Partner, Lumia Capital
Christopher T. Rogers is a partner at Lumia Capital, an expansion-stage VC partnering with leading tech companies in under-invested emerging markets and forward-thinking US companies targeting these markets to accelerate growth. Previously, he was the co-founder of Nextel Communications (acquired by Sprint for $35 billion) and its two predecessor companies. Chris brings 30 years of mobile industry experience as a founder, advisor, and operator. Most recently, Chris served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Spectrum, at Sprint where he evaluated and executed strategic initiatives, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and joint ventures within the mobile communication and e-commerce sectors. He also was responsible for management and oversight of wireless spectrum licenses and Sprint's portfolio of emerging technology investments. Prior to the 2005 Sprint acquisition, Chris was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Nextel Communications, Inc. In this role, Chris helped to spearhead the roll-up of local carriers that transformed Nextel into a major national operator. He also led the series of deals in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil that resulted in the creation of Nextel International, now an independent public company. Chris was also responsible for negotiations with regulators, investors, and carriers in China, Saudi Arabia, India, Jordan, and Pakistan, among other geographies.