Board of Directors
Fred Kornberg currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company since 1976. He was the Executive Vice President of the Company from 1971 to 1976 and the General Manager of the telecommunications transmission segment.
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 of 1990. 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 has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1985.
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.
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").
Edwin Kantor has been a director of Comtech since 2001 and has been Lead Independent Director since 2011. He currently serves as Executive Director of S2K Financial LLC, a Private Equity Firm. Previously he was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. from 2009 to 2012 and was Chairman of BK Financial Services LLP from 2002 to 2009. He served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of TPB Financial Services and was Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of HCFP/Brenner Securities from 1999 to 2001. He was Vice Chairman of Barington Capital Group from 1993 to 1999. Prior to joining Barington, Mr. Kantor spent 37 years in the securities industry with Drexel Burnham Lambert and its predecessor firms, where he held various positions, including serving as the firm's Vice Chairman.
Ira Kaplan has been a director of Comtech since 2002. He is currently a private investor. Mr. Kaplan was President and Chief Operating Officer ("COO") of EDO Corporation from 1998 to 2000 and, following the merger of EDO Corporation with AIL Technologies Inc., Mr. Kaplan served as the Executive Vice President and COO of the combined companies with responsibility to manage the integration of the companies. Mr. Kaplan held that position until his retirement in 2001. EDO Corporation was a supplier of sophisticated, highly engineered products and systems for defense, aerospace and industrial applications. EDO was purchased by ITT, and the operations that Mr. Kaplan oversaw were spun-off as part of a publicly-traded company that was called Exelis, which was subsequentially purchased by Harris Corporation.
Robert G. Paul has been a director of Comtech since March 2007. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Kemet Corporation, and previously served on the boards of directors of Rogers Corporation and Andrew Corporation. He was the Group President, Base Station Subsystems, for Andrew Corporation from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Paul was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Allen Telecom Inc. from 1989 to 2003. He also served in various other capacities at Allen Telecom, which he joined in 1970, including Chief Financial Officer.
On July 22, 2021, Comtech announced the retirements of directors Edwin Kantor, Ira Kaplan and Robert Paul from the Comtech Board following the Company’s fiscal 2021 annual meeting, which is anticipated to occur in December 2021. Upon conclusion of the annual meeting, existing Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee, Lawrence Waldman, will become Lead Independent Director and the size of Comtech’s Board will be reduced to five members, four of whom will be independent.