Board of Directors

David Tolley
Chairman of the Board

David M. Tolley joined the KVH Board of Directors in June 2022 and was named Chairman of the Board in July 2023. In August 2022, Mr. Tolley became a member of the audit committee. In May 2023, Mr. Tolley became the chief executive officer of WeWork, Inc., a leading global flexible space provider. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Intelsat S.A. from June 2019 to March 2022, where he helped to lead a multi-billion dollar restructuring of one of the world’s largest satellite providers. In May 2020, during Mr. Tolley’s tenure, Intelsat S.A. and its subsidiaries filed voluntary cases under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which concluded in February 2022. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Tolley served as chief financial officer for Network Access Associates Ltd. (“OneWeb”), a leading global satellite constellation deployed in low Earth orbit (“LEO”). From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Tolley served as a senior managing director in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone Inc., a leading investment firm, where he led satellite services strategy and investing and served on the Private Equity Investment Committee. From 1990 to 2000, he was a vice president at Morgan Stanley, a leading financial services company, in the Investment Banking Division, where he provided banking and advisory services to established and emerging companies in the broader communications sector. He has served on the boards of directors of eleven public and private companies, including WeWork, Inc. from February 2023 to the present, DigitalBridge from 2022 to the present, Cumulus Media from 2006 to 2017, NewSkies Satellites from 2004 to 2006 and Centennial Communications from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Tolley holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and History from the University of Michigan.

Brent Bruun
President & Chief Executive Officer

Effective June 21, 2022, Brent C. Bruun was appointed to the KVH Board of Directors in addition to assuming the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer after previously holding the position of Interim President and CEO from March 7, 2022. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer since July 2016 and as our executive vice president of mobile broadband, beginning in November 2012. From January 2011 to November 2012, he served as our senior vice president of global sales and business development. He served as our vice president of global sales and business development from July 2008 to December 2010. From January 2008 until joining KVH, Mr. Bruun worked as a private consultant. From January 2007 until January 2008, Mr. Bruun served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives for SES AMERICOM, a satellite operator providing services via its fleet of 16 geosynchronous satellites covering North America. In this position, he concentrated on global mobile broadband opportunities with particular emphasis on the maritime and aeronautical markets. Other positions held at SES AMERICOM included president of Americom’s Managed Solutions Division from July 2004 until December 2006 and senior vice president of business development from July 2002 until June 2004. Previously, Mr. Bruun held positions at KPMG LLP and General Electric. Mr. Bruun holds a B.S. in accounting from Alfred University and is a certified public accountant.

Stephen Deckoff
(Independent)

Stephen H. Deckoff was elected to the KVH Board of Directors in June 2023.  From February 2023 to June 2023, Mr. Deckoff was an observer on the KVH Board.  Mr. Deckoff has been the managing principal of Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. (“Black Diamond”), a privately held alternative asset management firm, since its founding in 1995.  In that capacity, he is responsible for all portfolio management and business operations.  Prior to 1995, Mr. Deckoff was a senior vice president of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Inc. (“Kidder”) and head of its Structured Finance Group.  Prior to joining Kidder, Mr. Deckoff was a managing director in the Structured Finance Group at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. (“Bear Stearns”).  Before joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Deckoff worked in the Structured Finance Department of Chemical Securities, Inc. and the Fixed Income Research Department at Drexel Burnham Lambert.  Mr. Deckoff has held or currently holds board seats for a number of Black Diamond portfolio companies, including Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc., ION Media, Werner Ladder, White Birch, and Bayou Steel, among others, and he has held a board seat at Pacific National Bank, N.A., a privately chartered bank headquartered in Miami, since 2014.

David Kagan
(Independent)

David (Dave) B. Kagan joined the KVH Board of Directors in June 2022. In August 2022, Mr. Kagan became a member of the audit committee. From September 2023 to December 2023, he served as the advisor to the CEO of Globalstar, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Kagan served as chief executive officer of Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE: GSAT), a leading provider of satellite solutions, from September 2018 until August 2023. He also served as president and chief operating officer of Globalstar from December 2017 to September 2018 and from January 2016 to March 2017. From March 2017 to November 2017, he was the chief operating officer of SpeedCast International Limited, a leading communications and information technology services provider. Mr. Kagan previously served as president of ITC Global LLC, a premier VSAT satellite services provider, from August 2014 to September 2015, and president and chief executive officer of Globe Wireless LLC, a maritime satellite services provider, from June 2011 until it was sold to Inmarsat in August 2014. Prior to that, he served as president and chief executive officer of Maritime Telecommunications Network, a major satellite services provider to the cruise, yachting, and maritime markets, from January 1997 to December 2008. Earlier in his career, he was vice president-finance, treasurer and co-chief financial officer at Norwegian Cruise Line (NYSE: NCLH) from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Kagan holds a master’s degree of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree in both Finance and Marketing from the University of South Florida, Tampa. In March 2023, after a more-than-26-year career in the satellite industry, Mr. Kagan was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame. Mr. Kagan retired from Globalstar in December 2023.

Charles Trimble
(Independent)
Charles R. Trimble has served as one of our Directors since 1999, a member of our Audit Committee since 2001, a member of our Compensation Committee from 2000 to 2021, and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since February 2004. From 1981 to 1998, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Trimble Navigation Limited, a GPS company that he founded in 1978. Previously, he served as the manager of integrated circuit research and development at Hewlett-Packard’s Santa Clara Division. Mr. Trimble is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he has been Chairman of the United States GPS Industry Council from 1996 to 2013. In addition, Mr. Trimble is a member of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Board of Trustees. He received a B.S. in engineering physics, with honors, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.