Jose Cecin serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Hylan Group, a leading provider of turnkey communications and electrical infrastructure design, engineering and construction services for wireline, wireless and smart city municipal service operators around the United States. Prior to Hylan, Joe served as Executive Vice President of Operations for UniTek Global Services, a diversified telecom engineering, construction and installation services company with 5 operating divisions in 20 states and Canada. He was previously the President of Pinnacle Wireless USA, Inc., a subsidiary of UniTek which designed and deployed mission critical DAS systems for key enterprise customers and public safety agencies.
Mr. Cecin earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Stanford University. Prior to attending business school, Mr. Cecin served as an officer in the United States Army’s 25th Infantry Division, where he held a Top Secret security clearance. He was a qualified parachutist, rappel master, and earned the US Army Ranger tab. Mr. Cecin serves as a volunteer interviewer for the MBA program at Stanford Business School, and has served as a Cub Scout leader, youth basketball coach and Vice President of the Booster Club at a local high school. He is an FAA Certificated Private Pilot.
Mr. Cecin has served on the board of directors of five public companies, including as Chairman of the Board of Vuzix Corporation (TSX: VUZI), a leading supplier of optical and display products in the defense, consumer and industrial markets. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Arbinet Corp (NASDAQ: ARBX), which was acquired by Primus Telecom Group in 2011. He was also the lead Independent Director of SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (OTC: SKYT).
Mr. Cecin previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a competitive cable TV and telecom service provider serving over 430,000 consumer and business customers in 5 states and the District of Columbia. He also served on the company’s board of directors, and previously served on the audit and compensation committees of the board. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Cecin was a Managing Director of BB&T Capital Markets, the investment banking division of BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT), where he was the Group Head of the firm's Communications Investment Banking practice. He began his business career at Bell Atlantic Corporation (now known as Verizon), where he served as a network engineer, and Managing Director of Corporate Development.