CenturyLink names post-Level 3 leadership team, with Bailey leading integration

CenturyLink's Clay Bailey. (CenturyLink)

CenturyLink CEO Glen Post outlined the executives who will take command of the company once it completes its merger with Level 3. Importantly, he named Clay Bailey as CenturyLink’s SVP of “transformation,” and as the executive charged with the integration of CenturyLink and Level 3. Bailey will be in charge of “automation and simplification in the combined company,” the company said in a release.

"We have assembled an incredibly talented and experienced executive team that is well positioned to lead the combined company and drive our increased enterprise focus," Post said in a release from CenturyLink. "With the assets we will have as a result of this strategic combination and with this leadership team in place at closing, we believe we will be positioned to deliver strong performance not only in the United States, but also in our expanded markets globally."

Bailey joined CenturyLink in 1992 and has worked in the company’s regulatory affairs, finances and regional operations. Bailey “brings discipline, detail and measured leadership to a team at CenturyLink tasked with defining the customer experience at every touch point; rationalizing, automating and simplifying products and end-to-end product development; renovating systems, platforms, networks and processes and expanding the company’s winning culture,” the company said on its site.

Other noteworthy executives on CenturyLink’s leadership roster include:

  • Dean Douglas, EVP of the company’s North America enterprise, who will be responsible for sales, revenue generation and enterprise service delivery.
  • Gary Gauba, SVP and chief relationship officer, “who will be responsible for building strong, trust-based relationships with the C-suite executives of the company's top customers,” the company said. He will also lead CenturyLink’s advanced solutions group.
  • Aamir Hussain, EVP and CTO, charged with product development, platforms and infrastructure and information technology.
  • Maxine Moreau, EVP of the company’s consumer business, responsible for sales, marketing and service delivery.

CenturyLink’s full leadership team is listed in its press release.

CenturyLink announced late last year its $34 billion agreement to purchase Level 3. CenturyLink and Level 3’s shareholders “overwhelmingly” approved the two service providers’ pending merger in March. The company continues to expect the merger will close by the end of the third quarter of 2017.

As the companies continue to work to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, CenturyLink earlier this month said it does not always compete head to head with Level 3, and that the two companies are providers in an ever-evolving business services market. In an FCC filing (PDF) responding to questions about the markets in which the two providers offer business services, CenturyLink said it and Level 3 offer similar services to small and large businesses, but not in every market.