Crown Castle welcomes Tammy Jones and Matthew Thornton to its Board as Independent Directors

– USA, TX –  Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE: CCI), today announced the appointment of Tammy Jones and Matthew Thornton, III to its Board as Independent Directors, effective November 6, 2020.

“We are very pleased to welcome Tammy and Matthew to the Board and look forward to the contributions they will make as members of our Board,” said Board Chairman, Landis Martin. “Crown Castle will benefit greatly from Tammy’s extensive experience in real estate investing and her focus on the efficient allocation of capital as we continue to invest in assets that will help deliver a nationwide 5G network. In addition, we will rely on Matthew’s substantial expertise in operating large and complex businesses as we continue to expand and scale our small cell business.”

Ms. Jones brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate investments, capital markets, and finance, and currently serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of Basis Investment Group, a multi-strategy commercial real estate investment manager.

Mr. Thornton brings over 40 years of leadership and operating experience, most recently as EVP and COO of FedEx Freight.

Ari Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, added, “With the additions of Tammy and Matthew, the Board is confident we are advancing the first phase of our Board transition process with two high caliber individuals who possess the right mix of skills, diversity, backgrounds, and experience to help drive continued value creation for all shareholders. We also intend to add a third director with previous experience in the fiber industry.”

About Tammy Jones

Ms. Jones is the Co-Founder and CEO of Basis, a multi-strategy commercial real estate investment manager. Before founding Basis in 2009, Ms. Jones served as head of the fixed and floating rate Capital Markets Lending Division at CW Capital LLC. Prior to that, Ms. Jones was SVP at Commercial Capital Initiatives, Inc., a GMAC subsidiary, and was part of the leadership team responsible for creating GMAC’s Capital Markets lending division.

Ms. Jones currently serves as Lead Independent Director, Chair of the Environmental, Social and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Strategic Review committees at Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, is the Chair of the Real Estate Executive Council, is on the Board of KKR Real Estate Select Trust Inc., and is the Vice-Chairman of Basic Impact Group Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pipeline of women and minorities in commercial real estate. Ms. Jones previously served as Independent Director at Monogram Residential Trust, Inc., a former publicly traded REIT that owned, operated, and developed luxury multifamily properties.

Ms. Jones received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

About Matthew Thornton

Mr. Thornton most recently served as EVP and COO of FedEx Freight. In that role, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction for the $8 billion revenue freight business, overseeing more than 45,000 employees in 380 service centers. Before that, Mr. Thornton served as SVP US Operations at FedEx Express overseeing more than 50,000 employees responsible for the day-to-day pick-up and delivery operations and Express Retail operations at 650 Express facilities. Mr. Thornton began his career with FedEx Corporation in 1978 and held several leadership positions at the company over the course of his career, before retiring in November 2019.

Mr. Thornton currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sherwin-Williams Company, where he is a member of the Audit and the Nominating and Corporate Governance committees. Mr. Thornton is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Executive Leadership Council.

Mr. Thornton holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Memphis and an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

About Crown Castle

Crown Castle owns, operates, and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 80,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major U.S. market. This nationwide portfolio of communications infrastructure connects cities and communities to essential data, technology, and wireless service – bringing information, ideas, and innovations to the people and businesses that need them.

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