our management team
Our experienced and successful management team is committed to your communications needs. Meet the key leaders that help to make internet for business possible:
Larissa L. Herda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Larissa Herda took the helm of tw telecom inc., formerly Time Warner Telecom Inc., as CEO and President, on June 19, 1998. She was elected Chairman of the tw telecom inc. Board of Directors effective June 7, 2001, and currently holds the title of Chairman and CEO. Ms. Herda served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing from March 1, 1997 until her appointment as chief executive.
Under Ms. Herda’s direction, tw telecom grew from $26 million in revenue in 1996 to $1.6 Billion in 2013; expanded its broadband network footprint from 17 U.S. markets to 80; built a national IP backbone recognized as one of the top 10 most connected IP networks in the world; introduced comprehensive data, voice, Internet and national Ethernet products and made three acquisitions totaling over $1.2B -- a regional Internet service provider and two competitive local metro carriers. Ms. Herda has raised more than $8.5 billion in the public and private debt markets, including a $290 million IPO and the pending sale of tw telecom to Level 3.
Ms. Herda is a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), and chair of the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). She is also chairman of the board of the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City. Larissa served as a member of the Colorado Innovation Network advisory board, appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The board’s mission is to promote collaboration among Colorado’s private, public and academic organizations and to stimulate growth, help create jobs and attract new businesses.
Recognized for her business efforts and leadership in the community, Ms. Herda was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region and the Denver Business Journal’s CEO of the Year and Outstanding Woman in Business. In addition, she was named Telecom Executive of the Year by the Denver Telecom Professionals. She also received the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America.
Ms. Herda served as a member of the board of directors at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado for eight years and is currently a member of the school’s advisory board for the Center for Education in Social Responsibility (CESR). She is a member of The Committee of 200 and a member of the community advisory board of SungateKids, a local children’s advocacy center helping abused children and their families.
Ms. Herda is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
John T. Blount
John T. Blount was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of tw telecom inc. in January 2014. He was appointed COO in June 2005 and responsible for overseeing the Company’s business goals, sales, operations, and technology including tw telecom’s accelerated market expansion and the launch of its Intelligent Network capabilities. Mr. Blount is also recognized for his leadership in product innovation and creating a customer experience admired in the industry. , Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Field Operations and was responsible for significant enterprise growth and implementation of tw telecom’s Internet strategy and data product portfolio. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Blount was the company's Senior Vice President – Sales. From January 1997, he was Regional Vice President for the Midwest and Southwest regions; and Milwaukee's Vice President and General Manager from January 1996. Before joining the company, Mr. Blount held various sales positions at US WEST, starting in 1988, including Director of Sales for US WEST Enterprise in Minneapolis, and Sales and Service Manager for South Dakota. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Mark A. Peters
Mark A. Peters is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He joined tw telecom in 1998 and became CFO in 2005.
Mr. Peters is responsible for the company's finance functions, including tax, financial planning, treasury, accounting, capital allocation, procurement, internal audit, and investor relations. Mr. Peters' prior experience includes serving in executive financial positions at public and private telecommunications, Internet, and wireless service providers. Early in his career, Mr. Peters was a Certified Public Accountant at an independent accounting firm and was an internal auditor at a large media company. Mr. Peters is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.
Tina A. Davis
Tina Davis is Senior Vice President, General Counsel as well as Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for tw telecom inc. Ms. Davis previously served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the company. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Davis held various legal positions at U S WEST, Inc., including General Counsel of TeleWest International, a joint venture between U S WEST and TCI. Prior to that, Ms. Davis was a partner in the law firm of Mayer, Brown and Platt, specializing in corporate finance, securities and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and a Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Michael A. Rouleau
Michael A. Rouleau serves as Senior Vice President – Business Development and Public Policy and has been with tw telecom since November 1999. His extensive experience in the telecom and data communications industries resulted in the successful implementation and delivery of many advanced and innovative products. In his current position, Mr. Rouleau is responsible for developing tw telecom’s strategic direction and integrating new services and technologies over the next several years. Prior to joining the company, he spent 15 years with US WEST where he was responsible for the development, deployment and management of data, Internet, and DSL businesses.
Robert W. Gaskins
Robert W. Gaskins has served as Senior Vice President – Corporate Development and Strategy since January 2003. In this role, he oversees the development of strategic business opportunities for the company, including all merger and acquisition activities. Mr. Gaskins has been with the company since its inception in 1993, previously serving as Vice President of Corporate Development from 2001 through 2002; Vice President of Operations Planning, Development and Implementation from 1998 through 2000; and Vice President of New Operations from 1993 through 1997. He previously held various financial and accounting management positions with Time Warner Cable from 1979 to 1993. He began his career in public accounting and holds an inactive CPA certification. Mr. Gaskins is a graduate of the University of Southern California (Marshall) School of Business, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance) and a Master of Business Taxation degree.
Jill R. Stuart
Jill R. Stuart was appointed Senior Vice President – Accounting and Finance and Chief Accounting Officer in April 2005. Ms. Stuart is responsible for all aspects of accounting, financial reporting, analysis and financial business intelligence. Prior to then, she was Vice President Accounting and Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since 1998. Ms. Stuart joined the company in 1994 with more than 10 years of financial management experience with communications and cable companies, and previous to that she was a Certified Public Accountant with a Big 4 Public Accounting firm. Ms. Stuart is a graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy.
Steve Hardardt is Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Business Administration and joined tw telecom in 2007. Mr. Hardardt is responsible for all people-related functions including talent management, total rewards and organizational effectiveness, as well as facilities management and physical security. Prior to joining tw telecom,
Mr. Hardardt was employed by Johns Manville Corporation as Vice President – Human Resources and Communications for their Building Products Division. Previously, he held Human Resources leadership roles with several industry leading companies including Honeywell, Monsanto, Hasbro, Frito-Lay and Dow Jones & Company. Mr. Hardardt’s community service includes his role as Board Chairman for Metro Denver Partners, a Colorado-based organization providing at-risk youth mentoring and gang rescue services, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, University of Denver and Colorado State University. Mr. Hardardt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Graham Taylor was appointed Senior Vice President – Marketing for tw telecom in 2009. He served as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing since 2006. Mr. Taylor currently oversees product development and management, professional services, Constellation Platform development, go-to-market strategies for products and customer segments, offer management and pricing, market research, and sales engineering. Prior to joining tw telecom, he has held a variety of executive positions at Teleport Communications Group, ATT, Logix Communications as well as sales and marketing experience with VMX Corporation and ITT World Communications. Mr. Taylor earned a BS in Business Administration and Commerce from Rider University.
Harold W. Teets
Harold W. Teets was appointed Senior Vice President – Information and Network Technologies for tw telecom in 2006. Mr. Teets, a 35-year veteran in the technology and network communications fields, oversees the company's Information Technology, Network Engineering, Technology Management, Technology Operations, Carrier Relations and Access Management groups. Prior to joining the company, he was Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer at Xspedius Communications. Mr. Teets has held executive level technology leadership roles with several industry leading companies including AT&T Canada, MCI, Brooks Fiber, Conversent Communications, Looking Glass Networks and MFS. In 2010, Mr. Teets was appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to its prestigious Technological Advisory Council (TAC). He was also identified as one of the 25 most influential people in telecom software in 2011. In 2014, he was named the Denver metro area's "Top CIO" by the Denver Business Journal. Mr. Teets earned his BS degree in Computer Science from LaSalle University.
Marc Willency was appointed Senior Vice President-Corporate Operations in April 2007. Mr. Willency is responsible for our operation centers including provisioning, service assurance, and customer service. Prior to then, he was vice president Customer Care as well as leading the Customer Network Solutions and Services departments. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Willency oversaw the creation and development of several functional support teams including sales engineering and field market management. Prior to joining the company in 1997, Mr. Willency held a leadership position at a large Midwestern Internet services company. Mr. Willency is a graduate of Western Michigan University.