WVT Communications Group Strengthens Management Team with Appointment of Panasonic Executive as Chief Marketing Officer
WARWICK, NY – May 14, 2012
– Warwick Valley Telephone Company (NASDAQ: WWVY), referred to as WVT Communications Group
, the parent company of leading cloud communications pioneers, today announced the addition of William Birnie as Chief Marketing Officer, a newly created position. Mr. Birnie brings over twenty years of proven success in marketing (including hosted telephony customer acquisition & retention), sales, business development, and product management for B2B and B2C market segments. Birnie will lead the development and execution of marketing and communications strategies that support business and market share growth, while building brand equity and awareness.
Before joining WVT Communications Group, Birnie served as Vice President and General Manager of New Business Growth and Cloud Services for Panasonic and was responsible for its business communications product portfolio. Key responsibilities included the launch of cloud services and applications for small and medium businesses (SMB), full HD videoconferencing, IP PBX telephony, wired and wireless security solutions for home and business, Panasonic’s Android-based applications portfolio, and 4G/LTE enabled solutions. Mr. Birnie’s additional experience includes executive positions with Motorola, Lucent, and Comcast.
“We are very excited to have attracted someone of Bill’s caliber to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer. Not only does this appointment reflect our strong position in the Cloud Communications market, it also positions us to enhance our future growth prospects. Bringing in seasoned industry executives like Bill, with proven expertise in building successful businesses in cloud-based/B2B communications solutions, allows us to continue demonstrating WVT Communications Group’s commitment to building a world-class business and management team. We believe that Bill is ideally skilled to lead our expanding Marketing team,” said David Cuthbert, chief operating officer, WVT Communications Group.
“My first order of business is to continue driving the strong growth of our flagship brand, Alteva
by growing its Channel Partner and Wholesale sectors,” said Birnie. “As the hosted Unified Communications partner of choice for businesses, Alteva already has a strong footprint in the channel community. I plan to implement strategies that strengthen the relationships with current resellers and recruit new partners by demonstrating our commitment to providing the best solutions, programs and support.”
About WVT Communications Group:
WVT Communications Group is a world technology leader in providing cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) solutions for small, medium and enterprise businesses. The Company has maintained a tradition of paying dividends to shareholders for 104 consecutive years. Founded in 1902, the Company has continued to adapt and remain on the forefront of technology, chiseling its position among the most stable and respected communications vendors on the globe. Moving forward, it is forging the new model that communications providers, large and small, are striving to emulate. WVT Communications Group is merging new innovations, such as those from Alteva and USA Datanet, with proven technology from industry leaders like Microsoft, Cisco, BroadSoft, Panasonic, and Polycom to build the ideal hosting architecture for communications.
Through its USA Datanet (targeting businesses under 35 employees), Alteva (targeting businesses over 35 employees and those with branch offices), and Warwick Valley Telephone (a highly-respected traditional telecom provider turned premier regional broadband company) businesses, WVT Communications Group is enabling businesses of any size to communicate more efficiently with hassle-free communications tools. By overlaying a UC division on its stabile, regional broadband company, WVT Communications Group has positioned itself in front of its peer legacy telecom companies and created an evolutionary change in its strategy. With this, the Company may offer its residential customers a similar suite of UC applications and services for use in a home environment that its business customers can enjoy. Visit www.wvtcg.com
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