Abraham recognizes CenturyLink CEO Glen Post on his retirement
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the career of CenturyLink CEO Glen Post, who is retiring after leading the company for 26 years.
"CenturyLink now operates in 60 countries and sees revenues into the billions of dollars, yet it remains headquartered in Monroe not far from where Glen grew up. Maintaining the headquarters in North Louisiana is testament to Glen’s commitment to his home state that he loves," Dr. Abraham said. "I want to thank Glen Post for his dedication to our region and his role in helping us grow. His career shows how far you can go with hard work, integrity and commitment, and it is proof that you can achieve great things no matter where you come from."
Dr. Abraham's speech can be viewed here.
Dr. Abraham's remarks as prepared for delivery are as follows:
I rise today to recognize the incredible career of CenturyLink CEO, Glen Post.
Glen is retiring today after 42 years with the company. He spent 26 of those years as the CEO, a feat recognized recently by Fortune Magazine as Glen is one of the longest-serving CEOs in the nation.
CenturyLink has seen incredible growth under Glen’s leadership, expanding from 3,000 employees to more than 65,000. It is now the third largest communication service provider in the United States – a cornerstone of his legacy.
It’s quite a story for a small, rural, family-owned telephone startup founded in the 1930s by Clark Williams. The company’s original principles - fairness, honesty, integrity, commitment to excellence, faith, positive attitude, respect, and perseverance – have remained the guiding goals under Glen’s leadership.
Like his company, Glen got his start in North Louisiana. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.
He received the Louisiana Tech College of Business Distinguished Alumni award in 1991, the Louisiana Tech University Tower Medallion Award in 1997 and the DeGree Enterprises Lifetime Achievement Award in Business in 2003.
In addition to his career achievements, he has provided invaluable advice to the U.S. government as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
He also chaired the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council in 2012 and 2013.
As a native of Farmerville, Glen is a North Louisiana duck hunting, country boy at heart.
CenturyLink now operates in 60 countries and sees revenues into the billions of dollars, yet it remains headquartered in Monroe not far from where Glen grew up. Maintaining the headquarters in North Louisiana is testament to Glen’s commitment to his home state that he loves.
By growing CenturyLink locally, Glen has provided incredible opportunities for Monroe and Louisiana. Having such a large company in our backyard recruits talent to our region, yields higher wages, and attracts other companies that provide complimentary services within the communications industry, which in turn produce more jobs.
We can build on the success of CenturyLink. Coupled with innovative cyber initiatives at Louisiana Tech and Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana’s Interstate 20 corridor can help lead our nation into the future as we continue to develop cutting edge technologies.
I want to thank Glen Post for his dedication to our region and his role in helping us grow. His career shows how far you can go with hard work, integrity and commitment, and it is proof that you can achieve great things no matter where you come from.
Today, I am proud to acknowledge the change that Glen Post and CenturyLink have brought to North Louisiana, and I wish Glen a very happy and relaxing retirement. It is well-deserved.
With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.