officer and Vice President of Global Sales effective October 1, 2015. Mr. Bubeck has served in the sales organization of Cogent in various capacities since May of 2000, most recently, since 2007, as Vice President of Central Region Sales, based in Chicago. From 1996 to 2000 he was a sales manager for MCI's internet network business, which was subsequently divested to Cable and Wireless due to the merger of MCI and Worldcom.
Brad Kummer joined us in 2000 and serves as Vice President of Optical Transport Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Kummer spent the 25 years prior to joining us at Lucent Technologies, where he served in a variety of R&D and business development roles relating to optical fibers and systems. In his most recent work at Lucent, he was responsible for optical fiber systems engineering for long haul and metropolitan dense wavelength division multiplexing systems.
Guy Banks joined us in 2000 and serves as Vice President of Real Estate. Prior to joining us Mr. Banks held positions with various affiliates of Security Capital Group Incorporated, including the positions of Vice President of Land Acquisition and Vice President of Development for CWS Communities Trust.
Hank Kilmer joined us in 2011 and serves as Vice President of IP Engineering. Prior to joining us, Mr. Kilmer held positions with UUNET (now Verizon), Sprint, Digex/Intermedia and Metromedia Fiber Networks/Abovenet where he was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations. Most recently, Mr. Kilmer was President of Terrapin Communications, Inc., a small consulting firm which focused on network consulting and technical strategy development for companies like GPX, Airband, and Switch and Data (now part of Equinix).