Charles C. (Cliff) Bream III
President & CEO, Next Graphite, Inc.
Mr. Bream is a seasoned executive, turnaround expert, and investor with over 25 years of experience leading companies in the telecommunications, computer, office products, and packaged goods sectors. He has managed public and private companies as President/CEO, has served as a senior executive at Fortune 500 corporations, and has worked in environments ranging in revenue from $1 million to over $15 billion. He has considerable Pacific Rim experience and currently serves on two Boards: Xnergy, Inc. (clean tech) and APTA (microelectronics).
Mr. Bream is a Senior Managing Director at GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, a national specialty financial advisory services firm providing solutions to complex business problems and Board level agenda items. Prior to this he served as a Senior Managing Director at Ballenger, Cleveland & Issa, a turnaround and restructuring firm, and as Managing Partner of 360 Partners, LLC, an M&A and merchant banking firm which he co-founded. Before 360, he was CEO ofEsyon Corporation, a broadband wireless company that he rolled out in the U.S. and expanded into China. Mr. Bream’s \ telecommunications experience also includes Worldwide Wireless Networks, a publicly-held wireless communications company, where he was President. As Senior Vice President & General Manager of General Research Corporation’s Telecommunications Division, he spearheaded that company’s diversification by introducing new software product lines and services. At Cable & Wireless, Mr. Bream was Senior Vice President of U.S. Marketing & Business Development, where he helped grow revenues and profits to record levels by restructuring the company to drive products to market faster and more cost effectively. During the years he spep.t in telecommunications, Mr. Bream carved out time to serve as a partner of Holding Capital Group, an investment bank that has acted as principal in over 200 acquisitions aggregating to $3 billion in value.
Prior to his time in telecommunications, Mr. Bream held various executive positions in the computer & software and office products industries. At EMS, a distributor of hardware & software products, he was brought in as President to tum around declining sales and profits. His new team returned the company to profitability, which led to its successful sale. Prior to EMS, he was a Senior Vice President at Xerox, where he contributed to sizable revenue and profit gains by overhauling his four business units and their sales channels, and grew a major software line to # 1 in the industry. As Vice President/GM at Data General, he turned an unprofitable division into the company’s highest margin business unit. He also served as Vice President of Marketing at Epson America, expanding the company’s product lines to reach a much broader customer base. This was a major contributor to the company becoming # 1 in the printer industry during his tenure.
Mr. Bream began his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvan