Donald Burns

Donald Burns portrait Drawing on over 20 years of executive experience in the United States telecom sector, Donald Burns is a skillful leader who has grown the businesses of multiple large organizations. Donald served as the chairman of the board of directors at magicJack, whose Voice over IP (VoIP) technology has enabled millions of customers to make long distance calls throughout the U.S. and Canada using their own Internet connections. A committed philanthropist, he is currently the president and founder of the Donald A. Burns Foundation. He has also invested heavily in Razor House, an architectural masterpiece serving as a rentable space for film shoots in La Jolla, California.

Before his current business ventures, Donald Burns served as the chairman and CEO of YMax Corp. In this capacity, he drew on experience as co-founder, president, and CEO of Telco Communications Group, Inc., a long distance phone service provider launched by Mr. Burns and his business partner in 1993. Donald Burns led the firm to secure a significant market share and, as one of the nation’s largest long-distance providers, compete with AT&T’s dominating presence in the sector. In 1997, he guided the firm through a successful IPO that garnered $77 million and sold the industry-leading firm to Excel Telecommunications for $1 billion.

Before launching Telco, Donald Burns held multiple subsequent leadership roles at Mid-Atlantic Telecom, including executive vice president, COO, and director of operations. He began his telecom career at ATX Communications, starting out with the firm when it began operations in 1985.

Throughout his career, Donald Burns has directed his resources to benefit a number of charitable causes. The Donald A. Burns Foundation supports organizations such as Make a Wish Foundation, Humane Society, Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, among others. The nonprofit has also supported Boys and Girls Clubs and donated funds to facilitate youth sports programs in urban areas.

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