Niners’ VP of technology, Dan Williams, departs for Dropbox

Dan Williams talks Wi-Fi while the Levi's Stadium new turf grows silently behind him.

Dan Williams talks Wi-Fi while the Levi’s Stadium new turf grows silently behind him.

Dan Williams, the human face behind the highly touted wireless network at Levi’s Stadium, has left his position as vice president of technology for the San Francisco 49ers, according to both sources inside the San Francisco 49ers’ stadium network operations and Williams’ own LinkedIn profile.

Williams, who was at his post as of at least last week, is now at online storage concern Dropbox, where his LinkedIn profile has him with the title of “new guy, technical operations.” So far, there is no official statement from the 49ers about Williams’ departure, or about who would take over as head of operations for the Levi’s Stadium network.

Previously a network guru at Facebook, Williams became a the public face for the Niners’ new stadium and its heavily hyped wireless network and app strategy when Kunal Malik, the Niners’ former CTO, left the team earlier this year. The sudden departure is surprising since Williams — a professed avid Niners fan — seemed to enjoy the hands-on work of getting the Levi’s network up and running, even doing “seat calls” during games to help solve connectivity issues. Williams also took great pride in the network’s performance, sending out detailed statistics on bandwidth and app usage.

So far, there has been no public announcement of Williams’ departure. We’ll update this post when we hear more from Dan and/or the 49ers.

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