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July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today announced the appointment of Kathy S. Lane and
Julie A. Shimer, Ph. D.
to EarthLink's Board of Directors, expanding the size of the Board to 9 members. Additionally, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock in the amount of
$0.05 per share to be paid on
September 13, 2013 to shareholders of record on
August 30, 2013.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Kathy and Julie to our Board," commented
Rolla P. Huff, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of EarthLink's Board of Directors. "As we continue our transformation to a leading IT services, network and communications provider, both executives will bring important skill sets and deep experience to our Board."
Ms. Lane has 30 years of IT experience, including CIO roles in the Consumer Products, financial services, utilities and retail industries. Most recently she was EVP/CIO of TJX Companies, Inc., a specialty apparel retailer, from
October 2008 until her retirement in March of this year. Previously she was Group CIO at National Grid
USA and SVP/CIO of Gillette Company and before that she held positions of increasing responsibility in IT at General Electric, Pepsi-Cola International and Procter & Gamble. Ms. Lane has been active in many industry groups, including Oracle's President's Council. From 2002-2013 she was a member of the CIO Strategy Exchange, a forum sponsored by
Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers and Ostriker von Simson to evaluate emerging, innovative technologies.
Dr. Shimer is currently a private investor and has 30 years of product development experience, including many years with major communications companies. From
March 2007 to
April 2012 she served as Chief Executive Officer of Welch Allyn, Inc., a manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, having served on the board of directors beginning in July 2002. Previously Dr. Shimer was President and Chief Executive Officer of Vocera Communications, Inc., a provider of wireless communications systems, also serving on the board of directors. She also has served as general manager at 3Com Corporation and Motorola and has been a product development leader at Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Since
March 2007, Dr. Shimer has been a director of Netgear, Inc., a home and small business network solutions provider. She also has served as the Chairwoman of Empire State Development Corp., the
State of New York's economic development organization.
About EarthLink EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading
IT services and
communications provider to more than 150,000
businesses and one million
consumers nationwide. EarthLink empowers customers with managed services including
cloud computing, managed and private cloud, and
virtualization services such as
managed hosting and
cloud workspace. EarthLink also offers a robust portfolio of
colocation and IT support services. The company operates an extensive network spanning 29,421 route fiber miles with 90 metro fiber rings and 8 secure data centers providing ubiquitous nationwide
data and voice IP service coverage across more than 90 percent of the country. Founded in 1994, EarthLink's award-winning reputation for outstanding service and product innovation is supported by an experienced team of professionals focused on best-in-class customer care. For more information, visit EarthLink's website at
SOURCE EarthLink, Inc.