STAMFORD, Conn., Aug 02, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE:FTR, news, filings), the leading provider of communications services to rural America and the largest communications company in West Virginia, today announced that Dana E. Waldo has joined the company as Senior Vice President and General Manager for West Virginia. Waldo will lead Frontier's operations throughout the state, oversee the aggressive deployment of broadband communications, and be responsible for every aspect of the customer experience. He reports to Ken Arndt, President of Frontier's Southeast Region, comprising West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"Dana has proven ability in leading and improving operations and in building long-term personal and business relationships. Above all, he has an unwavering commitment to West Virginia," said Arndt. "Since 1993, he has lived and worked here and contributed to it on every level. He believes in the value Frontier brings to West Virginia and I am confident he will help the New Frontier succeed."
Most recently, Waldo was based in Charleston, West Virginia as President and Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Power Company, American Electric Power's (AEP) largest operating unit. In addition to his operational successes at that company, he piloted a Human Performance Safety initiative and achieved the highest-rated safety culture index among AEP's operating units. He established labor relations described by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as the best in the company's history and was appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to the 21st Century Jobs Council to provide policy recommendations for the state's public schools system.
Prior to joining Appalachian Power, Waldo was President and Chief Executive Officer of West Virginia Roundtable Inc., based in Charleston. Under Waldo, this non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization focused on improving the state's higher education system and increasing economic development. With Waldo's leadership, the Council achieved unprecedented collaboration among the state's business communities to advocate change in state-related economic development policies.
From 1995 through 1999, as State President of AEP and Subsidiaries in West Virginia, Waldo directed all state-related external affairs and public policy activities and was the company liaison with customers, regulators, legislators, media and the general public. His tenure included appointment by then West Virginia Governor Cecil H. Underwood to the West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development.
Waldo's earlier assignments included Vice President of Appalachian Power Company, President and Chief Operating Officer of Wheeling Power Co. in Wheeling, West Virginia, and staff and operational positions with Columbus Southern Power Co. in Ohio.
A graduate of Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio with a B.S. in Business Administration, Waldo earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He attended prestigious professional development programs at the University of Virginia and Ohio State University.
Waldo is involved in organizations dedicated to improving life for West Virginians. He sits on the Advisory Committee of the University of Charleston's Graduate School of Business and is Chairman of the West Virginia Roundtable. He is a former Director of the state's Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Business and Community Council, the West Virginia Manufacturer's Association, and the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics Advisory Council.
"There are tremendous opportunities ahead as Frontier transforms the lives of West Virginians through vastly improved communications, especially High-Speed Internet. The company's dedication to putting the customer first and to upgrading and enhancing neglected operations are a big part of why I accepted this position," said Waldo. "I love this state and want the best for it, and I believe in what Frontier represents. I look forward to being part of a great organization and to demonstrating that life will indeed change for the better in West Virginia with Frontier's involvement."
Ken Arndt stated, "I am truly delighted that Dana has joined Frontier. He is a trusted and proven leader who embraces change and innovation. His operations experience, expertise and above all, character and community engagement will make us a better provider for all of West Virginia, especially as we bring significant enhancements of our High-Speed broadband service over the next three years. Frontier's plans to offer 3Mbps download speeds to a minimum of 85 percent of the homes and businesses in its service territory by 2015 will make a big difference to this state, and Dana will play an important role in making it happen."
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) offers voice, High-Speed Internet, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses and home offices, and advanced business communications Access Solutions for medium and large businesses in 27 states and with approximately 14,800 employees. Frontier is included in the S&P 500 Index and is the largest provider of communications services to rural America. More information is available at http://www.frontier.com and http://www.frontier.com/ir.
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