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Akerson, Daniel F.

Daniel F. Akerson is a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and is Co-Head of the U.S. Buyout fund; was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (1987-1990) and President and Chief Operating Officer (1992-1993) of MCI. During his tenure, Mr. Akerson formulated and executed MCI’s global strategy. Mr. Akerson left MCI in 1993 to become a General Partner of Forstmann Little & Company, during which time he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Company from 1993-1995. While at General Instrument he lead a successful effort to develop and deploy the first digital video, satellite and cable systems domestically and internationally. Following that, Mr. Akerson served as Chairman (1996-2001) and Chief Executive Officer of Nextel Communications, Inc., (1996-1999) where he transitioned the company from a regional analog walkie/talkie provider into a unique, leading edge national digital wireless competitor. From late 1999 until January 2003, Mr. Akerson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of XO Communications, Inc. where he led the successful restructuring of the company.
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