CEO and co-founder | Rajant Corporation
A trailblazer in wireless communications, Robert Schena is CEO and co-founder of Rajant Corporation and Chairman of the company’s board of directors. A visionary and a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Schena has over 30 years of groundbreaking technology and thought leadership experience and an extensive background in successfully cultivating visionary technology companies, including Rajant, Airclic, FutureVision of America, and World Wide Packets, a Gigabit Ethernet company. He has a strong record of achievements in multiple business endeavors in areas including the integration of sophisticated digital broadband technology, building alliances with technology vendors and strategic partners, operations, fund raising, content acquisition, negotiations with regulators, development of billing and provisioning systems, and public relations.
In 2001, Mr. Schena co-founded Rajant (rajant.com), the exclusive provider of industry-leading Kinetic Meshâ wireless networks used by the U.S. military and numerous commercial industries where he is responsible for ongoing business development, capital financing, stakeholder relationships and assembly of the management team and exit strategies. Mr. Schena has successfully grown this once small startup in Wayne, Pennsylvania to have a strong international presence in a broad array of markets including military, industrial, mining, ports, rail, oil & gas, transportation, petrochemical plants, municipalities, agriculture, utilities, and telecommunications. Today, Rajant conducts business in over 50 countries with large global partners and has offices across the U.S., including in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Kentucky, and Alabama, and remote employees worldwide.
Mr. Schena co-founded Airclic, Inc. on 1999, a wireless application and scanning company and raised $15 million from a group led by Goldman Sachs and Blue Capital Management. Motorola and Symbol Technologies forged a partnership to acquire Airclic and closed a $287 million financial round as well as the contribution of intellectual property in excess of $162 million. Additionally in 1999, Mr. Schena participated in the founding of World Wide Packets.
In 1996, Mr. Schena successfully obtained an FCC license to provide an Open Video System, becoming the first to accomplish. In 2004, he was successful in changing U.S. telecommunications regulations – resulting in obtaining the first FCC license for broadband services delivered in the U.S. from a Canadian satellite.
In 1992, Mr. Schena founded FutureVision of America (FVA). His achievements at FVA as founder and president included obtaining local, state and federal approvals to build a $100 million broadband fiber-to-the-curb architecture and forging a partnership with Bell Atlantic to commercially launch the first video dial tone and digital TV provider and commercially deploy digital set-top boxes, MPEG2 encoders and two-way electronic messaging over television. FVA was successfully sold to Bell Atlantic in 1996.
Prior to founding FVA, Schena served as the CFO, Treasurer, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Marketing for Harron Communications, a pioneering company in the Cable Television industry.
Mr. Schena serves on the State of Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Board, having been appointed by the then PA Governor Tom Ridge in 2001 and reappointed by every proceeding Governor of Pennsylvania. He served on the Board of the Methodist Home for Children. In late 2010, Mr. Schena was named to Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Transition Team. Additionally, Mr. Schena sits on the Kentucky EPSCoR Board and the Morehead State University Foundation Board.
After graduating with a BA in Business Administration from Temple University, Mr. Schena received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lectures and participates in panel discussions on broadband communications and emerging mobile technologies to professional and corporate organizations worldwide.
Mr. Schena is proud most of his five children.