William G. LaPerch
William G. LaPerch has served as President of LaPerch Consulting, LLC (a provider of consulting services to private equity firms) since September 2012. Mr. LaPerch served as a director of Schultze I from December 2018 until its business combination with Clever Leaves in December 2020. From July 2016 to December 2019, he served as Executive Chairman of Hylan Inc., a provider of specialty contracting services in the New York City region for telecommunications providers and municipal organizations.
From 2004 to 2012, Mr. LaPerch served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of AboveNet, Inc., then a publicly traded provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, prior to which he served as Senior Vice President Operations. At AboveNet, he was responsible for guiding the company out of Chapter 11 (AboveNet emerged from protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code effective September 2003) and establishing the company as a profitable and recognized leader in providing optical connectivity solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. In March 2012, AboveNet was acquired by Zayo Group Holdings for $2.2 billion. Before joining AboveNet, Mr. LaPerch served as Senior Vice President of Network Services at MCI, and he also held executive positions at NYNEX.
Mr. LaPerch has served on the boards of Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) since March 2013 and Windstream (formerly NASDAQ: WIN) since September 2014 and was on the board of Imation, Inc. (NYSE: IMN) from November 2012 to August 2015. he also serves as a board member and advisor to several privately held companies, including FirstLight Fiber, South Reach Networks, and Hylan Inc. Mr. LaPerch is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.