Brian Coyne joined Smart Choice Communications (SCC) as Chief Financial Officer in June 2020. He is responsible for the company’s finance and accounting organization, including strategic planning, capital allocation, HR, risk management, and compliance. He brings to SCC more than 20 years of financial and management experience in the telecom, media, and technology sector.
Prior to joining Smart Choice, Brian spent five years as Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations at business communications services provider, Fusion Connect. There, he led all business aspects of the company’s M&A, capital markets, and IR strategy, playing a pivotal role in its nearly 10x growth in less than four years. Brian also developed and managed the FP&A function through Fusion’s acquisition of Birch Communications in 2018, with responsibility for budgeting, forecasting, and analysis to support critical business decisions in a high growth environment.
Brian began his career in the Communications & Media Investment Banking groups at UBS and Lehman Brothers, where he worked on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions. He then spent nearly a decade as a senior equity research analyst covering the cable TV, media, and communications technology industries, primarily at investment bank Friedman Billings Ramsey (now B Riley FBR). In 2008 he was recognized by Forbes/StarMine as the #1 ranked analyst on Wall Street for stock picking in the Communications Equipment sector.