- 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.