Christopher William Hartnett, Ph.D. is the founder and retired Chairman of USA Global Link, Inc., Global Online, Inc.(GOL) and the publicly traded Global Online India, Inc. (GOLX).
Dr. Hartnett was the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of these companies since their founding in 1992, 1997, and 1999 respectively. These companies were successfully liquidated and/or merged in June 2001.
USA Global Link’s sister company, Global Online, Inc. (GOL) founded by its Chairman and CEO Dr. Hartnett in 1993, was one of the world’s first international web based meta-hub portals on the internet with over 5860 separate and distinct “Global” web sites and he has been credited with setting the standard model for international mega directory portals on the internet such as Alta Vista, Yahoo, AOL and Google
Dr. Hartnett chaired the Executive Board of all three companies, whose aggregate average market value, independently appraised in 2000 by Deloitte and Touché, was $2.8 billion. Dr. Hartnett and his family owned and controlled 85% of these corporations.
From 1992-2001, USA Global Link, Inc. was the world's largest provider of discount international telecommunications services with in excess of 5750 agents and employees and staffed offices in over 160 countries and territories. USA Global Link was a facilities-based carrier and a pioneer in the provisioning of advanced global telecom services. It was the international long-distance "Carrier of Choice" for the 256 World Trade Centers in 120 countries and territories, and their 400,000 plus members making it the first and only truly global telephone company in the world. USA Global Link's sister company, Global Online, Inc. (GOL) founded by Dr. Hartnett in 1993 was one of the world's first international web based meta-hub portals on the internet with over 5860 separate and distinct web sites and is credited with setting the standard model for international portals on the internet such as Yahoo, Google and AOL.