W. Benjamin (Ben) Moreland was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of Crown Castle in June 2016. Prior to his current role, Mr. Moreland served as President and CEO from July 2008 until May 2016 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000. He joined Crown Castle in 1999 after 15 years with Chase Manhattan Bank, primarily in corporate finance and real estate investment banking. Mr. Moreland is a former board member and Chairman of the Board of WIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association and former member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He serves on the Board of Directors of Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN) and is a former board member of Monogram Residential Trust (NYSE: MORE), until its privatization in September 2017. Mr. Moreland also serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Methodist Hospital, where he chairs the subsidiary, Methodist Health Centers Board. He is a member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, and holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The University of Houston.
James D. Young was appointed Chief Operating Officer – Fiber in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief Operating Officer from 2009 and President, US Tower Operations from 2005. He is responsible for the management of the fiber solutions business. With more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry, Mr. Young has served in leadership roles across multiple disciplines and organizations. Prior to joining Crown Castle, he served as the Northeast Region Vice President of Network Operations for Sprint/Nextel and started his career with GTE. Mr. Young currently serves on several civic and community Boards including the Pittsburgh Regional Authority Economic Development Council. Mr. Young holds a BA from DePauw University, a BS in Systems Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters of Science in Management degree from Purdue University.
Jay A. Brown was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2016. Mr. Brown was Crown Castle’s Chief Financial Officer from July 2008 to May 2016. 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. Mr. Brown holds a BBA from Baylor University.
Ken Simon joined Crown Castle in September 2015 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mr. Simon was the Managing Partner-Houston of the global law firm of Locke Lord LLP, where he practiced corporate and tax law for 30 years. While practicing with Locke Lord, Mr. Simon held several leadership positions, including serving as the Administrative Partner, the Co-Financial Partner and a member of the Management Committee. He is a past Chair and current Board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and has served on numerous civic and community Boards, including the Greater Houston Partnership, Teach for America and the American Heart Association. Mr. Simon holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.