CenturyLink names new marketing, product management chiefs

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CenturyLink has named new EVPs of product management and marketing. (CenturyLink)

CenturyLink has appointed a new EVP of marketing and an EVP of product management, marking the company’s evolution after completing its acquisition of Level 3 Communications.

Each of these executives will report directly to Jeff Storey, CenturyLink’s COO, who will take over the company as CEO in 2019 when Glen Post retires.

Gaurav Chand has been named EVP of marketing. A 17-year Dell veteran, Chand served as the global senior vice president of marketing – infrastructure solutions group for Dell EMC.

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Gaurav Chand

In his new position at CenturyLink, Chand will oversee CenturyLink's marketing strategy, marketing communications, brand and customer experience. Additionally, he will be responsible for the development of the company's digital transformation strategy, driving the company's digital interaction with customers, including buying services, obtaining support and using automated services for provisioning.

Shaun Andrews, a former Level 3 staffer, has been named as CenturyLink's EVP of product management. Earlier, Andrews served as Level 3’s SVP of IP and real-time communications, and he has nearly 25 years of experience in the telecom industry. Prior to coming to Level 3, Andrews held several senior-level roles in product development, product management, sales and business development at IntelePeer, WilTel and SBC Communications.

Shaun Andrews

Andrews focuses on the company's go-to market strategy, pricing, product management and product marketing.

"Both of these executives bring a tremendous amount of experience to their roles and they will be instrumental in developing the strategy for and marketing of the right products and services to meet the needs of our customers in the fast-evolving communications marketplace," Storey said in a release.

These two new appointments are just several CenturyLink has made after it acquired Level 3 Communications. In April, the service provider outlined its management following the completion of its Level 3 deal, including its VP of transformation, CTO, and the EVP of its consumer business.