ATLANTA — July 7, 2016 — EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings), a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences, today announced the appointment of Jacob J. Ferro (Jay), Jr. as Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Product Officer. Ferro will provide leadership and oversight of EarthLink's technology operations including R&D, product and customer services offerings, acquisitions and investments. He will report directly to Joe Eazor, President and CEO.
Ferro brings extensive experience to EarthLink, building off of previous executive-level technology and finance roles. Prior to joining EarthLink, Ferro was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the American Cancer Society (ACS) where he was responsible for the people, strategy and operations of hundreds of local offices nationwide. He played an integral role in ACS's historic transformation, which included the consolidation of 12 independent divisions into a single agile and focused global entity. Ferro will continue to support ACS and the organization's important mission to save lives and cure cancer as a senior volunteer.
In earlier professional roles, Ferro served as CIO at AdCare Health Systems and AIG. Among his many accomplishments, Ferro was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year in both 2011 and 2015, Global CIO Breakaway Leader in 2013 and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2015. Ferro also dedicates his time to many charitable and community involvement efforts including founding the nonprofit group, Priscilla's Promise, in honor of his late wife, which raises funds for cervical cancer education and research.
"We are proud to welcome Jay to the EarthLink team and know that his advanced technology expertise and robust business acumen will support the ongoing evolution of our company," said Joe Eazor, President and CEO of EarthLink. "His extensive experience working on complex initiatives that deliver superior operational efficiencies, along with his personal value system and belief in collaboration and service, makes him the perfect addition to the executive team here at EarthLink as we drive the business forward."
"I am honored and excited to join EarthLink," said Ferro, CIO of EarthLink. "I am fully committed to building on the team's current success and serving the company and customers with the highest degree of integrity and passion. My focus is on making what's great even better and ensuring the delivery of best-in-class customer service."
EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp., NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences in a cloud connected world. We help thousands of multi-location businesses securely establish critical connections in the cloud. Our solutions for cloud and hybrid networking, security and compliance, andunified communications provide the cost-effective performance and agility to serve customers anytime, anywhere, via any channel, or any device. We operate a nationwide network spanning 29,000+ fiber route miles, with 90 metro fiber rings and secure data centers that provide ubiquitous data and voice IP coverage. To learn why thousands of specialty retailers, restaurants, franchisors, financial institutions, healthcare providers, professional service firms, local governments, residential consumers and other carriers choose to connect with us, visit us at www.earthlink.com, @earthlink on LinkedIn and Google+.