Md7 is an invaluable partner to wireless companies offering deep industry expertise, integrity, technical know-how and innovative solutions. We help wireless operators manage their cell site leases, landlord relationships and all their real estate-related issues. With offices in the US and Europe, we are uniquely positioned to expertly manage any and every lease portfolio.
MEET THE MD7 EXECUTIVE TEAM
Michael D. Gianni
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Michael founded Md7 in 2003 with 20 years of wireless infrastructure experience. As Chairman and CEO, he has pioneered a company that is committed to alleviating real estate costs associated with doing business in the wireless industry by providing an outsource solution in the areas of asset and infrastructure management to wireless operators globally. Michael has led Md7 from the US into the UK and Continental Europe, and is driving into Latin America and Asia.
Prior to Md7, Michael utilized his extensive entrepreneurial expertise to build Gianni & Associates, a $1.5-million construction company he grew to a $20-million services organization providing site acquisition, zoning, construction and equipment installation services to the wireless industry. Gianni & Associates developed cell sites for Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T Wireless, RAM Mobile Data, Nextel and other wireless operators.
His ongoing success has also been greatly informed by his longtime relationships with industry leaders, including Amps Platform beginning in 1984 (Airtouch, now Verizon Wireless); Ram Mobile Data from 1990 – 1993 (now Cingular Wireless); Fleetcall from 1993 – 1994 (now Nextel) ; Omnitel Pronto Italia from 1994 – 1995 (now Vodafone); BellSouth DCS from 1995 – 1996 (now AT&T Mobility); and AT&T Wireless – Narrowband from 1996 – 1997 (now AT&T Mobility). Within these projects, Michael was responsible for managing and deploying sites in excess of 2,000 wireless facilities spanning two continents.
Michael and his executive team at Md7 are committed to sharing their success with those in need around the world through dedicated corporate giving. The company contributes to multiple organizations that fight hunger, provide improved medical services, connect with inner-city kids, prevent child abuse, and support and love the poorest of the poor in many nations. Michael and his wife, Heidi, personally spearhead financial intervention among the poor in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America as members of the Board of Governors for Opportunity International — one of the world’s largest non-for-profit microfinance organizations whose mission to provide small loans to the underprivileged. Michael is also a prior member of the renowned Young President’s Organization (YPO). He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration / Real Estate Finance from San Diego State University.
Michael enjoys sports with his family, including surfing, snowboarding, and golf. He resides in San Diego with his wife and three boys.
Michael G. Fraunces
President, North America / General Counsel
Mike serves as President, North America and General Counsel of Md7. Prior to Md7, Mike was a corporate transactional lawyer, practicing in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, licensing and general corporate matters. From November 2001 until March 2004, Mike was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm with more than 800 attorneys. From January 1993 until November 2001, he was a partner and associate attorney at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, a 200-attorney firm with a longstanding reputation in Southern California’s legal community.
Mike graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Administration. After graduation, he attended the Naval Nuclear Power School and subsequently served five years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving on-board the U.S.S. Barb, a fast attack nuclear-powered submarine. Following his service in the Navy, Mike attended Yale Law School, graduating in 1992. While at Yale, he was the Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal (i.e., law review) and was published in the Yale Law Journal. Mike resides in San Diego with his wife and son.
Mark C. Christenson
President, International / CTO
Mark serves as the President, Europe and Global CTO of Md7. Mark’s experience in the wireless industry dates back to 1995 when he worked in the telecommunications and business process outsourcing practice at Andersen Consulting. His clients included AirTouch (now Verizon Wireless) and Pacific Bell (now AT&T).
From 2001 through 2003, Mark served as COO/CTO of Extend Global, a supply chain management company delivering wireless solutions to various vertical industries. From 1999 through 2001, Mark was the Director of Product Marketing at Aspen Technology, responsible for a market segment in supply chain planning and execution. Prior to Aspen’s acquisition of Petrolsoft Corporation, Mark was the Managing Director of Internet Solutions at Petrolsoft.
From 1995 through 1999, Mark had tenures at Deloitte Consulting and Andersen Consulting, serving large clients in customer relationship management, e-commerce solutions, business process outsourcing and large-scale systems integration. Prior to 1995, Mark served for four years as an officer in the Navy after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University. He resides in San Diego with his wife and three daughters.
Vice President of Operations
Tom serves as the Vice President of Operations at Md7. Since entering the wireless industry in 1995, Tom has successfully founded two startups, negotiated agreements for microwave relocation, tower site development, collocation, equity and debt funding and lease renegotiations.
Prior to Md7, Tom served as a Principal for BridgeWest, LLC, a private equity firm in La Jolla, California. At BridgeWest, Tom focused on funding for telecom start-ups. Tom also successfully founded and managed two tower companies from their inception to sale. These companies, one in Arlington, Virginia and the other in Mexico City, Mexico, returned ten and seven times the initial investment to investors, respectively. Additionally, Tom entered the wireless industry by negotiating complex multi-party microwave relocation agreements on behalf of Carriers which secured licenses in the initial PCS auction in 1995.
Tom received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tom resides with his wife and two sons in San Diego, California.
History and Values
Established in 2003, Md7 is a private company that is majority-owned by management. Founded by Michael D. Gianni, Md7 has 20 years of wireless infrastructure experience. Michael has led Md7 from the US into the UK and Continental Europe, and is driving into Latin America and Asia.
Md7 values our business relationships and we make every effort to provide innovative solutions to our customers with integrity, honesty and a commitment to exceed expectations. Though it may not be a popular position with businesses these days, we believe in a balanced life, respect for the individual, and working smarter, not longer. We strive for continuous improvement, extreme service and look for every opportunity to give back to the community and beyond.