Howard Janzen served at Cool Planet since May 2012 in a role as Executive Chairman as well as President & CEO. He moved into the role of Chairman of the Board in December 2017. Janzen was the Chief Executive Officer of One Communications, the country’s largest privately held multi-regional supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005 he served as President of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint’s global business customer base with almost 10,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was President of Sprint’s Global Markets Group, responsible for Sprint’s $8 billion long distance business for both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman from 2001, of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing its almost $7 billion next generation fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry at that time with peak market capitalization of $30 billion.
Beginning in 1979, Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams’ energy and natural gas pipeline businesses.
Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of GTT, Sonus Networks and Vocera Communications.
Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. Janzen serves as a board member for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation and The University of Tulsa. He also serves on the Governor’s Science and Technology Council for the State of Oklahoma and is a Commissioner and Chairman of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC).