Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

April 12, 2012
John Spirtos Joins Board of Trustees

John B. Spirtos '91, a highly successful and respected senior executive and Southwestern alumnus, was elected to Southwestern's Board of Trustees at the Board's Spring 2012 meeting. Mr. Spirtos is Chief Executive Officer of GridPoint Inc., a leading provider of smart energy solutions to consumers and producers of energy. He has nearly 20 years' experience in business operations, management, venture capital and legal capacities, having spent the last 15 years working on operational matters within the energy and communications technology sectors. 

In announcing the appointment, Dean Bryant Garth said, "Southwestern will benefit greatly from Mr. Spirtos' expertise and abiding interest in the advancement of the law school. His business acumen and connection to the law school will be invaluable as we pursue new opportunities for strategic partnerships, programs and campus expansion."
At GridPoint, headquartered in Arlington, VA, Mr. Spirtos is responsible for the company's day-to-day business operations and has served as the company's chief executive since October 2010.  Prior to GridPoint, Mr. Spirtos was Senior Vice President of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ "CMVT"), the leading billing and messaging software provider to the global communications industry.  He previously served as Senior Vice President of NeuStar Inc. (NYSE "NSR"), a provider of clearinghouse and directory services to the communications and Internet industry, and as President of Corvis Corporation (NASDAQ "CORV") and its subsidiary, Broadwing Communications (NASDAQ "BWNG"), an integrated communications equipment and services provider. Early in his career, he practiced law in the private sector at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP, now K&L Gates, LLP.

In the last few years, Mr. Spirtos has served on the Boards of Directors of GridPoint, Evolving Systems (NASD "EVOL"), Primus Telecommunications, Inc. (NYSE "PTGI"), and a host of private communications companies, as well as the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, a Washington, DC-based charitable organization dedicated to improving the life prospects of disadvantaged DC-area youth by providing athletic, academic and life skills activities.

In addition to his J.D. from Southwestern, Mr. Spirtos holds a B.S. from the University of California, and LL.M. and M.B.A. degrees from Georgetown University. He is a member of the California State and District of Columbia Bars.

"It is an honor and a privilege for me to become part of Southwestern's Board of Trustees and give back to the school, which played an important part of my development first as an attorney, and later as a member of the technology community," Mr. Spirtos said. "I look forward to working with Dean Garth and the other Trustees as Southwestern enters its second century of educating the next generation of business and legal professionals."