CEOs of Level 3, Frontier Will Head National Security Telecom Council

President Barack Obama has named the heads of Level 3 Communications Inc. and Frontier Communications Corp. to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, or NSTAC.

Level 3 CEO James Crowe will serve as chairman of the council, succeeding Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Ed Mueller, while Frontier CEO Maggie Wilderotter has been nominated as vice chairman.

The 30 members of NSTAC who come from the IT, finance, network service providers and aerospace sectors advise the U.S. government on matters including national security and emergency preparedness. The committee further develops recommendations for the president to ensure communications networks reliability during disasters.

“I am honored by the opportunity to chair this important committee,” Crowe said in a statement issued late Monday. “The public/private partnership of the NSTAC has resulted in unique contributions to critical infrastructure protection, information sharing, network convergence, security and communications infrastructure reliability across the nation.”

Crowe helped found Level 3 in 1997; before that, he was founder, CEO and chairman of MFS Communications, which was sold to WorldCom in 1996. Wilderotter has led Frontier for six years and previously worked as a senior-level executive at Microsoft.

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