February 1, 2003
ASCENT Names 3 to Board
THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNICATIONS
Enterprises (ASCENT) added three new board members. Two of the appointments
result from the expansion of the board from nine to 11 members, to include a
representative from the supplier community as well as the new Regional Advisory
Dr. Judy Reed Smith, CEO of
Boston-based research and advisory firm Atlantic-ACM, is the first supplier
member to the expanded board. Joe Gregori, CEO of InfoHighway Communications
Corp., steps into the second new board seat as the chair of the RAC. Gail Jones,
vice president and general manager of ComoreTel Holdings Ltd., an international
telecom services company, replaces outgoing board member Tony Sgroi.
All three were appointed by the
current board, and will serve until December. They are eligible to run for
election in November for regular three-year terms on the board.
"These new members bring a
wealth of experience, insight and business acumen to the board of ASCENT,"
said Gordon Martin, board chairman. "Through them we are strengthening our
commitment to listen to all segments of our membership, and help our members
start, stay and succeed in business by learning from the successful examples of
our new and current board members."
Reed Smith serves as a liaison
representing supplier members, which were granted voting rights for the first
time in November. She founded ATLANTIC-ACM after a career as a consultant and
senior executive at leading international consulting firms. She received a
doctorate from Harvard, a master’s degree from Boston University and an
undergraduate degree from Skidmore College.
As chair of the newly created RAC,
Gregori is the liaison between the board and seven regional advisors who counsel
the ASCENT board on issues pertinent to members in their geographic areas.
Gregori has been the CEO of InfoHighway Communications since 1999. He previously
served as COO for PriCellular Corp., a regional cellular telephone carrier, and
was president of MCI Wireless and of Nationwide Cellular Services (NCS), before
MCI’s acquisition of NCS.
Jones has more than 20 years of
experience in the telecommunications industry, including product and marketing
management, strategic planning and client services. She currently serves on the
ComoreTel board of directors. In 1993 Jones served on the board of directors for
the Telecommunications Resellers Association (TRA), ASCENT’s predecessor. She
was re-elected to a three-year term in 1999.
Other ASCENT board members include:
Bill Capraro Jr., CEO, CIMCO Communications Inc.; Ronald Contrado, president,
chairman and founder, Homisco/Voicenet Inc.; Thomas Coughlin, chairman, Alliance
Group Services Inc.; Robert T. Hale Sr., chairman, Granite Communications Inc.;
Ronald Harden, executive vice president, Grande Communications; J. Sherman
Henderson III, president and CEO, Lightyear Communications Inc.; and Shirish Lal,
CEO, Vista Telecom Group.
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