Level 3 management team
oving swiftly ahead with plans to acquire tw telecom, Level 3 last week announced a new management lineup to be installed after the sale is finalized. They will lead a company that combines two of Colorado’s largest enterprises.
In what many consider a blockbuster deal, Level 3 declared in mid-June that it would buy tw telecom for $5.7 billion in cash and stock. The resulting company will have a value of $25 billion and preside over nearly 14,000 employees.
Pending approval of shareholders and regulators, the deal is expected to close by the end of the year. But Level 3 isn’t waiting to get its ducks in a row. The company has announced that tw telecom President and COO John Blount will join the Level 3 executive team as regional president of North America and Asia Pacific, while tw senior vice president Harold Teets will be the firm’s new chief information officer.
Andrew Crouch, Level 3’s current North America regional vice president, will become regional president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and will be responsible for sales and support across all regions for enterprise and carrier customers in the global accounts program.
Absent from the new team will be current tw telecom Chairman and CEO Larissa Herda, who said she will not be joining the combined company.
Blount has been tw’s chief operating officer since 2005. He added the title of president last January. An 18-year veteran at tw, he currently oversees the company’s business goals, sales, operations and technology. Since 1996, Blount held a variety of posts, including regional vice president, senior vice president of sales and Executive Vice President of Field Operations. Before joining tw telecom, he held various sales positions at U.S. West.
As Level 3’s new regional president for North America and APAC, Blount is expected to drive business growth and streamline operations in those regions. He will also continue in his role as the integration team leader for tw telecom.
Teets was named tw’s Senior Vice President for Information and Network Technologies in 2006. He is currently responsible for a number of technology and engineering groups, including Information Technology, Network Engineering, Technology Management, Technology Operations, Carrier Relations and Access Management.
Before joining tw, he was the chief information and chief technology officer at Xspedius Communications. He also worked for AT&T Canada, MCI, Brooks Fiber, Conversent Communications, Looking Glass Networks and MFS. Earlier this year, he was named the Denver metro area's "Top CIO" by the Denver Business Journal.
In his role at Level 3, he will be responsible for the global IT organization, as well as customer support for network and services.
"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," says Jeff Storey, president and CEO of Level 3.
According to a company statement, Level 3 plans to expand its core locations in North America to include tw telecom's current locations in Littleton, as well as its operations center in O'Fallon, MO. In addition to its Broomfield headquarters, Level 3 currently has core locations in North America in Atlanta, Phoenix and Tulsa.