Having been involved in telecommunications ever since graduating from the University of Maryland, magicJack seemed like a perfect fit for Donald Burns. Hired in 2010 as a Director, he then became the Chairman in 2013. Mr. Burns had big plans for magicJack. With its low prices, he felt that magicJack would not only be able to compete against its competitors but over take them in time.
For those who may not be familiar with magicJack, it is a device that is connected to a computer which allows you to make unlimited phone calls in the U.S. and Canada using the existing internet connection already in your home or wherever you can access wifi. The cost of the product is under $50.00 and a small yearly fee thereafter. The amount of money that one can save is amazing. When Donald Burns and magicJack got together, one knew that good things were going to happen.
This is who Donald Burns is: he takes leadership roles whenever the opportunity rises. Sitting back and waiting for someone else to handle things is not in his DNA. It is some accomplishment to have titles that he has at the highest possible levels.
In 1993, Mr. Burns got things started by opening Telco Communications Group, Inc., a telecommunications company along with its subsidiaries Dial and Save. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman until the company was sold to Excel Communications Inc. in 1997.
He served as the President of YMax Corp., part of the magicJack family, from March 2007 to February 2008. After that, he was appointed Director from March 2007 to June 2009. He became Chairman of the Board of Directors from February 2008 to June 2009.
The Donald Burns magicJack connection was a perfect fit for him. YMax Corp was in position to be successful as it offered a variety of telecom services, consumer products as well as software development by its subsidiary operating companies. He felt YMax was structured in a way that it was in position to keep its costs down and the quality of its calls high. It was a time where there was a lot of changes and movement in this industry.
People were adapting to the changing landscape of communications with their land lines, cell phones and voice over the internet technology (VoIP) such as magicJack. Consumers wanted to save money with their phones while keeping the quality of service they were used to.
In 2010, he was appointed to magicJack VocalTec Ltd. Board of Directors and was re-elected again to a three year term in 2011. From there he became Chairman on Dec 27 ,2012. He was also a member of the Company’s Audit Committee. Donald Burns is a doer who welcomes a good challenge.
It seems that every time we turn around there is a new product in telecommunications. Mr. Burns was there and involved with the big changes that were occurring in the telecommunications area. For more than 20 years Mr. Burns has been involved in several companies in various high level positions. One can only wonder what he will do the next 20 years.