CenturyLink appoints two top executives
OREANDA-NEWS. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announces that Dean Douglas will join the company as president of sales and marketing and will report to Glen F. Post, III, chief executive officer and president. In addition, Bill Hurley has been named chief marketing officer, reporting to Douglas. Both executives will join the company Feb. 16.
In his new role, Douglas will be responsible for revenue generation for CenturyLink, driving long-term growth for the company in the business and consumer marketplaces.
"We are pleased to have Dean join our team and lead our sales and marketing organization. He has extensive knowledge of our industry and a track record of facilitating revenue growth. We believe his experience will be a significant asset as we continue our transformation from a provider of traditional network communications to an integrated provider of IP-enabled network, cloud, hosting, and IT managed services solutions," Post said.
Douglas has more than 30 years of experience in the communications, entertainment and information technology sectors. He most recently served as CEO, Unify GmbH& Co. KG, a provider of software-based enterprise unified communications. He also has held leadership roles at Westcon Group, LCC International, IBM, Motorola, and Newleaf Entertainment.
"I look forward to becoming part of the CenturyLink leadership team and being engaged in the incredible transformation under way at the company," Douglas said. "CenturyLink has made a series of transformative acquisitions over the last several years and is focused on innovation and delivering value for its customers. It's exciting to have the opportunity to help CenturyLink reach its outstanding potential for growth and success in the months and years ahead."
As CMO, Hurley will be responsible for CenturyLink's marketing strategy and execution, and product management. Since March 2014, Hurley has served as CMO for Unify. Before working at Unify, he served as chief technology officer and chief information officer for Westcon, CIO Americas/Global CIO for Marsh & McLennan and a partner at Peppers & Rogers Group. He also worked for Mercedes-Benz USA for 12 years in a variety of capacities, including information technology, marketing and customer relationship management.
"Bill has extensive leadership experience and a diversified career as a CMO, CTO and CIO in a variety of industries. Having worked with him at Unify and Westcon, I know he will apply his knowledge to help CenturyLink reach new heights as a trusted partner to businesses and consumers," Douglas said.
"People face a mindboggling array of communications choices in the marketplace, whether for their workplaces or in their personal lives, so it is important to understand our markets and our customers' needs so that we can help deliver the communication solutions not only needed for today, but for tomorrow as well," Hurley said. "CenturyLink serves customers of all sizes, from residential consumers in rural America to small technology startups to Fortune 500 enterprises with global operations, and I look forward to helping our customers embrace the ongoing technology transformation through our focus on innovative solutions and an excellent customer experience."