Christopher T. Rogers, J.D. is a Partner at Lumia Capital where he is responsible for leading Lumia’s investment and value-add activities for companies with significant exposure to mobile platforms. In this capacity Chris overseas Lumia’s investments in Kahuna, Pitzi, Hinge, Lenddo, Telly, Betable, and others. Prior to Lumia, Chris was the co-founder of Nextel Communications which he grew to $13B in sales and 19k employees before being acquired by Sprint for $35 billion. Chris brings 30 years of mobile industry experience as a founder, advisor, and operator. Most recently, Chris served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Spectrum, at Sprint (Fortune 100, 36K employees), where he oversaw mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and joint ventures. He also was responsible for management and oversight of wireless spectrum licenses and Sprint’s portfolio of emerging technology investments.
Prior to the 2005 Sprint acquisition, Chris was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Nextel Communications, Inc. In this role, Chris helped spearhead the roll-up of local carriers that transformed Nextel into a major national operator. He also led the series of transactions in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil that resulted in the creation of Nextel International, now an independent public company which reached over $6B of revenues. Chris was also responsible for negotiations with regulators, investors, and carriers in China, Saudi Arabia, India, Jordan, and Pakistan, among other geographies.
Throughout his time at Nextel and Sprint, Chris sat on the boards of numerous venture-backed companies across five countries. Additionally, Chris has served as a director on multiple public company boards and as well as several Washington, D.C.-based philanthropic organizations. He currently sits on the board of Digital Turbine (NASDAQ:APPS), NII Holdings (NASDAQ:NIHD) and was elected to the board of LightSquared to help oversee the company through its bankruptcy.