Level 3 Communications elected Jeff K. Storey as president and chief operating officer, effective Dec. 8.

Storey fills a position that had been open since March, when Level 3 co-founder Kevin O’Hara was compelled to resign after the company had experienced a series of operational problems.

Storey brings more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry to Level 3. He was most recently with Leucadia National, where he served as president of Leucadia Telecommunications Group. Prior to that, Storey spent five years with WilTel Communications and its predecessor entities and was president and chief executive officer of WilTel Communications from 2002 until its sale to Level 3 in December 2005.

Storey began his career in telecommunications in 1983 with Southwestern Bell Telephone, where he held various engineering and operations positions. From 1994 until 1999 he worked at Cox Communications in various executive positions.

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