XO Communications, a nationwide provider of IP network and cloud hosting services, headquartered in Herndon, VA, has appointed Christopher Ancell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Current CEO Laura W. Thomas will remain with the company and assume the role of Chief Financial Officer, a position she previously held at XO.
Christopher Ancell joins XO Communications after a career encompassing nearly 30 years of operational and sales leadership in the communications and technology services industries. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of sales and sales engineering for CoreSite Realty Corporation.
Prior to CoreSite, Ancell spent 12 years in a variety of leadership roles at both CenturyLink and Qwest, including president of CenturyLink’s business markets organization and executive vice president of Qwest’s business markets organization. Ancell has also held management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and with Oracle’s Telecommunications Consulting Practice.
Fortune 500 customers
Christopher Ancell is an accomplished leader, according to XO Communications. His background in the communications industry will be key to advancing XO’s expertise in managing high-capacity, dynamic IP network services, as telecommunications and information technology converge in the marketplace.
XO Communications offers advanced IP communications, intelligent networking and cloud hosting services for business, large enterprise and wholesale customers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable, mobile wireless and domestic and international telecommunications companies.