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Press Release -- May 14th, 2013
Source: Windstream
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Windstream Names Randy Nicklas EVP-Engineering and CTO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream Corp.
(NYSE:WIN, news, filings) has named Randy Nicklas executive vice president of
engineering and chief technology officer.

Nicklas will be responsible for network planning and engineering,
outside plant, records and capital management.

Nicklas was formerly chief technology officer and senior vice president
of engineering for XO Communications, where he was responsible for the
overall network technology vision for the company's voice, data, and
transport networks. He also advised on the overall design of the
company's commercial and wholesale voice, data and IP-based services.

Nicklas has extensive experience in the design, implementation and
integration of large-scale IP/MPLS backbones, VoIP soft switch and
feature server platforms, metro Ethernet networks and transport
networks.

"Randy has a deep understanding of complex telecommunications networks,
a wealth of experience leading engineering organizations, and a real
passion for excellence," said Brent Whittington, chief operating
officer of Windstream. "He will help us take the critical next steps to
strengthen our network so that it truly becomes the platform for our
long-term success."

Prior to joining XO Communications, Nicklas held engineering and
technical management positions at Intelsat, Cisco and MCI. He also has
worked in the areas of software development and systems engineering on
a variety of aerospace programs for NASA, Los Alamos National
Laboratory and Computer Sciences Corporation.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a
leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud
computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company
also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers
primarily in rural areas. For more information, visit
www.windstream.com.

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CONTACT: Media Contact:
         David Avery, 501-748-5876
         david.avery@windstream.com

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