Meet the leaders who are reshaping the internet
industry for the better.
Chief Executive Officer
Bob’s leadership roles at Verizon and other telecommunications entities span the gamut from network operations to marketing and strategy. He has deep expertise in public and private companies and has served as an advisor to multiple private equity firms. While the breadth and depth of his industry experience is crucial in his role as Brightspeed’s Chief Executive Officer, his ability to develop excellent teams that deliver exceptional customer service and growth sets him apart in the industry.
Chief Adminstration Officer
Chris brings a wealth of leadership experience in transforming wireline telecom businesses and driving customer growth. During his tenure with Verizon, he led large network and multi-billion-dollar business units that created powerful fiber optic access to millions of homes and businesses. Highly skilled in leading telecom mergers and acquisitions, Chris is focused on ensuring that Brightspeed delivers all its brand implies, for customers and employees.
Chief Operating Officer
Tom’s telecommunications experience spans four decades, from an early career as a field technician to subsequently leading many facets of the business. This experience brings a unique perspective to Brightspeed’s business model and influences Tom’s belief that operations is most effective when it works with other parts of the organization to provide the best customer experience. Tom looks forward to engaging the Brightspeed operations teams to leverage state- of-the-art technology to serve existing and future customers.
Chief Technology Officer
As a visionary at Verizon and its predecessor company for over two decades, Ashok built systems that ran the first large scale deployment of Fiber to The Home Network (Verizon Fios) and spent a decade helping Verizon scale Fios into the most reliable broadband in America. Most recently, he enabled its brick-and-mortar business into digital first engagement for over 100 million wireless and Fios customers. As Chief Technology Officer, Ashok’s experience and leadership will play a vital role in delivering Brightspeed’s planned fiber optics transformation.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Colon’s HR leadership experience is rooted in the Carolinas where he served Duke Energy for twenty-two years. Colon has led large human resources organizations within public and private equity-backed companies in the greater Chicago area since 2008 and is excited to return to his hometown of Charlotte to lead the human resources function for Brightspeed.
Chief Legal Officer
Steve is excited to join Brightspeed’s mission to bridge the digital divide and connect the most underserved areas. In multiple leadership positions in Legal over a 30-year career at Verizon, Steve’s teams helped transform the telecommunications business, from sales and marketing, to technology, centralized services, policy and operations. His objective at Brightspeed is to position the Legal Department as a competitive advantage for growth and development of the business.
Chief Financial Officer
Christie is responsible for Brightspeed’s finance, accounting and treasury operations and will direct capital planning and investment initiatives to drive the company’s $2 billion fiber optics transformation plan. Christie’s financial, operational and leadership experience spans more than 25 years, most recently with Terminix, where she served as Chief Financial Officer of Residential business and oversaw the company’s long-term corporate development and strategy as Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions.
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Last updated on October 21, 2021.