Mr. Ortega has served as Chief Executive Officer since January 2017, and was named director in January 2018. Mr. Ortega previously served in an advisory role to Towerstream's Board of Directors since January 2016. He also held various senior management roles at MCI prior to this which began his 29-year career in the telecommunications industry.
Before assuming his current role as CEO at Towerstream, Mr. Ortega held the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) position at Colt Technology Services where he had global responsibility for sales, marketing, operations and sales engineering spanning 3 continents: Europe, North America, and Asia. In addition to this, his charter was to develop and implement a new strategic approach for Colt that would enable them to grow their $1.6B base of revenue. Prior to that, he held a similar role at Cogent as their Chief Revenue Officer where he was responsible for the growth of Cogent's $400M revenue stream. Previous to these roles, Mr. Ortega spent 14 years at XO Communications where he held various leadership positions most recently as their Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this role, Mr. Ortega was responsible for the growth of XO's $1.6B revenue stream.