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Meade Sutterfield is a private equity investor primarily in emerging telecommunications and wireless communications entities. He also serves as an advisor to Providence Equity Partners and Antares Capital and has informal arrangements with several other venture capital firms.
He 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 sold to Nextel Communications in April 1994. Mr. Sutterfield’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. He was recruited by Kimberly-Clark in 1980 and within two years had achieved the position of vice-president and General Manager of the Service and Industrial Division. In 1984, Mr. Sutterfield left to become President of AllianceWall Corporation, the world's largest provider of porcelain enameled steel, which was subsequently purchased within a year.
Mr. Sutterfield's education includes a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972 and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1974, both with honors. In 1986, he was President of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta. He a former chairman of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF); chairman of SIBF’s Global Network Foundation; CELA board member; director of the Radio Club of America; and a member of the Atlanta Business Roundtable. He is married to Susan Johnson Sutterfield and has three grown stepchildren. His hobbies are tennis and travel.