LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Keith Paglusch has been named chief operating officer for the new landline company to be formed through the spinoff of Alltel's landline business and merger with VALOR Communications Group Inc. Paglusch will assume his new position March 31.
Paglusch, a 25-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, is currently executive vice president - operations for Global Signal Inc., a Sarasota, Fla.-based company that owns and operates approximately 11,000 towers and other wireless communications sites.
"Keith's extensive background in the telecommunications industry positions him well to lead the operations for our company," said Jeff Gardner, president and chief executive officer of the new landline company. "His leadership skills and enthusiasm complement the talented and experienced management team we have put in place to lead our business in the coming years."
Prior to joining Global Signal in 2004, Paglusch spent 18 years with Sprint Corp. and held several executive positions in the local, long-distance, wireless and corporate organizations, including senior vice president - operations for Sprint PCS where he led the startup and buildout of Sprint's wireless network.
Prior to joining Sprint, Paglusch was with Mountain Bell/AT&T and Southwestern Bell.
Paglusch holds a degree in business administration and management from Southeast Missouri State University.
Alltel announced Dec. 9 that it would spin off its landline business and merge it with VALOR. The combination will create the largest rural telecommunications company in the country.
Alltel is a customer-focused communications company with more than 15 million customers in 36 states and nearly $10 billion in annual revenues.