BAI Communications Names Michael Tessler to its Board


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Michael Tessler will join the Board of Directors of global communications infrastructure provider BAI Communications. Tessler will be a non-executive director of the board, chaired by Joan Gillman.

A technology and telecommunications industry veteran, Michael brings extensive experience in growing and scaling technology businesses across multiple global markets, according to BAI. The company characterizes him as a pioneer in cloud communications, stemming from his role as CEO at BroadSoft. He helped scale up the company from a start-up to multinational industry leader across 80+ countries prior to its acquisition by Cisco, according to BAI.

Tessler will support BAI in achieving its ambitious growth plans and partnerships with municipalities and mobile network operators by bringing his experience in defining and delivering programs that support and empower service provider partners and their end customers. As non-executive director, Tessler will join the board to assist the business in progressing its expansion strategy, supported by its majority shareholder, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), as it sets out to aggressively scale its solutions and operations, particularly within the North American and European markets.

Commenting on his new role Tessler said, “BAI is an exciting business and it is an honour to have the opportunity to join the board and contribute to the company’s future success. BAI’s proven ability to deliver complex, large-scale infrastructure projects combined with its thirst for innovation and enterprising outlook sets it apart within the market.”

“The energy within the business reflects the fast development that we are seeing in the 5G space. BAI’s strategy puts it in a position to capitalize on the major growth trend that is emerging around neutral host and private network solutions, at both a municipality and private enterprise level. The direction and trajectory of the business has it set to become a leader in this space and I look forward to contributing to the company’s progress as these plans come to fruition.”

Discussing Tessler’s appointment, Chair Joan Gillman said, “Welcoming Mike to the BAI Board of Directors is the perfect start to what will be an important year for the BAI business. His knowledge of the wireless industry and proven experience in delivering growth across technology and telecommunications businesses will add a highly valuable perspective and strategic insight to our board and business.”

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