RingCentral gets a new Chief People Officer while Core BTS and Windstream announce new board members. Find out more in our weekly round-up.Â Â
Gunjan Aggarwal Set to Join RingCentral
RingCentral has found its new Chief People Officer in Gunjan AggarwalOpens a new window . The company appointed Aggarwal to head its talent acquisition and development function and improve organization effectiveness, global inclusion and diversity. Anand Eswaran, President and Chief Operating Officer at RingCentral said, â€œWe’re excited Gunjan is joining us to accelerate our progress, attract, retain, empower and coach great talent; and evolve a culture that delivers the best outcomes for our people, our customers, partners, shareholders and communities.â€
Prior to joining RingCentral, Aggarwal served as the EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at RELX Group in London. She also headed Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) at Ericsson before serving as VP of People and Culture. Her experience as the HR Manager at Novartis and Unilever, followed by a short stint as the Advisor to the Governor (California) earned her diverse experience in people management.
Aggrawal said, â€œI have always been focused on fostering strong cultures that are diverse and all inclusive. I see tremendous opportunities at RingCentral to continue to develop the company as both a destination for top talent and a great place to work.â€
Virginia Gambale Takes Her Seat at the Core BTS Board
Core BTS, a tech solutions provider for cloud transformation, networking, collaboration, security and data center infrastructure appointed Virginia GambaleOpens a new window as a board member.Â
Gambale is currently a board member of Nutnix, JetBlue Airways, Virtu Financial, First Derivatives, and Regis Corporation. Gambale, who has served as the board member of over 20 public and private organizations, said, â€œCore is transforming businesses through its diverse service offerings, and I’m honored to be joining the board at this stage of the organization’s growth.â€ She is also involved as the Adjunct Faculty Member for Masters in Technology Management program at Columbia University, and is the Managing Partner of Azimuth Partners.
A technologist at heart, her prior work experience includes stints at Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, and Marsh & McLennan. Paul Lidsky, Core BTS CEO and Board Chairman said, â€œWe believe her strong experience, especially in growing technology businesses, will be extremely valuable as Core continues to expand its services and increase its market share.â€
A Restructured Windstream Appoints New Board Members
As Windstream re-emerges from bankruptcy with a plan for restructuring, it has appointed nine new board of directors. New leadership will be continued to be headed by Tony ThomasOpens a new window who will take up the CEO role as well as a seat at the board of directors table. Thomas said, â€œI am extremely honored to continue serving as president and CEO of this incredible organization. We will emerge from restructuring with a strong balance sheet and access to approximately $2 billion in new capital to expand 1 Gig broadband service to rural America and help businesses succeed in the digital transformation.â€
Windstream paid off $4 billion in corporate debt and is reorganizing its corporate structure after over a year of negotiations. As part of the restructuring, the Little Rock-based provider of network communications and technology solutions is including some of its creditors to its board table.
The eight other board members are:Â
- David BrownOpens a new window , Managing Director of Oaktree Capital Management
- Randy DunbarOpens a new window , General manager at Flatirons Advisory
- Bruce KennyOpens a new window , Operating Executive at Evergreen Coast Capital
- William LaPerchOpens a new window , Former President and Chief Executive Officer of AboveNet
- W. Robert MudgeOpens a new window , Former Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Verizon
- Paul H. SunuOpens a new window , former Chief Executive Officer of FairPoint Communications
- Anand VadapalliOpens a new window , Operating Partner at SDC Capital Partners LLC, and Director at Premera Blue Cross
- Michael Watchorn, is a Principal of Seapoint Capital Management
- Johannes Weber, Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management Corporation (Windstream’s largest shareholder)
Windstream is set to appoint one more board member at some point in the future.