O'Mara To Run Former Alltel Properties for Atlantic Tele-Network

Former Alltel Corp. executive Frank O'Mara will be the CEO of a subsidiary formed by Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. to hold former Alltel properties acquired from Verizon in June.

Atlantic Tele-Network, based in Salem, Mass., announced the hiring of O'Mara late on Wednesday. His new company, Atlantic Wireless Communications Corp., will provide wireless service to approximately 800,000 subscribers in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho.

"This is an excellent opportunity to join a company with a track record of consistent, profitable growth, and to expand beyond the success we had in these markets as Alltel," O'Mara said in the press release. "The rural markets we are acquiring contain many talented and dedicated employees, and I look forward to working with them to offer new and improved services to our subscriber base. I am very excited about this challenge and anticipate building a team that will ensure that we thrive in those markets."

O'Mara, a longtime resident of Little Rock, worked for Alltel for more than 13 years, ultimately as executive vice president of sales and marketing. He has degrees in engineering, business and law from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Most recently, O'Mara served as a partner of The Circumference Group, an investment and consulting group formed by former Alltel COO Jeffrey Fox.