Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Maggie Wilderotter has held senior leadership positions at some of the country’s most influential communications and technology companies. She is chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, the nation's largest communications company providing services to rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities. Mrs. Wilderotter takes pride in Frontier’s commitment to delivering data, voice and television to many of the country’s unserved and underserved communities and to doing so through a 100 percent U.S.-based workforce.
Under her leadership, Frontier Communications has grown to become one of the nation's largest independent providers of communications services by delivering critical products and services to help rural America thrive and survive, especially in challenging economic times. Frontier was recognized as a 2014 “Top 100” Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media and plays a strong role in numerous organizations dedicated to employing former military members.
Mrs. Wilderotter brought to Frontier an outstanding career in the communications, cable and information technology industries. In 2004, she was senior vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public sector and before that, president and CEO of Wink Communications, which provided cable operators with a cost-effective technology to deliver interactive television services. Previous positions included executive vice president of national operations for AT&T Wireless Services; CEO of AT&T's Aviation Communications Division, and senior vice president of McCaw Cellular Communications.
Mrs. Wilderotter serves on the boards of Xerox Corporation and The Procter & Gamble Company and on the boards of several non-profit organizations, many of them focused on expanding opportunities for women, increasing diversity, and fostering behaviors that create more inclusive, dynamic workplaces where women and men can advance and thrive.
She has been honored with numerous accolades and distinctions. Since 2009, Fortune magazine has included her in its ranking of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and she has been singled out by diverse organizations such as the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, B'nai B'rith International and the Women's Media Center.
Mrs. Wilderotter is chair of President Obama's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). The designation follows her service as vice chair from October 2010 through 2012. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies; a member of the Board of Directors of Catalyst, a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business; and a co-chair of the Committee for Economic Development, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led, public policy organization.
Mrs. Wilderotter holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Holy Cross.