By Sonia Isotov
Hawaiian Telcom announced today the appointment of Kurt Hoffman to Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Effective April 4, 2011, Hoffman will oversee day-to-day operations of Hawaiian Telcom’s Company’s Sales, Marketing (including Product Development), Network Services, and Information Technology teams.
“Kurt is a seasoned telecom industry COO who will help us to better align and integrate our core operations to support our strategic growth and customer service initiatives,” said Eric Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom’s President and Chief Executive Officer, in a written statement released by the company today, “I am confident that under Kurt’s leadership, his track record of building successful teams and strong customer focus, these key processes and functions will reach the level of performance required to deliver the products and services our customers expect.
Hoffman’s background includes extensive experience as a Chief Operating Officer in advanced communications with several notable companies. The written statement reports that from 2002 until 2010, he was COO of Speakeasy Networks where he reportedly transformed it from a start-up venture to nationwide provider of broadband voice, data, managed hosting, and co-location services. Along with Speakeasy’s CEO, Hoffman successfully led that company’s acquisition by Best Buy in May of 2007; served as COO of iBEAM Broadcasting in Sunnyvale, California; served as Senior Vice President – Network Deployment and Operations for Europe for Level 3 Communications based in London; and prior to that, he was Vice President – Global Operations for Sprint/Global One based in Brussels, Belgium,