Starry Poaches Assurant Wireless CFO Bien

Chet Kanojia’s fixed wireless start-up gets a new chief financial officer
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As he once again looks to disrupt the telecom business, this time with a fixed wireless play, former Aereo chief executive Chet Kanojia has a new CFO.

His new Boston-based technology company, Starry, has just poached Gregg Bien from Assurant Wireless. Bien, who has also worked for AT&T and Disney, will lead the financial future of a startup which has raised more than $250 million to date.

“Starry is in a period of explosive growth,” Kanojia said, in a statement. “We have more than doubled our headcount in the last year and have expanded our network footprint coverage to pass more than 1.5 million households. Bringing Gregg in at this juncture will be critical to maintaining this pace of growth and maintaining the financial discipline that has enabled this success. Gregg is a proven financial leader who understands how to drive success in this industry. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Starry.”

Launching in beta back in 2016, Starry was the first company to commercially deploy pre-standard 5G, point-to-multipoint fixed wireless technology to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to the home.

In addition to Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York City and Denver, Starry will also expand its service to 17 additional markets over the next year including: Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Memphis, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Manchester, NH, Portland, OR, and Sioux Falls, SD.

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