Shentel promotes three executives

EDINBURG – In the wake of its acquisition of nTelos Inc., Shenandoah Telecommunications Company will be promoting three executives, the company announced Friday.

William “Willy” Pirtle, previously the company’s vice president of wireless, will take on the role of senior vice president of marketing and sales.

Thomas A. Whitaker will be promoted from vice president of cable to senior vice president of operations. Edward H. McKay will be promoted from vice president of wireline and engineering to vice president of engineering and network planning.

In a news released issued Friday, Shentel President and CEO Christopher French stated, “… These promotions leverage our considerable management strength.”

French also stated that the promotions will align the company’s structure “around functional expertise as we prepare to add the nTelos operations and upgrade their networks.”

All three executives will report directly to Earle MacKenzie, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Earlier this week, Shentel announced that it had reached a deal to acquired Waynesboro-based nTelos for a price of $9.25 per share.

Pending approval, the company is expecting to close the deal in the spring, and begin transferring the nTelos network under its Sprint brand.