Jeff Ginsberg is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Digital Bridge.
Prior to joining Digital Bridge in January 2017, Mr. Ginsberg was a Managing Director and Operating Partner of Mistral Equity Partners, a consumer-focused private equity fund. At Mistral, Mr. Ginsberg was a member of the Investment Committee, led the firm’s investments in the Canadian wireless distribution sector and pet industry, and served as interim CEO of several portfolio companies undergoing transition.
Before joining Mistral, Mr. Ginsberg was Executive Chairman of InfoHighway Communications (“InfoHighway”), a telecommunications services provider serving business customers in the Northeast United States, and CEO/co-founder of its predecessor entity Eureka Broadband (“Eureka”). Under his leadership, InfoHighway and Eureka completed ten successful M&A transactions as part of an industry roll up, raised $200 million in equity and debt capital, implemented an aggressive balance sheet and operational restructuring, and successfully sold the business in May 2007 to Broadview Networks.
Prior to co-founding Eureka in 1999, Mr. Ginsberg was co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apex Site Management (“Apex”), which grew from its inception in 1995 to become the leading real estate telecommunications site management firm in the country, with more than 15,000 properties under exclusive management. At Apex he was responsible for all capital raising and M&A, and also developed numerous site management relationships with real estate owners and tower owners such as cable operators, broadcast companies and utilities. Apex was sold in December 1999 to SpectraSite.
Mr. Ginsberg is also the co-founder of Horizon Cellular Group, which grew from a start-up in 1991 (in partnership with McCaw Cellular) to become one of the 20 largest cellular system operators in the country. At Horizon, Mr. Ginsberg was Director of Corporate Development, where he was responsible for acquisitions and swaps of systems, integrating the operations of acquired businesses, and negotiating strategic operating relationships with other cellular carrier. During his tenure Horizon acquired 13 cellular systems and raised over $350 million in debt and equity capital, before selling off its systems in a series of transactions to different carriers.
Prior to co-founding Horizon, Mr. Ginsberg was a Principal at First Eastern Merchant Banking Group, an investment banking/venture capital firm that he co-founded in 1988. From 1986 to 1988 he was an Associate in the Investment Banking Department of Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. Mr. Ginsberg received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, where he graduated cum laude.