Our executive management team is dedicated to the company's employees, customers and stockholders.
Glen F. Post, III
Chief Executive Officer and President
O. Matthew Beal
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Corporate Strategy and Product Development
William E. Cheek
President, Wholesale Markets Group
Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations
R. Stewart Ewing, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary
Stacey W. Goff
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Thomas J. McEvoy
Senior Vice President, Integration and Process Improvement
Senior Vice President, Network Services
Chief Executive Officer, Savvis and President, Enterprise Markets Group
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President, Information Technology Services
- Vice President - 1982
- Senior Vice President and Treasurer – 1984
- Board of Directors – 1985
- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – 1986
- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – 1988
- President and Chief Operating Officer – 1990
- Vice Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer – 1992
- Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer – 2002
- Chief Executive Officer and President – 2009
- Bachelor's Degree/Accounting – Louisiana Tech University/Ruston, Louisiana
- Master's Degree/Business Administration – Louisiana Tech University/Ruston, Louisiana
The CenturyLink career of Glen F. Post, III has spanned 36 years. He has served as Chief Executive Officer for 20 of those years and has directed all of the company's acquisitions and divestitures during this time. In less than ten years he's led the company from the eighth to the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S.
Post leads a highly respected management team that is focused on delivering high-quality products and services to their customers; enhancing the communities they serve in a meaningful way; creating a dynamic work environment for employees; and achieving industry-leading, long-term shareholder value.
His disciplined approach to strategic acquisitions and operations leadership as well as his focus on utilizing CenturyLink's strong cash flow and financial strength to drive long-term shareholder value has positioned the company for continuing growth. The 2009 acquisition of Embarq Corporation (which more than tripled the company's revenues and customer base) as well as the 2011 acquisitions of Qwest (which again more than doubled CenturyLink's size) and Savvis (a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises) were enabled by this approach and focus.
CenturyLink's 2011 annual revenues were $15 billion, up from $360 million in 1992 when Post was appointed CEO. On a proforma basis for the Qwest acquisition, CenturyLink revenues would have exceeded $18 billion in 2011.
Post serves on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), and chairs the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).
- Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering – 2008
- Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Product Development and Network Strategy – 2009
- Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Product Development – 2012
- Bachelor's Degree – Washington University in St. Louis/St. Louis, Missouri
- Doctoral Studies – Washington University in St. Louis/St. Louis, Missouri
With more than 15 years in multimedia applications and network development, Matt Beal has a proven track record in application development, IP networking and network transformation.
At CenturyLink, Beal directs corporate strategy, product development and network strategy. He is responsible for shaping corporate strategy to drive revenue, improve customer service and enable broadband applications while overseeing the optimization of CenturyLink's legacy infrastructures.
Beal came to CenturyLink from BT (formerly known as British Telecom) after having led the development of their 21st Century Network program – that company's all-IP network transformation project. As chief technology officer of BT Wholesale – BT's carrier and network entity – Beal was infl uential in reinventing Britain's broadband, voice and data networks and the commercial and regulatory models which govern them.
Beal has led a number of industry fi rsts. While serving as Chief Network Architect of WilTel communications, Beal led the development of the first broadcast-quality HD over MPLS solution. At Nexbell Communications, Beal built a national voice over IP network to launch a wholesale, flatright origination and termination service. With Telecom Italia, he managed the design and implementation of one of the first global IP VPN networks.
- President, Wholesale Markets Group - 2006
- Bachelor's Degree - Hendrix College/Conway, Arkansas
Leading the Wholesale Markets Group, William Cheek is responsible for Product, Marketing, Sales, Service and Operations for the portfolio of Wholesale Products offered to inter-exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, wireless providers, pay telephone providers and local exchange carriers. Additionally, he is responsible for the Sales, Service and Operations of the Pay Telephone division of CenturyLink.
Cheek had a leading role in the merger of CenturyTel and Embarq – creating CenturyLink in 2009 – and used that experience again in the 2011 consolidation of Qwest into CenturyLink.
Cheek previously served as President, Wholesale Markets Group at Embarq and Assistant Vice President - Strategic Sales and Account Management in Sprint Business Solutions, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with large wholesale customers.
Cheek held other senior management positions with Sprint, including President of Wholesale Markets in Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division, Vice President - Sales and Account Management in Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division and Assistant Vice President - Regulatory Policy, where he was responsible for development and advocacy of state and federal policy.
A 35-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Cheek began his career with Allied Tel in 1977, before joining Sprint in 1981.
- Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations – 2011
- Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations – 2012
- Bachelor's of Science – University of Kansas/Lawrence, Kansas
- Juris Doctorate – University of Kansas/Lawrence, Kansas
Steve Davis is responsible for the development and advocacy of all of CenturyLink's policies in regulatory, legislative, and other governmental forums. He leads an organization that includes professional staff located across the company's 37-state residential service region and at its Federal Regulatory and Legislative Relations office in Washington, D.C.
Davis has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications law, with particular emphasis in local, state and federal regulatory law. Before joining the company, he was Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations at Qwest Communications. There he directed the company's policy activities at the federal, state and local levels, including reviews of Qwest's merger with CenturyLink by regulatory agencies.
Previously, Davis held various legal and regulatory positions at AT&T, which included responsibility for AT&T's interests in all state and local governmental matters.
Based in Denver, Davis serves on the boards of directors of the CenturyLink Foundation, Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement, Mile High United Way and the Western Governors University National Advisory Board. In addition, Steve is the Vice Chair for the United States Telecom Association.
Positions held at CenturyTel
- Vice President of Finance - 1983
- Vice President and Controller - 1984
- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - 1989
- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - 1999
- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary – 2009
- Bachelor's Degree/Business - Northwestern State University/Natchitoches, Louisiana
Stewart Ewing has played a key role in CenturyLink's acquisition strategy by negotiating all stages of purchase agreements from legal and regulatory to folding new companies into their corporate structure and philosophy. His responsibilities include managing CenturyLink's Accounting, Treasury, Supply Chain, Real Estate and Internal Audit functions.
Ewing's extensive experience includes management of the Regulatory, Information Systems and Corporate Planning and Development areas. He has been a contributor to the company's growth over the years.
- Director of Corporate Legal Services - 1998
- Vice President and Assistant General Counsel - 2001
- Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary - 2003
- Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary – 2009
- Bachelor's Degree/Business - Mississippi State University/Starkville, Mississippi
- Juris Doctorate/Magna Cum Laude - University of Mississippi/Oxford, Mississippi
Stacey Goff has played a key role in negotiating and closing the numerous acquisitions and dispositions CenturyLink has completed over the last 14 years. He also contributes to the negotiation of the company's complex agreements and large dispute resolutions with third parties, as well as assisting the company's executive management and board of directors in their compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Goff's responsibilities include all aspects of the company's legal affairs, including support for business units, corporate functions, board and shareholder related legal matters, litigation, intellectual property and regulatory matters. He is also responsible for Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, Corporate Aviation, Brand Management, Compliance and Ethics and Century Marketing Solutions.
- President, Business Markets – 2006
- President, Enterprise Sales – 2009
- Senior Vice President, Business Integration - 2010
- Senior Vice President, Integration and Process Improvement – 2012
- Bachelor's Degree/Business Administration – Rollins College/ Winter Park, Florida
- Master's Degree/Business Administration – Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College/Winter Park, Florida
Tom McEvoy, Senior Vice President, Integration and Process Improvement at CenturyLink, has more than 32 years of broadbased experience in the telecommunications industry. He is responsible for leading the overall organization and systems integration, business IT systems governance and business process improvement for CenturyLink.
He was previously responsible for overseeing the integration of Business customer segments for CenturyLink and Qwest, and prior roles included leading the direct sales distribution channel – providing the full portfolio of the company's products and services to CenturyLink's Enterprise customers – and indirect sales channels for the Business and Consumer customers McEvoy also served as President of Business Markets and was responsible for the sales, marketing and service for the company's portfolio of communications products and services to the business marketplace.
Before joining the company, McEvoy served as President of Sprint Business Solutions' Government and Enterprise Markets. In that role, he led the sales and marketing efforts of a business unit that provided integrated communications solutions to enterprise business accounts, as well as Federal and State government accounts.
McEvoy held other senior management positions at Sprint, including President, Consumer Solutions in Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division, and he's managed special assignments in the fi nance, customer service operations, business markets, carrier markets and consumer markets units.
- Various IT Positions – 1983-88
- Senior Regulatory Analyst – 1988
- Director of Industry Relations – 1989
- Line of Business Manager, Long Distance Division – 1995
- Vice President, Operational Support – 2003
- Vice President/General Manager, LightCore – 2005
- Vice President of Operations – 2006
- Senior Vice President, Centralized Operations – 2009
- Senior Vice President, Integration and Process Improvement – 2010
- Senior Vice President, Network Services – 2012
- Bachelor's Degree/Business – University of Louisiana at Monroe/Monroe, Louisiana
A 29-year veteran of telecommunications, CenturyLink Senior Vice President of Network Services Maxine Moreau is responsible for planning, engineering and construction of the company's local, national and international networks; National Service Delivery; and Network Engineering Operations.
For the two years prior to taking this role, Moreau led the overall integration efforts of CenturyLink, Embarq, Qwest and Savvis, creating the third largest telecommunications company in the United States.
From 2006-2010 Moreau led Centralized Operations, where she reduced total annual operating expenses through work center consolidations and streamlining work fl ow processes. She also improved the timeliness of ILEC plant record assignments/ provisioning, as well as consistently maintained service levels in repair while reducing unit costs.
In 2005 she was responsible for the LightCore business unit, including sales, marketing, customer service, provisioning, network operations and finance.
Moreau also led the implementation of a workforce management system to automate workflow for all fi eld technicians, achieving more than 90 percent automated dispatch of work orders, trouble tickets and preventative maintenance activities within 12 months of implementation.
From 2003-2004 she led the overall company program to implement the Ensemble customer care and billing platform.
During a seven year absence from the company, she was Chief Sales and Service Officer for Ionex Telecommunications in Dallas and Chief Services Officer for Broadwing Communications in Austin.
- Chief Executive Officer, Savvis – 2011
- Chief Executive Officer, Savvis and President, Enterprise Markets Group – 2012
- Bachelor's Degree/Business Administration - University of Nebraska/Lincoln, Nebraska
Jim Ousley, Chief Executive Officer of Savvis and President of CenturyLink's Enterprise Markets Group, has more than 40 years of global technology experience. Prior to being appointed CEO, Ousley served as Non-Executive Chairman of Savvis since May 2006 and was a Director since 2002.
During Ousley's career, he has held leadership positions at several global technology companies, helping form and direct numerous IT product and service joint ventures in the United States, Asia, Europe and India. Among his most signifi cant previous positions, Ousley was a founder of Vytek Wireless Corporation in 2001 and served as President, CEO and Director until 2004. He also served as CEO and President of Syntegra, Inc. (USA), a subsidiary of British Telecommunications Group, and was Chairman, President and CEO of Control Data Systems prior to its acquisition by Syntegra. In addition, Ousley held numerous executive positions at Control Data Corporation (Ceridian Corporation), including President of Computer Products, President-Magnetic Peripherals Inc. and other executive roles in global sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions and business development.
He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Datalink, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Pacnet, Inc., and has been Chairman of the Board for Savvis, ActivIdentity, and Bell Micro Products. Ousley has also served as a board member of numerous other public and private technology companies.
- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – 2000
- President and Chief Operating Officer – 2002
- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – 2009
- Bachelor's Degree - Indiana State University/Terre Haute, Indiana
- Master's Degree/Business Administration - Bellarmine College/Louisville, Kentucky
With 28 years of telecommunications experience, Karen Puckett is an industry veteran with proven success in the integration of complex operations and the achievement of industry-leading performance.
As CenturyLink's Chief Operating Officer, Puckett is responsible for the end-to-end customer experience and operational performance across the company's six geographical regions. She is also responsible for marketing, sales and customer care for consumer and business customers located in the CenturyLink service areas in 37 states. Under her leadership, the Network Operations Center, Customer Implementation Assurance and Operational Readiness organizations provide shared services to the organizations serving Enterprise and Wholesale customers.
Puckett led the 2001 companywide realignment to the local operating model and General Manager structure, thus placing decision making closer to the customer and making the company more responsive to the marketplace. The implementation of the model as the company has acquired new markets has consistently resulted in fi nancial and operational improvements in the markets.
After joining the company in 2000, Puckett participated in the integration of nearly 1.5 million access lines acquired from GTE, Verizon and Madison River; the sale of the company's wireless properties to Alltel; and the acquisition of fi ber assets to enhance the LightCore network. In 2009, she had a leading role in the merger of CenturyTel and Embarq, creating CenturyLink, the largest Independent telecommunications company and the fourth largest telecom company in the United States, serving more than 7 million access lines.
And in 2011, Puckett helped lead the combination of CenturyLink and Qwest, creating the third largest telecommunications company in the United States, with more than 15 million access lines, more than 5 million broadband customers and an 180,000-mile fi ber network.
- Executive Vice President, Information Technology Services – 2011
- Bachelor's Degree – Banaras Hindu University/India
- Master's Degree – Banaras University/India
- Doctoral Degree – City University of New York/New York
During his extensive and varied career, Girish Varma has held numerous technical and leadership positions.
As Executive Vice President of Information Technology Services at CenturyLink, Varma is responsible for all IT services and support, including systems architecture, design, and software development (including overseas operations), and for development and sales support of enterprise IT services.
Prior to the CenturyLink/Qwest merger, Varma served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Offi cer, a position he's held since September 2006. Before joining Qwest, he served as the Vice President of Global Applications Services and the Telecom Center of Competency at IBM. There, he was responsible for the development of new business and practices for the telecom industry, as well as for building critical expertise and delivery excellence for complex telecom programs.
Prior to joining IBM, Varma was a Vice President at AT&T, where he retired in 2003 after a successful 25-year career. At AT&T, he had the CIO and service development responsibilities for AT&T business, network and local services. He started his telecommunications career at Bell Laboratories, where he held a number of technical and management positions with increasing levels of responsibilities. During the past several years he led a number of successful business and IT transformation programs in several areas.
Varma holds a Masters Degree from Banaras Hindu University in India and a PhD from the City University of New York. He is also a recipient of numerous business achievement and software excellence awards.