People on the Move

Features people taking new jobs or getting promoted in the industry.

 

EarthLink Names New CEO

EarthLink Inc. has named Rolla P. Huff as president and CEO. He succeeds Garry Betty, who died in January from complications of cancer. Mike Lunsford had been serving as interim CEO. “We believe that Rolla has the experience and strategic acumen required for EarthLink to create value for its shareholders, while maintaining its track record […]

McLain Officially Named Endeavor Telecom Head

Justin McLain officially has been named president and CEO of Atlanta-based wholesaler Endeavor Telecom. McLain has served in that role unofficially since Endeavor spun off from SSI in 2002. The formal title was announced on Monday. From 1999 to 2002, McLain was vice president of sales for SSI. Endeavor Telecom www.endeavortelecom.com

Notebaert Announces Retirement Plans

Folks used to say that the RBOCs moved in lockstep. So its interesting timing that just two months after Ed Whitacre announced his retirement, Qwest Communications International Inc.’s Chairman and CEO Dick Notebaert has done the same. The mild-mannered head of Qwest, a long-time fixture on the RBOC scene, on June 8 told the board […]

Endeavor Adds to Management Team

Endeavor Telecom has promoted Andrew Schroer to vice president of strategic accounts. Schroer, who has been with the company since 2000, will be responsible for leading the account management team, with a focus on initiating, developing and expanding customer relationships, as well as managing related sales operations, Endeavor said. Additionally, he will take an active […]

Comstar Adds to Management Team

Comstar Interactive has hired Loretta Koerner to manage business development for mobile solutions. Koerner comes to Comstar from Sprint Nextel Corp. where she was an indirect channel manager, handling the day-to-day activities and sales for 11 regions across the country. She will be responsible for establishing new mobile point-of-sale business partners, leveraging her current business […]

Palm to Sell 25 Percent Stake

Palm Inc. said Monday it will sell a 25 percent stake to private equity firm Elevation Partners for $325 million and name former Apple Inc. executive Jon Rubinstein as chairman. The deal calls for the company to pay $9 per share, or about $940 million, in a special distribution to shareholders. The company said funds […]

Whitacre Hands Over AT&T Reins

Ed Whitacre, one of the most influential and polarizing figures in telecom history, planned to retire from his post as AT&T Inc.s chairman and CEO in early June. The 65-year-old spent nearly two decades at the helm of SBC Communications Inc., a once poorly regarded regional Bell that Whitacre has transformed into a powerhouse. Ed […]

Agent Alliance Elects New Board

Comtels Ben Humphreys is the new alliance chairman. The Agent Alliance, a buying consortium and professional association of agents, elected new officers and expanded its executive board for 2007-2008. At its March 4 meeting, concurrent with the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, the group elected Ben Humphreys, president and CEO of Comtel Communications, as its […]

Divine Intervention: Jim Butler

Like most telecom agents, Jim Butler has decades of industry experience and sales success, including nine years as a top salesman with a regional long-distance company in Southern California along with serving as a founding member of the Agent Alliance. And like most entrepreneurs, he works long hours as founder and president of agency TeleCHOICE […]

Nacchio Sues Over Legal Fees

Former Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Joe Nacchio has filed a lawsuit in a Delaware court over his legal costs. He said Qwest is balking at paying his legal fees and he is asking the court to require the company to keep footing the bills. Nacchio last month was found guilty on 19 of 42 […]

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