Richard Lane, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Richard D. Lane joined the Great Lakes Graphite Board of Directors in September 2016 and was appointed Chairman in January 2017. Great Lakes Graphite is pleased to deepen our team with professionals who bring deep experience in disciplines that complement our existing strengths. Richard brings a strong operations background and a proven track record of entrepreneurial success.
Mr. Lane is a seasoned mobile technology professional, investor, and entrepreneur with over 30 years of extensive experience building businesses and maximizing shareholder value within those businesses.
He served as Chief Financial Officer at RESOLUTE Partners LLC until September 2013. He honed his sales, marketing, and distribution skills while serving as senior team member for the launch of several cellular service providers. He has significant experience with startup management, entrepreneurial bootstrapping, and consulting.
He served as President of Blue Danube Labs and General Manager of Panasonic’s wireless Telecommunications business unit. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Airpath Wireless, Inc. since October 2006. He served as an Executive at Walnut Venture Associates. Mr. Lane specializes in launching early stage companies/business units as well as taking over challenged companies and repositioning them in the marketplace.
As a mobile technology professional, serial entrepreneur and angel investor, he has spent the better part of the past 25 years building companies primarily in mobile technologies. Rich was one of the original team members AT&T’s Advanced Mobile Phone Service in 1982. He was also a founding Member of PacTel Mobile Access (AKA AirTouch/Verizon Wireless – California) and served as its Chief Executive Officer Director of Marketing. Rich was founding President of PacTel Mobile Services and founding Head of Sales and Marketing at AT&T Wireless – NY (MetroOne).
Rich is a member on the Board of Advisors for KaBloom Flowers, Progeny Solar, Inc., ViziApps Inc., and Red Pagoda Resources. He served as President of the Wharton Alumni Club of Boston. Mr. Lane received his M.B.A., Finance, and B.S., Marketing, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.