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Internet Built for the Future

We’re Lumos, a provider of 100% Fiber Optic Internet, Total Home Wi-Fi, voice and streaming services across North Carolina and Virginia. We believe that the possibilities of tomorrow cannot be built on the infrastructure of yesterday. That’s why we’re building a 100% Fiber Optic network from the ground up for families, small businesses and communities, backed by local, expert customer service. An Internet built for that most hopeful of all things – the future. Because whatever the future holds, we make it faster.

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Lumos Leadership Team

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    Brian Stading

    Chief Executive Officer

    Brian Stading is the Chief Executive Officer at Lumos. Reporting to Lumos’ Board of Directors, he joins the Lumos executive team with a bold growth plan to expand the company’s 100% Fiber Internet network to over one million homes in the next five years. Brian has a track record of proven leadership and success that spans over 30 years of experience at telecommunications companies, including Ziply, CenturyLink and Qwest. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Aurora University and a master’s from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

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    Shane Ward

    Chief Financial Officer

    Shane Ward is Chief Financial Officer for Lumos, leading all financial strategy, forecasting, analysis, accounting, and controls. With more than 24 years of diverse accounting and finance experience, he previously served as Chief Financial Officer for CTI Towers. During his tenure at CTI Towers, Shane navigated the company through sustained growth with $70 million in mergers and acquisitions transactions involving Vyve, Mediacom, and Cable One, expanding from an initial four towers to more than 1,100. Prior to CTI, he was the Director of Corporate Accounting for American Tower Corporation. Shane is a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) and a graduate of the University of South Africa.

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    David Smith

    Chief Network Officer

    David Smith is Chief Network Officer for Lumos, leading operations, engineering, outside plant, facilities, supply chain, safety, and product development teams. He has over 15 years of experience in information technology and telecommunications and has held numerous business management leadership roles, including Booz Allen consulting. David holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from Bridgewater College and an MBA from Averett University.

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    A.J. Brown

    Chief Legal Officer

    A.J. Brown is Chief Legal Officer for Lumos, leading the company’s legal, regulatory, and government affairs work.  With over 15 years of legal experience, she previously held positions as Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in the United States House of Representatives and as Legal Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force, among others. A.J. earned a B.A. in Economics from Bates College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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    Scott Roy

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Scott Roy is Chief Human Resources Officer for Lumos, leading the company’s employee engagement and organizational culture initiatives. With extensive experience in executive human resources leadership roles both domestically and globally, Scott has been in human resources leadership roles for various manufacturing entities such as Caparo Bull Moose, SPX, Faurecia Automotive, and Doosan Construction Equipment Co., ranging from multi-million to multi-billion dollars in revenue. He received a BA degree from Bowdoin College as well as Mind Spring in Asheville, NC, and finance for non-financial managers at Insead in Paris.

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    Tony DeGregorio

    Chief Information Officer

    Tony DeGregorio is Head of IT Transformation for Lumos, leading the company’s digital strategy, cybersecurity and IT transformational enablement activities. Tony brings more than 30 years’ of IT leadership experience with global organizations. Tony previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Harsco Corporation and, earlier in his career was Chief Information Officer at Tyco Flow Control, a division of Tyco International, now Johnson Controls. Tony served in the US Navy and subsequently received an Associate of Science degree in Electro-Mechanical Drafting and Design from the American Institute of Design in Philadelphia, PA.

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    Karen Hoch

    Vice President of Marketing

    Karen Hoch is Vice President of Marketing for Lumos, leading marketing, demand gen, and customer experience functions. She is an accomplished marketing leader with over 15 years of experience in various industries and agency roles. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Salem College and is currently earning her master’s in digital communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Chris Peeples

    Vice President of Sales and Care

    Chris Peeples is Vice President of Sales and Care for Lumos, leading strategy, operations and industry-leading performance. He has 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product leadership roles with telecommunications companies, including Comcast, Verizon, Alltel, and CenturyLink. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Louisiana in Monroe.

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    Derek Kelly

    Vice President of Market Development

    Derek Kelly is the Vice President of Market Development for Lumos, leading government affairs and expansion strategy initiatives. His team engages external partners within local and state government and the community to form public-private partnerships and increase Lumos’ impact in communities. Derek has more than 20 years of industry experience with leadership roles in sales, operations, and government relations. Derek also serves as the Virginia Broadband Industry Association president, promoting members’ interests that affect the broadband industry. He is also the vice-chairman of the Kramden Institute, a North Carolina non-profit focused on providing technology tools and training to bridge the digital divide.

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    Nora Mitchell

    Corporate Controller

    Nora Mitchell is Corporate Controller of Lumos, overseeing all financial operations and reporting, along with vital treasury and tax functions. Before joining the company, Nora worked at Segra, where she served as senior director, assistant controller and director of accounting. Nora has extensive experience in accounting and finance with nTelos and in the auditing practice at Ernst & Young. Nora earned an M.S. degree in accounting as well as her BBA degree in accounting from James Madison University. She is an active CPA in the state of Virginia.

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    Breanna (Bre) Grandstaff

    Executive Staff Director

    Breanna (Bre) Grandstaff is the Executive Staff Director for Lumos. With extensive experience supporting executive teams, Bre has dedicated her professional career to ensuring cross-functional alignment and improving processes for strategic initiatives in fast-paced, high-pressure environments. Her previous experience includes roles at CenturyLink and fourteen years of service in the United States Army as a combat medic. Bre holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Recent Press Releases

Lumos and NorthState Strengthens Growth Plans with Key Additions of Mitchell and Saperstein to Leadership Team

February 2, 2022
Leadership team to oversee rapid growth in North Carolina, Virginia, and additional parts of the Mid-Atlantic WAYNESBORO, VA and HIGH POINT, NC (FEBRUARY 2, 2022)—Lumos and NorthState, a regional provider of 100% fiber-to-the-premises internet for residences and businesses, continues to strengthen its leadership team with the additions of Nora Mitchell as corporate controller and Mike… read more

NorthState rapidly expanding its 100% fiber-optic network in North Carolina

December 14, 2021
Over 48,000 families and businesses will have access to ultra-fast gig-speed internet as early as March 2022. High Point, NC (December 14, 2021)— In a continued expansion of its ultra-high-speed fiber internet service, NorthState announced an accelerated construction schedule for growth in the Piedmont region, adding more than 48,000 homes and businesses across seven communities… read more

Lumos and NorthState Assemble World-Class Leadership Team to Fuel Aggressive Fiber Growth Strategy

November 11, 2021
WAYNESBORO, VA and HIGH POINT, NC (NOVEMBER 11, 2021)—Lumos and NorthState, a regional provider of fiber-to-the-premises, multi-gigabit broadband internet for residences and businesses, has strategically strengthened its executive leadership team by adding new members to support the company’s growth plans.  This newly formed executive leadership team will drive the strategic direction of the company setting… read more

Lumos & NorthState Complete Separation from Segra

October 5, 2021
Company to Operate as a Stand-Alone Company with Renewed Focus on Robust Fiber Broadband Growth WAYNESBORO, VA and HIGH POINT, NC (OCTOBER 5, 2021)—Today, Lumos Networks and NorthState embark on a bold growth plan as a stand-alone company with the continued financial support of EQT Infrastructure. The growth strategy includes expanding into new communities, cementing its… read more

EQT Strengthens Commitment to Segra’s Residential and SMB Business

April 27, 2021
EQT Infrastructure to Support Company’s Accelerated Next Phase of Growth to Meet Market Demand for Fiber Broadband Connectivity WAYNESBORO, VA April 27, 2021 – Segra’s residential and small-to-medium sized business (SMB) business, operating under the Lumos Networks and NorthState brands, today announced a strengthened commitment to its fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) strategy. As part of the announced… read more

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