Long-Time CEOs Share Their Views From the Top

What do you get when you put four long-time telecom CEOs together on one stage? Answer: An hour of serious and funny commentary on the state of the competitive telecom industry. Jerry James, interim CEO of COMPTEL, led the View from the Top panel on Monday, lobbing questions to Carl Grivner of XO Communications Inc., […]

Carl Grivner

THEN: In 1987, Carl Grivner was vice president of national sales at Ameritech, which was one of the newly created seven Baby Bell companies. It operated in five states of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. NOW: He is CEO of XO Communications, the country’s largest CLEC operating in 75 markets nationwide. XO has 4,800 […]

Nextlink Hires CEO

Nextlink Wireless, the broadband wireless services division of XO Holdings Inc., has hired Robert E. Beran as its new CEO. Beran also becomes a senior vice president at XO Holdings, reporting to XO CEO Carl J. Grivner. Beran comes to Nextlink from First Avenue Networks, where he was senior vice president of operations. He oversaw […]

COMPTEL Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The COMPTEL PLUS convention opened Monday with celebratory speeches and a cake sponsored by Progress Telecom marking COMPTEL’s 25th Anniversary. COMPTEL Chairman Sherm Henderson applauded companies that have “stayed the course for 25 years.” He reflected on the past quarter of a century by looking at the value competitors have brought to consumers and businesses. […]

CEO Forum Explores the Changing Landscape of Communications

From regulatory changes to evolving networks and product sets, the competitive industry has endured unprecedented and rapid change over the past few years. To get a sanity check on current challenges and future opportunities, leading CEOs will share their insights in a roundtable discussion today at 2:30 p.m. led by CompTel President and CEO Earl […]

CEOs Put Open Access on Policy Wish List

Access to incumbent networks topped the wish list of line items to be included in a rewrite of the Telecom Act for executives gathered for yesterdays CEO Forum: Open Markets, Open Networks, Open for Business. Without access to open networks, we are going to be out of business, says James A. Courter, CEO and vice […]

CEO Forum: Despite Challenges, Opportunities Exist

While consolidation of the large carriers will create even larger Goliaths for competitive carriers to battle against, these combinations could create benefits for CompTel/ASCENT members, according to executives on Tuesday afternoons CEO Forum titled The Future of CLEC Business Models. For example, XO Communications CEO Carl Grivner said he expects prices to begin to stabilize […]

Business News – WorldPort Taps C&W Chief as CEO

Posted: 07/1999 WorldPort Taps C&W Chief as CEO In yet another high-profile move, emerging carrier Worldport Communications Inc., Atlanta, is solidifying its position in the international telecommunications market with the appointment of Carl J. Grivner as its president and CEO. Grivner is the former chief executive, Western Hemisphere, including the United States, for Cable and […]

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