OTELCO Inc., the parent company of OTELCO, announced the appointment of Robert J. Souza, President of Otelco, to the additional position of Chief Executive Officer following the retirement announcement of current CEO Michael D. Weaver.
Souza and his wife Tammy live in Durham and have three grown daughters; his career in telecommunications began in the early 1970s, literally in the trenches as a technician for New England Telephone Company. His first experience with an independent phone company came during a three year stint in Tennessee working for Ooltewah Collegedale Telephone Company. In 1983, Souza returned to Maine, joined the Saco River Telephone Company, and began the tenure that would bring him to his current position. In 2001, the Saco River company was sold to Country Road Communications, and Souza was made president of the company. Souza went on to become a Senior Vice President with Otelco when it acquired the holdings of Country Road in 2008. This past May, Otelco promoted Souza to President.
Stephen P. McCall, Chairman of Otelco’s Board of Directors commented, “Rob has more than thirty years of telecommunications leadership experience across numerous areas of the wireline industry. His technical understanding of the rapid changes being experienced in the telephone industry positions him well to lead Otelco’s evolution. Rob will continue to work out of the Company’s office in New Gloucester, Maine.”
“I have been blessed with the direction my career has taken and I look forward to the new challenges and responsibilities that Otelco has entrusted to me,” commented Mr. Souza. “Working with Mike for these past years has been an educational and rewarding experience as he has been a great friend and mentor. While I’ll miss the daily interaction with Mike, he has taught me well and I am confident that the Company is well positioned to seamlessly make this transition in leadership.”