Rob Shanahan, formerly of Conversent Communications, Hired as CEO of Newly Formed Fiber Entity
Lightower LLC, a leading provider of wireless infrastructure, digital fiber optic networks, and wireless services, announced today that it will split the company into two different entities, Lightower Wireless LLC and Lightower Fiber LLC. Rob Shanahan, co-founder of Conversent Communications and former CEO, will take over as CEO of Lightower Fiber LLC immediately while Doug Wiest will remain CEO of Lightower Wireless LLC.
“The decision to reorganize Lightower into two subsidiaries was made to optimize the business opportunities for our core wireless communications tower business, which is growing exponentially, while ensuring a strong emphasis on our fiber business,” said Doug Wiest, CEO of Lightower. “While I will continue to oversee our tower business and continue as a Board Member, we determined that to capture the tremendous growth opportunities in both our businesses, we needed a proven industry professional to focus on our fiber business. On that note, I am pleased to welcome Rob, who brings an excellent track record and is poised to have an immediate impact on shaping our fiber strategy.”
Mr. Shanahan brings to Lightower Fiber over 23 years of experience in management, sales, operations, finance, and regulatory in telecommunications, long distance, wireless bypass, competitive access, and competitive local exchange. Mr. Shanahan co-founded Conversent Communications June 1998 and served as President and CEO until the sale of the Company to One Communications in June 2006. Conversent Communications is widely regarded as one of the most successful CLEC’s for its industry leading financial and operational results.
“I am very pleased to join the Lightower team, which has an outstanding reputation in the telecommunications industry for its high quality network and service to its customers,” said Rob Shanahan, newly appointed CEO of Lightower Fiber. “I look forward to building on Lightower’s core strengths and helping to shape its growth strategy. In addition, we see excellent opportunities to grow Lightower’s network by further solidifying its footprint in the Northeast through potential acquisitions and strategic alliances.”
Lightower Fiber LLC is the dark fiber leader in the Northeast, offering over 1,100 route miles coupled with comprehensive backhaul services. Lightower Fiber’s geographic footprint extends from southern New Hampshire to Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to eastern New York State. Lightower Fiber is headquartered in Boxborough, MA.
Lightower Wireless LLC is a leading full service provider of turnkey wireless infrastructure throughout the United States. The company provides core expertise in all aspects of site deployment, from single sites to large, capital-intensive, technically advanced systems and networks. Lightower Wireless is headquartered in Boxborough, MA.