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From network planning and engineering to deployment and ongoing maintenance, we make sure your team has the expertise and support needed to turn your project into a reality, on time and within budget.

Our team is the same team that created and managed Lexent Metro Network, LLC until its successful sale in December 2010 to Lightower. With proven experience and strategic relationships, this management team can support your metro or long-haul network needs successfully.

Ray La Chance – President & Chief Executive Officer

As President, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Metro Network Services, LLC, Ray La Chance provides proven, industry and management expertise to the Metro|NS team, overseeing all aspects of the business’ operations.  Ray is an information technology industry veteran with more than 20 years experience managing teams to design, build, and operate complex, high capacity networks for large enterprises, financial firms and telecommunications service providers.

Prior to founding Metro|NS, Ray was President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect, LLC from 2007 to its successful sale in December 2010 to Lightower Fiber Networks. Ray was also the co-founder of Realtech Systems Corp., an enterprise network integration and professional services firm that he led as President and CEO.

Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 1985.

Michael Brescio – Chief Financial Officer

Michael joins Metro Network Services, LLC as CFO following a distinguished career with General Electric. He most recently oversaw a multibillion dollar investment grade bond portfolio which had a focus on the utility and energy sectors. Prior to this, Mr. Brescio spent six years with GE Capital providing project financing and corporate loans to utility and energy businesses. He was also a member of GE’s Corporate Audit Staff and a graduate of the GE Financial Management Program.

Michael holds a B.S. from Boston College and MBA from Columbia University. He is a CPA and six sigma Blackbelt.

Walter Cannon – Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Mr. Walter Cannon joins Metro|NS as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With over 20 years of technology sales and executive management experience, Walter applies his expertise in the enterprise and financial marketplace to lead the sales team and develop winning strategies.

Previously Mr. Cannon was Director of Enterprise Sales for Lexent Metro Connect where he was responsible for growing Lexent’s core business.  Prior to his position with Lexent, Cannon served as Vice President at TCG SecureZone and helped forge key relationships and partnerships with numerous business and enterprise clients.

Cannon received a degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in engineering and mathematics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Rao Karanam – Vice President, Solutions Engineering

Rao joins Metro Network Services LLC as Vice President of Solutions Engineering & Delivery. Like many members of the Metro|NS management team, Rao has over 25 years experience in planning, building, and operating telecommunication networks for enterprise businesses and carriers.

Previously, as a consultant to Lexent Metro Connect, Rao program-managed the engineering and successful deployment of several fiber networks including the deployment of over one thousand distributed antennae system (DAS) nodes, in the New York City metropolitan area. Prior to joining the Lexent team, Rao was involved in product management at JP Morgan Chase; optical networking at Realtech Systems Corp., and various network planning, optimization & design activities at AT&T Labs and Bell Labs. Rao holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Victoria O’Kane – Chief Operating Officer

Victoria is a Founding Partner and the Vice President of Operations for Metro Network Services, LLC.  She has a proven array of experience in the telecommunications and engineering fields in both sales and project management.

Prior to founding Metro|NS, Victoria worked as Director of Carrier Sales and Marketing for Lexent Metro Connect until it was sold to Lightower Fiber Networks in December 2010. In 2010, Victoria also joined her two cousins as third-generation owners of their family business, Hugh O’Kane Electric Co., Inc. and remains a board member and partner in the firm.

Prior to joining the telecommunications sector in 2008, Victoria worked within the financial community in operations support; this experience proved highly useful as Metro|NS offers network consultation, engineering and support to both the financial and service provider markets.

Victoria holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.




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