Plano-based Fortress Solutions has appointed John Shelnutt as its chief executive officer, replacing Brendon Mills, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.
Fortress Solutions is a global provider of critical infrastructure management and support services for telecommunications carriers, wireless networks, electronic vehicle charging stations, and IoT devices.
“Fortress has an incredibly deep bench of talent that has gained the respect of the largest telecom companies in the world and other providers of critical infrastructure for many years,“ Shelnutt said in a statement.
The new CEO, who served as an independent director for the past year, looks forward to immersing in the operations and engaging with the company’s customers around the globe.
The company said that Shelnutt is an accomplished industry executive who has served as an independent director of Fortress since 2021.
Previously, the CEO served in various senior executive positions at Cisco and Alcatel and, most recently, he was a senior executive of Blue Danube Systems, a startup acquired recently by NEC, after having been backed by Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake and Stanford University, the company said.
Shelnutt also serves on the board of directors of ADDvantage Technologies and the board of trustees of Oglethorpe University and has been engaged with top global ICT organizations such as the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, TIA QuEST Forum, GSMA, IOT World Forum, and the Broadband Forum in helping advance innovation and business priorities across networks, applications, devices, and systems.
“[Shelnutt] is a strong leader and is incredibly strategic, which I observed first-hand while serving as AT&T’s President of Supply Chain and Fleet Operations and as a board member alongside him at ADDvantage Technologies,” said Tim Harden, an independent company director, said in a statement. “His background will only enhance the company’s competencies and ability to service its customers.”
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