Otelco Inc. (Nasdaq: OTEL), a telecommunications provider in Maine, Alabama, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia, announced today that Richard Clark has joined OTELCO as its Chief Operating Officer. Clark was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TVC Albany, Inc., headquartered in Albany, New York and doing business as FirstLight Fiber.
“We are excited that Richard has decided to join OTELCO as Chief Operating Officer,” commented Rob Souza, OTELCO’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have worked with Richard in recent years in his role as both a supplier to and competitor of our company. He brings a wealth of varied business experience, as well as knowledge of our industry, to OTELCO. Initially, Richard will focus on plant and network operations as we plan for the retirement of our Senior Vice President of Operations, Ed Tisdale. During 2019, Richard’s responsibilities will expand to include marketing, sales, billing and regulatory functions.”
“It is a great opportunity for me to be part of an organization that has a presence in seven states, including three outside of the New England footprint that I know quite well,” noted Clark. “I have worked with the companies that make up OTELCO in New England for a number of years. They have introduced new services and been a competitive market participant for more than two decades. I look forward to working with the high caliber employees who provide customers with outstanding products and services.”
Clark is a graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine, and lives in Freeport, Maine. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a certified public accountant. His office will be in New Gloucester, Maine.
OTELCO Inc. provides wireline telecommunications services in Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia. The Company’s services include local and long distance telephone, digital high-speed data lines, transport services, network access, cable television and other related services. With approximately 99,000 voice and data access lines, which are collectively referred to as access line equivalents, OTELCO is among the top 25 largest local exchange carriers in the United States based on number of access lines. OTELCO operates eleven incumbent telephone companies serving rural markets, or rural local exchange carriers. It also provides competitive retail and wholesale communications services and technology consulting, managed services and private/hybrid cloud hosting services through several subsidiaries. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.otelco.com.
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