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March 28, 2014

Comings & Goings: Elephant Talk Adds Carl Stevens, Geoffrey Leland to its Board


By Frank Griffin SIP Trunking Report Contributing Writer



Elephant Talk Communications Corp. provides mobile proprietary Software Defined Network Architecture (Software DNA 2.0) platforms for the telecommunications industry. The company delivers affordable industry expertise to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), Enablers (MVNEs) and Aggregators (MVNAs) with a range of products and services for the most recognized telecom operators in the world. This includes Vodafone, T-Mobile, Zain, Iusacell and others. As part of its 8-K disclosure results of operational and financial condition, the company recently announced the addition of Carl D. Stevens and Geoffrey Leland to its Board of Directors.


Leland and Stevens will be independent members of the board effective as of April 1, 2014, at which time they will be expected to stand for election at the company's annual meeting with other directors.

They will be serving as members of the company's Audit and Finance Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Carl D. Stevens has extensive experience in different fields serving as CEO and other high level positions in the C-suite. This includes:

  • Member of the compensation committee of the board of directors of Diamondhead Casino Corporation;
  • CEO and President of Cogient Corporation - a medical software and services provider;
  • Division President of Infocast Corporation Inc;
  • Served as President and CEO of ITC Corporation;
  • Served as Program Director for Public Sector Sales for the United States and was the founder and manager of IBM's National Distribution Divisions Contract Compliance Department.
  • Stevens went to Indiana University where he majored in business administration, and he is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

The experiences that bring Leland to Elephant Talk include:

  • Founder and Principal of LTR Advisory Limited;
  • Senior Associate, Principal, and Senior Principal at Apax Partners SA;
  • Served as a Senior Associate at Cowen's London-based Technology Corporate Finance division;
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Division at Paribas.

Leland received an M.B.A., with distinction (Beta Gamma Sigma) from UC Berkeley's Haas School and an undergraduate Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

"Elephant Talk is very proud to welcome Carl and Geoffrey as independent members to its Board. Their collective wealth of knowledge and relevant industry expertise will be of great value to our company and our stockholders as we continue to execute on our long-term growth plans," said Steven van der Velden, Chairman and CEO.

Some recent achievements by Elephant Talk Communications include:

  • Migrating the first 600,000+ SIMS from Grupo lusacell, S.A. (“Iusacell”) in Mexico onto its dedicated Software;
  • By the end of 2014, Iusacell management expects to have over 8 million customers migrated to the Elephant;
  • Signed a 5-year extension contract with Vodafone Enabler Espana, S.L. with an average 13 percent increase on hosting fees;
  • Zain Saudi Arabia launched a new brand called Matrix, which is hosted on the Elephant Talk platform and has successfully added SIMs to the Elephant Talk platform;
Completed the initial rollout of its newly enhanced Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform known as Software DNA 2.0. 


Edited by Rory J. Thompson