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Heath Simpson Named Next CEO of Ritter Communications

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Ritter Communications of Jonesboro on Monday announced the promotion of Heath Simpson to CEO, effective Jan. 31.

Simpson, who joined the company in March 2020 as CFO, is set to assume the telecom provider’s top post after a nationwide search for a successor to Alan Morse. Morse joined Ritter in 2014 as president and was named CEO in 2019.

Under Ritter’s succession plan, Morse will remain with the company as executive chair. He’ll serve as an adviser and continue to contribute to the company’s strategic initiatives.

In a statement, Morse called Simpson a “distinguished leader” who has “the strategic vision, experience, skill set, and focus to sustain our strong momentum and carry our performance to the next level.” He continued: “I am confident that, under his leadership, Ritter Communications will retain and enhance its position as a regional leader in the fiber broadband and telecom space.”

Simpson brings nearly 30 years of financial and operational experience to the role, with more than 20 years in the telecom industry at major national brands such as AT&T and Frontier Communications.

In a news release, the company said Simpson has been a key contributor to the expansion of its fiber-to-the-home business unit, RightFiber. Under Ritter’s succession plan, Simpson’s scope of responsibilities gradually increased over his four years with the company. He was promoted to president and chief operations officer in late 2022.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to transition into the CEO role, and I am eager to leverage my skills and dedication for the collective success of Ritter Communications,” Simpson said.

Simpson takes over following a period of rapid expansion under Morse. The company grew from serving 57 rural communities to operating in over 148 communities in four states, representing a direct investment of over $300 million in network expansion.

Morse is also credited with conceptualizing and leading the market introduction of Ritter’s RightFiber residential suite of products in 2021 and with overseeing a network enhancement initiative that brought gigabit internet speeds to the company’s legacy markets.

 

 

 

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