LiveOak Fiber, a leading regional broadband service provider, proudly announces the appointment of Shane Schilling as Chief Operating Officer (COO). This strategic decision underscores LiveOak’s dedication to innovation, operational excellence, and customer-centric values.

President and CEO of LiveOak, Jody Craft, revealed the appointment earlier this month, citing Schilling’s outstanding leadership qualities, technical proficiency, and unwavering dedication to bridging the digital divide in underserved regions. Schilling’s elevation to the role of COO signifies a pivotal moment in LiveOak’s journey, leveraging his extensive experience and proven track record in large-scale fiber deployments.

Having previously served as Chief Technology Officer at LiveOak since April 2023, Schilling has played a pivotal role in spearheading innovation and operational efficiency within the organization. His comprehensive expertise in managing telecommunications networks, overseeing back-office systems, corporate IT, cybersecurity, fiber construction, and service delivery positions him as a catalyst for LiveOak’s continued growth and expansion.

Schilling expressed his enthusiasm for his new role, stating, “I’m thrilled to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer at LiveOak and continue our mission of delivering digital infrastructure and connectivity to the communities we serve. LiveOak’s commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction aligns perfectly with my own values, and I look forward to contributing to the company’s ongoing success.”

With a Bachelor’s degree in software development and a distinguished record of executive leadership programs at prestigious institutions like the Thayer Executive Leadership Program at West Point and the Executive Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Business, Schilling brings a unique blend of technical prowess and strategic vision to LiveOak Fiber.

As LiveOak gears up for significant expansion over the next 18-24 months to extend its reach across the Southeast, Schilling’s appointment as COO is poised to drive operational excellence and strategic growth initiatives. Craft expressed confidence in Schilling’s capabilities, stating, “Shane has been an invaluable member of the LiveOak team, and his leadership qualities and technical expertise make him the ideal candidate for the role of COO. I have no doubt that under Shane’s guidance, LiveOak will continue to thrive and exceed expectations in delivering exceptional services to our customers.”

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