W. Benjamin Moreland was appointed Crown Castle's President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served as Crown Castle's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, from April 2000. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Crown Castle and its domestic subsidiaries from October 1999. Mr. Moreland joined Crown Castle following 15 years with Chase Manhattan Bank, primarily in corporate finance and real estate investment banking.
James D. Young was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February 2009. Prior to this appointment, he served as President, U.S. Tower Operations from October 2005. He is responsible for the management of all operational groups including the four Areas, Property Management, Operations, Service Delivery, Performance Improvement, Information Technology, and National Site Development. Mr. Young also sits on the Board of Directors for Crown Castle's business in Australia. With more than 21 years of experience in the telecom industry, Mr. Young has served in several key capacities for various organizations. Prior to joining Crown Castle, he served as the Northeast Region Vice President of Network Operations for Sprint/Nextel, before that spending several years with GTE in a variety of leadership positions across multiple disciplines.
Jay A. Brown was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Crown Castle in July 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as Treasurer of Crown Castle from May 2004. Since joining Crown Castle in August 1999, he has served in a number of positions in corporate development and corporate finance. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mr. Brown worked for a start-up health care company and Arthur Andersen LLP. He is responsible for general corporate financing and compliance activities for Crown Castle. Mr. Brown is a Certified Public Accountant.
E. Blake Hawk has been Executive Vice President and General Counsel since February 1999. Mr. Hawk was an attorney with Brown, Parker & Leahy, LLP in Houston, Texas from 1980 to 1999 and became a partner with the firm in 1986. Mr. Hawk has been licensed as an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant since 1976.
Patrick Slowey was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Chief Commercial Officer in 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Relations. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of National Sales of Crown Castle USA. Mr. Slowey joined Crown Castle in 2000 as Vice President of Business Development, Crown Castle USA. Before joining CCI, Mr. Slowey worked with the wireless carriers Nextel and McCaw Communications (ATT Wireless), as well as Air Products and Chemicals, in various Sales and Operations Management positions.
Phil Kelley was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy in September 2008. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Kelley served as Managing Director of Crown Castle Australia from May 2004. Before that he served as Vice-President of Crown Castle in the US with primary responsibility for the strategic oversight of Crown Castle's subsidiary companies and mergers and acquisitions efforts. Prior to joining Crown Castle International in April of 1997, Phil was a financial analyst, then an asset manager with Archon Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs of New York. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a concentration in Economics.