CenturyLink taps cloud expert Meehan to lead its public sector division

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) didn't have to look too far to find a permanent replacement to lead its government division, naming company veteran Tim Meehan to permanently take over the role that was vacated when Diana Gowen retired last June.

Tim Meehan CenturyLink SVP GM government

Meehan

He assumes leadership of CenturyLink Government from Lisa Bruch, who served as CenturyLink Government's acting senior vice president and general manager for the past six months.

Meehan will be able to apply his knowledge of the cloud, colocation, managed services and IT solutions to the federal market, one that's begun to embrace the use of cloud services.

Prior to his new role, Meehan served as the vice president of sales for the East region and financial services industry as well as for inside sales for CenturyLink Technology Solutions, which sells cloud and managed services to business customers.

Earlier, Meehan served as head of North American sales for Oracle Corporation's cloud hosting unit and as vice president and general manager of various business groups within Oracle Consulting during his 15 years with the company. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant specializing in systems technology and process improvements.

"Tim's fresh perspective and vision, coupled with our strong federal team, should help CenturyLink continue to grow our federal business in the years to come," said Kenny Wyatt, CenturyLink's senior vice president of business solutions.

In December, CenturyLink added cloud data center services, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service product, to the list of available services it can provide to its federal government agency customers via the General Services Administration (GSA)'s Networx Universal contract.  

The government division should also benefit from CenturyLink's ongoing moves to build up its cloud and managed services businesses through a series of acquisitions like Tier 3 and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provider DataGardens. Stewart Ewing, CFO of CenturyLink, told investors in December that one of the main goals of these acquisitions was to enhance its data center and managed services unit by either building products in house or purchasing another company with specific talents or capabilities.

It has been no less aggressive in building out new domestic and international data centers, in markets such as Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Toronto, Phoenix and Hong Kong.

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