Julie A. Shimer
Dr. Shimer, age 64, was appointed to the Board on March 1, 2017 in connection with Windstream’s merger with EarthLink. She serves as a member of the Governance Committee. She previously served on EarthLink’s board of directors from July 2013 to the closing of the merger, and as chair of the EarthLink board. She is currently a private investor and has 30 years of product development experience, including many years with major communications companies. From March 2007 to April 2012, Dr. Shimer served as Chief Executive Officer of Welch Allyn, Inc., a manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, having served on the board of directors beginning in July 2002. Previously, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Vocera Communications, Inc., a provider of wireless communications systems, also serving on the board of directors. She also has served as general manager at 3Com Corporation and Motorola and has been a product development leader at Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Shimer currently serves as a director of Netgear, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), a home and small business network solutions provider, and Halyard Health, Inc. (NYSE: HYH), a medical technology company. She previously served as the chairwoman of Empire State Development Corp., the State of New York’s economic development organization.