The closing of the deal may be a few months off, but the management team that will lead the combined Level 3/tw telecom was announced today. We already knew Larissa Herda wouldn’t be staying on of course, leaving the top slot for Jeff Storey, but two of tw telecom’s top management will be merging in.
John Blount, currently President and COO of tw telecom, will stay on board as the regional president for North America and Asia Pacific. Andrew Crouch had been in that position, but will now shift across the Atlantic and take on the mantle of regional president for EMEA.
Meanwhile, Harold Teets, currently Senior Vice President – Information and Network Technologies at tw telecom, will become the combined company’s Chief Information Officer. He’ll take on the IT side of things presumably, leaving longtime Level 3 CTO Jack Waters with the network side.
Those are two logical additions, given that Level 3’s integration task will be focused on North America and especially on integrating the two IT/backoffice infrastructures without upsetting any apple carts. The rest of Level 3’s team will remain in place, while tw telecom’s other senior executives will hopefully start resurfacing elsewhere over the next few years with new projects to work on.
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