Company

Rob Shanahan

President & Chief Executive Officer

Rob Shanahan has been the President & Chief Executive Officer of Lightower Fiber Networks since 2008. As a veteran in the communications space, Rob Shanahan brings to Lightower over 30 years of industry experience.  Since 2008, Mr. Shanahan has led Lightower from a small, dark fiber provider to a full-service, metro-fiber powerhouse through strong organic growth and six successful acquisitions.  In 1998, Mr. Shanahan co-founded Conversent Communications and served as President and CEO until its acquisition in 2006. Mr. Shanahan’s experience in management also includes serving as a Regional Vice President of Brooks Fiber and a General Manager for Frontier Communications. Mr. Shanahan received a B.S. from Marist College.

Eric Sandman

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Sandman joined Lightower through the acquisition Veroxity Technology Partners. While at Veroxity, Mr. Sandman served as Chief Executive Officer and was a member of the board of directors.  He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NEON Communication Group (formerly Globix Corporation).  Prior to joining NEON, Mr. Sandman was with Northeast Utilities where he reported to the CFO and worked on M&A and corporate strategy activities.  Mr. Sandman received an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine.

Doug Dalissandro

Chief Revenue Officer

Doug Dalissandro brings over 24 years of telecommunications experience to Lightower, where he has led the sales and marketing departments since 2009.  Prior to Lightower, Mr. Dalissandro has held various executive and sales management positions, including Executive Vice President of Sales for One Communications and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Conversent Communications. Before joining Conversent, Mr. Dalissandro was Vice President of Sales at Teleglobe. Mr. Dalissandro received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ohio University.

Jason Campbell

Chief Operations Officer

Jason Campbell brings 17 years of telecommunications engineering and operations experience to Lightower Fiber Networks.  Mr. Campbell is responsible for Operations, Fiber & Network Engineering and Information Systems, and has held these responsibilities at Lightower since 2008. Prior to joining Lightower, Mr. Campbell served as the Vice President of Operations and the Vice President of Network Planning for One Communications. He has held various other telecommunication positions including Vice President of Engineering at Conversent Communications. Mr. Campbell received a bachelor’s degree from New England College.

Philip Olivero

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer at Lightower Fiber Networks, Mr. Olivero oversees the company’s product and market development.  Mr. Olivero came to Lightower with the merger with Sidera Networks where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President of Engineering at AboveNet, where he was responsible for all aspects of engineering across AboveNet’s fiber, optical and IP/Ethernet networks. Mr. Olivero also has served in executive level engineering and operations positions at FiberTower, XO Communications and Fundy Communications (Canada) and held several management positions of increasing responsibility at MCI and Bell Canada. Mr. Olivero holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada).

David Mayer

General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Business Development

David Mayer brings over 25 years of telecommunications and law expertise to Lightower.  Before joining Lightower, Mr. Mayer was Chief Executive Officer of the private equity fund Viridian Investment Partners.  Prior to this, he served as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for One Communications.  From 1999 through 2006, Mr. Mayer was General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Development for Conversent Communications.  Before joining Conversent, Mr. Mayer was in private practice primarily to the communications industry.  Mr. Mayer received a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Texas.

Eric Swanholm

Vice President of Finance

Eric Swanholm joined Lightower Fiber Networks with over twenty years of finance experience.  Prior to Lightower, Eric was Senior Vice President, Controller and Treasurer for One Communications Corp. From 2000-2006, Mr. Swanholm served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Conversent Communications.  Mr. Swanholm received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island and he is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and Rhode Island Society of CPA’s.