NetNearU Appoints Robert Brown as SVP and Chief Business Development Officer
BRYAN, Texas – NetNearU has appointed Robert M. Brown as Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer. The appointment of Mr. Brown, a leading executive in the Wi-Fi space, signals a renewed focus for the company to expand into new vertical markets, strengthen its current partner relationships, and further develop its product and service strategies.
Brown said, "I am honored and delighted to join NetNearU. There is tremendous potential here, and I look forward to building upon the successes."
"The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Robert’s unparalleled track record in the Wi-Fi space makes him the ideal leader to help drive new opportunities for us," said Larry James, chairman of the Board of Directors.
Co-founder and CEO Cody Catalena said, "Robert is a well-known, visionary leader in the Wi-Fi space and one of the industry’s most respected executives. I look forward to working with him to enhance our brand, service offerings and partnerships."
Most recently, Mr. Brown was responsible for business development at Google Fiber where he led the team in charge of wireless strategies and partner development. Prior to Google, Robert served as a management consultant assisting major carriers and service providers including Google Fiber, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Mobilitie, HarborLink, Tengo Internet, and Pronto Networks with their Wi-Fi and micro-network product strategies, product development, market sizing, and business development. Prior to that, Robert was Director of Strategic Business Development for AT&T Wi-Fi Services and Wayport Inc. which was acquired by AT&T. At Wayport, he executed strategic planning, managed roaming relationships and supported cross-functional teams in charge of new, large-scale managed services deployments for public/private Wi-Fi networks, transport and data applications at major hotels, airports, hospitals, restaurants and retail venues, including McDonald’s and Starbucks.
Mr. Brown received his B.S. degree in Mass Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.B.A from Colorado Tech and is in the process of completing an Executive Masters Program in International Business Law from Boston University.
NetNearU is now Viasat Managed Wi-Fi Services