Jay A. Brown was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2016. Mr. Brown was Crown Castle’s Chief Financial Officer from July 2008 to May 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as Treasurer of Crown Castle from May 2004. Since joining Crown Castle in August 1999, he has served in a number of positions in corporate development and corporate finance. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mr. Brown worked for a start-up health care company and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Brown holds a BBA from Baylor University.
Robert C. Ackerman was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Towers and Small Cells in September 2017. Mr. Ackerman is responsible for the management of all tower and small cell operational groups. Prior to this appointment, he served as Area President since 2002. Mr. Ackerman joined Crown Castle in August 1998 and has over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. Prior to joining Crown Castle, he served as a Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Mr. Ackerman holds a BA from the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
James D. Young was appointed Chief Operating Officer – Fiber in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief Operating Officer from 2009 and President, US Tower Operations from 2005. He is responsible for the management of the fiber solutions business. With more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry, Mr. Young has served in leadership roles across multiple disciplines and organizations. Prior to joining Crown Castle, he served as the Northeast Region Vice President of Network Operations for Sprint/Nextel and started his career with GTE. Mr. Young currently serves on several civic and community Boards including the Pittsburgh Regional Authority Economic Development Council. Mr. Young holds a BA from DePauw University, a BS in Systems Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters of Science in Management degree from Purdue University.
Daniel K. Schlanger joined Crown Castle in April 2016 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Schlanger previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exterran GP LLC, the general partner of Exterran Partners, L.P., from June 2006 through March 2009 and as a director of Exterran GP LLC’s board of directors from October 2006 through November 2015. More recently, Mr. Schlanger served as Senior Vice President of Global Products at Exterran Corporation, an oil and gas products and services company, where he was responsible for global product strategy development and implementation. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Schlanger also served as Senior Vice President in various capacities, including marketing and operations, with Exterran Holdings, Inc. and Exterran GP LLC. Prior to working with Exterran Partners, L.P. and Exterran Corporation, Mr. Schlanger was employed as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co. where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions in the energy sector. Mr. Schlanger holds a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ken Simon joined Crown Castle in September 2015 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mr. Simon was the Managing Partner-Houston of the global law firm of Locke Lord LLP, where he practiced corporate and tax law for 30 years. While practicing with Locke Lord, Mr. Simon held several leadership positions, including serving as the Administrative Partner, the Co-Financial Partner and a member of the Management Committee. He is a past Chair and current Board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and has served on numerous civic and community Boards, including the Greater Houston Partnership, Teach for America and the American Heart Association. Mr. Simon holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
Mike Kavanagh was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Chief Commercial Officer in January 2017. Mr. Kavanagh joined Crown Castle in 2010 as the President of DAS operations and became President of Small Cell Sales in 2012. Before joining Crown Castle, Mr. Kavanagh was a co-founder & CEO of NewPath Networks from 2004-2010. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kavanagh co-founded Metawave Communications where he served in executive roles in both sales and project management. With more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry, he has held key positions for organizations including Opencell Corporation, US West NewVector and the Raytheon Corporation. Mr. Kavanagh holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Seattle University.
Phil Kelley was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy in September 2008. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Kelley served as Managing Director of Crown Castle Australia from May 2004. Before that he served as Vice President of Crown Castle in the US, with primary responsibility for the strategic oversight of Crown Castle’s subsidiary companies and mergers and acquisitions efforts. Prior to joining Crown Castle in April 1997, Mr. Kelley was a financial analyst, then an asset manager, with Archon Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs of New York. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a concentration in Economics.
Laura Nichol was appointed Senior Vice President, Business Support in May 2014. She brings to Crown Castle over a decade of leadership consulting experience to boards and CEOs, in addition to experience in executive leadership roles at American General and Chase Bank of Texas. In her role, Ms. Nichol focuses on implementation of strategies to support Crown Castle’s unique culture.
W. Benjamin (Ben) Moreland was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of Crown Castle in June 2016. Prior to his current role, Mr. Moreland served as President and CEO from July 2008 until May 2016 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000. He joined Crown Castle in 1999 after 15 years with Chase Manhattan Bank, primarily in corporate finance and real estate investment banking. Mr. Moreland is a former board member and Chairman of the Board of WIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association and former member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He serves on the Board of Directors of Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN) and is a former board member of Monogram Residential Trust (NYSE: MORE), until its privatization in September 2017. Mr. Moreland also serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Methodist Hospital, where he chairs the subsidiary, Methodist Health Centers Board. He is a member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, and holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The University of Houston.