CenturyLink has appointed Hal Jones to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2020, during the company's 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting on Monday. Jones was recommended to the Board by Southeastern Asset Management and also serves as a director of Playa Hotels and Resorts.
"We are pleased to welcome Hal to the company's board," said Jeff Storey, CenturyLink chief executive officer and president. "He brings a fresh perspective that will be helpful in the Board's critical role of overseeing the profitable deployment of capital in today's evolving landscape. I am confident that Hal will help us drive success for our shareholders, customers and employees."
Prior to Jones’ appointment with CenturyLink, he served as chief financial officer (CFO) of Graham Holdings Company from 2013 until his retirement in 2017. He also worked for The Washington Post Company, predecessor to Graham Holdings from 1989 to 2013.
Additionally, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Kaplan Professional, a subsidiary of The Washington Post from Jan. 2008 to Dec. 2009. Prior to joining The Washington Post Company, Jones worked for Price Waterhouse from 1977 to 1988.
"CenturyLink plays an integral role in connecting our world and I look forward to working with management and my fellow Board members to ensure the Company continues to drive long-term value per share," said Jones.
With his election, the board is now comprised of 14 members following the 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting. The board intends to place 11 directors, 10 of whom will be independent, and several have been on the board since 2015.
CenturyLink, Inc. is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience.