Management Team

  • Frank M. Drendel Chairman
    Frank M. Drendel
    Chairman

    Frank Drendel is chairman of the board of CommScope and company founder. Prior to the acquisition of CommScope by The Carlyle Group in January 2011, Mr. Drendel served as the company’s chief executive officer since the founding of the company in 1976.  He also served as chairman since July 1997, when the company was spun-off from General Instrument Corporation (subsequently renamed General Semiconductor, Inc.) and became an independent company.

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  • Marvin (Eddie) S. Edwards, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer
    Marvin (Eddie) S. Edwards, Jr.
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Eddie Edwards is president and chief executive officer of CommScope and serves as a member of its board of directors.  Prior to being named CEO in January 2011, Mr. Edwards was president and chief operating officer since January 2010. Mr. Edwards served as executive vice president of Business Development and general manager, Wireless Network Solutions, since the closing of the Andrew Corporation acquisition in December 2007.

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  • Mark A. Olson Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    Mark A. Olson
    Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Olson became our executive vice president and chief financial officer on February 1, 2012. Mark Olson served as senior vice president and controller for CommScope since November 2009. He served as vice president and controller for Andrew LLC since the closing of the company’s acquisition of Andrew Corporation in December 2007. Prior to the Andrew acquisition, he was vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer of Andrew. Mr.

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  • Randall W. Crenshaw Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    Randall W. Crenshaw
    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

    Randy Crenshaw became our executive vice president and chief operating officer following the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle. From January 1, 2010 to the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle, Mr. Crenshaw was our executive vice president and chief supply officer. Prior to this role, Mr. Crenshaw was executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Solutions business within CommScope since February 2004. From 2000 to 2004, he served the company as executive vice

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  • Michael Cross
    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

    Michael Cross has been senior vice president and chief information officer since May 2012 when he joined the company. Michael came to CommScope with over 23 years’ experience in information technology, product development, and services, having been promoted to increasingly responsible roles within two major corporations. He spent nine years with NCR in Columbia, South Carolina and 14 years at Dell, Inc. in Round Rock, Texas.

    Michael has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering

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  • Philip M. Armstrong, Jr. Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance
    Philip M. Armstrong, Jr.
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance

    Phil Armstrong has been senior vice president, Corporate Finance for CommScope since November 2009. Mr. Armstrong previously served as vice president, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications since 2000. Prior to joining the company in 1997, he held various Treasury and Finance positions at Carolina Power and Light Co. (now Progress Energy).

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  • Peter U. Karlsson
    Senior Vice President, Global Sales

    Peter Karlsson has been our senior vice president, Global Sales since July 2011. Mr. Karlsson previously served as senior vice president, Enterprise Sales since our acquisition of Avaya’s Connectivity Solutions division in 2004. From 2002 to that acquisition, he was global vice president, Sales for Avaya’s SYSTIMAX division. Mr.

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  • Fiona Nolan
    Senior Vice President, Global Marketing

    Fiona Nolan has been our senior vice president, Global Marketing since July 2011.  Ms. Nolan has more than 25 years experience in the field of marketing, beginning her career in London in the financial software industry. She joined Lucent Technologies in 1997, where she initially headed up marketing for the Lucent Technologies SYSTIMAX business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, before progressing to the position of channel marketing director EMEA across the entire Lucent Technologies

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  • Joanne Townsend
    Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Joanne has been our Senior Vice President, Human Resources, since November 2012.  Prior to joining CommScope she was the Chief Human Resource Officer at Zebra Technologies Corporation. Joanne has more than 30 years of experience in HR, including a long-term career with Motorola where she spent time in the Asia Pacific region as an expatriate in Hong Kong and had global responsibility for sales and marketing organizations; functional experience in employee relations, compensation and

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  • Robert C. Suffern, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
    Robert C. Suffern
    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

    Bob Suffern has been senior vice president and chief technology officer of CommScope since January 2010. Mr. Suffern had served as senior vice president and general manager, Radio Frequency Power Amplifiers since the closing of the Andrew Corporation acquisition in December 2007. Mr. Suffern joined Andrew in September 2005 as vice president and general manager of Radio Frequency Power Amplifiers. Prior to joining Andrew, he was senior vice president of Engineering and Operations at Flarion

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  • Frank (Burk) B. Wyatt, II Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
    Frank (Burk) B. Wyatt, II
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

    Burk Wyatt has been senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of CommScope since 2000. Prior to joining the company as general counsel and secretary in 1996, Mr. Wyatt was an attorney in private practice with Bell, Seltzer, Park & Gibson, P.A. (now Alston & Bird LLP). Mr. Wyatt is also the company’s corporate compliance and ethics officer.

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  • Robert Granow
    Vice President and Corporate Controller

    Robert Granow became our vice president and corporate controller on February 1, 2012. Mr. Granow joined CommScope in 2004 and has held various positions within the Corporate Controller organization. Prior to joining our company, he was employed by LifeSpan Incorporated, Aetna, Inc. and Arthur Andersen & Co.

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Board of Directors

  • Claudius (Bud) E. Watts IV

    Bud Watts became a member of our Board of Directors following the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle. He currently serves as a managing director and head of the Technology Buyout Group of The Carlyle Group. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Watts was a managing director in the M&A group of First Union Securities, Inc. He joined First Union Securities when First Union acquired Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., where Mr. Watts was a principal. He also serves on the boards of

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  • Campbell (Cam) R. Dyer

    Cam Dyer became a member of our Board of Directors following the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle. He currently serves as a managing director in the Technology Buyout Group of The Carlyle Group, which he joined in 2002. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Dyer was an associate with the private equity firm William Blair Capital Partners (now Chicago Growth Partners), a consultant with Bain & Company and an investment banking analyst in the M&A Group of Bowles Hollowell Conner

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  • Marco De Benedetti

    Marco De Benedetti became a member of our Board of Directors following the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle. He is a managing director and co-head of Carlyle’s European Buyout Group, particularly focusing on the telecommunications and branded consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. De Benedetti was the chief executive officer of Telecom Italia. Mr. De Benedetti was the chief executive officer of Telecom Italia Mobile from 1999 until its merger with Telecom Italia.

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  • Peter J. Clare

    Peter Clare became a member of our Board of Directors following the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle. Mr. Clare currently serves as a managing director of The Carlyle Group as well as co-head of U.S. Buyout Group. Prior to joining Carlyle in 1992, Mr. Clare was with First City Capital Corporation, a private equity firm that invested in leveraged buyouts, public equities, distressed bonds and restructuring. Prior to joining First City Capital, he was with the Interfunding/Merchant

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  • Stephen (Steve) C. Gray

    Steve Gray became a member of our Board of Directors following the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle. He currently serves as a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group. Mr. Gray is the Founder of Gray Venture Partners, LLC and previously served as President of McLeodUSA Incorporated from 1992 to 2004. Prior to joining McLeodUSA, he served from 1990 to 1992 as vice president of Business Services at MCI Inc. and before that, from 1988 to 1990, he served as senior vice president of National

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  • L. William (Bill) Krause

    Bill Krause became a member of our Board of Directors following the consummation of the acquisition by Carlyle. He currently serves as a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group. Mr. Krause has been president of LWK Ventures, a private investment firm, since 1991. Prior to LWK Ventures, he served as president and chief executive officer of 3Com Corporation from 1981 to 1990, and as its chairman from 1987 to 1993 when he retired. Mr. Krause serves on the boards of directors of Brocade Communications

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