CenturyLink is putting more meat onto its post Level 3 acquisition, naming a number of executives who will report to Jeff Storey, who will become president and CEO.
These executive leaders will report to Storey effective at the time of the close of the acquisition, which CenturyLink continues to anticipate will occur by the end of third quarter 2017.
Storey will become CenturyLink’s president and COO after the telco completes its acquisition of Level 3 Communications later this year and will then succeed Glen Post as CEO of CenturyLink on Jan. 1, 2019. Post will then become executive chairman of the company's board of directors.
The COO organizational structure will include five business units and several functional support groups. The business units and their leaders will be:
Strategic enterprise, federal government and state government: Edward Morche, who will rejoin Level 3 on July 5, will be president – strategic enterprise, federal government and state government, and will have responsibility for large accounts, federal and state government, and large educational institutions and research networks.
Global accounts management (GAM) and international: Laurinda Pang will be president – GAM and international and will have responsibility for the company's top global accounts and international teams.
Small and midsize business (SMB), local government and education: Vernon Irvin will be president – SMB and will be responsible for small and midsize business (customers with 1-500 employees) as well as the local education and government teams.
Wholesale and indirect: Lisa Miller will be president – wholesale, indirect and alliances.
Consumer: Maxine Moreau will be president – consumer, and will be responsible for the company's local market consumer business in 37 states.
Supporting these business units and ongoing integration activities will be the following functional support groups:
Technology, product development and security operations: Aamir Hussain, executive vice president – product development, platforms and infrastructure, will be responsible for IT, testing and integration, architecture, infrastructure, security, as well as overall business enablement.
Transformation and integration: Clay Bailey, senior vice president – transformation and integration, will lead the integration of CenturyLink and Level 3.
North America operations: Richard Batelaan, EVP of North America operations, will be responsible for North America service delivery, service assurance, access management, and field operations.
"Our people have made these two great companies what they are today. I'm confident this leadership team will position the combined company for future success in delivering leading communications solutions, a world-class customer experience and profitable growth," Storey said about the appointments in a release.
Finally, Storey plans to name an EVP and chief marketing officer at a later date.
Storey was named as the successor for the combined company earlier this month. His appointment as the next CEO reflects the fact that the combined company's revenue mix and focus will shift more toward providing business services. Storey also has plenty of experience in leading large organizations toward profitability in the business market segment.
When he assumed the CEO reins of Level 3 in 2013 from Jim Crowe, Storey oversaw a major company turnaround, particularly in the North America market. He pivoted the company's focus on developing new sets of data, cloud and security services for large multinational corporation customers.