Company

Crosslake Fibre was established to develop, own and operate fiber-optic projects throughout North America and Western Europe.  Our innovative approach to fiber development is challenging the status quo. Using new methods of construction to develop next-generation networks, Crosslake Fibre has built new Internet infrastructure that provides material advantages to customers.  Crosslake Fibre is backed by Tiger Infrastructure Partners.

Executive Management

MIKE CUNNINGHAM
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Cunningham is the founder and CEO of Crosslake Fibre and has over 16 years experience in the telecommunications and investment industries. Mr. Cunningham is also on the board of Quintillion Subsea, a 1700 mile subsea and terrestrial cable system serving the north coast of Alaska. Previously, he was CEO Arctic Fibre, the predecessor company to Quintillion. Mr. Cunningham began his career in the investment industry, most recently as a Research Analyst covering small cap equities at Northern Rivers Capital Management. He holds a BA, Honors from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Finance degree from Queen’s University, and holds the Canadian Investment Manager’s designation from the Canadian Securities Institute. 

FERGUS INNES
Senior Vice President

Fergus Innes is Senior Vice President of Crosslake Fibre.  Prior to Crosslake, Mr Innes spent 8 years as Regional Vice President, EMEA and Executive Management Team member at Hibernia Networks where he built and lead the EMEA Carrier, Finance & Media business until the successful exit to GTT for $590m in January 2017.  Prior to joining Hibernia Networks in 2009, Mr Innes worked for Colt, where he spent 8 years in a number of senior management roles. These included four years at Colt Ireland as Sales Director where he oversaw the migration from Colt’s country management operation to a centralised Business Enterprise Unit.  Before Colt, he held senior positions at Cable & Wireless, Telia Sonera and IT&T Communications. Mr. Innes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems and a Diploma in Business Studies from the University of Hull.   

JOSEPH CIAVARELLA
Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Ciavarella was named Chief Financial Officer of Crosslake Fibre in June 2019. Most recently, he had been providing senior financial consulting services to corporations and acting as chief financial officer to companies since 2013 in telecom, telecom construction, cloud computing, health care and biotech. Mr. Ciavarella served, from 2007-2012, originally as a consulting CFO and from March 2008, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AboveNet, Inc., which was sold to Zayo Group in 2012. Mr. Ciavarella served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Langer, Inc., a provider of custom orthotic devices and skin care products, from 2004 to 2006, and from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Ciavarella was the Chief Financial Officer of New York Medical, Inc., a medical practice management company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President – Finance of Aviation Capital Group, an independent aircraft leasing and finance company, and from 1994 to 1998, he was Chief Financial Officer of the alternative investment division of PaineWebber, Inc. He began his career at Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte, LLP) in 1977. Mr. Ciavarella received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, in 1977, and is a Certified Public Accountant.  

BEN COOKE
Vice President, Networks

Ben Cooke is Vice President, Networks of Crosslake Fibre and brings a wealth of experience managing globally diverse engineering and operations teams in telecoms, high frequency financial trading and fintech industries.  Formerly CTO at Perseus and IT Director & Network Architect at Geneva Trading he has been building low latency fibre & microwave global network infrastructure for over 20 years.  Responsible for overseeing all areas of engineering and operations at Crosslake Fibre including network planning, construction, monitoring and maintenance, service delivery, customer care and technical support.   He holds a M.Eng in Naval Architecture from Southampton University and Assoc member of RINA.  

Board of Directors

Alessandro Boninsegna is a director of Crosslake Fibre.  Mr. Boninsegna has over 20 years of professional experience, primarily in private equity.  He is a founding member of Tiger Infrastructure Partners and, prior to that, of Lehman Brothers’ infrastructure private equity team, based in London.  Previously, Mr. Boninsegna spent over 11 years as a member of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking, managing Lehman Brothers’ middle-market private equity funds, based in London and New York.  While at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Boninsegna had a senior role in the investment in and served on the board of several portfolio companies across multiple industries. He was also involved in establishing and served on the investment committee of F2i, an Italian infrastructure private equity investment firm with over €2 billion under management.  Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Boninsegna was a management consultant at Bain & Co. in Milan, Italy, and, prior to that, a certified public accountant at Haarmann Hemmelrath in Munich, Germany. Mr. Boninsegna serves on the Boards of Tiger Cool Express, Etix Everywhere, American Natural, Sunlight Financial, and Zenobe Energy, is a Board observer at Summit Brazil Renewables and previously was a Board observer at Hudson Fiber Holdings. Mr. Boninsegna holds a degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Bocconi University in Italy, part of which was earned from New York University Stern School of Business, and is a native speaker of German and Italian.

Adam Emmert is a director of Crosslake Fibre.  Mr Emmert has over 15 years of experience in private equity and corporate finance. He was previously a member of Lehman Brothers’ infrastructure private equity team, based in New York. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Emmert was a Vice President at Highstar Capital. Prior to joining Highstar Capital, Mr. Emmert was a member of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Group and worked in investment banking in Lehman Brothers’ Global Power Group. Mr. Emmert serves on the Boards of Tiger Cool Express, and Danskammer HoldCo, previously served on the Board of Hudson Fiber Holdings and is a board observer at Etix Everywhere and SmartSky Networks. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.A. in International Affairs and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

Andrew Baum is a director of Crosslake Fibre.  Mr. Baum has over 10 years of experience in private equity and corporate finance.  He was previously a member of CHS Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, based in Chicago.  Prior to joining CHS Capital, Mr. Baum worked in investment banking in Citi’s Industrial Group. Mr. Baum serves on the Boards of Crosslake Fibre, Modern Aviation and Strategic Venue Partners, and is a board observer at SmartSky Networks.  He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Douglas Cunningham is a director of Crosslake Fibre.  Mr. Cunningham has over 40 years experience in the telecommunications and investment industries.  He managed the original equity financing for TeleBermuda International in 1996 and served as a Director of TeleBermuda and GlobeNet Communications Group Limited and as a member of their Audit and Finance Committee from November 1996 through August 1998.  Between 1993 and 1997 he served as Vice President and Managing Director of the Media and Telecoms Corporate Finance Group of CIBC World Markets and counted international telecommunications carriers amongst his clients. Subsequently, Mr. Cunningham has served as the founding President of Antilles Crossing Limited, TeleBarbados Inc., Tele St. Lucia Inc. and Windward Telecom Inc. and has more than two decades experience in the financing and construction of fibre optic networks.  He holds HBA and MBA degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto.

Keith Muller is a director of Crosslake Fibre.  Mr. Muller is CEO of Interactive Telecom Solutions.  He has an extensive and diverse background in communications and began his career as Managing Director at Centex Telemanagement/Metropolitan Fiber Systems (MFS), which was one of the first companies to deploy a SONET ring in New York City and offer multiple services on one platform. He rapidly became one of the company’s top producers and achieved many national sales recognition awards. After MFS was acquired by MCI, Mr. Muller founded Blue Chip Consulting, a full-service communications management and consulting company.   In 2000, he joined Business Communications Management (BCM) as Managing Director of Indirect and Direct Sales for North America. Mr. Muller was instrumental in the growth of the company’s bottom line revenue and creation of many of the processes and procedures that still exist today. Mr. Muller founded Interactive Telecom Solutions (ITS) in 2003. ITS has become a leading master agency with 30+ carrier agreements and numerous sales achievement awards across the entire portfolio. Mr. Muller attended Syracuse University, is married with two children, and resides in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Mike Cunningham is a director of Crosslake Fibre and has over 16 years experience in the telecommunications and investment industries.  Mr. Cunningham is also on the board of Quintillion Subsea, a 1700 mile subsea and terrestrial cable system serving the north coast of Alaska.  Previously, he was CEO Arctic Fibre, the predecessor company to Quintillion. He holds a BA, Honors from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Finance degree from Queen’s University, and holds the Canadian Investment Manager’s designation from the Canadian Securities Institute.

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