American Broadband Announces New CEO and Other Execs


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American Broadband announced the appointment of Christopher Eldredge as its new Chief Executive Officer. Eldredge was previously President and CEO of DuPont Fabros Technology where he oversaw the data center provider’s expansion strategy prior to its sale to Digital Realty Trust. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Global Solutions at NTT America Inc., and previously held management roles at leading telecom organizations, including Frontier Communications, Cablevision, and The Telx Group. Eldredge succeeds Rich Parisi, who will continue to serve on the American Broadband Board of Directors as Chairman.

“The company has a strong foundation in its markets in Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, and Alaska from which to build,” said Eldredge. “We have the team in place to make American Broadband the preeminent broadband service provider for rural communities throughout the United States and a company that offers employees even more opportunities for professional development.” 

George Mack has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, having been with the company since 1994. Mack will oversee all regional operations, inclusive of the Company’s fiber expansion. Mack most recently served as American Broadband’s Chief Financial Officer. He has served in various roles with the Louisiana Telecommunications Association, the Industry Committee of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Louisiana Broadband Advisory Council, and the Business Emergency Operations Center for the State of Louisiana.

Jim Patterson joins American Broadband as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Patterson will concentrate on corporate strategy, new product development, and M&A. Prior to this, Patterson was President of Sprint Wholesale, Founder and CEO of Mobile Symmetry, an identity and security software company, Executive VP of Reliance Infotel Broadband Services, and VP/GM of Flash Wireless. 

Bob O’Keefe has joined American Broadband as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. O’Keefe will oversee marketing, branding, business development, and customer acquisition and retention. O’Keefe most recently served as SVP and CMO at DuPont Fabros Technology (“DFT”), where he helped reposition the company, drive new revenue opportunities, and expand DFT’s presence in new markets. 

Jason Nicolay joins American Broadband as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. He will oversee the company’s M&A, ventures, and strategic partnerships across existing and new markets. Nicolay brings nearly two decades of transactional experience, primarily focused on telecom, including broadband, fiber, fixed wireless, mobile, towers, and spectrum. Previously, he served as a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Telecom, Media and Technology Group, principally focused on telecom infrastructure and operators.  

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