Don Carlos Bell III joined magicJack VocalTec in March 2017 as President & Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to the Board on April 19, 2017. Mr. Bell is an accomplished technology and telecom operating executive, a public shareholder advocate through his leadership on public boards of directors, and a private investor in wireless technology companies, including those on which he serves as an independent director.
Mr. Bell is a Director of Wireless Telecom Group (NYSE: WTT). He was a Director of TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: TSYS) through its 2016 sale to strategic buyer Comtech Telecommunications (NASDAQ: CMTL) for $431 million, and Chairman of the Special Committee that led the sale. He was a Director of NTS Communications (NYSE: NTS) through its 2014 go-private sale to a financial sponsor for $165 million, and a member of the Special Committee that led the sale. From 2007 until 2011, Mr. Bell was the Owner and President of Tidal Research, an Internet direct marketing agency whose principal business was generating leads and direct web sales on a fee-for-performance basis for national consumer brands.
During the ten years prior to launching Tidal Research, Mr. Bell was a senior executive with two portfolio companies of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners (IPC Systems and Clearwire), and a member of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Group.
At IPC Systems, a VoIP telecom products and network services company serving clients in 40 countries, Mr. Bell served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. Mr. Bell led the development of the company's IQMAX VoIP trading floor communications platform, which has been deployed on trading floors in every major financial center by the world’s leading financial institutions. Mr. Bell simultaneously identified an opportunity to increase the company's addressable market by expanding into a contiguous segment, Command & Control, and built the division by leveraging existing VoIP technologies and service assets, combined with three acquisitions. In 2006 Mr. Bell led the private sale of the company to SilverLake Partners for $805 million. At Clearwire, a wireless broadband services provider, Mr. Bell served as Vice President of Business Development prior to the 2003 sale of the company by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners to Craig McCaw. Mr. Bell began his career as an Assistant Account Executive in consumer advertising for Foote, Cone & Belding, and as Director of International Marketing for Time Warner Electronic Publishing.
Mr. Bell studied Classics at St John's College earning a BLA in 1991 and earned his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, graduating in 1998.