FairPoint's Tomae to step down as part of company-wide reorganization

Tony Tomae, chief revenue officer for FairPoint, is going to be leaving the company at the end of the month as part of a company-wide reorganization effort.

A 25-year-plus telecom industry veteran, Tomae arrived at FairPoint in 2012 after serving in a number of executive and sales positions at Deltacom -- now EarthLink -- and WilTel Communications where he was senior vice president of marketing.

He has also held positions with AT&T (NYSE: T) and Broadwing Communications, now part of Level 3 Communications.

Taking over Tomae's role will be Peter Nixon, who currently serves as the EVP of revenue and external affairs for FairPoint.

Nixon will be tasked with overseeing FairPoint's sales, marketing and product development functions while continuing his leadership responsibility for external affairs.   

He will continue to report directly to CEO Paul Sunu.

Tomae's departure comes at a transitional time for FairPoint.

While the service provider has not announced its fourth quarter earnings date yet, FairPoint has intimated in its most recent quarters that it would consider either purchasing a provider or being purchased by another service provider.

The provider has also been enhancing its business and consumer product sets. Complementing its growing Ethernet and optical networks, the telco has been building out a data center business, transitioning some of its legacy central offices into data centers in New Hampshire with plans to conduct similar transitions in its Maine and Vermont markets.

In the consumer market, FairPoint has followed the broadband industry trend of delivering 1 Gbps FTTH service by launching its own offering in Portsmouth, N.H. in November, and a number of nearby communities over its existing last-mile network.

For more:
- see this SEC filing

Related articles:
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FairPoint lights up 1 Gbps service for Portsmouth, N.H. customers
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