Steve Oldham, president and CEO of SureWest Communications, has been elected to serve as chair of USTelecom’s board of directors. Representing the nation’s premier broadband providers, USTelecom’s board is comprised of top executives from the leading communications companies who help chart the direction for the industry and the association.
“Today – in the face of important regulatory and legislative decisions that will have a defining impact on our industry – our nation’s visionary broadband service providers are uniting through USTelecom to advance policies that promote the infrastructure investment and rapid-paced technological evolution customers rightfully count on,” Oldham said. “At this critical time in the communications industry, USTelecom members benefit from the shared knowledge and practices of new and emerging business models, and cutting-edge opportunities. I am honored to serve as the chair of USTelecom’s board, and look forward to collaborating with my communications colleagues during this pivotal juncture for our industry.”
Under Oldham’s guidance, SureWest has transformed over the last several years from an incumbent traditional landline telephone services provider to one of the nation’s leading broadband over builders and a bandwidth leader in the markets it serves.
“With his transformative leadership of SureWest and extensive background on regulatory issues, Steve Oldham brings both in-depth industry insight and policy knowledge to his role as chair of USTelecom’s board of directors – an outstanding combination of expertise that will benefit our organization and its members,” said USTelecom President and CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.
Oldham succeeds Ron McCue, vice president and COO of Silver Star Communications. Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream, was elected to serve as vice chair of the board. Tom Gerke, executive vice chairman of the board, Regulatory and Human Resources of CenturyLink, will serve as secretary, and Tom Tauke, executive vice president – Public Affairs, Policy and Communications of Verizon, will serve as treasurer.