CenturyLink's government chief Diana Gowen is retiring

CenturyLink Government's (NYSE: CTL) senior VP and general manager Diana Gowen is going to retire at the end of this month after overseeing the business unit for nine years.

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Gowen came to CenturyLink in 2005 when it was Qwest Communications before it was acquired by CenturyLink.

"Diana has been a strong and effective leader during her nine years with CenturyLink," CenturyLink said in a statement. "She and her team have been instrumental in establishing CenturyLink's reputation as an industry leading broadband, cybersecurity and IT services provider to the federal government.

The telco did not provide any details on who would take over Gowen's role.

One of Gowen's biggest accomplishments at CenturyLink was winning a spot on the multi-billion dollar General Service Administration's (GSA) Networx contract, the follow-on contract to the GSA's FTS2000 contract vehicle.

Through the Networx contract, CenturyLink provides a suite of IP-based and private line services to a number of defense and civilian agencies. A key win under Networx was a $233 million, five-year task order to provide managed data services to the Social Security Administration. 

A 35-plus-year telecom industry veteran, Gowen previously held executive positions with MCI Government Markets, now part of Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ), and AT&T (NYSE: T).

For more:
- Washington Technology has this article

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