Richard N. Gottbreht Named Convergent Communications Executive Vice President of Operations.
Convergent Communications(TM) (Nasdaq: CONV), a Broadband Internet and Web Services provider with full service network and systems integration capabilities for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced that it has named Richard N. Gottbreht executive vice president of operations. Gottbreht replaces Michael R. Dozier, who resigned his position to pursue personal interests.
Gottbreht, 51, has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently serving as a vice president in MediaOne Group. He has experience as chief operations officer for PT.ARIA WEST (MediaOne Group's international telecommunications subsidiary) and was a general manager for U S WEST. Throughout his career he is credited with the development and delivery of technology and systems used for telecommunications products and customer service.
"Rich's proven track record as a strong leader with broad operational and technical experience will make an immediate and profound impact within Convergent Communications," said Joseph R. Zell, president and chief executive officer. "He will be a valuable addition to our management team in our journey down the path of delivering leading Broadband Internet and Web Services to our business customers."
Gottbreht began his career in 1968 with the United States Air Force, where he worked on automated satellite tracking and data retrieval systems. Following his duty of service in 1972, he held various management positions with U S WEST (Mountain Bell prior to divestiture), where he was responsible for technical, network and customer service programs.
In 1996, he served as chief operations officer for PT.ARIAWEST International. As COO, he was responsible for business planning, marketing, network development, computer systems development, real estate development and procurement for a 500,000-customer, 3,000-employee telephone business.
In 1998 Gottbreht assumed the role of vice president, information technologies for MediaOne. One of his most remarkable credits while at MediaOne was implementing a widespread Y2K program that encompassed cable television, telephone and high speed data services.
About Convergent Communications
Convergent Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CONV), through its subsidiary, Convergent Communications Services, Inc., is a Broadband Internet and Web Services company with full service capabilities serving the small and medium-sized business market. The company currently has operations in 34 markets. For more information on Convergent Communications, visit the company's Web site at http://www.converg.com.