Directors


  • Virginia Boulet, 57, has been a director since 1995. She has served as Special Counsel at Adams and Reese LLP, a law firm, since March 2002. Prior to that, she was a corporate and securities attorney for Phelps Dunbar, LLP from March 1992 to March 2002 and Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre LLP from May 1983 to March 1992. She also serves as a director of W&T Offshore, Inc. Ms. Boulet is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance (Chair) and Compensation Committees.
  • Peter C. Brown, 52, has been a director since 2009. He has served as Chairman of Grassmere Partners, LLC, a private investment firm, since July 2009. Mr. Brown held several executive level positions, including Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, with AMC Entertainment Inc., a theatrical exhibition company, from 1991 until his retirement in February 2009. He founded Entertainment Properties Trust, a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, in 1997 and served as its Chairman of the Board of Trustees until 2003. Mr. Brown is also a director of Entertainment Properties Trust and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corporation. He has served as director of National CineMedia, Inc., Midway Games, Inc. and Embarq within the past five years. Mr. Brown is a member of the Audit and Risk Evaluation Committees.
  • Richard A. Gephardt, 70, has been a director since 2009. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gephardt Group, a multi-disciplined consulting firm, since January 2005. He has also served as a consultant to Goldman Sachs & Co., since January 2005. He served as a strategic advisor in the government affairs practice group of DLA Piper between June 2005 and December 2009; and a senior advisor to FTI Consulting between January 2007 to December 2009. He also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 2005, representing Missouri's Third District and holding key leadership positions, including House Minority Leader. He also serves as a director of Centene Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Spirit Aerosystems Holdings, Inc. and United States Steel Corporation, and he was a director of Embarq within the past five years.
  • W. Bruce Hanks, 56, has been a director since 1992. He has served as a consultant with Graham, Bordelon and Co., Inc., an investment management and financial planning company since December 1, 2005. Mr. Hanks served as Athletic Director of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, from March 2001 to June 2004, and he held various executive positions at CenturyLink from August 1980 through March 2001, including Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President – Corporate Development and Strategy, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President – Revenues and External Affairs, and President – Telecommunications Services. Mr. Hanks also worked as a certified public accountant with Peat, Marwick & Mitchell for three years. He is currently an advisory director of IberiaBank Corporation. Formerly, he served on the executive boards of several telecommunications industry associations and the boards of other publicly-owned companies. Mr. Hanks is a member of the Audit (Chair) and Risk Evaluation Committees.
  • Gregory J. McCray, 48, has been a director since 2005. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Antenova Limited, a British company which develops and markets wireless components, since January 2003. Formerly, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PipingHot Networks, a wireless start-up, from November 2000 to November 2002; Senior Vice President, Customer Operations at Lucent Technologies, from June 1997 to October 2000; Sales Vice President, U.S. Eastern Region at Lucent Technologies, from January 1994 to May 1997 and various engineering, product management and other managerial roles at AT&T and IBM, from May 1984 to December 1993. Mr. McCray is a Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Risk Evaluation Committees.
  • C. G. Melville, Jr., 70, has been a director since 1968. He served as President of Melville Equipment, Inc., a family-owned distributor of marine and industrial equipment, for nearly thirty years until his retirement in 1992. He was Chief Executive Officer of a family-owned telephone company for six years prior to its sale to CenturyLink in 1968. Mr. Melville is a member of the Risk Evaluation (Chair) and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
  • Fred R. Nichols, 64, has been a director since 2003. He served as Executive Vice President of Operations of Cox Communications, Inc. from August 1999 until his retirement in February 2000. He held various executive positions at TCA Cable TV, Inc., including Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, from 1997 to 1999, and President and Chief Operating Officer, from 1989 to 1997. Mr. Nichols served on the executive boards of the National Cable Television Association and the Cable Telecommunications Association, both cable industry trade associations; Telesynergy, a cable television programming consortium; and C-SPAN, a cable television network. He worked as a commercial banker for nine years and as a certified public accountant with Peat, Marwick and Mitchell for three years. Mr. Nichols is a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
  • William A. Owens, 70, has been a director since 2009. He has served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of CenturyLink since July 1, 2009. Mr. Owens has served as Managing Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AEA Investors Asia, a private equity company, since April 2006. Formerly, Mr. Owens served as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nortel Networks Corporation, a global supplier of communications equipment, from 2004 to 2005, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Teledesic LLC, a satellite communications company, from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. military from 1962 until 1996 holding various key leadership positions, including Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is currently a director of Polycom, Inc., Wipro Limited, and Intelius Inc. He has served as a director of AEA Investors, LLC, Flow Mobile, Unifrax Corporation, Amerilink and was Chairman of the Board of Embarq within the past five years. Mr. Owens is a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
  • Harvey P. Perry, 66, has been a director since 1990. He has served as non-executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of CenturyLink since January 1, 2004. Mr. Perry served as Secretary and General Counsel at CenturyLink for approximately twenty years until his retirement in December 2003. He served in multiple roles at CenturyLink, including Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for almost five years. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Mr. Perry worked as an attorney in private practice for 15 years. Mr. Perry is a member of the Compensation Committee.
  • Glen F. Post, III, 58, has been a director since 1985. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of CenturyLink since 1992, and President since July 1, 2009 (and from 1990 to 2002). Mr. Post also served as Chairman of the Board of CenturyLink from June 2002 until June 2009; Vice Chairman of the Board of CenturyLink between 1993 and 2002; and held various other positions at CenturyLink between 1976 and 1993, most notably Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Michael J. Roberts, 60, is a former director of Qwest who joined our Board on April 1, 2011. He is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Westside Holdings, LLC, a marketing and brand development company. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald’s Corporation, a foodservice retailer, from 2004 to 2006; Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s USA during 2004 and as President of McDonald’s USA from 2001 to 2004. He is currently a director of W.W. Grainger, Inc. and Standard Parking Corporation. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Audit Committee.
  • Laurie A. Siegel, 55, has been a director since 2009. She has served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Internal Communications for Tyco International Ltd., a global, diversified manufacturing and service company, since January 2003. Before joining Tyco, Ms. Siegel held various positions with Honeywell International Inc. from September 1994 to December 2002, including Vice President of Human Resources - Specialty Materials. Prior to that, she was director of global compensation at Avon Products; a principal of Strategic Compensation Associates and a director of Embarq. Ms. Siegel is a member of the Compensation Committee (Chair).
  • Joseph R. Zimmel, 57, has been a director since 2003. He has served as a business and financial consultant since November 2002. Mr. Zimmel formerly served as Advisory Director of the Goldman Sachs Group, from December 2001 to November 2002; Managing Director of the Communications, Media & Entertainment Group for the Americas in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., from 1999 to 2001, after acting as Managing Director and a co-head of the group from 1992 to 1999 and Managing Director in the mergers and acquisitions department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1988 to 1992. He is currently a director of FactSet Research Systems Inc. and was formerly a director of Digitas, Inc. within the past five years. Mr. Zimmel is a member of the Audit Committee.