Dan Caruso, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Dan Caruso is the chairman and CEO of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ZAYO), a global provider of communications infrastructure. As a founder of the business in 2007, he has led the company from startup to IPO. Today, Zayo serves more than 8,900 carrier, content and enterprise customers and generates $2.6B in annualized revenue.
Prior to founding Zayo, Dan was the President and CEO of ICG Communications, where he led the “take-private” buyout in 2004. In 2006, ICG was sold, which yielded a return of approximately 25X the $8.7M investment. In 1997, Dan co-founded Level 3 Communications and served in a variety of strategic and operational leadership roles during his tenure, including oversight of engineering, construction, operations and marketing. Earlier in his career, Dan served on MFS Communications’ senior management team. He began his career at Illinois Bell/Ameritech. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois.
Dan is an investor in several high impact Colorado companies including Galvanize, Just Right Surgical and Secure Set. Dan helped launch Envysion, another Colorado company, and served as chairman from 2006 to 2013. Previously, Dan invested in the Colorado companies Datavail and New Global Telecom as well as the European telecom providers euNetworks and GTS Central Europe.
Dan is an avid supporter of Colorado’s and Chicago’s entrepreneurial community, and is particularly interested in the intersection between For Profit Impact Investing, Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship. Dan serves on the board of Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center and CU Boulder’s Chancellor Strategic Advisory Council. He was the original steering committee chairman for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and supported Startup Colorado from its inception. Dan supports Silicon Flatirons Entrepreneurship Initiative, DU’s Project X-ITE, Greenhouse Scholars, Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). In 2016, Dan launched the Boulder Think Tank, an informal gathering of Boulder’s most impactful serial entrepreneurs. In 2015, Dan and his wife Cindy established the Caruso Family Foundation to inspire and support entrepreneurship, advance knowledge and empower healthier lives.
Dan received the 2016 Chicago Booth Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship, the 2013 Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2015 Colorado Governor’s Corporate Citizenship Medal (Zayo), the 2015 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Industry Leadership Award, the 2015 Gold Stevie Winner for Executive of the Year in the Telecommunications, the 2010 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Esprit Award, and the 2009 Communications Technology Professionals Communications Executive of the Year. Dan was also a Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 regional winner and 2011 national finalist.