Tom Casey, who became Integra Telecom's CEO just this past February, has left the CLEC to become CEO of Tronox Inc., an Oklahoma-based pigment manufacturer where he served as a board member.
Although no one at Integra, which has not named a replacement, was forewarned about his departure, the service provider said it will stay focused on Casey's initiative to extend its service foothold in larger business accounts.
In 2011, Integra set aside $100 million to spend on network infrastructure to expand its on-net fiber network in its key markets, including a recent $11 million investment in its midwest and west territories. In addition to expanding its fiber reach, Integra continues to champion Ethernet over Copper and has recently begun offering cloud-based services via its partnership with Palo Alto Networks.
"Our strategy remains the same, and we continue to make progress on that strategy," John Nee, Integra's vice president of marketing, told the The Oregonian.
Casey was hardly a stranger to Integra. Before he assumed the CEO role in February, he had served as company chairman since 2009. Dudley Slater, one of the co-founders of Integra, served as its CEO for 13 years, primarily targeting SMB customers.
In the near-term, Integra has named former Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT) president and CEO Kevin O'Hara, who has served as a member of Integra Telecom's board since 2009 and later as chairman since March 2011, as its executive chairman.
Apart from Casey's departure little will change at the company. Jim Huesgen, who joined Integra in 2000 and has served as president since 2002, will remain as Integra's president and will report directly to O'Hara.
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- The Oregonian has this article
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