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. He was instrumental in the development of Windstream’s REIT spinoff and served as president of real estate investment trust operations at Windstream from October to December 2014.

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.

Layne Levine, President Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale

Layne Levine, President Windstream Enterprise

Layne Levine is president of Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale where he is responsible for sales, financial performance, marketing, field technicians, service delivery and customer care and repair for the company’s mid-market, enterprise, and wholesale segments. He also oversees the company’s channel program, including VARs, agents, MSPs and system integrators.

Levine has worked in the telecom industry for more than 25 years, most recently as chief revenue officer at GTT, which provides cloud networking services to multinational customers. In that role, Levine led revenue growth initiatives worldwide, targeting global carriers and multinational enterprises and developing their emerging channel strategy. Previously he was EVP for GTT’s Americas division, managing sales and customer operations efforts for North and South America.

Prior to GTT, Levine was SVP of sales at Alpheus Communications, and before that, led retail sales for Deltacom/EarthLink. Levine also has held leadership positions at Airband Communications, Level 3 and Broadwing Communications.

Levine has a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech 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.

Shawn Murray, Executive Vice President Enterprise Sales

Shawn Murray, Executive Vice President Enterprise Sales

Shawn Murray is EVP of Enterprise Sales. He joined the company in August 2017 and has more than 23 years in the telecom industry. Shawn is a dynamic leader with a proven record of steering teams to increase revenue on existing accounts and aggressively penetrate new prospects. In addition, he has an unrelenting attention to detail around effective funnel and activity management, which is key to delivering success.

Murray came to Windstream from Birch Telecom, where he was Chief Sales Officer. In that position, he reduced the gap between churn and installed revenue through increased new billed revenue and customer retention efforts. Prior to joining Birch, Shawn was VP of Enterprise Sales at GTT. He also held leadership roles at EarthLink, Sprint and MCI.

He holds a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in finance from West Virginia 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.