Intermedia Appoints Gerhard Bette to Board of Directors
As we continue to aggressively expand our Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market share, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Gerhard Bette, Senior Partner Emeritus at global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, has been appointed to our Board.
Our CEO Michael Gold explains why Gerhard was the right addition: “We are very fortunate to have Gerhard join our Board. His breadth of telecom expertise, and work with fast-growing, private equity-funded organizations, will be extremely valuable to Intermedia as we continue to deliver and invest in the UCaaS products that businesses need to be more collaborative and productive.”
For more than 28 years, Gerhard worked with leading global institutions. His particular focus was on building and advising senior teams within technology-based companies, covering telecom, IT and healthcare industries. Gerhard was a co-founder of McKinsey’s global telecommunication, media, and technology practice and led the telecommunication group for its North American region.
Since retiring from McKinsey’s Chicago office at the end of 2010, Gerhard has been an active advisor to several private equity and alternative investment firms on due diligence, portfolio company management, and business building topics. He is a member of Madison Dearborn Partners’ Telecom Media and Technology Roundtable. Gerhard has served and continues to serve on the boards of several private equity portfolio companies for Madison Dearborn Partners (Intermedia’s lead investor) and other private equity firms.
For more than a decade, Gerhard has also been an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Management and Organization at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Gerhard shares his reaction to joining the Board:
Intermedia has made a significant impact on the Unified Communication as a Service space in a relatively short period of time. I’m pleased to be joining their Board as Intermedia further transforms the business communication and collaboration experience, with an emphasis on greater productivity, reliability, security, and ease-of-use.
This appointment increases the size of Intermedia’s Board to six members. Other members include Michael Gold, CEO; Zaid Alsikafi, James Perry Jr. and Brendan Barrett of Madison Dearborn Partners; and Phil Koen, special advisor to Intermedia and the company’s former CEO and Chairman.