Our Leadership

An organization dedicated to combining outstanding services with exceptional customer experiences requires visionary and insightful leadership. Our leaders are dedicated to exceeding expectations, building an open collaborative culture and attracting and developing a team of equally focused people—keeping our WE will Commitment to customers and investors.

Tony Thomas, President & Chief Executive Officer

Tony Thomas, President & Chief Executive Officer

Tony Thomas is president and CEO of Windstream, a position he has held since December 2014. Thomas has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry.

Thomas previously served as Windstream’s CFO. During his five-year tenure, he played an integral role in Windstream’s expansion by completing seven acquisitions totaling more than $5.6B in transaction value. Thomas also has deep capital market expertise, having led almost $10B in debt transactions.

Thomas joined Windstream as controller following Windstream’s spinoff from Alltel Corp. He held a variety of financial and operational leadership roles at Alltel after joining the company when it merged with 360 Communications in 1998. Before entering the communications industry, he was with Ernst & Young in their telecom practice.

He holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s in accountancy from the University of Illinois.

Buddy Bayer, President, Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale

Buddy Bayer, President Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale

Buddy Bayer serves as the President of the Enterprise and Wholesale business unit at Windstream and is responsible for all components of the Enterprise and Wholesale customer experience. Bayer has a track record of delivering revenue growth, leading edge networking innovation, and operational success for national and international businesses.

In this role, Bayer is responsible for all sales, marketing, product, service delivery, customer care, service assurance and access and operations functions as well as network architecture, engineering and field operations in markets where Windstream is a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC).

Bayer previously served as Windstream’s Chief Network Office and as Senior Vice President of transport engineering, overseeing Windstream’s long-haul, regional and metro networks, inside plant facilities, and fiber deployment.

Bayer joined Windstream in September 2014 from CenturyLink, now Lumen, where he was Director of Transport Planning & Engineering. Prior to that, Bayer held a variety of management and engineering positions with OnFiber Communications and MCI WorldCom.

Bayer holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Michael Flannery, Chief Marketing Officer

Michael Flannery, Chief Marketing Officer

Michael Flannery is chief marketing officer at Windstream Enterprise. He is responsible for overseeing marketing, product development, product management, go-to-market strategy, brand strategy, and demand and digital strategies. Additionally, he oversees customer retention and inside sales for Windstream’s mid-market and enterprise segments. Flannery previously served as SVP Customer Advocacy as well as SVP of Sales, Marketing & Operations for the Mid-Market & Commercial Business unit.

Flannery joined Windstream in February 2017 from EarthLink, where he was SVP and managing director of their SMB unit, and previously SVP of Sales and Revenue Operations. Prior to EarthLink, Flannery held positions of VP of Large Enterprise & Wholesale Business Operations for Level 3, as well key roles at Global Crossing, including VP Commercial Finance & Strategic Planning, and chief of staff for the Enterprise BU. Earlier, Flannery served in a variety of finance, sales, and consulting roles at Xerox Corporation.

He holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance and information systems from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School and a bachelor’s in accounting from Binghamton University.

Rich Martin, Chief Financial Officer Windstream Enterprise

Rich Martin, Head of Enterprise Operations & Access

Rich Martin is Head of Enterprise Operations & Access. He is responsible for Enterprise customer care, service assurance, service delivery and carrier relations.

Martin was previously CFO of Windstream Enterprise. Prior to joining Windstream in 2017, he served as CFO at Alpheus Communications, a provider of data transport and communications solutions in Texas, where he was responsible for all financial, human resources, legal and regulatory functions. He also served as CFO of Biophysical Corporation and controller and chief accounting officer at Broadwing Communications.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from The George Washington University.

Joe Scattareggia, Executive Vice President Wholesale Solutions

Joe Scattareggia, Executive Vice President Wholesale Solutions

Joe Scattareggia is the Executive Vice President of Wholesale Solutions at Windstream where he is responsible for sales, product development, operations and marketing for the Wholesale customer segment.

He joined Windstream in 2013 and was previously Vice President for Carrier Sales. Scattareggia has over 25 years’ experience in the industry including 4 years as President at Calltrade Carrier Services AG, in addition to senior leadership positions at Arbinet and Viatel.

Scattareggia holds a BA in business administration from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.