CenturyLink exec Karen Puckett to retire

Karen Puckett, president of global markets at CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), will retire Aug. 31, CenturyLink said. Her position, at least in the interim, will be filled by Ross Garrity, senior vice president of IT solutions.

Puckett was a key player in CenturyLink's ongoing transformation into IP-enabled services, including cloud and IT services, CEO-President Glen Post said in the news release.

"As we move into the next phase of our transformation, Karen and I have mutually arrived at a conclusion that, after 15 years of hard work and extensive contributions, she will retire from the company," Post said.

Her interim successor, Garrity, brings "over 30 years of IT services experience" including a stint as a senior partner focused on information technology at KPMG and chairman of American Renewable Fuels, Post said.

Post further noted that CenturyLink has started to search for a sales and marketing leader to "assist in the continuing transformation of our company."

For more:
- CenturyLink has this press release

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