NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) today announced that R. Perley McBride will join the Company on September 12, 2016, and will become Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer following a transition period. Mr. McBride will succeed John Jureller, who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.
Mr. McBride has over two decades of experience in financial roles in the communications industry, including more than a decade at Frontier earlier in his career, and was most recently CFO at Cable & Wireless Communications Plc.
Dan McCarthy, Frontier’s President and CEO, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Perley back to Frontier. Perley is a highly respected finance leader in the communications industry and has unique insight into our business as a result of his prior roles here. He has a successful track record of allocating capital to drive shareholder value, increasing efficiency, improving margins, and executing on strategic plans. Perley will play an integral part in attaining the financial targets we have set for Frontier, including achieving Adjusted Free Cash Flow in the range of $825 million to $900 million in 2016, Adjusted EBITDA in excess of $4 billion in 2017, as well as our expense synergy target of at least $1.25 billion.”
Mr. McBride said, “I am very excited to be rejoining Frontier at such a pivotal time in the Company’s history. Frontier has tremendous future opportunities and I look forward to being a part of Dan’s team as we seek to grow the business and achieve the substantial synergies and efficiencies made possible by Frontier’s substantially-increased scale.”
Mr. McCarthy added, “I would like to thank John Jureller for his many contributions during his four years with Frontier, a period that included two major acquisitions that more than doubled our size. I am pleased that John will stay on to ensure a seamless handoff, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
R. Perley McBride Biography
Prior to joining Frontier, Perley McBride was the Chief Financial Officer of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc until its May 2016 acquisition by Liberty Global plc. Previously, Mr. McBride served as Chief Financial Officer at Leap Wireless International, which operated the Cricket Communications mobile brand, from December 2012 through May 2014 and was part of the Executive team that led the business through its acquisition by AT&T Inc. Prior to Leap Wireless, he served as Executive Vice President of Finance at The Weather Company, owner of The Weather Channel among other assets, between 2010 and 2012, where he was instrumental in achieving sustained EBITDA growth and reducing leverage by two turns. He served in several senior financial management roles at Frontier between 1999 and 2010, and also between 1994 and 1997. During that period, he created a culture of expense discipline that enabled Frontier to achieve a consistent track record of sustaining industry-leading margins. He also worked in the finance department at Sprint Corporation early in his career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Allison University in Canada and has an MBA from the University of Houston.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation is a leader in providing communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice, and Frontier Secure® digital protection solutions. Frontier Business Edge™ offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses. Frontier’s approximately 30,300 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.
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