EdsLink LLC, a venture fund providing strategic financial, operations, and technology consulting services, was founded in 2000 by Edward Horowitz, Chair, and Deborah Chapin-Horowitz, Vice Chair.
Mr. Horowitz is known for the breadth of his knowledge and business acumen in a wide variety of areas, including telecom, financial services, digital technology and satellite operations, strategy, and content creation.
Mr. Horowitz currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov). He was initially appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Board in August 2015 and in September 2018 re-appointed by Secretary Ross to a second three-year term. Mr. Horowitz also is a Board Commissioner to LinkNet Tbk PT (LINK:IJ) (largest fixed broadband and cable TV operator in Indonesia), and on the boards of Globecomm Systems, Inc., US Space LLC and the non-profit American Management Association (AMA).
Mr. Horowitz served as Chairman of the Board of Fairpoint Communications (NASDAQ: FRP), on the Board of Directors of i-Village (NASDAQ) and Acterna until their sale to NBC Universal and JDS Uniphase Corp. respectively, American Reprographics (NYSE: ARC), Eagle Picher and Online Resources Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCC). He has also served on the Board and as Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media, a global provider of worldwide television content origination, live sports and news distribution. Prior to Encompass, he served as President and CEO of SES AMERICOM, a market-leading satellite operator serving the entertainment, broadcast media, business enterprise, and government sectors. In addition, he was a member of the Executive Committee of its parent company, SES (SESG Euronext Paris, Lux).
Prior to joining SES, in May 2005, Mr. Horowitz founded EdsLink LLC and served as a Strategic Advisor to Cablevision's Rainbow DBS Satellite Company, SPARX Group (TOPIX 8739), an independent, publicly-traded Japanese financial services and investment company, and to Neustar Inc (NYSE: NSR), a provider of third party clearing house services to the telecommunications industry.
Before forming EdsLink, Mr. Horowitz founded and was Chairman of e-Citi, a global unit of Citigroup created in 1997 to pioneer electronic commerce and financial services strategies and initiatives to extend Citigroup’s industry leadership in the fast-evolving Internet world. He also served on Citigroup’s Executive, Operating and Investment Committees. Mr. Horowitz built a greenfield global financial services company that extended the reach of Citi's credit, brokerage, asset management and banking facilities into a set of web-centric offerings.
Prior to joining Citibank he was Senior Vice President, Viacom Inc. and a member of the Executive Committee. He was also Chairman and CEO of Viacom Broadcasting, and the Viacom Interactive Media Group. From 1974 to 1989, Mr. Horowitz held various senior management positions at Home Box Office (HBO), a subsidiary of Time Warner. He earlier had been a founder of Suburban Cable.
Throughout his career, Mr. Horowitz has executed successful business strategies that leverage technology to open markets and bring compelling content to people around the world. Among numerous accomplishments at Viacom, Mr. Horowitz is credited with enabling the globalization of MTV Networks. He also has been a leader in establishing global standards for a number of technology issues, including digital compression and the production and transmission of high definition television
Mr. Horowitz has testified before the Defense Department Advisory board regarding strategic space, the U.S. Congress and regulatory agencies on telecommunications and public policy issues.
In 2011, Mr. Horowitz was inducted into the Society of Satellite Professional International SPI Hall of Fame and has won many prestigious industry awards including Gartner Group’s Excellence in Technology Award and Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories President’s Special Award for innovation.
Ms. Chapin-Horowitz currently serves as Vice Chair of EdsLink and CAO, General Counsel and Senior Consultant at Sucherman Group (www.sucherman.com), a boutique media consulting and executive search firm. In addition to her work with the EdsLink and Sucherman Group, she provides legal and business consulting services to certain of EdsLink's investments, including serving as General Counsel of US Space LLC (www.usspacellc.com). Prior to EdsLink, Ms. Chapin-Horowitz was Vice President, Associate General Counsel of Viacom Inc. and has extensive transactional background in media, satellites, technology and entertainment. Prior to Viacom, Ms. Chapin-Horowitz was an associate at Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Lehrer (currently Hogan Lovells) and worked at the Office of City Council President Carol Bellamy. She also directed a division of the Planning Commission for the City of Cincinnati and was an analyst in Cincinnati's Office of Research, Evaluation and Budget.
Mrs. Chapin-Horowitz has an undergraduate degree from Skidmore College, a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctor from New York University.