Michael Underdown
President, chief executive officer at Crosstown Fiber
Expertise: Telecommunications, start-ups
Education: Eastern Illinois University

Michael Underdown, president and chief executive officer of Crosstown Fiber, has nearly 30 years in the telecommunications infrastructure industry. In the past, he founded and presided over Chicago Fiber Systems. Underdown’s career is a blend of strategic leadership roles, from operations engineering to new market development in the data center and telecommunications sectors.

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A close-up of the tip of an ethernet cord on top of a keyboard next to glowing optical fibers.
As AI capabilities continue advancing, the need for robust fiber optic networks is becoming increasingly pressing.