Meet our Leadership Team
Kent Lawson is the CEO & Chairman of Private Communications Corporation and creator of its flagship software PRIVATE WiFi.
With over 40 years of computer industry experience, Lawson has launched several highly successful technology ventures. Prior to Private Communications Corporation, Kent founded Magna Software Corporation and ran it for nearly 20 years, before retiring in 1998. Magna specialized in mainframe software, and its products are still being used in businesses and government agencies today. Prior to Magna, he was President of Lupfer and Long, a computer programming company that provided consulting and contract services to government agencies.
Kent started his first company during his senior year of college and landed a contract to develop software for Pillsbury. During the Viet Nam war, Lawson served at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he trained faculty and Midshipman in computer use for academic purposes.
In 2010, after 12 years of retirement, Kent became interested in Internet privacy and security issues and the vulnerability of wireless communications in WiFi hotspots. He created Private Communications Corporation to protect consumers and corporations from privacy and security breaches on the Internet. PRIVATE WiFi, the company’s first product, protects individuals and business people while using laptops and other mobile devices at public WiFi hotspots.
Kent holds a BA degree in Economics from Beloit College, an MBA from Washington University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President’s Management Course. Inc. Magazine recognized his previous company, Magna Software, as the 151st fastest growing company in the US.Close
Alok Kapur is President & Chief Operating Officer for PRIVATE WiFi. In this role, his team and Alok drive all aspects of marketing, business development and partnerships, sales and customer service for the company. Alok was promoted to this role in December 2014 from Chief Marketing & Customer Officer.
A seasoned senior executive in the technology and media industry, Alok was previously Global Vice President at Experian Marketing Services. In that role he led creation and development of the global product strategy, strategic partnerships and business development including organic and inorganic investment imperatives for the mobile and telecom business at Experian. In addition, he was also responsible for strategic platform partnerships for Experian wherein he was responsible for developing alliances with the world’s largest technology companies.
Prior to Experian, Alok was also Vice President, Global Business Development at Adenyo/Motricity Inc. Alok also spent little over a decade at Microsoft Corporation in a variety of senior corporate strategy, product management and business development roles.
Alok has spent time as an entrepreneur driving business development and marketing for small growth companies, focused on customer acquisition and product launches. Alok holds an M.B.A. in Marketing, Strategy & Information Technology from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine where he was a Dean’s Scholar and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, India where he was a top 0.1% University Graduate.Close
Jennifer Praeger heads up all aspects of business development & partnerships for PRIVATE WiFi. In this role she is responsible for building sustainable partnerships to scale PRIVATE WiFi’s business. Her career spans executive-level marketing and online communication strategy positions at a range of non profit and for profit organizations. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi in 2011, Jennifer was the Web Marketing Manager at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Ms. Praeger also held senior level marketing positions at Metropolitan College of New York, ClickandBuy, Mason and Geller Marketing, and Lloyd’s of London Press.
Ms. Praeger holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Albert Neuburger is PRIVATE WiFi's CTO.
Albert is responsible for the company’s technology development, infrastructure, products and services. He began his career in the video game industry as a developer, eventually founding his own company before transitioning to the Internet in the mid-90’s. Albert then held technology management positions at various Silicon Valley startups and large companies including Red Jade and DoubleClick. Albert went on to become the CTO of Global Outsource Management, a U.S.-based outsourcing company with offices in China doing development for Fortune 500 companies such as MTV and numerous divisions within Microsoft. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi, Albert was the CTO of Publicis Healthcare, the largest healthcare advertising company in the world.
With over 20 years of software development and executive management experience, Albert has an extensive background working with both off-shore and in-house teams as well as on the corporate level, providing innovative thinking and strategic leadership. Albert lives in the New York City area and enjoys skiing, various creative endeavors and spending time with his family.Close
As the Vice President of Technology Operations for PRIVATE WiFi, Lane Franklin Liston oversees the technological infrastructure implementation and administration to streamline transnational developers, servers, and ancillary equipment functions for rapid, secure and effective product delivery. Working to build effective coordination between customers, clients and technological infrastructure, Liston is involved in all dimensions of PRIVATE WiFi's capacity to anticipate and re-imagine technological possibilities.
Lane joined Private WiFi with over fifteen years of IT expertise in both an established Fortune 500 company and smaller businesses with distinction in the field of innovation and technology. He worked for Honeybee Robotics for ten years holding the position of Director of IT/MIS and provided the overall strategic operational leadership of technological planning, architecture, research and development. Memorable projects include his involvement in heading up Honeybee’s communications for the MER link and SAP Station to Jet Propulsion Laboratories and then the planet Mars for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers mission. Lane has also worked at Proteometrics as a Software Test Analyst and at Texas Instruments (formerly Tartan Laboratories) in different positions, learning multiple machine languages and JTAG emulation for digital signal processors and microprocessor toolsets.
Lane holds a BA, MS and MBA and has studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Juilliard, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount, Polytechnic and NYU.
In addition to being a trained NYS certified EMT, Lane enjoys taking classes in sewing and tailoring, as well as jewelry design and gemology at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He is an avid Steelers football fan. He lives in Manhattan.
Pat Brill serves as PRIVATE WiFi’s Director for HR & Finance. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of human resources, business administration and finance for the business.
Pat joined PRIVATE WiFi in 2010 as it’s first employee. She has more than 30 years of management experience in finance, human resources, and office management. Her roles as a Business Manager and Director of Human Resources have been with small to medium sized companies in the technology and creative industries. Pat earned a Bachelor of Science is Social Sciences from Adelphi University, New York.Close
Rima Christie is PRIVATE WiFi’s Director for Customer Support Management. Rima and her team are responsible for the company’s world class 24/7/365 customer support.
Rima brings over 10 years of sales experience in the promotional product industry. She also worked for Xerox in Inventory Management. In addition, she volunteered for 10 years as Knowledge Coach for the United States Pony Club. Rima graduated from William Paterson University with a BS in Psychology with honors, Magna Cum Laude. In her spare time she is an avid equestrian, enjoys African drumming, quilting and volunteers as a foster for dogs in danger.Close
CBS News' Jericka Duncan reports on how PRIVATE WiFi can keep you safe on public WiFi.
For detailed press information, please contact:
Aaron Wessels, Point-Bl_nk Communications
If you are interested in offering PRIVATE WiFi to your organizations' members or customers, please contact Jennifer Praeger, Global VP, Business Development & Partnerships at . For information on content partnerships, please contact Jillian Ryan, Director, Content & Social Media Strategy at .
I just want a state again that my interface with your company has, on every level, been outstanding – even extraordinary. You guys are great.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Thank you for such a fast response, you guys are EXCELLENT AT CUSTOMER SERVICE!
Paul D. , U.S.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thank you for the excellent customer service. Most companies have forgotten what that's all about.
Nick M., U.S.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
I would like you to know how much I appreciated your Customer Support rep and her patience with me as we tried to fix my connection. She got the job done!
B T, U.S.
Monday, November 10, 2014