Crown Castle Organizational Structure
Crown Castle has specific subsidiaries, namely, Crown Castle NG East LLC, NewPath Networks LLC, Crown Castle NG Central LLC, Crown Castle NG West LLC, Crown Castle NG Atlantic LLC, and WA - CLEC LLC, serving specific states or areas. Employee profiles on LinkedIn suggest, however, that the key regional divisions for fiber engineering and operations (including construction) are the East Region, the West Region, the Central Region, and the South Region. Each of these regions has a corresponding vice president of fiber engineering and operations. Heading the East Region is Owen Deneny. The states under his jurisdiction are not publicly available, but the jurisdiction of Crown Castle NG East LLC suggests that they are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
To find the organizational structure of Crown Castle, we began by scouring the company's website. We accessed the pages on the navigation menu one by one and focused especially on the About Us page, the Form 10-K, the company overview or investor presentation, the earnings conference call, the Careers page, the History page, and the Regulatory Status page. Through this initial step, we were able to gather details about how the leadership team is structured, how the job openings of the company are classified, and which subsidiaries serve which states.
As we were unable to get a complete picture of the company's organizational structure from the company's website, we proceeded to search for databases of organizational charts. This second step led us to DiscoverOrg and The Official Board, which both offer organizational charts. Unfortunately, on these two sites, the complete organizational chart of Crown Castle is unavailable or paywalled, and we were prompted to conduct a press and image search for Crown Castle's organizational chart or structure. This change in strategy proved helpful, as it enabled us to find an old Crown Castle organizational chart, a chart of the company's corporate structure before the company became a real estate investment trust (REIT), and a chart of the company's corporate structure after the company became an REIT. These charts provided insights into how the organization is divided by geographic area.
Lastly, we reviewed the profiles of top-ranking Crown Castle employees on LinkedIn and checked if there are regional divisions. This final step proved useful as well, as it helped us ascertain the individuals heading the regional divisions. As requested, we paid special attention to the structure of the organization on the East Coast. Taking into account the states on the East Coast, we examined the profiles of employees located in said region.
While the current organizational structure of Crown Castle is not readily available in the public domain, both the company's About Us page and Form 10-K suggest that the organization is structured by line of business. Details about the leadership team on the company's About Us page indicate that the company has two chief operating officers, one for towers and small cells and one for fiber. Robert C. Ackerman, a senior vice president, serves as the chief operating officer for towers and small cells, while James D. Young, also a senior vice president, serves as the chief operating officer for fiber. As can be seen below, the leadership team is composed of these chief operating officers and the following executive officers: chief executive officer, chief financial officer, general counsel, head of business support, head of corporate development and strategy, and chief commercial officer/head of sales.
Chief Executive Officer: Jay A. Brown
Chief Operating Officer - Towers and Small Cells: Robert C. Ackerman
Chief Operating Officer - Fiber: James D. Young
Chief Financial Officer: Daniel K. Schlanger
General Counsel: Kenneth J. Simon
Head of Business Support: Laura Nichol
Head of Corporate Development and Strategy: Phil Kelley
Chief Commercial Officer/Head of Sales: Mike Kavanagh
Also, the company's latest Form 10-K shows that the company has only two operating segments, namely, Towers and Fiber. According to this Form 10-K, the Towers operating segment provides access to the company's more or less 40,000 towers across the United States, while the Fiber operating segment provides access to the company's more or less 65,000 route miles of fiber. There is no indication in this Form 10-K that the company reports financial figures by geographic area.
However, available charts of the company's corporate structure suggest that certain entities are responsible for certain geographic areas. There are three charts of the company's corporate structure in the public domain. One was published in 2014, another was a pre-REIT transaction chart, and another was a post-REIT transaction chart. It was in 2014 that the company became an REIT. Under the assumption that the post-REIT transaction chart is indicative of the current structure, Crown Castle International Corp. is the parent company, and under it is the Crown Castle Operating Company. Under Crown Castle Operating Company is Crown Castle Solutions Corp., which is composed of the following subsidiaries:
- Crown Castle NG Networks LLC
- Crown Castle NG West LLC
- Crown Castle NG Central LLC
- Crown Castle NG East LLC
- Crown Castle NG Atlantic LLC
- 24/7 Chesapeake Holdings LLC
- 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network of Virginia LLC
- 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network LLC
- Chesapeake Fiber, LLC
- CA - CLEC LLC
- NY - CLEC LLC
- PA - CLEC LLC
- WA - CLEC LLC
- NewPath Networks Holding LLC
- NewPath Networks LLC
- InSITE Solutions LLC
- InSITE Fiber of Virginia LLC
The company's Regulatory Status page shows which entities serve which states:
- Crown Castle NG East LLC serves 15 states, namely, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
- NewPath Networks LLC serves 7 states, namely, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oregon, and Virginia.
- Crown Castle NG Central LLC serves 15 states, namely, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- Crown Castle NG West LLC serves 6 states, namely, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
- Crown Castle NG Atlantic LLC serves the District of Columbia and Maryland.
- WA - CLEC LLC serves Washington.
Crown Castle employee profiles on LinkedIn suggest, however, that it is fiber engineering and operations that are divided into regions, namely: East, West, Central, and South. Owen Deneny heads the East Region, John Toccalino heads the West Region, Karen Rohrkemper heads the Central Region, and Rick Perkins heads the South Region. Based on these individuals' LinkedIn profiles, all four heads are vice presidents, and engineering and operations encompasses construction. On the company's Careers page, on the other hand, jobs are classified into data and technology, engineering, and project implementation.
As previously mentioned, the Crown Castle subsidiary that serves the East Region is Crown Castle NG East LLC. The subsidiary serves 15 states, namely, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Engineering and operations in these states are headed by Owen Deneny, a vice president based in the Greater New York City Area. There is no indication in the public domain that the East Region is divided further into sub-regions, but there are indications that the East Region has its dedicated program manager, director of site acquisition, director of implementation for towers, and director of finance and strategy and business process management.