Jeffery R. Gardner has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years and is executing a focused strategy to transform Windstream and create value for shareholders.
Gardner was appointed to the position in December 2005. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alltel Corp. He joined Alltel in 1998 when the company merged with 360° Communications.
Gardner earned a degree in finance from Purdue University and an MBA from The College of William Mary. He is a certified public accountant. He serves on the board of directors of RF Micro Devices, Inc., Arkansas Children's Hospital, Darlington School, the Arkansas Research Alliance and is chairman of the advisory board for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Center for Distance Health. Gardner was named a national finalist for the Ernst Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year 2010® Award in telecommunications.
Windstream Communications is a provider of voice and data network communications (broadband, VoIP, MPLS), and managed services (virtual servers, managed firewall, data storage, cloud-based voice, etc.), to businesses in the United States. The company also offers residential broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers within its coverage area. It is the ninth largest residential telephone provider in the country with service covering more than 8.1 million people in 21 states. Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, Windstream has more than $6 billion in annual revenues and is listed on the SP 500 index.