ATLANTA, Aug. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVCT) (the “Company”) today announces changes to its board of directors and management team, along with the launch of a review to explore the sale of the entire business or selected assets. As part of this shift, the Company announced that Kevin Keough has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Tom King will shift from the role of Chief Financial Officer to Chief of Staff, on an interim basis, reporting to Mr. Keough. Effective September 1, 2022, Adrian Foltz and Onex Evans have been promoted to the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, respectively, both reporting to Mr. Keough. Michael Tessler has stepped down from the board of directors and Larry Mock has been appointed to his previous role as chairman of the board. Former CEO Darrell Mays will continue to serve the Company as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board.
In conjunction with these changes, the Company also announced that it had retained Northland Capital Markets to advise the Company in connection with a comprehensive strategic review process that could lead to the sale of the Company or selected assets. Northland Capital Markets is the trade name for certain capital markets and investment banking services of Northland Securities, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC.
The Company’s departing chairman, Michael Tessler, commented that, “I have enjoyed working with the AVCT board and management team. I wish the new management team well as it works with the board to consider the range of possible strategic alternatives to optimize the value of the entity.”
Mr. Keough has served as AVCT’s Chief Transformation Officer since April. Early in his career, while serving as a partner with McKinsey & Company, Inc. and as a senior executive with FirstEnergy Corp., he gained extensive public company experience. From 2006 to 2022, Mr. Keough served in senior operating roles with three private equity firms, including Arcapita, Investcorp, and Navigation Capital Partners. Mr. Keough holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and began his career as an officer in the US Army, after graduating with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The newly realigned AVCT management team – including recent hires Jay Patel (Chief Product Officer) and Chris Koeneman (Chief Revenue Officer) -- will be working with Northland on the review of strategic alternatives.
About American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc.
American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc., via its Kandy business unit, offers a cloud-based, real-time communications platform offering proprietary UCaaS, CPaaS, Microsoft Teams Direct Routing as a Service, and SIP Trunking as a Service capabilities. Kandy enables service providers, enterprises, software vendors, systems integrators, partners, and developers to enrich their applications and services with real-time contextual communications, providing a more engaging user experience. With Kandy, companies of all sizes and types can quickly embed real-time communications capabilities into their existing applications and business processes. For more information, visit https://www.avctechnologies.com and www.kandy.io.
About Northland Securities, Inc.
Northland Securities, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC and registered with SEC and MSRB, is a diversified financial services firm, including investment banking and full-service broker dealer divisions, offering investment and finance services for government entities, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and individual investors. The firm is a leading underwriter of tax-exempt bonds in the Midwest and is recognized for its equity markets research and specialization in finance and capital market access for corporate, government, and non-profit clients. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Northland Securities has branch offices in California, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.
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