FierceTelecom's rising government communications stars

FierceTelecom government communications leadersOne of the largest consumers of telecommunications and IT services is the U.S. is the federal government. In recent years, the spotlight for the U.S. carriers serving the public sector in recent years has been on the General Service Administration's (GSA) Networx telecommunications contract, the follow on contract to the former FTS-2001 and crossover contracts.

Under Networx Universal, participating service providers AT&T (NYSE: T), Qwest (NYSE: Q) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) have to provide both legacy TDM and next-gen IP services that are currently on the FTS2001 and Crossover contracts, while Networx Enterprise, which includes Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT), Sprint (NYSE: S), AT&T, Qwest and Verizon, is primarily focused on next-gen IP services.

Regardless of the technologies included in each of the pieces of Networx, one thing you will find as you read each of the executive profiles here is that what's most exciting is helping agencies carry out their respective daily missions.

To highlight the work going on by the largest carriers in this industry segment, FierceTelecom decided to take a look at the five leaders among the carriers supporting the major government network contracts, including GSA Networx, Alliant, and Washington Interagency Telecommunications System-3 (WITS-3).

Included in our rising stars features are a group of executives with an average of 10- to 20-plus years of experience serving the public sector.

For this initial feature, FierceTelecom decided to focus on the top five executives that currently hold spots on the Netwrorx Universal and Networx Enterprise contract vehicles:

  • Jeff Mohan, Executive Director, Networx Program Office, AT&T Government Solutions;
  • Edward Morche, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Level 3 Federal Markets;
  • Diana Gowen, Senior VP of Qwest Government Services;
  • Bill White, VP, Federal Sales, Sprint;
  • and Susan Zeleniak, Group President of Verizon Federal.

While the transition to Networx and other contract vehicles, as you'll see in the next few pages, is an ongoing transition that's not without its delays or challenges, the service providers all have one simple goal of helping the agency, whether civilian or defense, meet its specific mission.

As always I am curious to hear your thoughts about this feature. Take a look and let us know what you think.--Sean

Jeff Mohan, AT&T

Ed Morche, Level 3
Level 3
Diana Gowen, Qwest
Bill White, Sprint
Susan Zeleniak, Verizon