Elauwit names Barry Rubens as next Chief Executive

The board of directors of Elauwit has named Barry Rubens chief executive effective April 1, 2012. “This is an exciting moment for Elauwit,” Chairman of the Board Russell Cann said of Rubens’ promotion from his current role as chief financial officer. “Barry has brought a wealth of experience and wisdom to Elauwit, and we are all excited to see him use that knowledge to lead our company.”

Rubens succeeds Dan McDonough, Jr., who steps down as chief executive March 31. McDonough has run the company for the past three years and will continue to serve on Elauwit’s board of directors and on its executive committee.

“Barry has been a trusted teammate, a mentor and a friend for the last three years,” McDonough said. “He is perfectly suited to take Elauwit to the next level and I am excited to support his efforts to do just that.”

In addition to serving as chief financial officer, Rubens, 51, has served on the board of directors of Elauwit. Prior to joining Elauwit’s board in 2009, he founded Davidson Telecom to provide telecommunications services to large shopping mall developers. He continues to be the majority shareowner of Davidson.

Previously, Rubens served as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of CT Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTCI). During this period (1993-2002), CTCI successfully grew revenues from $40 million to $160 million. In his role as chief financial officer for CTCI, Rubens led the company into new business ventures including a partnership with Cingular wireless and a "greenfield" initiative providing telecommunications services to developers in the Southeast. Rubens also had responsibility for leading the company's public offering and listing on the Nasdaq.

Rubens serves or has served as a director or officer for BellSouth Mobility’s Carolinas PCS Partnership, Access/On, Carolinas FiberNet, DDR Broadband, Maxcom Telefonia, and AvidExchange.

Prior to joining CTCI, Rubens was with the Washington, DC, telecommunications consulting practice of Ernst & Young where he spent 10 years working on the financial, strategic, corporate development and regulatory initiatives for a variety of major telecommunications carriers. He is married with two children and lives in Davidson, N.C. He serves or has served as a director for Cannon School, United Way and the Boy Scouts of America.

Headquartered in New York with operations in 27 states, Elauwit delivers the information you want, focusing the best products and technologies on communities with unique needs and interests. It’s core businesses deliver broadband and television to the residents of multiple dwelling units and publish newspapers in affluent markets. Elauwit is privately and closely held, with the operating executives and founding entrepreneurs holding more than 90 percent of the interests of the company.