Alltel names John Fletcher as general counsel of new landline company

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Jan 05, 2006

Alltel names John Fletcher as general counsel of new landline company

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Alltel announced today that John P. Fletcher has been named executive vice president and general counsel of the new company that Alltel's landline business is forming after its merger with VALOR Communications Group Inc. Fletcher will assume his new position Feb. 13. 

Since 2000, Fletcher has been a partner with Kutak Rock LLP in Little Rock. His work with the national law firm has focused on corporate, securities and merger and acquisition matters.

In 2005, Fletcher played a key role in Alltel's transactions with Western Wireless Corp., Midwest Wireless and the merger with VALOR. He also has represented other public companies in a wide range of merger and capital market transactions.

"I'm very pleased that John has agreed to join the new landline company," said Jeff Gardner, Alltel's chief financial officer who will become president and chief executive officer of the new company. "He will be a great asset to our leadership team."

Fletcher has been at Kutak Rock since 1998. He worked at the Rose Law Firm of Little Rock from 1993-98.

He is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Law School, where he served on the law journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also is an honors graduate of Duke University.

Alltel announced Dec. 9 that it would spin off its landline business and merge it with VALOR. The combination will create a major landline competitor focused on the rural U.S.

Alltel is a customer-focused communications company with more than 15 million customers in 36 states and nearly $10 billion in annual revenues.

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