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.
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.