Leadership Transition Announced at TDS Telecom

James W. Butman to succeed David A. Wittwer as president and CEO of TDS Telecom at the end of 2017.

Jim Butman, having served in vitally important leadership roles within the TDS Telecom organization over his 32 year tenure, is totally prepared to take charge in January.

TDS Telecom’s parent company, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) today announced James W. Butman, currently chief operating officer (COO) at TDS Telecom, will succeed retiring TDS Telecom President and CEO David A. Wittwer at the end of 2017. Wittwer will continue to serve as a member of the TDS Board of Directors.

“Jim Butman, having served in vitally important leadership roles within the TDS Telecom organization over his 32 year tenure, is totally prepared to take charge in January,” said LeRoy (Ted) T. Carlson Jr., TDS president and CEO. “Jim’s strong business instincts and institutional knowledge of the telecommunications industry position TDS Telecom exceptionally well for the long-term.”

In his current role as COO, Butman has overall leadership responsibility and accountability for consumer and commercial sales, marketing, customer contact operations, network operations and business development. Butman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

“Dave Wittwer has been an exceptionally fine leader for TDS Telecom,” said Carlson. “Dave’s strategic vision, focus on employee growth and development, and personal integrity have made TDS Telecom a thriving organization that delivers positive customer experiences and strong financial and operational performance…

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