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COMPTEL Names Industry Veteran Jerry James CEO
Former U.S. Congressman Matthew Salmon President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 4, 2007 – The COMPTEL Board of Directors announced today that industry veteran Jerry James has been named Chief Executive Officer and former U.S. Congressman Matthew Salmon has been named President. 

James, who is the former President of Grande Communications and past Chairman of COMPTEL, has been serving as interim CEO of the association since last June.  Salmon is currently with Greenberg Traurig, serving more than 50 clients at the state and federal levels. Salmon was a member of the Arizona Senate from 1991-1995 and then served in the U.S. Congress from 1995 to 2001.  Prior to entering public office, he spent more than a decade in telecommunications while working at US WEST.  Salmon will officially join COMPTEL in January.

“In the sixth months since Jerry James has taken the helm at COMPTEL, the association has benefited tremendously from his strong, thoughtful and effective leadership,” said J. Sherman Henderson III, President and CEO of Lightyear Network Solutions and Chairman of COMPTEL’s Board.  “We are delighted that Jerry has chosen to accept the permanent position of CEO and are confident that, under his direction, the association will continue to be a driving force in preserving competition and innovation in the communications marketplace.”

“We are also extremely excited to welcome on board Matt Salmon,” Henderson continued.  “Matt’s more than 20 years of experience in government relations and public policy will be an invaluable asset to the association and we look forward to having him join our team in Washington. This dynamic new leadership at COMPTEL demonstrates the strength of the association and the competitive industry, and provides our membership with powerful voices on both the business and public policy fronts.”


Based in Washington, D.C., COMPTEL is the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners.  COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings and the development and deployment of next-generation, IP-based networks and services.  COMPTEL advances its members’ interests through trade shows, networking, education, and policy advocacy before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the courts.  COMPTEL works to ensure that competitive communications providers can continue to offer lower prices, better service, and greater innovation to consumers.  For more information, please call (202) 296-6650.



Jerry James, CEO

Matthew Salmon, President