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Piche named new COO of Crown Castle’s tower division

Exec to replace Robert Ackerman who’s retiring after two decades with Crown Castle.

Crown Castle recently announced that Catherine Piche will succeed Robert C. Ackerman as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer—Towers effective September 1, 2021.
Piche joined Crown Castle in 2011 and has served in a number of leadership roles, including most recently as Senior Vice President—Project Delivery, Design & Construction for Crown Castle’s Fiber business. She previously served as Vice President–Project Delivery, and led multiple regions within Crown Castle’s Tower organization as Area President.

Prior to joining Crown Castle, Piche held various leadership positions at American Tower Corporation and served in numerous site development roles at Sprint Corporation and AT&T Wireless.
Piche replaces Ackerman who will retire following a 50-year career that included 23 years in different senior leadership roles at Crown Castle. He will remain with Crown Castle in an advisor capacity until February 2022 to help with various matters, including Piche’s transition.

Jay Brown’s comments

“I want to thank Bob for his significant contributions and steady leadership that helped us generate significant growth and create value for our shareholders during the last 23 years, and I want to wish him the best in his retirement,” Jay Brown, Crown Castle’s Chief Executive Officer said in a statement. “I am excited to welcome Cathy to our executive management team and believe her proven leadership capabilities and extensive operational experience will be invaluable as we support our customers’ nationwide 5G deployments.”

Crown Castle’s tower portfolio includes approximately 40,000 sites in the United States. Last November the company was the first of the public tower companies to ink a major infrastructure deal for Dish Network’s 5G build, which includes up to 20,000 sites. Verizon reached an agreement with the company earlier this to add new gear to existing sites, as it prepares to deploy C-band spectrum in December.

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