Board of Directors
Ken Peterman serves as Comtech’s Chairman, President and CEO. Upon joining the Board as an independent director in May 2022, Ken was later elected Chairman, and became President and CEO in August 2022. Comtech is a market leader in space & satellite communications and terrestrial & wireless network infrastructures.
Ken has enjoyed a distinguished career as a thought leader and innovator in the challenging aerospace and defense technology sector, successfully leading large, complex, global enterprises to achieve differentiated growth in a variety of diverse market environments. Ken has won multiple awards for his innovative leadership, including:
• TEN BEST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS LEADERS: Industry Tech Outlook 2020
• BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR: Battlespace Magazine 2018
• GAME CHANGER AWARDEE: Vanguard Magazine 2018
As President, Viasat Government Systems (2013-2021), Ken led a global defense business to >$1B in annual revenue, establishing market leadership in assured high-capacity satellite communications, mobile networking, datalinks, information assurance and cybersecurity, hybrid adaptive networking, and blended air/ground situational awareness. Under Ken’s leadership Viasat built a culture that passionately focused on customer outcomes in unprecedented ways,, enabling Viasat to become the fastest organically growing U.S. defense company for six consecutive years.
As Founder & CEO, The SpyGlass Group (2012-2022), Ken led an innovative thought-leading organization that helped strategically shape aerospace and defense technology trajectories in the mobile networking, cybersecurity and satellite technology sectors. In this role, Ken advised small & mid-size businesses, as well as defense & congressional leaders, while simultaneously establishing a highly effective technology incubator that enabled technology start-ups to accelerate their business trajectory across the government and commercial market segments.
As President, ITT (and then Exelis) Communications and Electronic Warfare Systems (2007-2013), Ken led a global defense and aerospace business of >$1B in annual revenue. The portfolio included tactical and satellite communications, information assurance and cybersecurity, global positioning systems (GPS), electronic protection and counter IED systems, and integrated command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems.
A passionate, creative, and visionary leader, Ken serves in a variety of advisory positions, helping unleash innovation, create constructive technology disruption, improve customer outcomes and accelerate business and financial growth trajectories.
Ken received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (high honors) from Tri-State University (now Trine) and completed executive programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Pennsylvania State University.
Lawrence J. Waldman has been a director of Comtech since August 2015. He serves as a member of the board of directors and Lead Independent Director of APYX Medical (formerly Bovie Medical Corporation). He is also a member of the boards of directors of CVD Equipment Corp and, through October 21, 2018, was a member of the board of directors of Northstar/RXR Metro Income, Inc., an SEC registered non-traded real estate investment trust. Mr. Waldman currently serves as Senior Advisor at First Long Island Investors, LLC and was previously an Advisor to the accounting firm of EisnerAmper LLP following his role as Partner-in-Charge of Commercial Audit Practice Development for Long Island. Prior to joining EisnerAmper LLP, Mr. Waldman was the Partner-in-Charge of Commercial Audit Practice Development for Holtz Rubenstein Reminick, LLP from July 2006 to August 2011. Mr. Waldman was the Managing Partner of the Long Island office of KPMG LLP from 1994 through 2006, the accounting firm where he began his career in 1972.
Mr. Waldman is currently Chairman of the board of directors of the Long Island Association and a member of the boards of directors of the Long Island Angel Network and the Advanced Energy Research Center at Stony Brook University. Mr. Waldman also serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. He previously served as a member of the State University of New York's Board of Trustees and as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority ("LIPA").
Wendi B. Carpenter (Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired), age 65, currently serves as the Principal and Founder of Gold Star Strategies LLC, a management consulting firm, since January 2012. Previously, Rear Admiral Carpenter served as the tenth President of the State University of New York Maritime College from 2011 to 2013 and as the State of New York Special Envoy for Maritime Matters from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, from 1977 to 2011, she served a distinguished 34-year career as a Naval Officer in the United States Navy, where she served in various roles, including commanding or serving as deputy in organizations overseeing worldwide maritime and air operations, logistics, facilities management, and training of forces, culminating in her reaching the rank of Rear Admiral. She also served in key advisory roles and board positions with private, education, and government organizations during her time in the Navy. Rear Admiral Carpenter currently serves on the board of directors of SkyWater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYT), a United States based semiconductor foundry, since October 2020, where she also serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Additionally, Rear Admiral Carpenter serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Kokes Marine Technologies LLC, a marine research and component testing and evaluation company, since March 2018. Previously, she served as a Member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, a United States Federal Home Loan Bank, from January 2016 to December 2019. Also, Rear Admiral Carpenter served as an Advisor to the Secretary General World Maritime Organization and World Maritime University Board of Governors, a post graduate research institution in maritime and ocean-related studies, from October 2013 to May 2015. Rear Admiral Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina University, and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. Rear Admiral Carpenter has also completed numerous executive courses in business, organizational transformation, and diplomacy, including the Capstone Program at the National Defense University and the Senior Policy Course at the NATO School.
Judy Chambers joined the Comtech board effective, August 1, 2021. Ms. Chambers currently serves as a Managing Principal and a member of the Board of Meketa Investment Group, which provides investment advisory services and consults on over $1.5 trillion in assets for more than 200 clients. Ms. Chambers works with some of the largest institutional investors in the United States including public pension plans, corporations, endowments, foundations, and insurance companies. At Meketa, she is a member of the Private Markets Research, Emerging and Diverse Manager, Diversity Leadership and Marketing Committees. In addition to her current role, she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Community Service Society of New York, an organization that is an advocate for the poor in New York City. Ms. Chambers has held senior roles with Caswell Capital Partners, a merchant bank that served small and middle market sized companies and at Lehman Brothers where she originated and executed transactions in high yield bonds, leveraged loans and bridge financings related to mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations.
Lisa Lesavoy has been a director of Comtech since March 2020. Ms. Lesavoy is the owner of Lesavoy Financial Perspectives, Inc., a New York City based financial counseling firm which she founded in September 1990. Lesavoy Financial Perspectives, Inc. serves as a family office, advising its clients who are affluent individuals, as well as closely-held businesses, charitable entities, family and charitable trusts, and estates, on strategic planning opportunities to achieve their long-term goals of income and estate tax savings, wealth accumulation and transfer, asset protection, debt structuring and succession planning for business interests. The company counsels clients on complex financial, tax, investment, debt and insurance strategies in the areas of both corporate planning, including compensation and benefit arrangements, as well as individual planning. It assists its clients to implement its recommendations through a combination of legal arrangements.
Additionally, in her individual capacity, Ms. Lesavoy serves as a Trustee of several family and charitable trusts, and as an Executor, for several of Lesavoy Financial’s clients. Previously, Ms. Lesavoy served as Senior Financial Advisor for E.F. Hutton’s, and, subsequently, Shearson Lehman Brothers' Personal Financial Planning Division, where she was a First Vice President and responsible for the Division’s financial counseling services on the East Coast. Ms. Lesavoy holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College and a JD, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law. Ms. Lesavoy is a Certified Financial Planner, a designation she earned in 1978, and has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1985.
Mark Quinlan is a senior investment professional with more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector. In 2016, Mr. Quinlan co-founded White Hat Capital Partners (the "Firm"), a private investment firm focused on building sustainable value in technology companies serving mission-critical applications. White Hat makes concentrated, value-oriented investments in publicly-traded companies. The Firm constructively partners with its portfolio companies to improve strategy and capital allocation decisions, implement operational efficiencies, and strengthen governance, all with a view to improving corporate competitiveness and creating shareholder value. Prior to founding White Hat, Mr. Quinlan was Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Technology Investment Banking Group at Stifel. In addition, he served as a Member of the firm’s Investment Banking Management Committee as well as the Fairness Committee. Mr. Quinlan joined Stifel in 2010 through its merger with Thomas Weisel Partners. Mr. Quinlan joined Thomas Weisel Partners in 2000 from Merrill Lynch and was promoted to Partner in 2006. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1996 following two years with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. During his investment banking career, Mr. Quinlan advised numerous corporate boards on a broad range of strategic and corporate finance decisions. He maintains extensive senior executive relationships across the technology, investment management and financial services sectors. Mr. Quinlan received an A.B. in Economics and a Certificate in Political Economy from Princeton University in 1994. He resides in New York City.
Dr. Yacov A. Shamash has been a director of Comtech since October 2016. He is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University where he was the founder of the New York State Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. He previously served as the Vice President of Economic Development, the Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Dean of the Harriman School for Management and Policy. Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Dr. Shamash developed and directed the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits and also served as Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Washington State University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of KeyTronic Corp., and Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. and Gold Coast Bank. Dr. Shamash holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England.