NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ZenFi Networks (ZenFi), a BAI Communications Company (BAI), and innovative leader of digital infrastructure solutions in the New York and New Jersey metro region, is pleased to announce the promotions of Patrick O’Hare to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Robert Sokota to President of Link Solutions. As the company looks to solidify its position as a leading connected infrastructure provider in North America, O’Hare and Sokota will help strengthen the company’s capabilities and further the reach of its network architecture solutions throughout the NY- NJ area, and beyond.
Patrick ‘Pat’ O’Hare, an industry veteran and accomplished senior executive with extensive knowledge of network infrastructure throughout the Northeast, will take over Vincenzo ‘Enzo’ Clemente’s former role as President and COO of ZenFi Networks. Enzo stepped down from his role upon the company’s recent acquisition by BAI.
“I’m delighted for Pat to have this opportunity to take the reins as COO,” commented Enzo Clemente. “Pat and I have worked closely together for years. He is a strong operator with fantastic managerial skills. I know he will succeed, and I will be cheering him, and the BAI team, on from the sidelines.”
As a key founding member of ZenFi’s management team, O’Hare brings deep insights to this role while leveraging his long tenure in the industry. As COO, he will oversee ZenFi’s operational vision, empowering wireless siting solutions for mobile, wholesale, and enterprise applications throughout ZenFi's expanding fiber and mobile infrastructure footprint.
“It’s an honor to be stepping in for someone as impactful as Enzo, who has led the operations of ZenFi Networks since our merger with Cross River Fiber, the company he founded and led as CEO,” said Patrick O’Hare, COO of ZenFi Networks. “While these are big shoes to fill, I am excited about the expanded opportunities on our horizon. I look forward to leading our exceptional team to new heights in 2023 and beyond, now as part of BAI.”
Robert Sokota has also been a pivotal member of the ZenFi Networks management team since 2014 after leading Cross River Fiber’s merger with ZenFi. He has served as the company’s Chief Administrative Officer, and, since June of 2021, Sokota served as the President of CityBridge’s Wireless Division, where he played a key role in developing the company’s partnership with LinkNYC and the Link5G project. In his new role as President of Link Solutions, Sokota will lead the expansion of the Link5G project and its powerful multi-tenant wireless solutions throughout New York City and beyond to new markets. He will also continue to spearhead partnerships with CityBridge, Intersection, and others.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as the President of Link Solutions with a key goal of expanding our digital infrastructure solutions beyond the New York metro market, while leveraging the depth and breadth of CityBridge, which operates the largest outdoor free public Wi-Fi network in the US,” adds Robert Sokota, President, ZenFi Link Solutions. “It’s a highlight of my career to be working with various organizations to bring and expand free public Wi-Fi services to underserved communities throughout New York City, and bring Gigabit Centers to communities in Harlem, The Bronx, Queens, and beyond to enable digital literacy and accessibility. I am excited to lead ZenFi’s Link Solutions team to further enable access to free public Wi-Fi in one of the greatest cities in the world.”
Link5G is a next-generation solution designed to further enable the world’s largest and fastest free public Wi-Fi Network, LinkNYC. The Link5G project is a revolutionary multi-tenant, multi-service siting solution designed to bridge the digital divide and accelerate the pace of 5G deployments across New York City. Technology and tenant agnostic, Link5G is the solution for wireless networks across New York City.
“Congratulations to Pat and Rob for your well-deserved promotions. The entire team at ZenFi recognizes the important work that you do. We are excited to continue to revolutionize the way digital infrastructure is designed, deployed, and operated – while bringing free public Wi-Fi to even more underserved communities throughout the U.S.,” acknowledges Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ZenFi Networks.
To learn more about ZenFi Networks, visit www.zenfi.com.
About ZenFi Networks:
Founded in 2013, ZenFi Networks, a BAI Communications Company, is an innovative digital infrastructure company focused on delivering wireless siting, network edge colocation, and fiber optic network solutions in the NY-NJ metro region. As the area’s most experienced communications infrastructure builders, ZenFi Networks has an unparalleled reputation for efficiently architecting and delivering solutions that enable mobile network operators, wholesale telecommunications providers and large enterprise clients. With our purpose-built C-RAN infrastructure, ZenFi Networks is at the forefront of network architecture innovation and a critical part of the digital ecosystem in one of the biggest, most important markets in the world. Now as part of the BAI Communications Group we’ve expanded our global capabilities with operations across the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia. With the backing of BAI and their majority shareholder, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), ZenFi Networks will continue to expand and innovate our services for our customers. For more information, please visit: www.zenfi.com.