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July 22, 2014

Level 3 Reorganizes Executive Team Following tw telecom Acquisition



By David Delony
Contributing Writer



Level 3 Communications, a major fiber carrier, has announced that it is reshuffling its executive team following the acquisition of tw telecom (News - Alert).

"The expanded Level 3 executive management team includes a committed group of leaders with the collective expertise to build the combined company and continue to grow our business, particularly in the enterprise market," said Jeff Storey, president and CEO of Level 3.

John Blount, currently tw’s president and COO, will become the regional president of North America and the Asia-Pacific region for Level 3.

Andrew Crouch, who currently serves in the position Blount will occupy, will move to the position of the regional president of Level 3’s EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and GAM division.

Harold Teets, currently tw’s senior vice president of information and network technologies for tw telecom, will become Level 3’s chief information officer.

Despite the announcement sounding like a game of musical chairs, Storey is optimistic about the future of the company with the new executive team.

"I look forward to welcoming John and Harold from tw telecom - their combined experience and insights will be invaluable in capitalizing on our strengths and improving the customer experience. Similarly, as Andrew moves into a new role within Level 3, he will remain critical to our ongoing success and opportunities to continue satisfying our customers around the world,” he said.

The collective experience of the members would support his claim. Blount has worked for tw for 18 years, Crouch has been with Level 3 since 2001 and Teets has more than 35 years of experience in the telecom industry.

Level 3 announced that it would acquire tw telecom in June, ostensibly to combine the strengths of both companies into one it hopes will be able to respond quickly to an increasingly customer service-driven telecommunications industry. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.




Edited by Adam Brandt
 
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