Robert E. Knowling, Jr.

Robert E. Knowling, Jr. brings more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, leading companies through periods of high growth and organizational turnaround.

Knowling is Chairman of Eagles Landing Partners. EL Partners specializes in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organizational transformations, and re-engineering businesses. EL Partners’ work at the top includes leadership development and executive coaching.

Mr. Knowling served as Chief Executive Officer of Telwares, a JP Morgan Chase/One Equity Partners Private Equity owned company from 2005-2008. Telwares is a leading provider of telecommunications expense management services.

Prior to joining Telwares, Knowling was Chief Executive Officer of the NYC Leadership Academy, an independent non-profit corporation created by Chancellor Joel I. Klein and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that is chartered with developing the next generation of principals in the New York City public school system.

From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Knowling was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SimDesk Technologies, Inc. During his time at SimDesk, he defined the Company’s go-to-market strategy, developed numerous strategic partnerships, and managed the successful launch of the Company’s software.

Prior to this, Knowling was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covad Communications; a Private Equity/Venture Capital backed start-up company located in Silicon Valley. Knowling led the company through its rapid growth and Initial Public Offering to become the largest and most recognizable brand in the high-speed Internet access industry.

Knowling began his career in 1977 at Indiana Bell and progressed rapidly through a variety of assignments in operations, engineering and marketing. When Indiana Bell became a part of Ameritech, Knowling assumed positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, product development, large business marketing and network operations. He was assigned to Ameritech’s re-engineering breakthrough development team in 1992. As the lead architect of the Ameritech transformation, Knowling reported directly to the Chairman. He was named Vice President of Network Operations for Ameritech in 1994.

Knowling then joined U S WEST in March 1996 as Vice President of Network Operations. In 1997 he was named Executive Vice President of Operations and Technologies responsible for a 30,000-member team in charge of planning, delivering and maintaining high-quality telecommunications services for more than 25 million customers in 14 states.

Knowling was awarded the Wall Street Project’s Reginald Lewis Trailblazers Award by President Clinton and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in 1999. In presenting the award to Knowling, President Clinton commended Knowling’s efforts in developing a national agenda for the spirit and mission of inclusion, opportunity, expansion, advocacy and success in the workplace for women and people of color in the high-tech industry.

Knowling serves on the board of directors for Ariba in Sunnyvale, California, where he is the lead director; Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois; Roper Industries in Sarasota, Florida; and Aprimo, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is also a member of the advisory board for Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Knowling has been a YMCA volunteer for more than 20 years and served as chair of the National Services group for the YMCA in 1993. He maintains an active nationwide corporate and public speaking schedule.

Knowling received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Wabash College and a master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business.

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