Report: CenturyLink's cloud chief Higginbotham to depart

CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) key cloud guru Andrew Higginbotham is going to be leaving the telco after a 14-year tenure with the company, according to a Gigaom report.

Justin Lopinot, a spokesperson for CenturyLink, told FierceTelecom he could not comment on Higginbotham's status.

As SVP of cloud and technology, Higginbotham led CenturyLink's key entry into the cloud and managed services market when it purchased Savvis in 2011.

He was also behind the service provider's purchases of AppFog, Tier 3 and most recently DataGardens. These three deals enhanced CenturyLink's cloud service portfolio with additional platform as a service (PaaS), application development and disaster recovery capabilities.

Taking Higginbotham's place is Aamir Hussain, who took on the EVP and CTO role at CenturyLink following a stint at Liberty Global Europe. Gigaom reported that Hussain is going to revamp the cloud strategy.

In addition to Hussain, Jared Wray, founder and former CTO of Tier 3, will expand his role with the company.

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