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Yawman to leave Frontier post at month's end

By KERRY FELTNER - 6/23/2014 5:04:20 PM

Philip Yawman, vice president and general manager of Frontier Communications Corp.'s Greater Rochester operations, will step down from his post after June 30.

Yawman’s decision to leave the telecommunications company stems from his desire to pursue other interests. There are no plans for an interim appointment for the position due to the depth of the company’s management team, Frontier officials say.

“Truthfully we have a very strong senior leadership and local operations team in Rochester,” said Patricia Amendola, communications manager for Frontier.

Yawman’s experience with Frontier spans decades. He joined Frontier in 1989 and worked his way up to the role of director of investor relations. He left the company in 1997 and became vice president of investor relations for ACC Corp. He eventually was one of four founders of Choice One Communications Inc., a fast-growing telecommunications firm in the early 2000s.

With the bankruptcy of Choice One in 2004, Yawman left the company a year later. He became CEO of a telecommunications startup, Rocket Broadband Networks Inc., until May 2009 when he became Frontier’s regional vice president, returning to the company after 12 years of absence.

“We appreciate Phil’s many contributions to our business over the last several years and we wish him all the best,” Amendola said.

Frontier employs 1,400 people in Rochester and a total of roughly 14,400 nationwide.

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