Vice President of Financial Operations
Mark Todd has coached American Legion baseball longer than he’s been a Fortune 500 executive, but the skills learned in 19 years of volunteer coaching are serving him at Windstream Corp.
“I think there’s a lot I take from coaching into the business world,” Todd says. “You learn a lot of things, like how to build and manage teams, how to stay calm in stressful situations, how to build relationships with people you’re competing against.”
Todd currently oversees carrier relations and cost management, segments of Windstream staffed with about 175 people.
Where Windstream doesn’t have fiber network in the 48 states it serves, “My team leases it from other providers,” Todd said. “I’m responsible for over a billion dollars of telecommunications spend per year.”
Todd’s team negotiates lease contracts with competitors. Maintaining good relationships with competitors is like keeping good rapport with other coaches, he says.
The Fayetteville native has previously held leadership jobs with Arthur Andersen, the defunct accounting firm, and Alltel Corp., from which Windstream was spun off.
- SCA Pharmaceuticals to Build 90K-SF Plant in Connecticut
- Startup Airline Glo Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization
- Wal-Mart Sets Date for Annual Meeting
- Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inducts 10 for 2017 Class 14 hours ago
- Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Tops Big Private Companies List 1 day ago
- Former Deepwater Heir Continues Legal Battle of Will 1 day ago
- Walton Family Foundation Awards $454.4M in Grants in 2016 13 hours ago
- Chick-fil-A Confirms Third Rogers Location 1 day ago