Transit Wireless, the company that delivers Cellular and Wi-Fi coverage to New York City underground subway stations, has appointed Melinda White as its new Chief Executive Officer effective today, May 21, 2018.
As CEO, Melinda White will oversee all of Transit Wireless’ operations and will focus on enhancing the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaboration. With a customer-focused approach, Ms. White will leverage her background in operations, finance, marketing, consumer and commercial sales, and business development to expand the reach of Transit Wireless.
“Transit Wireless remains committed to keeping New Yorkers connected, with the focus on our customers and our communities. I’m thrilled to lead Transit Wireless into its next phase of strategic growth,” said Melinda White, CEO, Transit Wireless.
Ms. White joins Transit Wireless with more than 20 years of experience in the wireless and telecommunications industry. Most recently, Ms. White served as the CEO of Black Walnut Ventures where she advised companies on strategy and operations. Prior to joining Black Walnut Ventures, Ms. White worked at Frontier Communications for more than 12 years and most recently served as president of the West region. Ms. White has also held senior leadership roles at Wink Communications, Cox Communications and Cellular One.
“Melinda’s breadth of experience made her a standout candidate,” said Jim Hassell, chairman of Transit Wireless’ Members Committee and CEO, BAI Communications. “Since its completion one year ago, the popularity of Transit Wireless’ seamless cellular coverage in subway stations and platforms and its public access Wi-Fi network has continued to grow. I look forward to the next level of operational growth under Melinda’s stewardship.”
In addition to her professional achievements, Ms. White has received numerous accolades including the “2016 National Asian American Consortium Community and Engagement Leadership”, Catalyst “2016 Women on Board”, Portland Business Journal “2015 Women of Influence”, Fierce Telecom “2014 Women in Wireline to Watch,” and the National Organization for Women 2012 “Woman of Power and Influence” recognition.
About Transit Wireless
Transit Wireless was selected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to finance, design, build, operate, and maintain a shared wireless infrastructure in all underground stations of the New York City subway system, providing commercial services for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. As a result of the public private partnership and Transit Wireless’ $350 million investment, the network was built at no cost to taxpayers or subway customers. The company’s wireless network operates on all primary licensed cellular bands, public unlicensed bands, and the 4.9 GHz public safety band, and supports consumer, business, and transit communications services. The Transit Wireless WiFi™ network was recognized as the “Best WiFi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in an Urban Environment” by Wireless Broadband Alliance, a 2018 Honorable Mention in the MTA’s Genius Transit Challenge and a 2018 IDC Digital Equity and Accessibility Winner. Transit Wireless’ quality management system is ISO 9001: 2015 certified by American Global Standards, LLC.