Mike Felicissimo has been in senior management in the telecommunications industry for more than 15 years, and Viaero is in great hands with Felicissimo as Vice President & CFO. His vast business and educational background has given him deep skills to run the Accounting and Finance, Customer Care, Product Marketing, Billing, Collections and Logistics departments. Felicissimo’s range of experience in strategy, planning, and financial operations brings in-depth background to Viaero’s future planning.
Felicissimo also has a history in entrepreneurialism, joining Viaero after being the CFO with Extend America, Inc. (a wireless company that’s located in a rural area as well: Bismark, North Dakota). While there, he developed the company’s financial model, business case, operational metrics and financial statements.
That entrepreneurial spirit was equally demonstrated as he managed the financial operations of U S West Wireless, helping lead its growth from a start-up venture. That was in late 1997, and Felicissimo was soon promoted to Vice-President and CFO of U S West Wireless in 1998. He then became the financial steward during US West’s acquisition by Qwest Wireless LLC in 2000 – and 1.1 Million more subscribers. At Qwest, he led financial planning, reporting, analysis and complex transactions – and also directed the $1.7 Billion network build-out.
Having attended graduate school at the esteemed Thunderbird, or the American Graduate School of International Management, he completed a Master of Business Administration. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut.
Prior to graduate school, he was with U.S. Electrical Motors, a division of Emerson Electric. From 1980 to 1985 he conducted business development for Middle East markets, and rose to International Sales manager in 1981, overseeing sales for the division with an enterprise value of approximately $125 Million.