Technology >> CEO Interviews >> April 12, 2004


MICHAEL E. KALOGRIS is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Triton PCS Holdings, Inc. A founder of Triton PCS, Mr. Kalogris has led the company's development, establishing Triton PCS as the first member of the AT&T Wireless Services Inc. network of affiliates as well as one of the leading wireless services carriers in the Southeast. Under his leadership, Triton PCS has set industry-leading standards for network performance, customer service and customer retention, leading to consistent strong growth in subscribers and revenue, and earning a reputation as one of the fastest-growing and best-managed wireless companies in the country. Today, Triton PCS, which markets its service under the brand SunCom, a member of the AT&T Wireless Network, provides digital service to more than 700,000 customers in 37 Southeast markets spanning from south of Washington, DC, to east of Atlanta, Georgia. Triton PCS also provides coverage along more than 18,000 miles of major north-south highways and connecting freeways. In addition to achieving these outstanding results, the company generated record revenue of $550 million and EBITDA (recurring operating income before non-cash items) of $65 million in 2001, and posted more than $36 million in EBITDA in the first quarter of 2002, well exceeding Wall Street expectations. Mr. Kalogris has consistently distinguished himself as a leader in the highly competitive wireless industry, and is now in his third CEO role since 1988. He previously was the Chairman of Triton Cellular Partners, LP, which specialized in acquiring and operating rural cellular properties. The company's assets were sold in 2000 for $1.24 billion. Mr. Kalogris served earlier as President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Cellular Group, which became the fifth-largest independent cellular company in the United States, and was sold for approximately $575 million. Prior to joining Horizon, Mr. Kalogris served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Metrophone, a cellular carrier in Philadelphia, the nation's fourth-largest market. During the past five years, Mr. Kalogris successfully led two public equity offers; three private equity placements; three high-yield bond offers, three major bank syndications and an initial public offering. Mr. Kalogris has been a member of the Board of Directors of Cellular Telecommunications, an Internet Association since 1990 and currently serves on its Executive Committee. He also has served in a variety of other roles for the association, including as a member of the Public Policy Council and Fraud Task Force, and as Membership Chairman. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with an introduction to Triton PCS?

Mr. Kalogris: Triton is a facilities-based wireless carrier providing

service to an area of approximately 13 million people living