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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

NuVox, FDN Complete Merger

Just three months shy of their initial merger announcement, NuVox Communications and FDN Communications on Wednesday closed the deal. Terms were not announced, as both companies are privately held. They have said their combined annual revenue will surpass $500 million, roughly the same amount claimed by recently merged Broadview Networks and InfoHighway Communications. FDN and […]

Stephenson Assumes Head Post at AT&T

Randall Stephenson officially became CEO and chairman of the board of AT&T Inc. on Sunday. Stephenson, 47, succeeded Ed Whitacre, who announced his retirement in April. We are focused on developing innovative ways to meet our customers communications needs while providing the best, most reliable and easiest service possible, Stephenson said in a news release. […]

Theismann: Face Change Head On

NFL MVP and Super Bowl champ Joe Theismann kicked off the Channel Partners Conference & Expo on Sunday with a challenge for partners to embrace change as an opportunity. “Some of us sit here and wish for the old days … but I say embrace the change,” he said during his keynote address, which was […]

John Chambers

THEN: John Chambers was working for Wang Laboratories and was in the midst of a job transition from vice president of the central region U.S. operations to senior vice president, Americas/Asia Pacific operations. He would stay with Wang for two more years, returning his focus to U.S. operations. NOW: Today he is one of the […]

Ernie Kelly

THEN: In 1987, Ernie Kelly was working for the Communications Satellite Corp. (COMSAT) as director of government relations. AT&T was the big boy on the telecom block, doing everything it could to bully and intimidate competitors, he recalls of that year. NOW: Today, he is a self-employed consultant in the telecom industry, a role that […]

Alive & Kickin

MORE THAN 100 EXHIBITORS and 2,500 attendees converged on the worlds largest Marriott Hotel in mid-October for the COMPTEL PLUS Convention + Expo to champion a new era in the competitive carrier community characterized by mergers and acquisitions and the introduction of new technologies. There has been a lot of consolidation, but we have a […]

Martin Likely to Head FCC Another 5 Years

The Senate Commerce Committee today unanimously approved another five-year term for FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin. President Bush earlier this year called for Martins term to be extended and the Commerce Committee on Tuesday agreed with that move. The 39-year-old Martin has overseen the FCC since March 2005, when he succeeded Michael Powell. Some of […]

Don’t Keep Your Head in the Sand!

If you are in the channel and you are not taking the time to understand the current regulatory environment or more importantly, the pending regulatory environment, you are doing your company a disservice. There are many issues that are being debated in Congress, the FCC and the state PUCs that, ultimately, will impact the way […]

Vibrant Hires Gilbert to Head BizDev

Vibrant Solutions, a provider of telecom business intelligence and analytics, has appointed Bill Gilbert as vice president of business development. In this newly created position, Gilbert will advance the company’s strategic position in the telecom business intelligence (BI) and analytics market. Bills track record in new business identification is well known within the industry, said […]

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