Howard Janzen has served as CEO and Chairman for several communications and energy companies. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Cool Planet, a technology driven startup which CNBC ranked as a “Top 25 Disruptor of 2014” along SpaceX and Uber.
Janzen has served as CEO of One Communications, then the country's largest privately held multi-regional supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005 he served as President of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint's global business customer base with almost 10,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was President of Sprint's Global Markets Group, responsible for Sprint's $8 billion long distance business for both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman from 2001, of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing it's almost $7 billion next generation fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry at that time with peak market capitalization of $30 billion. Beginning in 1979, Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams' energy and natural gas pipeline businesses.
Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of GTT, Sonus Networks, Vocera Communications and Bye Aerospace. He also serves as a board member for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, HeritX, and the Denver Area Boy Scouts of America. He is a Commissioner and Chairman Emeritus for GIIC, the Global Information Infrastructure Commission.
Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame.
Janzen is an active instrument rated pilot with almost 7,000 hours of flying time and serves as Chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association board. He and his wife of 40 years have flown their airplane to 28 countries.