Maggie Wilderotter

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Maggie Wilderotter
Born Mary Agnes Sullivan
(1955-02-09) February 9, 1955 (age 60)
Neptune, New Jersey
Education College of the Holy Cross
Occupation Executive Chairman
Frontier Communications

Maggie Wilderotter (born Mary Agnes Sullivan; February 9, 1955) is the Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications and served as CEO of Frontier for ten and a half years. She currently serves as a director of a number of other well-known companies, including Procter & Gamble Company, Xerox Corporation, Juno Therapeutics, Inc., and Chobani Yogurt.[1] She frequently appears in Fortune's annual survey of the Fifty Most Powerful Women in Business, and a 2015 CNN report identified her as the best-performing female CEO in the S&P 500 for the period March 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015.[2] Wilderotter is active in a number of business and non-profit organizations including the Business Roundtable, WOMEN in America, Catalyst and the Committee for Economic Development.

Early life & family[edit]

Wilderotter was born in Neptune, New Jersey, and she attended Long Branch High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1977 from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, in economics and business administration. She served two terms as a member of the board of trustees for the college and is an active alumna.

Wilderotter is the younger sister of Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company.


After college, Wilderotter joined CableData, an early business process outsourcing company for the cable industry. Wilderotter held numerous roles at CableData during her 12-year tenure there. She left CableData in 1989, to join McCaw Cellular as president of the California-Nevada-Hawaii region and as a corporate senior vice president. Wilderotter remained with AT&T Wireless, after it acquired McCaw, as executive vice president of operations and also served as chief executive of Claircom, AT&T's aviation communications subsidiary. She left AT&T in 1997 to become chief executive officer of Wink Communications, which was acquired by Liberty Media in 2002. Wilderotter then joined Microsoft, and served as senior vice president of its worldwide public sector operations from 2002 until 2004.

In 2004, Wilderotter became President and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier, which was then known as Citizens Communications. She became chairman of the company in 2006.

On February 5, 2015, Frontier announced that it will be acquiring Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas for $10.5 billion.[3] On March 3, 2015, Frontier announced that Wilderotter will become the company's Executive Chairman,[4] effective April 3, 2015. Dan McCarthy, the Company's President and COO, will succeed her as CEO. During Wilderotter's tenure as CEO of Frontier, the Company grew from a regional telephone company with revenues of less than $1 billion to a national broadband, voice and video provider with operations in 28 states and nearly 8.5 million addressable households. Upon the completion of the Company's acquisition of Verizon properties, its annual revenues are expected to exceed $11 billion.[5]


  1. ^ Mary Agnes Wilderotter. "Mary Wilderotter: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  2. ^ Matt Egan - CNNMoney. "Maggie Wilderotter - Frontier Communications - America's Best Performing CEOs - CNN Money". Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  3. ^ Frontier Communications. "Frontier Communications to Acquire Verizon's Wireline Operations in California, Florida and Texas". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  4. ^ Frontier Communications. "Frontier Communications Announces Planned CEO Transition". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  5. ^ Joan Engebretson (2015-02-06). "$10 Billion Frontier/ Verizon Deal Confirmed". Retrieved 2015-03-31. 

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