Company Prepares for Continued Growth by Adding Experienced Chief Administrator to Senior Leadership Team
WARWICK, NY - May 29, 2012 - Warwick Valley Telephone Company (NASDAQ: WWVY), referred to as WVT Communications Group, the parent company of leading cloud communications pioneers, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Brown as Chief Administrative Officer. With over 20 years of experience, Brown replaces Pat Welsh, who - after a period of special assignment duties - is retiring. Brown will report to the Company's Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for all corporate administrative functions, including corporate secretary and investor/shareholder relations; all facets of human resources; corporate logistics and corporate planning; and, systems and infrastructure.
Before joining WVT Communications Group, Brown served in senior leadership positions at high growth business services enterprises, including Access Group, Inc., in Wilmington, DE, and Graduate Health Systems - Parkview Hospital, in Philadelphia, PA.
"Jennifer's diverse leadership experience across the spectrum of functional disciplines, including human resources, organizational development, operations and senior administration, make her the ideal replacement for the CAO role," said Duane Albro, chief executive officer, WVT Communications Group. "Her ability to consistently develop and implement business strategies and translate big picture ideas into operational success will help WVT Communications Group continue to increase efficiency and profitability during this period of rapid growth, while fortifying our corporate mission and vision."
"We all thank Pat for his instrumental service in helping to successfully transform our organization into a cloud communications company," Albro stated. "We are excited about the ways in which Ms. Brown will expand on the foundations that Pat built."
Brown has been a guest speaker on a variety of human resource topics including compensation program design, audit readiness, employee commitment, and organizational communication at numerous HR professional conferences.
Currently, Brown serves on the boards of the Delaware Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) and the online learning committee for the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Employee Benefits and Compensation Association (PEBA).
"What persuaded me to join WVT Communications Group was the senior leadership team's sincere and compelling passion and enthusiasm for the company," said Brown. "The Company has found the balance between commitment to its employees, its clients and its shareholders that eludes many organizations. I look forward to continuing to drive that balanced commitment as we continue to build on the momentum of growth across the organization. My ultimate goal is to become an 'Employer of Choice' while simultaneously keeping operational expenses low and increasing productivity, efficiency and, most notably, employee engagement."
About WVT Communications Group:
WVT Communications Group is a world technology leader in providing cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) solutions for small, medium and enterprise businesses. The Company has maintained a tradition of paying dividends to shareholders for 104 consecutive years. Founded in 1902, the Company has continued to adapt and remain on the forefront of technology, chiseling its position among the most stable and respected communications vendors on the globe. Moving forward, it is forging the new model that communications providers, large and small, are striving to emulate. WVT Communications Group is merging new innovations, such as those from Alteva and USA Datanet, with proven technology from industry leaders like Microsoft, Cisco, BroadSoft, Panasonic, and Polycom to build the ideal hosting architecture for communications.
Through its USA Datanet (targeting businesses under 35 employees), Alteva (targeting businesses over 35 employees and those with branch offices), and Warwick Valley Telephone (a highly-respected traditional telecom provider turned premier regional broadband company) businesses, WVT Communications Group is enabling businesses of any size to communicate more efficiently with hassle-free communications tools. By overlaying a UC division on its stabile, regional broadband company, WVT Communications Group has positioned itself in front of its peer legacy telecom companies and created an evolutionary change in its strategy. With this, the Company may offer its residential customers a similar suite of UC applications and services for use in a home environment that its business customers can enjoy. Visit www.wvtcg.com or call 855-U-GO-CLOUD.
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