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Windstream Names Rob Shanahan to Board

November 5, 2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Windstream, an innovative communications and software company, has named Rob Shanahan to the board of managers for the company. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Rob’s vast leadership experience in fiber deployments and strong commitment to a customer-first approach will be a tremendous asset to our board as we substantially expand our fiber infrastructure to expand 1Gig broadband service and transform our business to growth,” said Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer for Windstream.

Shanahan was the president and chief executive officer of Lightower Fiber Networks, a privately held company that provided broadband infrastructure, digital fiber optic networks and data center services. He oversaw the company’s expansion into one of the largest metro fiber providers in the U.S.

Shanahan also co-founded Conversent Communications and served as the company’s president and CEO from 1998 until it was sold in 2006. Shanahan began his career with Pace Long Distance Company, a start-up long-distance provider. Throughout his career, he also held senior management positions with MCI and Brooks Fiber.

Shanahan is a member of the Board of Trustees at Marist College and is also actively involved with the Boys & Girls Club and a Trustee with the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

About Windstream

Windstream Holdings is a privately held communications and software company. Windstream offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. The company also provides premium broadband, entertainment and security services through an enhanced fiber network and 5G fixed wireless service to consumers and small and midsize businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Additional information is available at or Follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.

David Avery, 501-748-5876

Source: Windstream Holdings