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David Schaeffer

CEO, Cogent Communications

Mr. Schaeffer founded Cogent Communications, a multi-national Tier I service provider in August 1999 and serves as the CEO. Under his leadership, Cogent became the third-largest Internet Service Provider in the U.S. within three years. Mr. Schaeffer has led the efforts of nine successful acquisitions, propelling Cogent’s network into Canada and, most recently, into Europe.
Mr. Schaeffer has successfully founded and operated six other businesses prior to Cogent. These businesses span a wide array of industries from communications to commercial real estate. His diverse background and entrepreneurial successes have enabled him to build management teams that constructed and operate the only facilities-based, non-oversubscribed international network of its kind.

Mr. Schaeffer holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Maryland, where he was also a Ph.D. candidate in Economics.