Consolidated Communications Announces CFO Transition

Fred Graffam named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading Fiber-to-the-Premise (FttP) broadband provider, today announced the appointment of Fred Graffam as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Dec. 1, 2022. After a distinguished career within the telecommunications industry, Steve Childers will transition from chief financial officer to an advisory role until Dec. 31, 2022 to ensure a smooth transition.

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Fred Graffam, Chief Financial Officer, Consolidated Communications. (Photo: Business Wire)

Fred Graffam, Chief Financial Officer, Consolidated Communications. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Steve has played a key role in Consolidated’s growth and success over the past 36 years and I am grateful for his leadership and countless contributions,” said Bob Udell, chief executive officer. “Steve has been a resilient and respected leader, instrumental in guiding the Company’s fiber and broadband expansion plan. I’d like to thank Steve both personally and on behalf of the Company for his service and contributions. With the recent extension of our revolving credit facility, we have no maturities until 2027 and strong liquidity to continue executing on our FttP expansion plan to upgrade fiber to 70% of our addressable locations by 2025.”

“Fred has an exceptional track record of creating value with subscription-based communication service providers,” added Udell. “His business acumen, industry, and public company expertise as well as his operating experience make him well qualified to help lead Consolidated as we continue the transformation to a fiber-first broadband Company. I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Fred to Consolidated during this pivotal transformation period.”

“I’m excited to join the Consolidated team at this important time in the Company’s history,” said Fred Graffam. “I strongly believe in Consolidated’s strategy to bring an exceptional fiber broadband service experience to its customers and look forward to helping the Company capitalize on the FttP opportunity and create value for our stakeholders.”

Mr. Graffam’s experience spans 30 years and includes financial management, operational leadership and accounting expertise within the technology and telecom industries at both public and private companies. Most recently, Graffam served as executive vice president and CFO at Monitronics International, dba Brinks Home Security, a leading home security and alarm monitoring company. Prior to this, Graffam was senior vice president of finance, investor relations and corporate development at DigitalGlobe, Inc., a technology company. Earlier in his career, among other roles, he was a senior vice president of the North America/Asia Pacific regions at Level 3 Communications and he served in various finance and operating capacities of increasing responsibility at Comcast.

Mr. Graffam is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware.

About Consolidated Communications

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is dedicated to moving people, businesses and communities forward by delivering the most reliable fiber communications solutions. Consumers, businesses and wireless and wireline carriers depend on Consolidated for a wide range of high-speed internet, data, phone, security, cloud and wholesale carrier solutions. With a network spanning more than 57,500 fiber route miles, Consolidated is a top 10 U.S. fiber provider, turning technology into solutions that are backed by exceptional customer support. Learn more at Connect with us on social media.

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