… potentially head off some concerns and they haven’t been coming to us.
CP: What are you doing right now to prepare for what’s ahead with consolidation?
GG: A focus item for me will be working toward building a world-class team, and that all starts with culture. If we get the culture right and we integrate the two teams, then success will follow. That certainly is going to be a key focus, and then all of the tactical items come behind that, rules of engagement, go-to-market strategies, etc. But we’re really focused on building out our organizations and really paying a lot of attention to building a culture that breeds success here at CenturyLink.
CP: What are your goals for the first six months to a year with the combined company?
JD: Our current CEO, Glen Post, and our future CEO, Jeff Storey, have both said this publicly many times and today: It’s all about culture. If we get the culture right, we are going to succeed, and culture is based on the right people and the right teams. Internally speaking, our goals for sure are to get the culture right with the right people, and as we do that, it will bleed into processes, tooling, technologies, solutions, all those things that you would expect from this company as we move forward into the future.
GG: The only thing I would add there is ultimately we want to face our partners and our customers with an industry-leading program that makes our partners look at CenturyLink as their first choice for their customers and networking services. So that’s going to be at the center of everything that we’re doing, along with our partners and customers. So we’re going to be making decisions with that goal or that north star in mind.