Neal S. Lachman - Group CEO
Mr. Lachman has more than 27 years of business experience, including 20 years in finance and technology. He is a thoroughly experienced, energetic and bold investor who is “cut from entrepreneurial cloth.” Mr. Lachman is also a pragmatic and strategic planner with a long-term business philosophy.
At the moment, after more than 16 years in the making (since founding Angie Communications’ predecessor company in 2000), Mr. Lachman is heading a global team of experts that intends to build some of the largest privately developed projects in the world, namely Next-Generation cable and communications infrastructure in the USA, UK, the Netherlands, France and Germany.
Active in the residential fiber industry since 2000, Mr. Lachman and Chris Rouse sponsored and presented at the first major Fiber To The Home (FTTH) gathering in 2002, which took place in the Rotterdam Theater, the Netherlands. As such, he is widely recognized as one of the earliest pioneers in the FTTH industry.
Over the past 16 years, Mr. Lachman and the Angie team wrote numerous critical analyses, sanity-checks and consultations on FTTH, 4G mobile, city-Wi-Fi projects, etc. This trend started in 1999 with satellite broadband and includes; in 2000 on power-line communications; in 2001-2003 on PON technologies; in 2004 and 2005 on the shortcoming of WiMAX and city-wide Wi-Fi plans; in 2007, the team wrote “the book” on next-generation communications; in 2011, they wrote a critical analysis on a UK fiber operator; in 2012 Mr. Lachman wrote a critical analysis on Google Fiber; and in early 2015, they wrote consultation papers for the 5G mobile access/services inquiry of the USA’s FCC and UK’s Ofcom.
As lead-researcher and lead-author, Mr. Lachman literally wrote "the book" (a 150+ page White Paper) on Next Generation communications in June 2007: "Building Communications Infrastructures for the 21st Century: A Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity for Investors, Vendors and Partners". More than 2,000 industry experts read this publication.
As a respected pioneering technologist and visionary investor, Mr. Lachman is frequently invited to speak about Next Generation communications technologies at important industry events such as the FTTH Council’s WDM-PON Forum (Munich, Germany) and the LTE World Summit (May, 2012, Barcelona, Spain). In August 2012, his analysis of Google's Fiber project in Kansas Ciity, MO, USA was featured by Forbes Magazine and discussed by several industry publications. (Click here for the article, and here for Mr. Lachman's comments.).
In his early 20s, Mr. Lachman went bankrupt twice. Over the years, Mr. Lachman attracted high-profile people to his companies, including Golden Globe winning actor Rutger Hauer (famous from Escape from Sobibor, Blade Runner, Batman Begins, Ladyhawke) as an investor in Angie Communications, and legendary NBA Hall of Fame star Rick Barry as a Senior Partner of Mr. Lachman's Private Equity firm, NSL & Co. International B.V.
Mr. Lachman has been successful in retaining most of the earliest talented people who joined him in 1999/2000. Most of Angie's current executives are long-time associates.
As a passion, Mr. Lachman studies philosophy and psychology. He has written approximately 50 articles, ranging from the psychology of political hatred, the xenophobia, anti-Islam and anti-immigrant trend in the western world, to the Euro Crisis, and the future of Capitalism. Until 2011, Mr. Lachman also maintained a personal blog where he ventilated his opinion.
Mr. Lachman is a truly modern, global executive who is of Indian descend, born in Suriname (South America), and fluent in six languages: English, German, Dutch, Hindi, Urdu, and Surinamese, along with a good understanding of Punjabi, Spanish, French and Italian.
Mr. Lachman is a citizen of the Netherlands, where he grew up and lived for more than 25 years before moving to New York in the early 2000s. For the past 16 years, Mr. Lachman has lived in Vancouver, Canada, New York City and London, where he currently resides.
Mr. Lachman and the Angie team recently authored the following papers:
- Angie's response to the USA FCC's Notice of Inquiry regarding 5G mobile communications;
- Angie's response to the UK Ofcom's Call for Input on 5G mobile communications.