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Windstream Names Lewis Langston CIO, Adds Other Senior Leaders

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Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock announced more senior leadership changes on Monday.

Lewis Langston has been named chief information officer, and Matt Dement has been named senior vice president of strategy, corporate development and financial planning & analysis. Both appointments are effective Feb. 2.

Langston replaces Cindy Nash, who is pursuing other career interests, the company said in a news release.

Langston most recently worked as an executive telecommunications and technology consultant. From 2009 to 2013, he was chief information officer at Allied Wireless Communications Corporation, which was acquired by AT&T in September 2013.

“Lewis’ extensive telecommunications and technology experience will be a tremendous asset in our effort to provide a world-class experience to customers. He successfully led the effort to build the business infrastructure for a wireless company in an expedited manner. He also brings considerable expertise in designing and re-engineering processes to drive improvement,” said Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer, in the news release.

“I also want to thank Cindy for her leadership and numerous contributions since joining the company through the merger with Valor Communications Group. Cindy and I discussed her decision to leave earlier, and I am grateful to her for agreeing to stay on until a successor had been found.”

Windstream created the chief information officer position in 2009 when Nash was promoted to that role.

Dement, who will take on the role of senior vice president of strategy, corporate development and financial planning & analysis, is a senior vice president at Stephens Inc., where he has worked on mergers and acquisitions in the telecom, media and defense industries, according to his company biography.

Dement will oversee corporate development, investment strategy and financial forecasting, Windstream said in a news release.

“Matt has been a close adviser to Windstream over the past several years on several key strategic transactions that the company has announced,” chief financial officer Bob Gunderman said in the news release. “His investment banking experience, significant knowledge of the telecom industry and superior financial skills will be very beneficial to our efforts to maximize shareholder value.” 

Windstream announced two other senior vice president changes earlier this month, with the appointment of Kevin Halpin as senior vice president of process development and improvement and Kristi Moody as senior vice president of law and corporate secretary for the board of directors.

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