Windstream to lay off at least 280 workers

With its acquisition of PAETEC now in the bag, Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) plans to phase out 280 employees over the next four months.

As reported in Channel Partners, 52 of those jobs, which are centered on operational areas such as accounting, human resources, and marketing, will come from PAETEC's former Rochester, N.Y.-based headquarters.

As the service provider integrates PAETEC into its operations, Windstream spokesman David Avery said that it could cut other jobs in 2012.

"This reorganization follows a detailed review of overall functions at PAETEC as part of our integration planning to identify redundancies in corporate staff positions and leverage existing workgroups within Windstream," said Joe Marano, senior vice president of business and financial services, in a statement Thursday. "We remain committed to maintaining a large presence long term in Rochester, including a new office location in Midtown."

Although neither former PAETEC CEO Arunas Chesonis nor CFO Keith Wilson chose to join Windstream, a number of other high profile executives have joined the company, including: Doug Derstine, president of equipment services; Bob Moore, senior vice president of applications and development; Todd Lechtenberg, vice president of transport engineering; Kevin Errity, east region president - business sales; Jeff Howe, central region president - business sales; and Sean Baillie, senior vice president of national and strategic accounts.

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