U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM), an 83 percent-owned subsidiary of Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE: TDS) announced Tuesday that Laurent C. Therivel will be appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2020. Kenneth R. Meyers will be appointed to “Senior Advisor to the CEO” until his retirement on September 4, 2020. Therivel will also be appointed to replace Meyers on both the U.S. Cellular and TDS Boards of Directors.
Therivel, 45, joins U.S. Cellular from AT&T where he was most recently CEO of AT&T Mexico, a wireless company that operates under the AT&T and Unefon brands, where he led a team of over 18,000 employees. Prior to joining AT&T, Therivel was Chief Operating Officer for IPcelerate, Inc., a Voice Over-IP applications development company.
“As a result of an orderly succession planning process and an extensive search, we are very pleased to announce LT’s appointment,” commented LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., Chairman of U.S. Cellular and President and CEO of TDS. “With his deep experience in the telecommunications industry, LT brings tremendous insight and perspective to this role. During his years at AT&T he had a variety of important assignments leading wireless and wireline operations, strategy and finance. He is highly customer-focused which aligns well with U.S. Cellular’s mission of providing exceptional wireless experiences to our customers. I am confident LT’s leadership, experience and collaborative style will build upon the success that U.S. Cellular has achieved under Ken Meyers’ leadership.”
“We greatly thank Ken for his many years of exemplary service to U.S. Cellular and the TDS Enterprise,” Carlson said. “This includes his many contributions to the growth and development of thousands of associates through 33 years of dedicated leadership. We wish him much health and happiness during this next chapter in his life.”
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