Broadwing ( BWNG) said operating chief John McLeod resigned, effective Nov. 6.

The Austin, Texas, telco didn't indicate it would replace McLeod, who joined the company two years ago. Broadwing said execs will report directly to CEO David R. Huber.

"Broadwing's network and operations functions are in a very strong position, a fact that was never more evident to me than when I witnessed the flawless performance of Broadwing's employees and network during and after the recent devastating hurricanes," said McLeod. "I have been privileged to lead a team of outstanding executives heading up network operations, engineering & planning, and information technology who are truly dedicated to serving the communications needs of Broadwing customers. The Company is now well-positioned as the service provider of choice to enterprises and carriers, and therefore I have decided that it is the appropriate time for me to pursue new professional challenges."

Broadwing's strong position apparently was less evident to shareholders, who sent the stock down 33 cents in postclose action to $4.75.