Independent telco Embarq has chosen interim CEO Tom Gerke as its permanent CEO, ending a search that began more than two months ago when Dan Hesse left Embarq in December to take the lead at Sprint Nextel. Upon Hesse's dis-Embarq, we thought it would be interesting to see which experienced outsiders might be in the running for the job at the Overland Park, Kan.-based telco. Industry stalwarts such as Dick Notebaert were seemingly available, and there certainly must have been a few candidates with longer, more storied resumes than Gerke's 14 years or so with Sprint and then spin-off Embarq.
Yet, as we watch Hesse try to work his way through someone else's increasingly complicated mess at Sprint Nextel, Embarq's choice to go with a familiar face and a leader with whom employees have grown comfortable is probably exactly what this particular telco needs. Embarq, after all, doesn't need rescuing, though it does need to maintain its growth pace.
- read this story at The Kansas City Star
- Hesse seems to have his hands full over at Sprint Nextel