Leadership Transition Announced at TDS Telecom

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James W. Butman to succeed David A. Wittwer as president and CEO at the end of 2017.

James W. Butman to succeed David A. Wittwer as president and CEO of TDS Telecom at the end of 2017.

Jim Butman, having served in vitally important leadership roles within the TDS Telecom organization over his 32 year tenure, is totally prepared to take charge in January.

TDS Telecom’s parent company, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) today announced James W. Butman, currently chief operating officer (COO) at TDS Telecom, will succeed retiring TDS Telecom President and CEO David A. Wittwer at the end of 2017. Wittwer will continue to serve as a member of the TDS Board of Directors.

“Jim Butman, having served in vitally important leadership roles within the TDS Telecom organization over his 32 year tenure, is totally prepared to take charge in January,” said LeRoy (Ted) T. Carlson Jr., TDS president and CEO. “Jim’s strong business instincts and institutional knowledge of the telecommunications industry position TDS Telecom exceptionally well for the long-term.”

In his current role as COO, Butman has overall leadership responsibility and accountability for consumer and commercial sales, marketing, customer contact operations, network operations and business development. Butman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

“Dave Wittwer has been an exceptionally fine leader for TDS Telecom,” said Carlson. “Dave’s strategic vision, focus on employee growth and development, and personal integrity have made TDS Telecom a thriving organization that delivers positive customer experiences and strong financial and operational performance year-over-year.”

Since becoming CEO in 2006, Wittwer has grown TDS Telecom’s portfolio through strategic acquisitions, which included wireline providers, cable companies, hosted and managed services operations, and data centers. This corporate diversification resulted in new revenue growth, industry-leading product and service roll-outs, productivity gains, and the development of quality employment opportunities for thousands of company employees.

“I want to thank Ted Carlson, and the entire TDS family, for giving me the opportunity to lead this wonderful company,” said Wittwer. “Throughout my 34-year tenure, I have watched our company develop from a local phone provider to an award-winning, full-service communications company, benefitting the lives of hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the U.S.”

Wittwer adds, “We have been successful because of our people—who are many of the brightest and hardest working contributors in the communications industry. We have built a strong succession plan and I have great confidence in Jim’s ability to continue to grow the business and move the company forward.”

Over the next several months, Wittwer and Butman will work collaboratively to accomplish a smooth transition.

About TDS Telecom
TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom/TDS®), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. and a growing force in the cable industry. TDS provides 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service, cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. The company offers businesses advanced solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.

Headquartered in Madison, Wis., TDS Telecom operates OneNeck IT Solutions LLC and BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. Combined, the company employs more than 3,400 people.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately six million customers nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service LLC. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs 10,300 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

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