Management Trustee and Oversight Roles
CEO/Management Trustee – AT&T/Centennial Merger: Recommended by the US Department of Justice (“US DoJ”), Antitrust Division and appointed by the US District Court for the District of Columbia to serve as Management Trustee overseeing divestiture assets in U.S. V. AT&T Inc. and Centennial Communications Corp (2009-2010). Responsibilities included preserving and maintaining divested wireless assets as viable and independently competitive until the assets can be sold and transitioned to a new buyer, approving the selection of a trust management team located in Ft. Wayne, IN and Alexandria, LA and overseeing 250 sales and field operations personnel in eight markets (MS and LA) supporting 160,000 subscribers, 32 retail locations, 320 cell sites, and approximately $160 million of annual revenue. In addition, position managed all shared services supporting the independently-managed markets and the assigned outside advisors, while providing monthly reports to the US DoJ, Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), and the State of Louisiana.
CEO/Management Trustee of “Hold Separate Assets” Trust — Verizon/Alltel Merger: Appointed by the US District Court for the District of Columbia, at the recommendation of the United States Department of Justice, served as a CEO/Trustee over wireless telecommunications assets and business operations in U.S. v. Verizon Communications, Inc., and Alltel Corp (2008-2009). Key activities included: selected the management team comprised of executives, sales, marketing, finance, and network personnel, 1,000 in-market field sales, training and network personnel selling and supporting 1.6 million subscribers and the associated $1.1 billion revenue of (primarily) metropolitan areas in six states. Additional responsibilities included: managing coordination of shared services across numerous business functions; devised systems separation approach to ensure competitive independence of all IT, ERP, customer, and operational systems; directed the selection and retention of outside advisors (anti-trust, FCC counsel, telecom consultants); and, worked in tandem with representatives of the US DoJ — all to ensure compliance with the court order, federal agency goals, economic competitiveness of entrusted assets, and oversight of defendants’ performance.
Management — AT&T/Dobson and Verizon/RCC Trusts: Recommended by the United States Department of Justice (“DoJ”) to serve as telecom management consultant to a court-appointed, antitrust Attorney in Washington, DC, serving as Management Trustee overseeing divestiture wireless assets and operations in U.S. V. AT&T Inc. and Dobson Communications, Inc. (2007-2008), and in U.S. v. Verizon Communications, Inc. and Rural Cellular Corp. (2007-2008). Responsibilities included overseeing all management – retail, network/tower administration, finance & accounting, sales, operations, roaming, and all related business activities – each transaction required a tenure of 10-14 months of daily/weekly involvement at the operational territories, and numerous submissions of updates to the US DoJ, FCC, and the various states:
- AT&T/Dobson — 95,000 wireless subscribers across four RSAs in three states; estimated annual revenue of $95 million.
- Verizon/RCC — 165,000 wireless subscribers in six CMAs in three states; estimated annual revenue of $168 million.