CHICAGO, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS) today announced that Kim D. Dixon, 54, has been nominated for election to the board of directors.
Dixon will stand for election as an independent director at the company's annual meeting of shareholders, to be held May 25, 2017.
Dixon is executive vice president and chief operating officer at FedEx Office. She joined FedEx in 2010 and is responsible for the U.S. and Canada retail arm at FedEx. She oversees the operational and financial performance of more than 1,800 FedEx Office retail stores, off-site print production facilities and an internal pick-up and delivery vehicle network. Dixon previously served as senior vice president of consumer sales and distribution at Sprint Corporation where she was responsible for all consumer channel strategy and operational execution. Prior to that, she held roles as senior vice president of retail stores and managed all company managed stores and indirect retail partners, which, in total, accounted for 80 percent of Sprint's business. During Dixon's 14 year tenure at Sprint, she developed a number of successful customer experience programs and initiatives that drove some of the highest sales and profit margins at the time.
"Kim Dixon will bring valuable insight and direction to the TDS board thanks to her expertise in building and managing the operations of large-scale retail organizations and her experience in the telecommunications business," said Walter Carlson, TDS Chairman. "We are delighted to have her join our board and believe she will serve all TDS shareholders with distinction."
"Kim Dixon's impressive track record for driving strong revenue and profit growth through innovative problem solving and operational expertise will provide meaningful contributions and direction to the TDS board," said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., TDS president and CEO. "Her customer-centric approach and deep understanding of the importance of customer experience align with TDS' values and strategy."
Our long-serving director, Herbert S. Wander, is retiring from the board of directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting. He will become director emeritus of TDS, effective when his term expires May 25, 2017, following the 2017 annual meeting.
"On behalf of the board, I thank Herb Wander for his many years of outstanding and distinguished service," said Walter Carlson. "Herb has continuously made contributions to the board through his substantial knowledge and wise counsel, and I look forward to his continued participation on the board of directors as director emeritus."
Dixon served on a number of nonprofit boards, and currently serves on the board of James Avery Craftsman, Inc., a privately-held designer, manufacturer and retailer of jewelry. She holds an MBA from Pennsylvania State University and a BS in marketing from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its businesses, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions, and TDS Broadband Service LLC. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employed 10,300 people as of December 31, 2016.
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