CenturyLink Promotes Jeff Von Deylen to Lead Savvis; Jim Ousley Comments

Jeff Von Deylen

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has promoted Jeff Von Deylen, current senior vice president of global operations and client services for its Savvis subsidiary, to lead the subsidiary as president, effective Wednesday.

Jim Ousley

CenturyLink said Von Deylen, who joined Savvis in 2003 as chief financial officer and board member, will succeed Bill Fathers, who is leaving the company in March 2013 after a transition period.

Von Deylen has focused on growth strategies for Savvis’ network, colocation, managed hosting and cloud offerings, said Jim Ousley, Savvis CEO and president of CenturyLink’s emerging markets group.

Bill Fathers

Ousley began leading the emerging markets group in April as part of a consolidation initiative (click here for more on that reorganization).

Ousley credited Fathers with helping Savvis grow its global footprint and product portfolio.

During Von Deylen’s six years as CFO, Savvis said it grew as a result of acquisitions, raising funds and expanding its data center and network footprint.

Before joining Savvis, Von Deylen served in financial and corporate development positions at companies including American Electric Power Co., Arthur Andersen, GTS Telecommunications and Qwest Communications International.

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