XConnect Board

Board of Directors

Eli Katz CEO and Founder XConnect

Eli Katz

CEO & Founder

Eli is the founder and CEO of XConnect. He has led the strategic direction of the company since 2005 when it launched its Interconnection and Number Registry services, through to the Number Information Services the company provides today.

Eli is the co-founder and Chairman of the UK’s IP communications industry body, the Internet Telephony Service Providers’ Association (ITSPA). ITSPA aims to promote competition and self-regulation, encouraging the development of a flourishing and innovative IP communications industry in the United Kingdom.

Before founding XConnect, Eli was Managing Director of Telco Global from its inception in 1996 to 2003. He was instrumental in driving the telecoms, Internet and mobile services provider’s rapid growth to one million customers and £250 million in annual revenue. He also was a key player in the IPO of Telco Global’s U.S. parent company.

This experience has led to Eli’s focus on establishing XConnect as the leading trusted global provider of Number Intelligence, with a relentless drive to ensure quality and service excellence for our customers. He holds various patents in the USA, UK and Europe in the areas of Enum, fraud and number registry optimisations and was recognised in the 2009 Global Telecoms Business’s 40 under 40 Award.

neil cohen DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Neil Cohen

CFO

Neil joined XConnect as Director of Finance in April 2007. He has over 25 years’ experience of leading finance departments across a range of industries, where he has always put strong financial reporting and control mechanisms into operation.

Prior to XConnect, Neil was the Finance Director at the UK subsidiaries of Destia Communications and Viatel. He helped take the Viatel subsidiary into private ownership in 2001 and guided the new entity, Telco Global Communications, through a period of rapid growth, to revenues of £250m. This then led to its sale to OneTel, Centrica, three years later.

While at the leading broadcast equipment vendor, Mitcorp, he established new business divisions which were key to driving the company’s growth. Neil has used this experience to help develop XConnect from a number registry service provider, into establishing its successful Number Information Services business, to ensure it has the solid foundations for continued growth.

Gina Perini

Gina M. Perini

Chair of the Board of Directors & CEO, Somos

Gina M. Perini is Somos’ Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. 

Since joining the company in 2012, initially as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, and later as Acting President and CEO, Gina has transformed Somos into the industry’s leading provider of registry management and data solutions.

Through fostering a culture of agility, innovation and collaboration, Gina has proven herself a force committed to leading Somos into an era of exciting growth. 

In 2020, Gina was named as a winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the New Jersey region, and in 2014 she was honored as a pioneer, role model and trailblazer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a “Top Women of Law.”

Prior to joining Somos, Gina was at GTC Law Group & Affiliates, and Foley Hoag LLP, where she advised businesses on global corporate and intellectual property law matters related to technology, telecommunications, Internet, new media and advertising.

Daniele Levy

Daniele Levy

SVP & General Counsel, Somos

Daniele Levy is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Somos.

Daniele oversees a coordinated enterprise risk management strategy at Somos which helps inform strategic execution and business operations. She is responsible for managing key risk areas including cybersecurity, compliance and crisis management. Daniele leads a legal team that advises management on all legal aspects of the company’s operations, including intellectual property, privacy and compliance, strategic partnerships, commercial contracts and employment.

As General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Daniele also advises the company’s Board of Directors on all aspects of corporate governance.

Daniele joined Somos in 2016 and brings over 20 years of experience as a corporate lawyer providing legal counsel to high growth companies in a variety of industries. Before joining Somos, Daniele practiced law at both Morse and Foley Hoag LLP, where she advised businesses on a broad range of matters. Daniele earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Bates College.

Rachael Methal

Rachael Methal

SVP & CFO, Somos

Rachael Methal is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Somos, Inc. Rachael is responsible for overseeing Somos’ financial strategy and long-term vision. She is an accomplished financial executive with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, finance, strategic planning, and operational management. With a focus on technology finance, business development and growth, Rachael has supported organizations with revenue from $15 million to $5+ billion and staffs from 50 to 5000. Rachael’s experience is supported by B.S. in Accounting, M.B.A. in Management–Organizational Behaviorism and International Business and Doctoral coursework in Management Science and Strategic Planning.

In her free time, Rachael is passionate about supporting and empowering our future leaders. She is active with the Girl Scouts of America and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of SuperYou FUNdation, an educational arts-based non-profit organization for youth to embrace their inner superhero qualities and use them to help inspire and impact their communities.

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