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Telarus, the master agency and value-added distributor, has bolstered its leadership team with a pair of promotions and new titles for its company founders.
Utah-based Telarus named David Bashford as its president, COO and general counsel. Co-founders Adam Edwards and Patrick Oborn will take the titles of chief executive officer and chief innovation officer, respectively. The company promoted Paula McKinnon to vice president of supplier management and Mike Gottwalt to vice president of field sales.
“Today marks an important moment in our company’s history," said Edwards. “We have worked hard for over a dozen years to build a company that exhibited a culture of leadership, innovation and high ethics. Each new member of our leadership team has been battle tested and demonstrated a high level of competence and integrity. I congratulate them. I’m confident they’ll help take our company to a whole new level in both the short and long term."
David Bashford joined Telarus as the COO in late 2013, bringing more than 20 years of executive and legal experience. Paula McKinnon started with Telarus in 2010 and has climbed the ranks from partner support manager all the way to vice president in just four years. Mike Gottwalt started with Telarus as an agent in 2003 and became the top partner in 2006 before joining Telarus as its northwest channel manager in 2008. As the VP of field sales, he will be responsible for coordinating and coaching all of Telarus’ field assets as his team meets regularly with agent and supplier partners in the markets in which they live.
As part of his new role, Adam Edwards will retain oversight of company culture and values, two things he says must not change as Telarus grows. Patrick Oborn, for his part, will be in charge of pioneering new roles, envisioning new software and figuring out new ways to add value. He is currently executing his role developing the sales engineering team that will be available for partners to use on large, complex sales opportunities.
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