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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

H. Brian Thompson

80 2006 Executive Chairman of the Board

Richard Calder

55 2007 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Michael Sicoli

48 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Christopher McKee

50 2013 Executive Vice President - Corporate Development, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Rhodric Hackman

71 2008 Lead Independent Director

Nicola Adamo

55 2016 Independent Director

S. Joseph Bruno

70 2007 Independent Director

Julius Erving

69 Independent Director

Howard Janzen

65 2006 Independent Director

Elizabeth Satin

57 2009 Independent Director

Theodore Smith

56 2007 Independent Director

Benjamin Stein

33 2019 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

H. Brian Thompson

Mr. H. Brian Thompson is the Executive Chairman of the Board of GTT Communications, Inc. He has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2005 and as our Executive Chairman since October 2006. From January 2005 until October 2006 and from January 2007 until May 2007, Mr. Thompson also served as our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Thompson continues to head his own private equity investment and advisory firm, Universal Telecommunications, Inc., focused on both start-up companies and consolidations taking place in the information/telecommunications business areas both domestically and internationally. From December 2002 to June 2007, he was Chairman of Comsat International, one of the largest independent telecommunications operators serving all of Latin America. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global TeleSystems Group, Inc. from March 1999 through September 2000. Mr. Thompson also served as Chairman and CEO of LCI International, Inc. from 1991 until its sale to Qwest Communications International, n. in June 1998. He became Vice Chairman of the Board for Qwest until his resignation in December 1998. From 1981 to 1990, Mr. Thompson served as Executive Vice President of MCI Communications Corporation. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Pendrell Corporation and Penske Automotive Group, Inc., and also served as a member of the board of directors of Sonus Networks, Inc. and Axcelis Technologies Inc. He serves as a member of the Irish Prime Minister’s Ireland-America Economic Advisory Board. Mr. Thompson received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business and holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. We believe Mr. Thompson’s extensive relevant industry experience, as both an executive officer and board member of communications companies, together with his investing experience, qualify him for election to the Board of Directors.

Richard Calder

Mr. Richard D. Calder, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of GTT Communications, Inc. Prior to joining us, from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Calder served as President & Chief Operating Officer of InPhonic, Inc., a publicly-traded online seller of wireless services and products. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Calder served in a variety of executive roles for Broadwing Communications, including as President, Business Enterprises and Carrier Markets. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Calder held several senior management positions with Winstar Communications, ultimately serving as President of the company’s South Division. In 1994, Mr. Calder co-founded Go Communications, a wireless communications company, and served as its Vice President of Corporate Development until 1996. Prior to co-founding Go Communications, Mr. Calder held a variety of marketing, business development, and engineering positions with MCI Communications and Tellabs. Mr. Calder received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. We believe Mr. Calder’s role as our Chief Executive Officer, together with his extensive relevant industry experience, qualify him for election to the Board of Directors.

Michael Sicoli

Mr. Michael T. Sicoli is the Chief Financial Officer of GTT Communications, Inc. He is leading our global finance group, including financial operations, external reporting, investor relations, and all banking and advisory relationships, as well as our human resources, real estate and SMB division. Mr. Sicoli joined our Company in April 2015. Mr. Sicoli has over 20 years of broad financial experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining us, and since April 2013, Mr. Sicoli served as principal of MTS Advisors, LLC, a consulting and advisory services firm he founded. From August 2010 until its sale to Lightower Fiber Networks in April 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Sidera Networks, a privately-owned provider of tailored, high capacity communications services to large enterprise, carrier and data center customers. Prior to joining Sidera Networks, Mr. Sicoli served as the Chief Financial Officer of RCN Corporation, a publicly-traded competitive broadband service provider, from 2005 until its sale to a private equity firm in August 2010. Mr. Sicoli also served as a director of Lumos Networks, a fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure and service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region prior to its sale in 2017. Mr. Sicoli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The College of William and Mary and an MBA from The University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Christopher McKee

Mr. Christopher T. McKee is the Executive Vice President - Corporate Development, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of GTT Communications, Inc. Mr. McKee has held this position since he joined us in April 2008. Mr. McKee is responsible for all the Company’s corporate legal requirements and supplier management as well as the development of strategic business opportunities for our Company, including all merger and acquisition activities. Mr. McKee has over 20 years of broad legal experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining us, he served as General Counsel for StarVox Communications where he was responsible for the company’s legal department, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, litigation, and legal support for the sales teams. Mr. McKee also formerly served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Covad Communications where he headed Covad’s Washington, DC office and directed the federal and state regulatory compliance and advocacy efforts for the company. Mr. McKee previously worked for XO Communications, Net2000 Communications and was in private practice in Washington, DC as an Associate at Dickstein Shapiro and Cooley LLP. Mr. McKee also serves as a director of Cool Technologies (NASDAQ: WARM), which is developing heat dispersion technologies for use in various product platforms worldwide. Mr. McKee received a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and a law degree from Syracuse University.

Rhodric Hackman

Mr. Rhodric C. Hackman is the Lead Independent Director of GTT Communications, Inc. He has been a Director since 2005 and has served as Lead Independent Director since 2008. From January 2005 to October 2006, Mr. Hackman served as our President and Secretary. In October 1999, Mr. Hackman co-founded Mercator Capital L.L.C., a merchant and investment bank focused on communications, media and technology. Mr. Hackman has been a partner of Mercator Capital and its affiliates since formation. From 1981 to 1999 Mr. Hackman served in a corporate finance role within several investment banking firms including Kidder Peabody & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities and Hackman, Baring & Co. Mr. Hackman also served as a line officer in the US Navy where he supervised, operated and managed shipboard nuclear reactors. Mr. Hackman also serves on the Board of Directors of NCB Management Services, Inc. Mr. Hackman received a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy majoring in Applied Mathematics and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. We believe Mr. Hackman’s extensive experience in corporate finance regarding telecommunications companies qualifies him for election to the Board of Directors.

Nicola Adamo

Mr. Nicola Adamo is an Independent Director of GTT Communications, Inc. He is currently retired after having served in various capacities at Cisco Systems, Inc. since 1995, where in his last role he served as Senior Vice President of the Global Service Provider segment, an organization that oversees global sales, service delivery, and engineering for Cisco’s top service provider customers. Before that, Mr. Adamo was Senior Vice President for the Americas region of Cisco, where he managed more than 6500 employees in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Previously he was Senior Vice President for the newly formed Global Segments & Architecture team of Cisco where he played a critical role in defining and leading Cisco’s strategy for aligning Cisco’s resources to deliver unique business and technology solutions. Before that, Mr. Adamo was Senior Vice President of Cisco for the service provider business globally. Mr. Adamo has recently been elected as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Commvault Systems, Inc., a globally recognized leader in Enterprise Data Management Software focused on Backup and Restore Services based in Tinton Falls, NJ. Mr. Adamo also is a member of the Board of Directors for Blue Danube Systems, a private company providing innovative mobile wireless access solutions that significantly and cost-effectively increase network capacity and enhance quality of service for Service Providers globally. He serves on the Board of Directors of Lookout, a San Francisco based mobile security company, providing security solutions to both private and business mobile devices. In addition, Mr. Adamo serves on the Board of Inwood House, a not-for-profit organization in the New York City Area dedicated to helping at-risk teens take charge of their lives and become healthy and self-reliant adults. Mr. Adamo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Columbia University.

S. Joseph Bruno

Mr. S. Joseph Bruno is an Independent Director of GTT Communications, Inc. Mr. Bruno has served since 2004 as President and CEO of Building Hope, a private foundation that develops and finances real estate facilities for charter schools. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Bruno served as Senior Consultant- eHealth Division of BCE Emergis, an eCommerce service provider in the health and financial services sectors, where he focused on financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and tax compliance. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Bruno also served as Director, International Operations for Carey International. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Bruno was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of United Payors & United Providers, Inc., a publicly-traded service provider in the health care industry. From 1989 to 1995, he was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand LLP which merged with Pricewaterhouse to form PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Bruno served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Jurgovan & Blair, Inc., a health care and information technology services provider, and from 1971 to 1986, he was employed by KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, an international public accounting firm, including six years as a partner. Mr. Bruno currently serves on a number of boards in the charter school sector, including Somerset Preparatory Academy Public Charter School, the Center City Public Charter Schools, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, Idaho Charter School Network, and Friends of Choice in Urban Schools. He also chairs the Board of Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. Mr. Bruno has been a certified public accountant since 1972. Mr. Bruno received a B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Maryland. We believe Mr. Bruno’s extensive financial reporting experience, together with his managerial experience as both an executive officer and director, qualify him for election to the Board of Directors.

Julius Erving

Mr. Julius W. Erving is an Independent Director of GTT Communications, Inc. Mr. Erving currently serves as founder and managing member of Dr. J Enterprises, which manages the merchandising, media and philanthropic involvement of the Julius “Dr. J” Erving brand. Mr. Erving’s business affiliations have generated close to $2.5 billion in revenue and brand value for his partners and clients. He has served on various boards of directors, including LCI International, Converse, Darden Group, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Meridian Bank, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Sports Authority, The University of Massachusetts, Widener University and Williams Communications. Mr. Erving holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management and an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, as well as honorary degrees from Temple University and Philadelphia University. We believe Mr. Erving’s 40 years of experience as a sports leader, business executive, entrepreneur and director qualifies him for election to the Board of Directors.

Howard Janzen

Mr. Howard E. Janzen is an Independent Director of GTT Communications, Inc. Mr. Janzen has served as CEO and Chairman of several communications and energy companies. He was the Executive Chairman of Cool Planet Energy Systems from December 2016 until January 2019, and previously served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2012. He currently serves as a member of the Cool Planet board of directors, which position he has held since 2012. Mr. Janzen was the Chief Executive Officer of One Communications, the country’s largest privately held multi-regional supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005 he served as President of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint’s global business customer base. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was President of Sprint’s Global Markets Group, a division of Sprint serving both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, Mr. Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman from 2001 to 2002, of Williams Communications Group. Beginning in 1979, Mr. Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams’ energy and natural gas pipeline businesses. Mr. Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Vocera Communications. Mr. Janzen also served on the board of directors of Sonus Networks. Mr. Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Mr. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. Mr. Janzen also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace Inc., a privately held aerospace engineering and technology company.

Elizabeth Satin

Ms. Elizabeth Satin is an Independent Director of GTT Communications, Inc. Since 2009, she has served as Senior Vice President and head of Mergers & Acquisitions North America at Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information services company. Before her current position, Ms. Satin was Managing Director from 2008-2009 at Jordan Edmiston, a boutique media and communications investment bank. From 1998-2008 Ms. Satin served as Managing Director focused on the media and communications and private equity industries at Lehman Brothers, where she served in various capacities since 1989. Ms. Satin holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Semiotics from Brown University, and earned an MBA with honors in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business. We believe Ms. Satin’s extensive industry knowledge and skills as a leader of transactions qualifies her for election to the Board of Directors.

Theodore Smith

Mr. Theodore B. Smith, is an Independent Director of GTT Communications, Inc. He has been a Director since 2007 and currently serves as Managing Member at GHS Partners LLC, a management company that focuses on wealth enhancement through investment management and runs Piping Rock Advisors LLC, an investment and venture consulting business. From 2010 to 2018, Mr. Smith served as Managing Director of Canrock Ventures, an early-stage venture fund. He previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of John Hassall, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of specialty aerospace and automotive fasteners from 2004 until 2014, when he successfully sold the business to Novaria Group, LLC. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Smith served as President of John Hassall, Inc. and from 1989 to 1997 he served in various positions in manufacturing and sales for John Hassall, Inc. Prior to John Hassall, Inc., Mr. Smith worked at Bear Sterns in Risk Arbitrage and Institutional Equities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Art History from Colgate University and completed the Stanford Executive Program, the Harvard Business School Programs for Management Development, as well as the Stanford Directors College at Stanford Law School program for corporate boards. Mr. Smith is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Smith also serves on the board of the Alberleen Group, an independent investment bank and merchant banking firm; Rogers Investment Advisors K.K., a licensed Tokyo-headquartered asset management company specializing in Asian Alternative investment products; and Personal Wines (Pervino, Inc.), a premier provider of personalized wines and Estate Wine Brokers. Mr. Smith also served on the board of Crowdster, a peer-to-peer crowed engagement platform focused on fundraising for non-profits from 2010 to 2017. He is also actively involved with a number of non-profits, including the Whitney Museum’s Photography Committee, Autism Speaks and is a Trustee of the North Shore Land Alliance.

Benjamin Stein

Mr. Benjamin Stein is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a Managing Member of the general partner and the investment adviser of The Spruce House Partnership LP, an investment partnership he co-founded in 2005 which invests in public and private companies globally and seeks to invest alongside owner-operater management teams that are focused on growing the value of their companies over the long term. Mr. Stein also serves on the board of Colliers International Group, Inc., one of the largest commercial real estate services companies in the world, and of The Africa Center, a New York-based institution focused on African business, culture and policy. Mr. Stein holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Stein’s extensive experience in corporate finance and his focus on long-term value creation qualifies him for election to the Board of Directors.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

H. Brian Thompson

650,010

Richard Calder

9,160,740

Michael Sicoli

5,051,880

Christopher McKee

5,054,880

Rhodric Hackman

260,750

Nicola Adamo

244,750

S. Joseph Bruno

264,000

Julius Erving

241,251

Howard Janzen

256,500

Elizabeth Satin

246,500

Theodore Smith

263,250

Benjamin Stein

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As Of  31 Dec 2018