Founder and Managing Member – New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX)
Gil Santaliz is the Founder and CEO of NJFX, as well as the visionary behind developing NJFX as North America’s preeminent international hub for subsea communications, interconnecting many international carriers across three continents with multiple predictable, private backhaul and U.S. termination options. In order to satisfy the market, Mr. Santaliz developed the concept of “Tier 3 by the Subsea”, a purpose-built facility for high- and low-density data center space as well as colocation of subsea systems interconnecting global backbone networks to unique metro fiber assets providing safe, diverse and unique backhaul options. This is a paradigm shift from traditional backhaul to the nearest metro without consideration of potential bottlenecks found in congested areas such as New York and Northern New Jersey.
Mr. Santaliz was previously the CEO, Founder and Managing Member of 4Connections LLC, a metro fiber network provider he founded in 2001. Under Mr. Santaliz’s leadership, 4Connections pioneered the deployment of carrier-neutral dark fiber services for both New Jersey and New York City. In 2008, Mr. Santaliz successfully exited the business in a preemptive transaction with Optimum Lightpath, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cablevision.
Prior to founding 4Connections, Mr. Santaliz, who has over two decades in the communications industry, was the General Manager of a joint venture company between GPU Telecom and Telergy, which leased dark fiber network. During his early career, Mr. Santaliz held several management positions at the Williams Company and PSE&G. He began his career at MCI in New York, Atlanta and Mexico City.
Today, Mr. Santaliz serves as a member of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Board of Trustees as well as the Morristown-Beard School Executive Board. He has also recently led as Interim CEO of fiber companies such as 24/7 Fiber Network, and supported private equity groups such as Spire Capital through acquisition strategies.
Mr. Santaliz received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.