COMPTEL Names President, CEO

Jerry James

Matt Salmon

COMPTEL board of directors in December named two people to fill the roles of president and CEO, positions that previously were combined.

Jerry James, who has served as interim CEO since June, takes the helm as CEO. Matthew Salmon, a former U.S. Congressman and Arizona gubernatorial candidate, will become president in January.

James is the former president of Grande Communications and a past COMPTEL chairman. Sherm Henderson, COMPTELs board chairman, said in a statement that James has taken COMPTEL to new levels during his time as interim CEO.

Meanwhile, it appears COMPTEL is looking to make the most of Salmons telecom and public policy experience. Before entering public office, Salmon worked at US WEST. Since leaving Congress, he has worked at Washington, D.C.-based law firm Greenberg Traurig.

There was no immediate word from COMPTEL on why it chose to separate the roles of president and CEO; however, distinguishing business and policy roles could help the association achieve a greater balance of each.

This dynamic new leadership at COMPTEL demonstrates the strength of the association and the competitive industry, and provides our membership with powerful voices on both the business and public policy fronts, said Henderson.



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