Lightyear Network Solutions Inc. provides telecommunications services to large, medium and small businesses, as well as residential consumers throughout North America. The company today announced the appointment of industry veteran and former senior manager at Nextel Partners, Randy Ammon, as its new chief operations officer.

Mr. Ammon has over 20 years of telecom industry experience including management and senior level positions at well-known companies including AT&T, Nextel Partners and Telecom USA. He has also served as an operational advisor, interim president and chief financial officer for various companies ranging from start-ups to mid-size firms looking to implement cost containment strategies and system process redesigns.

From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Ammon was director of business operations at Nextel Partners. While there he integrated key integration processes and a core system migration that accomplished significant cost reductions and improved operational efficiency. From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Ammon worked in various senior finance and management positions at AT&T Wireless, including finance manager, senior marketing manager and director of business operations. At AT&T, he directed the creation of the first combined wireless and wireline sales and implementation group.

Over the years, Mr. Ammon has developed a history of building and leading cross-functional teams to achieve strategic and tactical corporate objectives across a wide variety of telecom services. He joined the management team at Lightyear because he believes “the company has a unique position in the marketplace”.

The existing management team at Lightyear looks forward to working closely with him as they continue to enhance the company’s business operations and services throughout North America. The CEO at Lightyear, J. Sherman Henderson said, “With his outstanding reputation and significant experience in the telecom industry, Randy will assist Lightyear in spearheading our focused acquisition strategy and related integration plan while maintaining our renowned reputation for customer service and continued innovation with ‘industry firsts’.”