XO names Qwest exec Christopher Ancell as new CEO

XO has appointed 30-year telecom industry veteran Christopher Ancell as its new CEO, giving the company a permanent replacement to Carl Grivner, who left in April 2011.

Chris Ancell

Ancell (Source: CenturyLink)

Set to join the company on Dec. 2, Ancell comes to XO from CoreSite Realty Corp. where he served as that company's senior VP of sales and sales engineering.

Earlier, he spent 12 years serving in a number of leadership roles at both CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Qwest, including serving as the president of CenturyLink's business markets organization and executive vice president of Qwest's business markets organization.

His experience in running business service divisions at CenturyLink and Qwest will come in handy at XO, which has been growing its presence in larger business accounts and increasing its reach into other countries, including Canada.

Ancell will take over the CEO role from Laura Thomas, who will remain with company and return to her role as chief financial officer.

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