Board of Directors

Jeffrey T. Hinson, age 61, has served as a director since Windstream's formation in 2006 and as Chairman of the Board since May 2013. Mr. Hinson served on the Audit Committee from 2006 to May 2013 and as Chair of the Audit Committee from May 2010 to May 2013. Mr. Hinson has been the President of YouPlus Media LLC, a video content marketing firm, since June 2009. From July 2007 to July 2009, Mr. Hinson served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Border Media Partners, LLC, a Hispanic-focused radio broadcasting company. Mr. Hinson previously served in a number of roles at Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish language media company, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (March 2004 to June 2005) and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Univision Radio, the radio division of Univision (September 2003 to March 2004). Since 2005, Mr. Hinson has been a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), a global entertainment company that promotes live music events, operates music venues, sells tickets to entertainment and sporting events, and provides management services to music recording artists. He also serves as a director, and as Chairman of the Audit Committee, of TiVo, Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), a provider of subscription-based DVR services and interactive video advertising. Until 2014, Mr. Hinson served as a director, Audit Committee member and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company and real estate investment trust focused on originating, investing in and managing middle-market commercial real estate loans and investments.

Tony Thomas, age 44, was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and to the Board of Directors on December 11, 2014. He previously held the following positions at Windstream prior to his appointment as President & CEO: President-REIT Operations (September to December 2014); Chief Financial Officer (August 2009 to September 2014); Treasurer (May 2012 to August 2013); and Controller (July 2006 to August 2009). Mr. Thomas also served as Controller of Alltel Holding Corp. from June 2006 to July 2006, the predecessor entity to Windstream Holdings, Inc., and held various other leadership positions with Alltel Corporation, a former publicly-traded wireless company, from 1998 to 2006, including Vice President of Investor Relations and Vice President of Southeast Regional Finance. Mr. Thomas joined Alltel after its merger with 360 Communications in 1998. Prior to entering the communications industry, Mr. Thomas was a senior auditor with Ernst & Young LLP focusing on the telecom practice.

Carol B. Armitage, age 58, has served as a director since September 2007, and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Ms. Armitage has served as a telecommunications consultant since 1998. From 1995 to 1997 she served as Senior Vice President – Technology and Strategy at General Instrument. Prior to 1995, she held various management and engineering positions during sixteen years of service with Bell Laboratories and Network Systems (which later became Lucent). From 2000 until August 2015, Ms. Armitage served and held various leadership positions on the board of directors of SCALA, Inc., a provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions, including as Board Chairman from March 2010 to March 2012, and Vice Chairman from 2000 to February 2010, and again from March 2012 to September 2015. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Armitage served as Chairman of the Board and on the Audit Committee of YDI Wireless (now known as Proxim Wireless Corporation), then a public company engaged in the development and provision of wireless fiber technologies.

Samuel E. Beall, III, age 65, has served as a director since November 2006 and is currently a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees. Mr. Beall is Strategic Partner of Arlington Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank, and is a principal in Beall Investments LLC, a private investment company. Mr. Beall served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT), which owns and operates casual dining restaurants under the Ruby Tuesday brand, from May 1995 to June 2012, and as President of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. from July 2004 until June 2012. Mr. Beall currently serves on the board of directors of Pilot Travel Centers LLC, a private company operating travel centers and travel plazas throughout North America.
Jeannie Diefenderfer, age 55, has served as a director since February 2016 and is a member of the Governance Committee. She is the founder and CEO of courageNpurpose, LLC, a consulting firm providing advisory services to boards and CEOs in strategic initiatives to drive operational and business efficacy. Previously she spent over 10 years in executive leadership roles at Verizon Communications, including leading Verizon's global customer care organization for its largest enterprise customers, serving as Chief Procurement Officer, and as Senior Vice President of Global Engineering & Planning. Ms. Diefenderfer is a member of the Boards of Directors of MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRV), where she serves on the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees, and Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL). She is also a member of the Accenture Network Advisory Council and a strategic advisor to Vasona Networks and Federated Wireless.
William G. LaPerch, age 60, has served as a director since September 2014 and is a member of the Governance Committee and serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. LaPerch has been President of LaPerch Consulting, LLC (a provider of consulting services to private equity firms) from September 2012 to the present. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. LaPerch served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of AboveNet, Inc., then a publicly traded provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, prior to which he served as Senior Vice President Operations. Mr. LaPerch served in executive management positions at Metromedia Fiber Network (a provider of metro fiber services and predecessor to AboveNet) from 2000 to 2003, several key leadership roles in the operations and engineering at MCI Worldcom, Inc. (a global communications company) from 1989 to 2000, and operations and engineering positions at NYNEX Corporation (a regional telephone company) from 1982 to 1989. Mr. LaPerch is currently a member of the Board of Directors Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) and serves on the Compensation Committee and as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee , and a member of the board of directors of several privately held network services and technology companies. From November 2012 to August 2015, Mr. LaPerch served as a member of the board of directors of Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a global scalable storage and data security company.
Larry Laque, age 58, has served as a director since February 2016 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Laque currently serves as Executive Vice President – Global Real Estate and Facilities for Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA). In addition to his current position, he has held key leadership roles at Discovery during the last 14 years, including Executive Vice President and Co-CIO and Co-Head of Enterprise Operational Services from 2010 to 2015, and in executive positions in the IT organization from 2002 to 2010. Prior to joining Discovery in 2002, he held several leadership positions in network planning and implementation, operations and customer service at MCI Worldcom, Inc. and MCI Communications from 1982 to 2002.
Dr. Shimer has served on EarthLink's Board of Directors since July 2013. 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 she 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 Dr. Shimer 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 also serves as a director of Netgear, Inc., a home and small business network solutions provider, and Halyard Health, Inc., a medical technology company. She also has served as the Chairwoman of Empire State Development Corp., the State of New York's economic development organization.
Mr. Stoll has served on EarthLink's Board of Directors since April 2016. From October 2014 to March 2015, Mr. Stoll served as Chief Financial Officer at Anaplan, Inc., a privately-held provider of a cloud-based business modeling and planning platform for sales operations and finance. From August 2008 to July 2013, Mr. Stoll served as Vice President, Worldwide Sales Finance at Apple, Inc. From 2004 to 2008, he served in various capacities at CA, Inc., a systems software provider, most recently as Corporate Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Stoll served as Vice President, Technology Equity Research at Julius Baer Investment Management, a Swiss banking group. Additionally, Mr. Stoll currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Arista Networks, Inc., a computer networking company headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
Michael G. Stoltz, age 65, has served as a director since September 2014 and as Chair of the Audit Committee since April 2015. He was an audit partner of Ernst & Young LLP from 2002 to 2014, primarily focusing on the communications, media and entertainment industries. He led E&Y's Communications Advisory Services Group from 2002 until mid-2004, which focused on providing advisory services to communications companies. Prior to joining E&Y, Mr. Stoltz was a partner with Arthur Andersen where he provided audit, finance and specialized project services to clients in the energy, governmental and telecommunications sectors.
Mr. Turek has served on EarthLink's Board of Directors since October 2015. Mr. Turek has served as Executive Chairman at Ascentis Corporation, a provider of human resources software and solutions, since 2011. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Paychex, Inc., a publicly-traded, leading provider of payroll and human resource services solutions, from October 2002 to May 2009. In 2009, Mr. Turek co-founded Mykonos Software, Inc., a provider of fraud and theft security solutions for internet websites. Mr. Turek currently serves on the Board of Directors of Spark Networks, Inc. and BlueTie, Inc. and previously served on the Board of Directors of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. from 2005 to 2013 and of Mykonos Software, Inc. from 2009 to 2012.
Alan L. Wells, age 56, has served as a director since 2010 and is a member of the Audit Committee and serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. He is a founding partner of Financial Advisory Partners, LLC, which makes private equity investments and provides investment banking services to mid-sized companies in the Midwest. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Iowa Telecommunication Services, Inc. (formerly NYSE: IWA) from 2002 to 2010 and Chairman of its board of directors from 2004 to 2010. He joined Iowa Telecom in 1999 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Prior to joining Iowa Telecom, Mr. Wells was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (NYSE: MEC), a Des Moines, Iowa-based electric and gas utility holding company, from 1997 until 1999. During the same period, Mr. Wells also served as President of MidAmerican's non-regulated businesses. Mr. Wells held various executive and management positions with MidAmerican, its subsidiaries, and Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric, one of its predecessors, from 1993 through 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Wells was with Deloitte Consulting (previously Deloitte & Touche Consulting) and previously held various positions with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Illinois Power Company. He has been a CPA for over twenty years.

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