Daniel McCarthy President and Chief Executive Officer
With Frontier Communications since 1990
Daniel J. McCarthy became President and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Communications in April 2015. He was elected to the Frontier Board of Directors in May 2014. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, he held other positions of increasing responsibility at the Company, including President and Chief Operating Officer (April 2012 to April 2015), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (January 2006 to April 2012) and Senior Vice President, Field Operations (December 2004 to December 2005).
He earned a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. McCarthy serves as a Trustee of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. and of Foundations in Education for the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Connecticut Health Network, the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Fairfield County, and a member of the Business Roundtable.
Mr. McCarthy is a member of the Board of Directors of Constellation Brands, Inc.
Kenneth A. Arndt Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales Operations
With Frontier Communications since 2003
Kenneth Arndt is Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales Operations, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Arndt previously had oversight of Frontier’s operations in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Since joining the company in 2003, Mr. Arndt has held numerous strategic leadership positions in all aspects of operations, sales, customer care, Internet customer support, products and services and employee training and management.
Before joining Frontier, Mr. Arndt served as Vice President of Marketing for Lucent Technologies and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Commonwealth Telephone Company in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Arndt holds a B.S. in Marketing from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and an M.B.A. in Marketing from St. John College, Middlesex School of Business, in London.
Steve Gable Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Steve Gable became Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in April 2015. He joined Frontier Communications in November 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Prior to Frontier, Mr. Gable was Executive Vice President/CTO of Tribune Company. At the same time, he was President, Tribune Digital, with expanded responsibility for the strategy and supporting technology that powered the company’s digital brands latimes.com and chicagotribune.com.
From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Gable was Senior Vice President and CTO of Tribune Company, responsible for all aspects of information technology systems for its TV and newspaper operations.
Before this, Mr. Gable served as Vice President of Technology for Clear Channel Radio, responsible for the technology strategy and direction of 1200+ radio stations.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Systems from Northwestern University.
John Lass Executive Vice President, Customer Operations
John Lass leads Frontier’s Customer Operations team. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President, Field Operations. He reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
Before this, Mr. Lass was President of Frontier ’s Central Region, comprising Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Mr. Lass’ tenure with Frontier includes a variety of operating roles as well as leadership of integration activities related to significant mergers and acquisitions. He served as Vice President of Revenue Assurance and as Regional Operations Vice President, Vice President and General Manager of Citizens Utilities Vermont Electric Division, and held operations positions in New York and the Midwest with Frontier, GTE and Contel.
He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and an Associates of Arts Degree from Iowa Central Community College.
R. Perley McBride Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
R. Perley McBride became Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Frontier Communications Corporation on November 4, 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial roles in the communications industry, including more than a decade at Frontier.
Most recently, Mr. McBride was CFO of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc and a member of its Board of Directors until its May 2016 acquisition by Liberty Global plc. Before that, he served as Executive Vice President at Leap Wireless International, which operated the Cricket Communications mobile brand, and was part of the Executive team that led the business’ acquisition by AT&T Inc. Earlier, as an Executive Vice President of Finance at The Weather Company, owner of The Weather Channel among other assets, he was instrumental in achieving sustained EBITDA growth and reducing leverage.
Between 1999 to 2010, and between 1994 and 1997, Mr. McBride held senior financial roles at Frontier Communications (formerly Citizens Communications), including Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis. He created a culture of expense discipline that enabled Frontier to achieve a consistent track record of sustaining industry-leading margins.
Early in his career, he held Accounting and Finance roles at Sprint PCS (now Sprint Corporation).
Mr. McBride holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Canada’s Mount Allison University and an M.B.A from the University of Houston.
Cecilia K. McKenney Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
With Frontier Communications since 2006
Cecilia K. McKenney is Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, responsible for Frontier’s Consumer Sales organization, Frontier Secure, Marketing, and Customer Service. Earlier leadership positions at Frontier included oversight for Administration, Product Development, Communications and Human Resources. She is a member of the company's Senior Leadership Team and reports to the CEO.
Prior to Frontier, Ms. McKenney was Group Vice President, Headquarters Human Resources for Pepsi. Earlier, she worked for Mutual of New York and L.F. Rothschild in Human Resource and Management roles. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Franklin & Marshall College and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.
Ms. McKenney is a member of The Leadership Council of Franklin & Marshall College and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
Mark D. Nielsen Executive Vice President and General Counsel
With Frontier Communications since 2014
Mark D. Nielsen is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Frontier Communications. He is a member of Frontier’s Senior Leadership Team and participates in the operational management and strategic planning of the Company.
From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Nielsen worked for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, first as Chief Legal Counsel and then as Chief of Staff. As Chief Legal Counsel, he provided advice on legal aspects of policy decisions, drafted legislation and executive orders, and served as the Governor’s principal advisor on judicial appointments. As Chief of Staff, he was responsible for the Administration’s policy and legislative initiatives, as well as overseeing the daily operations of state government.
Prior to joining Frontier in 2014, Mr. Nielsen held in-house legal positions at Raytheon Company and Praxair Inc.
Mr. Nielsen began his legal career in 1990 as an associate with the Hartford law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP. He also served three two-year terms in the Connecticut Legislature: One term in the House (1993-1995) followed by two terms in the Senate (1995-1999).
Mr. Nielsen graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Tim Travaille Executive Vice President, Operational Transformation
With Frontier Communications since 2010
Tim Travaille is responsible for identifying and improving business processes for key customer experiences, knowledge management, workflows, and business process/IT alignment. He reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
As Senior Vice President, Integration for Frontier, Mr. Travaille was responsible for the integration of wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas acquired from Verizon Communications. He also led Frontier’s integration of AT&T’s Connecticut wireline business, statewide fiber network, and U-verse operations. From February 2011 to November 2012, he was Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Frontier, responsible for the conversion of all systems for the 14 state operations acquired from Verizon Communications in 2010 and for all IT services at Frontier. Previously he was General Manager for Frontier in Washington state.
Mr. Travaille earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Science from Western Washington University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Health Informatics and Information Management from the University of Washington.
Kathleen Weslock Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
Kathleen Weslock joined Frontier Communications as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer on July 13, 2015. She reports to Daniel J. McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Ms. Weslock oversees all aspects of human resources, including strategic direction and daily operations. She is responsible for labor relations, transformation and growth.
An experienced global HR executive, Ms. Weslock has worked in many countries around the world. Most recently, as Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc., she was responsible for setting the agenda for business and HR transformation, with a focus on Talent, Leadership, Culture and Organizational Effectiveness.
Ms. Weslock began her career in Human Resources with GTE, now Verizon, in multiple roles leading to Manager of Labor Relations. Prior positions included overseeing HR in the Far East and Latin America for GTE Sylvania, the company's lighting division at that time.
Joining Mercer Human Resources Consulting as Principal of International Practice, she guided Fortune 500 companies through global mergers and acquisitions. At Mercer, she was considered an expert in global executive compensation and equity programs. She then joined Covance as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, supporting 10,000 employees.
At the global law firm of Shearman & Sterling, Ms. Weslock was the first Director of Global Human Resources, leading multiple HR initiatives integrating diverse HR functions and providing expertise in expatriate management and global HR. Joining Deloitte as Director of Human Resources, Financial Advisory Services, she worked as a member of the leadership team to grow the practice, both in terms of recruitment and employee retention. Later, as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer & Internal Communications at SunGard Data Systems, she built the HR division into a strategically- focused function.
Ms. Weslock holds a JD from Pace University School of Law, a Masters from the Industrial Labor Relations School at Cornell University, and a Bachelors from Hood College. She is active in a multitude of professional Boards and organizations and has been awarded some of the top recognitions in the industry for her companies.