David A. Wittwer becomes president and CEO
MADISON, Wis., Dec 29, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- A new year brings in a
new leader for TDS Telecommunications Corp. On Jan. 1, 2007, David A.
Wittwer, 45, will become president and chief executive officer (CEO) of TDS
Telecommunications Corp., which includes TDS Telecom and subsidiary TDS
Metrocom. Wittwer replaces president and CEO James Barr III who retired at the
end of 2006 concluding 17 years at the company's helm.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061229/CGF002 )
"Dave Wittwer will provide outstanding leadership," said LeRoy T. Carlson,
Jr., president and chief executive officer of Telephone and Data Systems Inc.
(TDS), TDS Telecom's parent company. "He has extensive knowledge of the
telecommunications industry; impressive experience in all aspects of TDS
Telecom and TDS Metrocom businesses. Dave also possesses the strategic and
operational skills that are required to move the company to even higher levels
In the spring of 2006, TDS announced Wittwer as TDS Telecommunications
Corp. incoming CEO. He served as chief operating officer in the interim. In
2005, he became President-ILEC Operations and in 1997 was named the company's
chief financial officer. He joined TDS Telecom in 1983 as an internal auditor.
"This will be a seamless leadership transition," said Wittwer. "We have a
strong management team and exceptionally talented employees who will drive
growth for TDS Telecom and TDS Metrocom as we continue charging forward with
our broadband strategy."
According to Wittwer, the future of the telecom business is one that must
have voice, broadband and video products available to consumers. "We are
transitioning from a traditional phone company to a leading Internet and
entertainment provider in our markets to ensure we deliver the top-notch
services that our customers want and value -- now and in the future," added
Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS
Telecom and TDS Metrocom) brings high-quality, locally based
telecommunications services to hundreds of communities across the United
States. TDS provides award-winning communications service to more than
1.1 million access line equivalents. For more information about TDS Telecom
visit http://www.tdstelecom.com or http://www.tdsmetro.com .
A photo of Wittwer can be downloaded at http://www.media.tdstelecom.com .
TDS Telecom is part of the Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (Amex: TDS)
family of companies. TDS is a diversified telecommunications corporation
founded in 1969. Through its business units, U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom,
TDS operates primarily by providing wireless, local telephone and broadband
services. As of Sept. 30, 2006, the company employed 11,700 people and served
6.9 million customers/units in 36 states.
Drew Petersen, +1-608-664-4155, firstname.lastname@example.org , or DeAnne Boegli,
+1-608-664-4428, email@example.com , both of TDS