Richard A. Jalkut
Mr. Jalkut has more than 35 years experience in the telecommunications industry, including extensive senior executive and start-up experience. Prior to joining TelePacific, Jalkut was president and CEO of Pathnet Telecom, a wholesale provider of services to more than 100 second- and third-tier markets located across the U.S.
Prior to joining Pathnet, Jalkut served as president, CEO and chairman of NYNEX Telephone Companies, the regulated arm of NYNEX, including New York Telephone, New England Telephone and the NYNEX Service and Technology companies. During his 32-year tenure with NYNEX and its predecessor companies, Jalkut oversaw the voice, data, Internet and usage services of NYNEX’s seven-state operation. He presided over an organization with more than 80,000 employees and 16 million customers, producing more than $15 billion of annual revenue. In 1997, NYNEX merged with Bell Atlantic, and after serving in the leadership team coordinating that successful merger, Jalkut moved on to lead the start-up of Pathnet. From 1988 to 1991, Jalkut was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the New England and New York Telephone Companies.
Jalkut serves on the Board of Directors of Univar Inc. and Hawaiian Telcom Holdco Inc., of which he is the Chairman of the Board. Jalkut is also Chairman of the Board of TelePacific. He has previously served as a Director for Digex, Birch Telecom, Home Wireless Networks, HSBC-USA, IKON Office Solutions and Covad.
Jalkut earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from Boston College, and performed graduate work at Northeastern University. Active in the community, Jalkut is past chairman of New York City Partnership and the New York State Business Council. Currently, he is a Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, Boston College and Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.