Leadership Team

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Paul Sunu has served as chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications Inc. since August 2010, prior to which he was chief financial officer of Hargray Communications Group, Inc., a position he had held since 2008. Mr. Sunu was chief financial officer of Hawaiian Telcom from 2007 to 2008 and a managing director and chief financial officer of Madison River Communications from 1996 to 2007.

 

He currently serves as chairman of Integra Telecom, is a former board member of Madison River Communications, Centennial Communications Corp., Hawaiian Telcom and Merscom. He served on the board of advisors and as an adjunct professor for the Love School of Business at Elon University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a certified public accountant.

 

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John Lunny, executive vice president and chief technology officer at FairPoint Communications, Inc., is responsible for voice and data network architecture, data center operations, IT, engineering and provisioning, as well as project management and product development.

 

Mr. Lunny has more than 25 years of network operations, engineering and service delivery experience in the communications industry. He joined FairPoint in 2008 as director of sales engineering and was promoted to vice president of network planning in 2009 and Senior Vice President of Planning and Engineering in 2010. He moved into his current role in 2013 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2015.

 

Prior to joining FairPoint, Mr. Lunny was senior director of service delivery at Comcast Business Services, and before that he spent 13 years at Level 3 Communications in operations where he took on roles of increasing responsibility and became vice president of operations for the northeast region. Mr. Lunny also worked in sales engineering and operations at Reliance CommTec / Lorain Power. He began his career in Network Operations for AT&T.

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Bruce Metge was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of FairPoint in September, 2016. Metge has  more than 35 years of legal experience with companies and in private practice.  Prior to FairPoint he most recently served as General Counsel for Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc., a firm specializing in complex motion sensing software used in television monitors, virtual reality and telecommunication devices..

 

Metge also worked as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc., a Fortune 500  publically traded pharmacy benefit management firm, and Digex, Inc., a managed hosting company based in Maryland.  Earlier in his career he was a Partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

 

He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.  He has bar memberships in the District of Columbia, Illinois and Massachusetts.

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Peter Nixon directs FairPoint's state and federal regulatory and governmental affairs, HR, Labor Relations and Risk Management activities across the company.

 

Nixon began his career with Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation (C&E) in 1978. When FairPoint acquired C&E inJuly 1997, Nixon was named president of C&E. Since then, he has served FairPoint in positions of increasing responsibility including senior vice president of corporate development, chief operating officer and president.

 

Nixon is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is a past chairman of the New York State Telecommunications Association

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Steven Rush, a 35-year telecom industry veteran, is responsible for the operational leadershipof FairPoint’s northern New England properties. He was most recently FairPoint’s senior vicepresident of customer care and network assurance. Prior to FairPoint, Rush spent 26 years withAT&T in roles of increasing responsibility and tackled many challenges including mobilizingand coordinating restoral of the telecommunications network serving the New York StockExchange following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. In his most recent role with AT&T, he was vicepresident of Network Operations.

 

Directly before coming to FairPoint, Rush was Vice President of the Technical Network for
INFONXX in Bethlehem, Pa. Rush began his career as a Fire Control Technician in the U.S.
Navy specializing in the Advanced Electronics and Electricity division.

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Karen Turner, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s financial reporting including: accounting, tax, treasury, and investor relations. She is also responsible for leading the company’s Human Resources, Labor Relations, Risk Management and Compensation and Benefits departments.

 

Ms. Turner has more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, operational support and administration. She came to FairPoint in 2014 from INC Research, LLC, where she served as vice president of global business finance and before that, controller.

 

Prior to that, Ms. Turner was the corporate compliance officer and vice president of administration at Madison River Communications, LLC, and before that she spent three years as controller at Progress Energy in its Energy Delivery Business Unit. She also worked for Sprint for six years, and began her career with Ernst & Young. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Peter D. Aquino has held leadership positions in both public and private companies, specializing in turnarounds, start-ups, and emerging markets. He is the founder of Broad Valley Capital, LLC, focused on companies needing both telecom expertise and capital. Mr. Aquino has recently served as the Executive Chairman of Primus Telecom Group, Inc. (NYSE: PTGI) until April 30, 2013, transitioning from Chairman and CEO after nearly a three year assignment with the international telecom company. Prior to PTGi, Mr. Aquino was the President and CEO of RCN Corporation (Nasdaq: RCNI) from December 2004 until its Go-Private sale for $1.2B in August 2010. Mr. Aquino currently serves as Chairman of the United Way Worldwide - US Board of Trustees, and a board member of TiVo, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO).

 

Mr. Aquino is a graduate of Montclair State College in New Jersey, and has an MBA from George Washington University, in Washington, DC.

Dennis Austin has served as an independent telecommunications consultant since 2002. He previously served as a consultant at BearingPoint, formerly KPMG Consulting, from 1995 to 2002, and as vice president at San Francisco Consulting Group (SFCG) from 1985 to 1995. Prior to joining SFCG, Mr. Austin was vice president of engineering with Dataspeed Inc. and director of switch engineering, network planning and design at GTE Sprint. Prior to joining GTE Sprint, Mr. Austin served as a member of the technical staff with Bell Telephone Laboratories.

 

Mr. Austin holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Mr. Gingold is a director at Angelo, Gordon & Co., which he joined in 2007, focusing in distressed and leverage credit. Prior to joining Angelo, Gordon & Co., Mr. Gingold’s background includes significant management experience across several operational roles, positions as an investment banker, and functions related to corporate development and strategy.  Mr. Gingold holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Columbia Business School.

Michael Mahoney previously served as president and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining Commonwealth Telephone, Mr. Mahoney served as president and chief operating officer of RCN Corporation from 1997 to 2000 and as president and chief operating officer of C-TEC Corporation from 1993 to 1997.

Mr. Mahoney currently serves as a director of Level 3 Communications and as a trustee of Wilkes University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Villanova University.

Michael Robinson has served as president and chief executive officer of Broadview Networks since 2005 and as a director since 2009. Mr. Robinson previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of US LEC (which is now part of PAETEC) from 1998 to 2005. Prior to 1998, Mr. Robinson spent 10 years as an executive at Alcatel (now Alcatel Lucent).

 

Mr. Robinson received a bachelor's degree in business and economics from Emory & Henry College and a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

Paul Sunu has served as chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications Inc. since August 2010, prior to which he was chief financial officer of Hargray Communications Group, Inc., a position he had held since 2008. Mr. Sunu was chief financial officer of Hawaiian Telcom from 2007 to 2008 and a managing director and chief financial officer of Madison River Communications from 1996 to 2007.

 

He currently serves as chairman of Integra Telecom, is a former board member of Merscom, Madison River Communications Corp., Centennial Communications Corp., Hawaii Public Radio, the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce and the Love School of Business at Elon University. Mr. Sunu also served as an adjunct professor of business at Elon University in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law

David Treadwell has served as president and chief executive officer of EP Management Corporation, formerly known as EaglePicher Corporation, since 2006. Treadwell was EaglePicher Incorporated's chief operating officer from 2005 to 2006 and served as chief executive officer of Oxford Automotive through its restructuring in 2004 to 2005.

 

Mr. Treadwell currently serves as lead director of Flagstar Bank and chairman of the board of C&D Technologies. He received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Wayne Wilson, a New Hampshire resident, has been an independent business advisor since 2002. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Wilson served in various roles as president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of PC Connection, Inc., a Fortune 1000 direct marketer of information technology products and services. From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Wilson was a partner in the assurance and advisory services practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

 

Mr. Wilson currently serves as a director of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Edgewater Technology, Inc. and Hologic, Inc. He previously served as a director of Cytyc Corporation. Mr. Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Duke University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a certified public accountant in New Hampshire and North Carolina.

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