Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock has named Rob Shanahan to its board, effective immediately.
Shanahan was the president and CEO of Lightower Fiber Networks, a privately held company that provided broadband infrastructure, digital fiber optic networks and data center services. Windstream said 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. He began his career with Pace Long Distance Co., a startup long-distance provider. Shanahan has also held senior management positions with MCI and Brooks Fiber.
In addition, he is a member of the Marist College Board of Trustees, a trustee with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and is actively involved with the Boys & Girls Club.