ZenFi Networks (ZenFi), a BAI Communications Company (BAI), and leader of digital infrastructure solutions in the New York and New Jersey metro region, announced the promotions of Patrick O’Hare (left) 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 New York- New Jersey area, and beyond.
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. Clemente stepped down upon the company’s recent acquisition by BAI.
“I’m delighted for Pat to have this opportunity to take the reins as COO,” Clemente said. “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,” O’Hare, said. “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.”
Sokota (right) also has 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 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.
Sokota said, “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.
To learn more about ZenFi Networks, visit www.zenfi.com.