Effective December 1, Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE: CCI) will have a new leader in its fiber division. Chris Levendos has been appointed to head Crown Castle’s small cells and fiber solutions activities as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Fiber. Levendos will take over the role being vacated by James Young, who is retiring. Young will remain with the company through February 2021 to ensure a smooth transition.
Levendos joined Crown Castle in 2018, and is currently Vice President of Network Engineering and Operations, responsible for the oversight of the company’s national fiber and small cell infrastructure network.
“Chris brings significant operational and organizational leadership experience that will be instrumental as we continue to grow our industry leading small cells and fiber business to support our customers’ 5G network deployments,” stated Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown. “We believe our ability to offer towers, small cells and fiber solutions, which are all integral components of communications networks and are shared among multiple tenants, provides us the best opportunity to generate significant growth while delivering high returns for our shareholders.”
Levendos has more than 30 years of experience operating and leading large fiber network organizations. He was previously executive vice president of Field Operations for Frontier Communications Corporation and led network deployment and operations as an executive of Google Fiber Inc., a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Prior to his time with Google Fiber, Levendos spent most of his career at Verizon Communications Inc. in a variety of operating roles within the company’s wireline division.