USTelecom Elects New Chairman, Officers, Members

The USTelecom board of directors late yesterday unanimously elected Skip Frantz, executive vice president and secretary of Alltel Corp. Inc., as chairman of the board.

Frantz has served on the USTelecom board of directors for two years, most recently holding as first vice-chair. He now is tasked with helping guide advocacy, business development and education efforts for the trade association.

Our industry has important business to conduct over the next year advancing policy reforms in Washington and helping USTelecom member companies navigate the rapid change in our industry, says Frantz. I am proud to represent a company that serves rural America and has deep wireline and wireless experience there, and a long and distinguished track record of wealth creation.

The other new officers for the USTelecom board are: First Vice Chair Trent Boaldin, president, Epic Touch Company; Second Vice Chair Bob Currey, president and CEO, Consolidated Communications; Past Chair Gene South, CEO and general manager, Lakedale Communications; Treasurer Tom Tauke, executive vice president, public affairs, policy and communications, Verizon Communications Inc.; and Secretary Margaret Greene, president, regulatory and external affairs, BellSouth Corp.

New members elected to the board are: Forrest Miller, group president-external affairs and planning, SBC Communications Inc.; Michael Ruley, CEO, Hawaiian Telcom; Tom Riley, executive vice president and COO, Chickasaw Holding Company; Jim Woody, executive vice president and director of research, Union Telephone; and Vernon L. Irvin, executive vice president and general manager, VeriSign Communications Services, VeriSign.

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