JNEWS: Schanz, John [MC1986] Congruex BoD



Congruex Appoints Robert Vrij And John Schanz To Board Of Directors
PR Newswire — November 28, 2017

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BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Congruex, a company established for the purpose of building a nationwide platform that delivers end-to-end engineering, construction and maintenance services to broadband service providers and utility operators across the country, today announced the appointment of Robert Vrij and John Schanz to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Messrs. Vrij and Schanz will work closely with Congruex founders, Bill Beans and Kevin O’Hara, to build a best-in-class engineering and construction management platform, with the objective of becoming one of the largest pure-play network engineering firms in the nation.

We are honored to welcome Robert Vrij and John Schanz to Congruex’s Board of Directors, said Kevin O’Hara, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Congruex.  Mr. O’Hara continued, “Throughout their respective careers, Robert and John have consistently distinguished themselves as visionaries, earning the praise of their peers and the broader industry.  Their contribution to our Board will be significant, and we look forward to drawing on their unparalleled expertise as we build a best-in-class network engineering and construction platform.”

Brian Cassidy, Partner at Crestview and co-head of the firm’s media investment strategy, said, “Robert Vrij and John Schanz are a perfect fit for Congruex.  Their respective expertise as industry pioneers and leaders, will serve invaluable as Congruex builds a nationwide platform to deliver differentiated engineering and construction solutions.  We are excited for what the future of Congruex holds and look forward to our close partnership with the Company’s founders, Bill Beans and Kevin O’Hara.”

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Mr. Schanz is currently a Senior Advisor at BBH Capital Partners, Graham Partners and TDF Ventures, and a member of the Board of LiquidSky.  He previously held senior leadership positions at Comcast, Sprint, GE and AOL.  As the former Chief Network Officer of Comcast Cable, Mr. Schanz led a team of 5,000 FTEs, transforming the culture and talent to champion changes from historic norms.  Likewise, he scaled the world’s largest 24xForever network and infrastructure, which supports five multibillion-dollar business units.  Moreover, Mr. Schanz helped scale the global Internet core at Sprint, and along with his team, enabled AOL to grow into the predominant Internet Service Provider of its era.  Mr. Schanz has also been a leader in cybersecurity, streamlining risk management to protect customers, employees and technology infrastructure.

Mr. Schanz earned an Electrical Engineering degree at Manhattan College.  He is the recipient of the 2013 National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award in Science & Technology.  In 2012, InfoWorld recognized Mr. Schanz with a Technology Leadership Award.  The Chairman of the FCC has also previously appointed him to chair the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.

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