Francisco Maella is CEO of Dobson Fiber, where he is responsible for the execution of Dobson’s growth strategy across its fiber 4,500+ mile fiber network in Oklahoma, North Texas and Western Arkansas serving wholesale, enterprise, business and residential customers. He previously served as CTO at Dobson Fiber.
Francisco has 25+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to Dobson Fiber, Francisco was the COO of Alpheus Communications, a Texas-based metro and regional fiber operator, from 2005 to 2017. From 2001 to 2005, he was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations for El Paso Global Networks, the predecessor to Alpheus Communications. Francisco began his career in engineering at Wiltel, which eventually rolled up into what is today Verizon Business, holding positions of increased responsibilities. Over the past 20 years Francisco has gained extensive experience with private equity and M&A, where he has been a member of the executive management team that has successfully raised growth capital, bought assets and executed multiple exits generating significant returns for private equity sponsors. Francisco has significant regulatory experience, and has been asked to provide expert testimony at the FCC, Texas PUC and Texas State Legislature.
Francisco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana and an MBA from the University of Houston.