Stevens Honor Award
As an executive, innovator and negotiator, Nathaniel A. Davis has lent his leadership and insight into several emerging fields, including telecommunications, satellite radio, digital media, online learning and more.
Mr. Davis served as COO, president and board member of XO Communications, where he quadrupled revenue beyond $1 billion. He also served as executive vice president for network and technical service with Nextel, as CFO of MCI Telecom and founder and president of MCI Metro, and as managing director of the RANND Advisory Group.
From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Davis served on the board of XM Satellite Radio, and as the company’s CEO and president from 2006 to 2008. Under his leadership, the company increased profits, restructured contracts for on-air content, and developed multiple new MP3 digital audio players. In 2008, with XM’s revenue annually surpassing $1 billion, Mr. Davis led its merger with Sirius, steering it through an intricate regulatory process and successfully lobbying Congress and myriad federal agencies to approve the deal. The new company, Sirius XM, provides music, talk and other programming to 30 million subscribers.
Currently, Mr. Davis is executive chairman of K12, an innovative education software company with local and state government clients throughout the country. Having also served the company as CEO, Mr. Davis has contributed his expertise in public policy and public relations.
Additionally, Mr. Davis serves on the boards of global IT firm Unisys; RLJ Lodging Trust, which invests in real estate; and Mutual of America Capital Management, which manages billions in assets for policy holders and pension funds. He has also served on the boards of EarthLink, Charter Communications, and Telica Switching.
Mr. Davis has devoted his time to philanthropy and community service. His passion centers around education and health care for underprivileged children. He has served on the boards of the Washington D.C. Boys & Girls Club, the Northern Virginia Roundtable, the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, and the foster care and adoption agency Progressive Life Center. He founded the JANDT Foundation, which supports educational opportunities for minority children.
During his time at Stevens, Mr. Davis was a member of Khoda, Gear & Triangle, the Student Council, the Student Review Board, and the Black Students Union. As an alumnus, he has supported STEP, the Stevens Technical Enrichment Program for underserved students of diverse backgrounds, and he currently serves on the President’s Leadership Council.
Mr. Davis earned an M.B.A. and an M.S. in engineering computer science, both from Penn. He has two sons, a daughter, and a grandson, and he lives with his wife, Al Gene, in Virginia.