Integra Telecom announced a leadership change yesterday, bringing in Robert Guth as interim CEO and President. Guth will hold down the position while the company looks for a more permanent replacement.
He'll take over from Kevin O'Hara, who had led the company for most of the past three years as it transitioned to a more fiber-heavy, larger customer business model. That process has seen margins on the rise, but with counterbalancing trends on overall revenue. No reason for his departure was given, but I imagine we will see him resurface again soon elsewhere in the fiber world.
O'Hara's departure could also signal a shift in focus for the western regional network operator, possibly even toward looking toward consolidation. A combination of Integra's assets with a network operator in search of more western infrastructure like Windstream has been the subject of past speculation. Windstream's network REIT plans could re-invigorate their buying power when it comes to network assets.
Guth has been on Integra board of directors already, and incidentally acts as chairman another regional network operator (Lumos Networks) and serves on the board of Otelco as well.
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