The President's NSTAC Members


Current members of the The President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Mr. John Donovan, NSTAC Chair

Mr. Donovan currently serves as Lead Independent Director at Palo Alto Networks. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AT&T Communications, a subsidiary of AT&T, where he was responsible for the bulk of the company’s global telecommunications and video services businesses, including AT&T’s Business, Mobility & Entertainment, and Technology & Operations groups. Before serving as CEO, he was the Chief Strategy Officer, Group President of AT&T Technology and Operations, and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He currently serves on the boards for Lockheed Martin, Palo Alto Networks, NovaSignal, Cresta Technologies, Ziosk, and Lucata Technologies.

Mr. Scott Charney, NSTAC Vice Chair

Mr. Charney currently serves as Vice President for Security Policy at Microsoft, where he works with public and private sector organizations to develop and implement strategies that help secure the information technology (IT) ecosystem. Prior to this position, he led Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group, where he was responsible for enforcing Microsoft’s mandatory security engineering policies and implementing the company’s security strategy. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace and as Chair of the Board for the Global Cyber Alliance.

Mr. Peter Altabef

Mr. Altabef is the Chair and CEO of Unisys. Prior to joining Unisys, he served as President and CEO of MICROS Systems, as President and CEO of Perot Systems, and as President of Dell Services, the IT services and business process solutions unit of Dell. He is a member of the board of directors of NiSource, as well as a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of the Conference Board, and co-chair of the CED’s Technology and Innovation Committee.

Mr. Matthew Desch

Mr. Desch is currently the CEO of Iridium Communications and serves on its board of directors. Before Iridium, Mr. Desch served as the CEO of Telcordia Technologies (now part of Ericsson) and was on the board of SAIC. Prior to that, he was President of Nortel Network’s wireless and global carrier divisions for 13 years, leaving in 2000. He began his career in software development and strategic planning with AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mr. Desch also serves on the board of the Unisys.

Mr. David G. DeWalt

Mr. DeWalt is Founder and Managing Director of NightDragon, an investment and advisory firm focused on growth and late-stage companies within the cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy industries. He is a veteran CEO, advisor, and investor who has led companies, from startups to the Fortune 500, on a transformational journey of success. Focused on technology and cybersecurity, Mr. DeWalt helped create more than $20 billion of shareholder value during his 15-plus years as President and CEO of Documentum, McAfee, and FireEye. Today he also serves as Managing Director of Allegis Cyber, Executive Chairman of merger and acquisition advisory firm Momentum Cyber as well as investor and board member in the world’s most innovative companies such as Delta Airlines, Five9, iboss, Claroty, Team8, DataTribe, and Optiv.

Mr. Raymond Dolan

Mr. Dolan is the Chair and CEO of Cohere Technologies. Previously, he was the CEO of Ribbon Communications. Mr. Dolan was also the co-founder of Flarion Technologies, holding the positions of Chair and CEO during his tenure. Flarion Technologies is responsible for pioneering orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing for wireless systems leading to 4G/LTE used in today’s global cellular networks. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the American Tower Corporation.

Dr. Joseph E. Fergus

Dr. Fergus is the founder, President, and CEO of Communication Technologies. He was a research and development (R&D) scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1982 to 1990, and served as the Chair of various technical committees for the American National Standards Institute. In addition, Dr. Fergus has represented the United States at multiple meetings for the International Telecommunications Union – Telecommunications Sector. He served as Chair for industry committees responsible for providing technical direction of industry standards.

Mr. Patrick Gelsinger

Mr. Gelsinger currently serves as CEO and a member of the board at Intel. He previously was the CEO of VMware, transforming the company into a recognized global leader in cloud infrastructure, enterprise mobility, and cybersecurity. Prior to VMware, Mr. Gelsinger was President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of EMC’s Information Infrastructure Products business. Mr. Gelsinger began his career at Intel, eventually becoming its first CTO and later serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Digital Enterprise Group. 

Ms. Lisa A. Hook

Ms. Hook currently serves as a managing partner at Two Island Partners. She previously served as President and CEO of Neustar from October 2010 until July 2018, and as President and COO from January 2008 until 2010. Prior to Neustar, Ms. Hook served as President and CEO of Sunrocket, and held several executive-level posts at America Online and Time Warner. She was also a managing director of Alpine Capital Group; legal advisor to the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission; partner at Brera Capital Partners; and a senior attorney at Viacom International. Ms. Hook currently serves on the boards of Fidelity National Information Services, Philip Morris International, Ritchie Brothers Holdings, and Nokia. 

Mr. Jack Huffard

Mr. Huffard is a co-founder and member of the board of Tenable. From 2002 to 2018, he served as Tenable's President, COO, and a member of the board. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Huffard focused exclusively on business operations as the company's COO. Before Tenable, he was the Director of Corporate Development for Enterasys Networks. Currently, Mr. Huffard serves as a member of the board for Norfolk Southern Corporation and Immersive Labs. He is also a member of Goldman Sachs’ Global Software Council.

Ms. Renee James

Ms. James founded Ampere Computing in 2017, where she is currently the Chair and CEO. Ampere designs high performance microprocessors for cloud and edge computing. Before Ampere, Ms. James had a lengthy career at Intel, where she served as President until her departure in 2016. She has global operating experience in both hardware and software development and manufacturing of semiconductors, and has led several development sites around the globe as well as directed the government affairs in those regions. Ms. James is an active voice for diversity and representation in technology, as well as the future of the U.S. semiconductor industry. She was on Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business,” ranked 21st on Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” list, and has been recognized on Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list. Ms. James is a member of the board of directors of Citi Group and Oracle.

Mr. Mark McLaughlin

Mr. McLaughlin serves as Chair of the Board of Qualcomm and the Vice Chair of the Board for Palo Alto Networks. He was the Chair and CEO of Palo Alto Networks from 2011 until 2018. Previously, Mr. McLaughlin was President and CEO of VeriSign. Before Verisign, he held executive leadership positions at Signio (acquired by VeriSign) and Gemplus International S.A., as well as serving as General Counsel of Caere Corporation. Mr. McLaughlin also practiced law at Cooley Godward, LLC, and, prior to that, was a Cobra attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army

Mr. Angel Ruiz

Mr. Ruiz is currently Chair of the Board for MediaKind and Director at Nsight. Until July 2020, he served as President and CEO of MediaKind. Previously, Mr. Ruiz served as Chair of the Americas for Ericsson and was head of Ericsson’s North American Region from 2001 to 2016, growing the business from half a billion dollars to over $9 billion. Under his leadership, Ericsson became the number one provider of telecommunications solutions and services in the United States and Canada. Mr. Ruiz also served on the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association board of directors and was on its executive committee for more than a decade.

Mr. Stephen Schmidt

Mr. Schmidt is the CSO for Amazon. He leads security engineering, product development, and regulatory programs. Mr. Schmidt joined Amazon in February 2008 and from March 2010 to January 2022, held the Chief Information Security Officer role for Amazon Web Services. Prior to joining Amazon, Mr. Schmidt had an extensive career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served as a senior executive. His responsibilities at the FBI included a term as acting CTO, Section Chief responsible for the FBI’s technical collection and analysis platforms, and as a Section Chief overseeing the FBI’s Cyber Division components responsible for the technical analysis of computer and network intrusion activities.

Mr. Gary Smith

Mr. Smith currently serves as the President and CEO of Ciena. Previously, he served as Ciena’s COO, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, and Vice President of International Sales. Mr. Smith also held executive roles in several different pioneering European communications companies, including Cray Communications Group, Tricom Communications, and Case Communications Group.

Mr. Jeffrey Storey

Mr. Storey is the President and CEO of Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink). Prior to his appointment, he served as the President and COO of the company. He most recently served as President and CEO of Level 3 Communications from April 2013, until its merger with CenturyLink in 2017. Before Level 3, Mr. Storey served as the President and CEO of WilTel Communications, President of Leucadia Telecommunications Group, and as a senior executive at Cox Communications, where he helped to found Cox Business Services.

Mr. Hock Tan

Mr. Tan is President, CEO, and Director of Broadcom. He previously served as Chair of the Board for Integrated Device Technology. Prior to this position, Mr. Tan was President and CEO of Integrated Circuit Systems, and as Vice President of Finance for Commodore International. He has also served as managing director for both Pacven Investment and Hume Industries. Mr. Tan has held senior management positions with PepsiCo and General Motors.

A chronological listing of past NSTAC Chairs

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