On May the 11th, Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) announced the signing of former Google Fiber executive, Chris Levendos. Levendos, who previously served as the head of Network Deployment and Operations at Google Fiber, will become Frontier’s Executive Vice President, Field Operations. Levendos’ predecessor, John Lass, has expressed his intention to retire. Before joining Google, Chris Levendos worked for Verizon for a period of 26 years. His last position with the company was the region president for its New York City operations.
He originally joined Verizon in 1989 and climbed the ladder, while subsequently taking on roles with increased responsibilities along the way. After Superstorm Sandy, Levendos helped Verizon restore their network infrastructure in lower Manhattan. His expertise proved to be vital and aided the company in restoring their services in record time. As well as being a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Levendos holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management.
As a member of Frontier Communications, Levendos will report to current President and CEO, Dan McCarthy. Dan McCarthy said, “I am confident Chris will further enhance the robust resources of our field operations team and our network assets, allowing Frontier to continue to provide the bandwidth options that support advanced technology and connectivity.” He also confirmed that the company remains focused on serving homes and commercial businesses with the technologies that will allow them to lead their respective markets.
After joining Frontier, Chris Levendos will be tasked with maximizing the overall effectiveness of the company’s fiber-optic and copper networks to expand reach and enhance speeds. The company believes his insight will allow him to unlock the full potential of Frontier’s operations, which are currently dispersed throughout 29 states. Frontier has undeniably experienced a rocky start to the year. The company will hope hiring Chris Levendos will kick start the process of getting the company back on track.