Portland, Ore. – July 22, 2010 – Integra Telecom Inc., an integrated communications provider for business, has promoted Steve Wachter to executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this role, Wachter is responsible for overseeing all the customer facing operations of local network management, customer care, and sales across Integra’s 11 state service area. Wachter most recently served as senior vice president for Integra Telecom of Minnesota and North Dakota. He is now based in Portland, Ore., and will report directly to Dudley Slater, CEO of Integra Telecom.
“Steve has demonstrated tremendous leadership and strategic foresight throughout his tenure at Integra Telecom,” said Slater. “He understands the telecommunications industry as well as the value Integra’s decentralized, local customer service model brings to the customer experience. Steve is committed to delivering superior service to all of our customers and will be a valuable member of Integra’s executive management team.”
Wachter has more than 16 years of telecommunications management experience. He joined Integra through the company’s acquisition of Eschelon Telecom Inc. in 2007. Before Integra, Wachter served as executive vice president of sales and service delivery for Eschelon in Minneapolis. Wachter graduated with honors from State University of New York in Geneseo.
About Integra Telecom
Integra Telecom Inc. provides integrated communications services across 33 metropolitan areas in 11 Western states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It owns and operates a best-in-class fiber-optic network comprised of more than 2,800 route miles in 11 metropolitan access networks including approximately 1,386 on-net buildings, a world class Internet and data network, and approximately 4,900-mile high-speed long-haul fiber network. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty and customer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Primary equity investors in the company include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Tennenbaum Capital Partners, funds managed by Farallon Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus. Integra Telecom and Electric Lightwave are registered trademarks of Integra Telecom Inc. For more information, visit: www.integratelecom.com.