The GDS Executive Team
GDS has assembled one of the most experienced management teams in the country in our sector. With well over 100+ years of industry experience, each member is individually recognized as an expert, an innovator and a trusted advisor to clients.
Chris took over day-to-day executive leadership of GDS from his father after holding various positions with the company for the past 30 years. As President, he sets the vision and strategy for GDS, and handles large strategic relationships with customers, vendors and partners. But he sees his greatest accomplishment as empowering GDS employees to deliver the highest levels of service and create successful business outcomes for customers. It is this dedication to success that led him to be named one of the Top 40 under 40 by the Young Presidents Organization.
Bob oversees the day-to-day operations of GDS, aligning the company’s products and services with the business priorities of its customers. He is responsible for executing business strategies, streamlining products, supporting product development efforts and driving innovation. Bob has served in senior positions at high-tech companies throughout his 30-year career, and has expertise in telecommunications, network engineering, software development, mergers and acquisitions, business funding, operations management, and building and retaining technical teams.
He has helped build successful companies and create maximum return on investment for investors. Bob is a patented inventor and has spent years developing his skills in product development. He is a student of Innovation Engineering and a firm believer in using proven systems for taking ideas from concept to commercialization.
Robert joined GDS more than 20 years ago, after serving 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and working for an Internet Service Provider for four years. He began as Network Engineer and transitioned to Principal Consultant, Senior Technologist and Vice President of Professional Services before transitioning to CTO. Today, Robert is responsible for infrastructure development and management, product and service development, and sales engineering support.
He is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, with expertise in IP telephony, security, data center and physical security technologies. He uses his technical leadership to help GDS and its customers align technologies to business outcomes.
Mark comes to GDS with more than 25 years of experience in finance, accounting and operations roles in public and privately held companies in the software, telecommunications, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries. He has public accounting experience providing accounting, tax, strategy and consulting services to small, midsize and development-stage companies, along with extensive M&A experience.
Mark was a founding member of International BioResources and during his tenure his roles included Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer. At International BioResources, Mark was instrumental in growing the company to $80 million in revenue and 1,000+ employees in six years prior to the sale of the company to Talecris Biotherapeutics.
Wade leads the sales and marketing teams to drive company growth by identifying customer needs and ensuring high standards of customer service are met. When he first joined GDS in 2012, he focused on helping the company grow its oil and gas communications business, leveraging his 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Since then, he has built his knowledge of communications, connectivity, cybersecurity and other technologies, and helps to map GDS product and service offerings to customer requirements.
He is proud of the growth of the sales team and the development of the company’s culture of hard work, dedication and integrity.
C.J. helps ensure that GDS delivers a high-quality customer experience in every solution and service it provides. He challenges the GDS team to meet each customer’s specific needs and objectives in all interactions, as well as in the technical aspects of service delivery. A resourceful professional with more than 32 years of telecommunications industry experience, C.J. has a deep understanding of the design, architecture, implementation and operation of voice and data networks. He has held high-level positions with leading telecom providers, where he developed financial modeling systems, process workflows, risk assessments and other tools.
He was also CIO / Security Officer for a healthcare organization for six years. His specialties include project management, revenue and cost assurance, business process reviews and software solutions.
Mike helps build sound business relationships in key enterprise accounts, and oversees the sales activities that enable the continued growth and success of GDS. His sales acumen is backed by more than 31 years of experience in communications technologies. He possesses a deep understanding of the technical design and implementation of satellite and terrestrial communications, with particular expertise in the oil and gas and marine transportation industries. Prior to joining GDS, Mike served as President of Acadiana Broadband, a supplier of high-speed Internet services to rural communities in south Louisiana.
He also served as President of satellite communications provider Data Technology Solution. There, he was awarded two U.S. patents for the design of self-acquiring and stabilized skids for the energy market.