John Kelly

An industry leader at the forefront of expansion and consolidation in the infrastructure sector, John Kelly began his career in the carrier community in 1983 when he joined GTE Corporation’s cellular telephone subsidiary, GTE Mobilnet Inc..  In his first role at GTE Mobilnet, John was responsible for building and launching the first cellular networks in San Francisco/Oakland and San Jose, California. After successfully launching commercial service in these MSAs in 1985, John advanced at GTE Mobilnet, ultimately taking the role of Vice President/General Manager - Pacific Region; GTE Mobilnet’s largest region, which included all of GTE Mobilnet’s MSAs and RSAs in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.  John left GTE Mobilnet in 1990 and served as President and COO of several Atlantic Cellular Company affiliates from 1990 to 1998, moving to the infrastructure sector by joining Crown Castle International (CCI) in 1998. At Crown Castle, he held positions including President, CEO, and Executive Vice-Chairman through 2009. In 2007 Forbes magazine listed him third among the best performing CEOs over a six–year period, noting that revenue had jumped 74 percent to $1.4 billion during his tenure. He also helped guide the trade association PCIA through its transition from a carrier to an infrastructure emphasis and served as chairman of the organization in 2005.  He currently serves as an Advisory Director of Berkshire Partners, and as a Director of Crown Castle, NEW Asurion Corporation, Telx, and Torres Unidas, and is the former Chairman of FiberTower Corporation.

John Kelly 2015 Induction Video