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Press Release -- July 25th, 2011
Source: Earthlink
Tags: Equipment, Expansion, MPLS, VoIP

EarthLink Hires Senior Sales Executives; Promotes Head of Managed Services

Mae Squier-Dow Joins EarthLink as President of Premier Business Solutions; Vikram Desai Joins EarthLink as President of National Accounts; Brian Fink Promoted to EVP Managed Services

ATLANTA, GA — July 25, 2011 — EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings), a leading IP infrastructure and services company, today announced that two senior sales executives have joined the company’s leadership team to run its newly established Premier Business Solutions and National Accounts divisions. Reporting to EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rolla P. Huff, the business units were created to establish a consistent customer-focused approach to leveraging EarthLink’s nationwide IP networking and managed services capabilities. The company will continue to have a centralized Marketing and Shared Services organization, led by Cardi Prinzi Executive Vice President of Marketing. EarthLink is also positioning its managed services division to focus on the expansion of managed IT, hosted security and data center capabilities throughout all of its channels of distribution.

Mae Squier-Dow joins EarthLink as President of Premier Business Solutions, overseeing the EarthLink Business mid-market sales and account management teams. Squier-Dow is an experienced technology executive with a 27-year track record of engaging customers and producing results in value-added service businesses. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Business Development at Current Group, and previously held leadership positions at Choice One Communications as Senior Vice President of Sales and Service, President of Network Services and Chief Operating Officer.

"The powerful combination of a robust product portfolio, strong internet and security roots and viable financial position and leadership team, make EarthLink a compelling company to do business with and to work for," commented Squier-Dow. "It’s exciting to find such a unique opportunity to join a company that is so clearly positioned for success."

Vikram Desai joins EarthLink as President of National Accounts, with overall responsibility for management and growth of the company’s largest and most complex customers and opportunities. Desai is a recognized senior executive leader with enterprise data center solution expertise and in-depth knowledge of the managed services space. He has held CEO level positions with entrepreneurial data center IT, web application and security companies and also served as Chief Operating Officer of application networking company Radware, where he guided the company through a period of record growth. His industry experience includes President of Global Accounts for Global Crossing, as well as business unit and National Accounts sales leadership positions with Worldcom and MCI.

"EarthLink is uniquely positioned to provide its customers with powerful and reliable application services covering critical areas of business operations – freeing them to focus more closely on core competencies and resulting in a clear competitive advantage," noted Desai. "It’s exactly this type of business proposition, delivered by a company with clear future vision and strong financial strength that makes EarthLink the ideal partner for even the largest of customers."

Also today, EarthLink announced the promotion of Brian Fink to Executive Vice President of Managed Services. Fink joined EarthLink in January 2011 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Program Delivery. With over 20 years of IT and telecommunications executive leadership in both entrepreneurial and large growth companies, he brings extensive IP and managed services experience and a track record for delivering innovative technology driven solutions. In his new role, Fink will leverage the core capabilities of EarthLink CloudTM to position EarthLink as a national Managed Services Provider offering a full set of secure IT solutions for small, mid market and national customers. These IT solutions will enable customers to outsource their non strategic IT services to better manage their internal costs and technology risks.

"EarthLink currently offers traditional cloud computing and security services, and we are expanding these offerings to provide a full range of IT services for our customers. These new services coupled with our robust nationwide MPLS and VoIP capabilities will enable customers to rely on EarthLink as the one trusted partner to meet their IT and communications needs," explained Fink.

About EarthLink
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business™ provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website www.earthlink.net.

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