David Barksdale

Co-Chairman

David is currently Co-Chairman of the Board and served as Chief Executive Officer of Spread Networks from 2009 to 2014.  During David's tenure as CEO, Spread completed construction of its groundbreaking 825 mile Chicago to New Jersey low-latency fiber optic network and expansion of lit services throughout the greater Chicago and New York markets.  Prior to joining Spread Networks, David served as an attorney in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton LLP, where he specialized in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. David received his BA from Tulane University, Magna Cum Laude and his JD from New York University School of Law. David is also a trustee of Tulane University, the National World War II Museum, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.