Donald Burns

Donald Burns portrait Drawing on over 20 years of executive experience in the United States telecom sector, Donald Burns supports the activities of magicJack as its chairman of the board of directors. As the inventor of Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, magicJack has enabled millions of customers to make long distance calls throughout the U.S. and Canada using their own Internet connections. An experienced business leader, Donald Burns also operates an LLC that has invested heavily in Razor House, an architectural masterpiece serving as a rentable space for film shoots in La Jolla, California. Additionally, he leads the development of Motor Yacht Chasseur, a luxury yacht available for charter.

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, Mr. 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 Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket and the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute. Additionally, the nonprofit has donated funds to facilitate youth sports programs in urban areas.