HERNDON, VA – September 23, 2011 – XO Communications announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Laura W. Thomas, XO's Chief Financial Officer, to lead the company as interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Ms. Thomas will also retain responsibility for the company's financial leadership as chief financial officer at this time.
In her role as CEO, Ms. Thomas will drive the company's strategic focus on IP and data solutions, focusing on excellence in customer experience while aligning the company's resources toward continued operational efficiencies.
Ms. Thomas is an industry veteran, having served as XO's CFO since June 2009; prior to that she was the company's vice president of finance from 2000 through 2009. Before joining XO, Laura held executive positions in finance with Concert Communications and MCI. She earned her MBA in Finance from George Washington University and also holds a BA from Radford University.
Carl Icahn, XO's Chairman of the Board, said, "I have great confidence in Laura's ability to position XO for success in the communications marketplace by delivering innovative IP and data solutions across XO's extensive nationwide network."
"It is an honor to be selected for this role and to lead XO's dedicated team of employees. XO is a leader in IP-based communications services, and we will continue to leverage our expertise to deliver the advanced services our customers require," said Ms. Thomas.
About XO Communications
XO Communications is a leading nationwide provider of advanced IP communications, managed network and IT infrastructure solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO Communications offers customers a broad range of services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 85 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.