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. Mr. McCarthy was President and Chief Operating Officer of Frontier from April 2012 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2006 to April 2012. Before this, he was Senior Vice President, Field Operations from December 2004 to December 2005, Senior Vice President, Broadband Operations from January 2004 to December 2004, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Electric Lightwave from January 2002 to December 2004.
Mr. McCarthy has been with Frontier Communications Corporation since 1990, when he joined the company's electric division in Hawaii. In 1995, he assumed responsibility for the company's energy operations. In 2001 he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Citizens Public Services sector, responsible for the company's energy and water operations.
He earned a bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. McCarthy is a member of the Board of Directors of Constellation Brands, Inc. and The Committee for Economic Development. In December 2013, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut; in August 2015 he was elected Treasurer of that board. He is also a member of the Western Connecticut Health Network Corporate Advisory Council.
Kathleen Quinn Abernathy is Executive Vice President, External Affairs, responsible for the company's governmental and regulatory affairs. From March 2010 to June 2012, she was Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs. Prior to joining Frontier, she was a Partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, advising clients on a wide range of legal, policy and regulatory issues related to telecommunications and the media. Before this, she was a Partner at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.
Ms. Abernathy served as a Commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001-2005. While a Commissioner, she chaired the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and participated as a U.S. representative in numerous international bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including the 2002 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference and the 2003 ITU World Radiocommunications Conference. She was appointed by the ITU to chair the 2004 ITU Global Symposium for Regulators.
Prior to joining the FCC, Ms. Abernathy was Vice President for Public Policy at BroadBand Office Communications; Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at US West; and Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs at AirTouch Communications. Earlier in her career, she was Legal Advisor to two FCC commissioners and a Special Assistant to the agency's General Counsel.
Ms. Abernathy has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of her contributions to the profession. In 2011 she was named one of the "Top Ten Women in Telecom" by Fierce Telecom and honored by Legal Momentum with an "Aiming High Award." She was featured in Chambers USA's "Leaders in their Field" in the Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory category (2009); included in the Washington, DC edition of Super Lawyers (2009, 2010); and named one of Washington's Top Lawyers by Washingtonian magazine (2007, 2009).
Ms. Abernathy served on Frontier Communications' board of directors from April 2006 through February 2010. She is currently on the boards of the John Gardner Fellowship Association, which is affiliated with U.C. Berkley, and Stanford University and Children Now. She also serves on the board of ISO New England Inc., the operator of New England's bulk power and wholesale electricity markets.
Ms. Abernathy received her B.A. magna cum laude from Marquette University and her J.D. from Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, where she was a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association, of which she is a Past-President, and has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and The Columbus School of Law.
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 M. Jureller Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
John M. Jureller joined Frontier Communications in 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Earlier he was Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations for the Resources Group of General Atlantic LLC, a global growth private equity firm.
Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of WestPoint International, Inc. and before that, a member of the Corporate Turnaround & Restructuring practice of AlixPartners, LLC.; Chief Financial Officer of Trans-Resources, Inc.; Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Gartner, Inc.; and Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development at Caribiner International, Inc.
Early in his career, Mr. Jureller held senior financial roles at PepsiCo World Trading Company, Inc.; Emcor Group, Inc.; and General Electric Capital Corporation. He began his career at Bankers Trust Company.
Mr. Jureller earned a B.S. with Distinction and an M.B.A. in Finance from Cornell University. He sits on the Board of Directors of White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York and is a member of its Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. and chairman of the Audit Committee.
John Lass Executive Vice President, Field Operations
John Lass was appointed Executive Vice President, Field Operations for Frontier Communications in April 2015. He is responsible for all Frontier operations throughout 28 states, Network Operations, and Carrier and Wholesale operations. He reports to Daniel J. McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Most recently, 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.
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 Secure, Marketing and Customer Service. Before this, she was Executive Vice President, Frontier Secure and Administration, responsible for Frontier Secure, Marketing, and Product Development. Prior to this, she was responsible for Human Resources, Sales Operations, Corporate Communications and Public Relations. She was Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Call Center Sales & Service from February 2008 to May 2012. Ms. McKenney joined the company as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in February 2006. She is a member of the company's Senior Leadership Team and reports to the CEO.
Frontier Secure, a service of Frontier Communications, offers products and services to protect every aspect of digital life, including computer security, cloud backup & sharing, the connected home, identity protection, equipment protection and 24/7 U.S.-based premium technical support. Its products and services are sold nationwide directly to consumers and small businesses, and wholesale through strategic partnerships. Prior to Frontier, Ms. McKenney was Group Vice President of Headquarters Human Resources for the Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. (PBG) in Somers, New York, responsible for all Human Resources functions supporting PBG's worldwide operations. Her organization supported PBG's headquarters and call center in addition to providing long-term strategic direction and day-to-day business support for Staffing, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity, Training, Talent Development and Human Resources Systems.
Ms. McKenney joined the Pepsi-Cola Company in 1989 in its headquarters-based employee benefits group. She became Human Resources Manager in Pepsi-Cola's Northeast Business Unit in 1992. In less than two years, Ms. McKenney transferred to Northern California to manage HR issues for the company's San Francisco market. In 1995, she was appointed Director of Human Resources for PBG's California Business Unit. When PBG became an independent company near the end of 1998, Ms. McKenney was appointed Vice President, Staffing and Diversity at Company's headquarters. In 2000, she was promoted to Vice President, Headquarters Human Resources and was named Group Vice President, Headquarters Human Resources, in 2004.
Prior to Pepsi, Ms. McKenney 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 Directors of The Child Care Council of Westchester County, Inc. In May 2014, she was honored with the HR Leader Award in the Large Company category at the 2014 Fairfield County HR People of the Year Awards. The awards are given each year by The Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management to recognize individuals whose performance and contributions have significantly benefited their organizations, the Human Resources profession and the community.
Mark D. Nielsen Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
With Frontier Communications since 2014
Mark D. Nielsen is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 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.
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 served as Chief Legal Counsel and then Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for three years. 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.
Mr. Nielsen was an advisor to Governor Romney’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In both campaigns, he served on Romney’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the courts.
Prior to joining Frontier in 2014, Mr. Nielsen held senior in-house legal positions at Raytheon Company and Praxair Inc., where he also served as Chief Compliance Officer.
Mr. Nielsen graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
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.