Tillman Networks, a provider of digital infrastructure deployment solutions and services , said that it has a new chairman in Bill Smith, who most recently was interim CEO of utility company PG&E, having joined the board in October of 2019. Tillman Networks said Smith served in the role of PG&E’s CEO until a permanent successor was named at the beginning of 2021.
Describing Smith as a world-class executive in the telecommunications industry, Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman of Tillman Networks’ parent company, Tillman Global Holdings, said it is a privilege to have him onboard at Tillman Networks.
“His stellar track-record and leadership experience will help Tillman Networks achieve its goal of being a leading digital infrastructure services company,” Ahuja said.
During his time as interim CEO of PG&E, Tillman Networks said, Smith managed its emergence from bankruptcy, closed several legal actions against the company, began operational and management restructuring, managed operational issues at the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility and recruited several of the new PG&E leaders.
“Smith retired as president of AT&T Technology Operations in September 2016,” a statement from Tillman Networks reads. “ In that role he was responsible for all technical operations, planning and engineering, compute, storage, customer care and network operations, including integrated IT command and control functions, global fleet and transportation management across the company’s global service footprint.”
Smith said that the pace of change in the communications industry is unlike any other.
“We are seeing unprecedented deployments of wireless and wireline networks,” he said. “I have known the Tillman Global Holdings leadership team for several years, and they have cemented themselves as the leading business-builders in the digital infrastructure industry today. Tillman Networks is executing on a disruptive approach to serving its customers network deployment needs.”
A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Smith graduated with honors from North Carolina State University at Raleigh in 1979, Tillman Networks said.
“He is involved in a number of non-profit organizations within the Dallas community,” the company statement reads. “He also serves on many boards. He previously served as chair-elect for Dallas CASA, a non-profit organization serving the best interest of children in the community, as past board chair for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama, and the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.”
According to Tillman Networks, the company provides digital infrastructure deployment solutions and services in North America, including site acquisition, architecture and engineering, construction management and network integration and management. It said Tillman Global Holdings is a holding company focused on building premier digital infrastructure businesses globally.