Bill Fitzgerald has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ascent Capital Group, Inc., since September 2008. He was named Chairman of Ascent Media Group, the predecessor company, in August 2000. He also served as Senior Vice President of Liberty Media Corporation from 2000 through 2012. While with Liberty Media, Bill served to evaluate media and technology related investment and acquisition opportunities in addition to overseeing several of its assets. Most recently he served as a director of Expedia, Inc., from 2006 through 2012, TripAdvisor, Inc., from 2011 until 2013, and previously served as Chairman of On Command Corporation, and as a director of Game Show Network, True Position, and Cablevision Systems Corp. Bill has served as a director of the Piper Jaffray Companies since March 2014.
Bill was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for AT&T Broadband, formerly known as Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), where he oversaw the company's broadband services operations. Before that he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Partnership Relations for TCI, where he managed the company's M&A strategies and transactions, as well as the company's cable partnership and joint ventures. Bill joined TCI in March of 1996 as Senior Vice President and head of Corporate Development. Prior to TCI, Bill was a Senior Vice President and partner at Daniels & Associates, an investment banking firm to the communications industry. He began his career as a commercial banker at The First National Bank of Chicago.
Bill received an undergraduate degree from Indiana University School of Business and a master's degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.
Jeffery Gardner was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Monitronics in September 2015. Jeff brings over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has specific expertise in the areas of operations management, strategic development, finance, accounting and financial reporting. Most recently, Jeff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Windstream Holdings, Inc. where he led the acquisition of nine entities since 2006 with a combined value of over $5 billion. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alltel Corporation where he oversaw the Company's financial operations and spent his early career at 360 Communications, holding various executive positions in the Company.
Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors for CalAmp Corporation and the Qorvo Corporation, where he is also Chairman of the audit committee. From 2006 through February 1, 2015, he also served on the Board of Directors for Windstream Corporation. From 2012-2013, he served as Chairman of the United States Telecom Association.
Jeff received a Bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from Purdue University and holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary.
William E. Niles has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Ascent Capital Group, Inc., formerly Ascent Media Corporation since the spin-off of the company from Discovery Holding Company in September 2008, and also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Ascent Media Group (“AMG”) from January 2002 until the sale of AMG on December 31, 2010. From August 2006 through February 2008, Mr. Niles was a member of AMG’s executive committee. Prior to 2002, Mr. Niles was a senior executive handling legal and business affairs within AMG and its predecessor companies, was an associate at the international law firm of Baker and McKenzie as an associate and a partner with Stein and Kahan.
Mr. Niles completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Michael R. Meyers was named Chief Financial Officer of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. in August, 2011. Mike is also the Chief Financial Officer of Monitronics International, Inc. (“Monitronics”), Ascent Capital Group, Inc.’s primary operating company. Mike joined Monitronics in July 1996 and is one of the Company’s longest-term employees. During his tenure, the Company has grown from 20,000 to over 1 million subscribers, making it one of the largest nationwide network of independent dealers in the country.
Prior to joining Monitronics, Mike spent eight years with the Tyler Corporation, a diversified public holding company, where he served as treasurer and vice president, as well as senior vice president of Forest City Auto Parts, a 65-store auto parts retailer. Prior to joining Tyler Corporation, Mike directed the financial function of a large national paging operation known as PacTel Personal Communications, and spent five years in public accounting with Arthur Anderson and Touche Ross.
Mike holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, a BA from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Public Accountant.