C. Meade Sutterfield is a private equity investor in emerging telecommunications and wireless communications. He currently serves as a member of advisory boards to Council Ventures and Antares Capital and is a Director of the Atlanta Technology Angels.
Meade was formerly a founder and President of PowerFone, Inc., the largest Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) carrier in the major markets in Michigan and Ohio, which was merged into the rollup which created Nextel Communications as a nationwide company. Meade’s experience with the SMR industry began in 1986, when he purchased Johnson Communications Corporation (JCC). As President, he built JCC into one of the nation’s largest SMR carriers and this company too was sold into Nextel.
Meade’s is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972 and Harvard University. Meade is a Director of the Radio Club of America. He is a past Chair of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) and is currently Chair of the Global Network Foundation (GNF) of SIBF.
In 2002, he was one of the founders of the Central Eurasian Leadership Academy (CELA), which is brings together young leaders from Central Asia and the Caucasus to develop their skills through training courses with mentors from the USA and Europe. Through his Chairmanship of GNF, he also helped start the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) for young leaders from the 13 Arabic states in the Levant, Arabian Peninsula and Egypt in beginning a parallel organization to CELA and SIBF.
He is married to Susan; they have four married children and six grandchildren.