Board of Directors
The Board currently consists of one executive and four non-executive directors. Biographies of the directors are provided below. The Board and its Nomination Committee are and will remain mindful of ensuring that the Board is appropriately balanced and composed of suitably qualified and experienced executives and non-executives as circumstances dictate. Currently the Board considers that each of its non-executive directors brings wide and varied experience to the Boards and its Committees.
Norman M. Phipps joined BSG as CFO in 2003. He brings over 25 years of executive experience to the Company. Prior to joining BSG, Norm was with Avery Communications, Inc., one of four predecessor companies that joined together in December 2003 to form Billing Services Group. Norm's prior experience includes senior management and operational positions at a communications equipment manufacturer in which Norm sold a controlling interest to a NYSE-listed company in 2000. Norm has also run a private investment fund and served in senior management positions at CIBC World Markets and Citicorp, where he was responsible for lending or investing at all levels of the capital structure in leveraged credits.
Patrick D. Heneghan is Chairman of the Board of Billing Services Group Limited. He is the founder (retired) of Heneghan PR, one of Ireland’s leading corporate communications agencies, and has been actively involved in many of the country’s most high-profile public relations issues and M&A transactions. He was formerly Public Relations Manager and a Director of the tobacco firm P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. A Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, a founding member of the US-Ireland Council for Commerce & Industry and a former Director of the state-owned National Concert Hall.
Admiral Leighton W. Smith retired from the U.S. Navy on 1 October 1996 and is now President of consulting firm Leighton Smith Associates, Inc. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, Chairman Emeritus of the board of Trustees for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and a past chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. Admiral Smith sits on the boards of several corporations and, amongst numerous awards and decorations, he is an Honorary Knight of the British Empire.
Gregory Carter joined BSG in 2004 after serving two years as Vice President of Sales for nii communications - a San Antonio-based CLEC. Previous to nii, Mr. Carter served as Vice President of Operator Services for Qwest Communications after leaving Billing Concepts (dba Aptis Software) in 2000. From 1991 through 1998, Mr. Carter served in various sales and marketing management roles at US Long Distance (USLD). Mr. Carter began his telecommunications career in 1988 when he joined Teleconnect, an Iowa-based long distance, database marketing and operator services company.
Denham Eke is the managing director of Burnbrae Group Limited, a private investment company. Mr Eke started his career in stockbroking and insurance with Sheppards & Chase and then Hogg Robinson plc. Over the last 15 years he has held directorships of a large number of companies, principally involved in equity investments, property ownership and management, and hotel operations, where he has been tasked with rationalising and restructuring operations to enhance profitability. Mr. Eke is Chairman of Webis plc; CEO of Speymill plc; CFO of Emerging Metals plc and Copper Development Corporation; and a director of ARBB AG and Rivington Street Holdings plc. He is CEO of Manx Financial Group plc.