Maggie Wilderotter became Chairman and CEO of Citizens Communications on January 1, 2006. She joined the company on November 1, 2004, as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Before this, Ms. Wilderotter was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft, responsible for strengthening customer and partner outreach in the government and education markets, as well as working across Microsoft's business divisions to develop and coordinate forward-looking strategies.
Previously, Ms. Wilderotter was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wink Communications Inc., where she led efforts to develop low-cost, end-to-end e-commerce systems to enable advertisers, merchants, and broadcast and cable networks to create interactive enhancements for traditional television advertisements and programs. Before joining Wink Communications, Ms. Wilderotter was the Executive Vice President of National Operations for AT&T Wireless Services Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T's Aviation Communications Division. She also served as Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications Inc. and was a Regional President managing the company's California, Nevada, and Hawaii Region.
Ms. Wilderotter has received national recognition for her contributions to the television industry. In 2000, the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) honored her outstanding work in the industry, awarding her the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. The award is the most prestigious of NCTA's national awards, recognizing the best and the brightest in cable television. The NCTA also gave her the award in 1989, making Ms. Wilderotter one of only 20 individuals to have received two Vanguard Awards since the award's inception in 1965. In addition, she received the 1999 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Women in Cable and Telecommunications Foundation and its Top 10 Women in Cable & Telecommunications Award in 1989 for her support of the foundation and advocacy of women in the cable industry.
Ms. Wilderotter serves on the boards of Yahoo! Inc., Xerox Corporation and Tribune Company and on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations.
Ms. Wilderotter holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Holy Cross College.