Bluepeak snags network, sales execs from Cox, Windstream

Regional operator Bluepeak bolstered its executive team with two new hires from big-name ISPs, as the operator works to grow its brand and footprint in the central U.S. The appointments of executives from Cox Communications and Windstream come after the operator snagged a Lumen veteran to lead its business division in November.

New hires include Kevin Schenck as VP of Market Expansion and Shawn Murray as VP of Residential Sales.

Schenck most recently spent four years as AVP of Fiber Construction and Wireless Implementation at Cox Communications and before that spent three years as a Telecom Construction Strategist at engineering firm Black & Veatch. He also worked as a Regional Program Director for WesTower Communications, Operations Director for Tennessee and Kentucky at Nsoro and Director of Business Development at BCI Communications. Earlier roles included work at BECHTEL Corporation working on network planning and site acquisition for the company’s AT&T/Cingular program and a position as manager of RF Engineering at AT&T in the mid to late 1990s.

Murray comes to Bluepeak from Windstream, where he spent five years as EVP of Enterprise Sales. Prior to that he held roles as Chief Sales Officer at Birch Communications and VP of Enterprise Sales for GTT’s Southeast region. He also spent more than a decade at EarthLink, ending his tenure there in 2016 as SVP of Sales.

Bluepeak’s Chief Commercial and Customer Experience Officer Jeff Seidenfaden said in a statement the pair bring “an impressive wealth of industry experience and proven results” to the company and will be “major contributors to our success in the future.”

The additions of Schenck and Murray follow the appointment of Lumen’s former VP of Regional Enterprise Sales Billy Parker in November to head Bluepeak’s business and connected properties division.

The moves come as Bluepeak works to deploy fiber to 250,000 locations in the central U.S. Since the end of 2021, it has turned up service in 18 markets, and is aiming to add more than 50,000 new passings in 2023.