XO Names Former CenturyLink/Qwest Exec New CEO

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XO Communications has appointed Christopher Ancell as its new chief executive officer.

XO Communications CEO Chris AncellAncell, who will join the IP communications provider on Dec. 2, has a long history in the industry. He’s spent nearly 30 years of operational and sales leadership in communications and technology services. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of sales and sales engineering for CoreSite Realty Corp. Before that, Ancell spent 12 years in a variety of leadership roles at both CenturyLink and Qwest, including president of CenturyLink’s business markets organization and executive vice president of Qwests business markets organization. 

Ancell also has held management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and with Oracle’s telecommunications consulting practice.

Current CEO Laura Thomas will remain with the company and assume the role of chief financial officer, a position she previously held at XO.   

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