Brian McAuley

The co-founder of Nextel Communications, Brian McAuley wove a patchwork of Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) licenses into a nationwide wireless company to challenge the cellular duopoly market structure in the 1990s.  Nextel convinced the FCC to adopt rule waivers that effectively allowed Nextel to build a digital communications system to compete with cellular providers. McAuley served seven years as Nextel President and CEO, and also founded NeoWorld Communications, Inc. At both startups, he was instrumental in developing financing and business plans, making acquisitions, raising capital, and executing day-to-day operations. Prior to Nextel, he served as CFO of Millicom Incorporated, an early company formed to participate in the new cellular telephone industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of various finance and telecommunications organizations, and a frequent lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as chairman of Pacific DataVision.

Brian McAuley 2015 Induction Video