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CenturyLink Unveils Strategic Govt Exec Leadership Team; David Young Comments

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has named eight executives to the strategic government leadership team that will work to support federal agencies, educational institutions, national and regional public consortiums and defense companies.

The company said Thursday the executives will directly report to David Young, regional vice president of strategic government, and help oversee government market strategies, engineering and architecture, sales and program management functions.

Young said the leadership team will work with strategic government clients to develop and field network-based platforms designed to meet information technology modernization objectives.

Scott Barnett, formerly director of the national cable operator practice at Level 3 Communications, will serve as VP of Defense Department sales at CenturyLink.

Zain Ahmed, formerly client executive for CenturyLink’s law enforcement vertical, will assume the role of senior director of civilian sales.

Cynthia Shelton, head of federal sales team for intelligence and cybersecurity at CenturyLink, will serve as senior director of special programs sales.

Gil Brown, an 11-year CenturyLink veteran, will serve as director of commercial sales for the defense industrial base and federal carriers.

Craig Cupach, a 20-year IT and communications industry veteran, will serve as director of research and education sales.

Lisa Bruch, formerly president and CEO of The Crawford Group, will serve as senior director of government strategy.

Seana Gilliland, formerly director of commercial services at Level 3, will become VP of program management office.

John Shuttleworth, a more than 30-year telecommunications industry professional, will serve as director of sales engineering.

CenturyLink closed its $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 in November 2017 a year after the companies announced the transaction.

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