Our Team

Meet the leaders who are reshaping the internet industry for the better.


Bob Mudge

Chief Executive Officer

Bob’s leadership roles at Verizon and other telecommunications entities span the gamut from network operations to marketing and strategy. He has deep expertise in public and private companies and has served as an advisor to multiple private equity firms. While the breadth and depth of his industry experience is crucial in his role as Brightspeed’s Chief Executive Officer, his ability to develop excellent teams that deliver exceptional customer service and growth sets him apart in the industry.


Chris Creager

Chief Adminstration Officer

Chris brings a wealth of leadership experience in transforming wireline telecom businesses and driving customer growth. During his tenure with Verizon, he led large network and multi-billion-dollar business units that created powerful fiber optic access to millions of homes and businesses. Highly skilled in leading telecom mergers and acquisitions, Chris is focused on ensuring that Brightspeed delivers all its brand implies, for customers and employees.


Tom Maguire

Chief Operating Officer

Tom’s telecommunications experience spans four decades, from an early career as a field technician to subsequently leading many facets of the business. This experience brings a unique perspective to Brightspeed’s business model and influences Tom’s belief that operations is most effective when it works with other parts of the organization to provide the best customer experience. Tom looks forward to engaging the Brightspeed operations teams to leverage state- of-the-art technology to serve existing and future customers.


Ashok Kumar

Chief Technology Officer

As a visionary at Verizon and its predecessor company for over two decades, Ashok built systems that ran the first large scale deployment of Fiber to The Home Network (Verizon Fios) and spent a decade helping Verizon scale Fios into the most reliable broadband in America. Most recently, he enabled its brick-and-mortar business into digital first engagement for over 100 million wireless and Fios customers. As Chief Technology Officer, Ashok’s experience and leadership will play a vital role in delivering Brightspeed’s planned fiber optics transformation.


Colon McLean

Chief Human Resources Officer

Colon’s HR leadership experience is rooted in the Carolinas where he served Duke Energy for twenty-two years. Colon has led large human resources organizations within public and private equity-backed companies in the greater Chicago area since 2008 and is excited to return to his hometown of Charlotte to lead the human resources function for Brightspeed.


Steve Tugentman

Chief Legal Officer

Steve is excited to join Brightspeed’s mission to bridge the digital divide and connect the most underserved areas. In multiple leadership positions in Legal over a 30-year career at Verizon, Steve’s teams helped transform the telecommunications business, from sales and marketing, to technology, centralized services, policy and operations. His objective at Brightspeed is to position the Legal Department as a competitive advantage for growth and development of the business.

Christie Grumbos

Chief Financial Officer

Christie is responsible for Brightspeed’s finance, accounting and treasury operations and will direct capital planning and investment initiatives to drive the company’s $2 billion fiber optics transformation plan. Christie’s financial, operational and leadership experience spans more than 25 years, most recently with Terminix, where she served as Chief Financial Officer of Residential business and oversaw the company’s long-term corporate development and strategy as Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions.


Courtland Madock

Chief Marketing Officer

Courtland brings more than 13 years of experience at UScellular, where she led the transformation of the company’s high-speed internet product line and grew market share in a fiercely competitive and predominantly rural consumer footprint. At Brightspeed, she will focus on growing sales, marketing Brightspeed’s innovative product line, creating a customer experience second to none, and building recognition of the Brightspeed brand with every current and potential customer.


Jeff Lowney

EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Enterprise and Wholesale

Formerly President of the Kinetic Strategic Accounts Division at Windstream, Jeff joins Brightspeed with an enviable record of transforming underperforming telecommunications markets. His 20-plus year career includes leadership roles with Earthlink (acquired by Windstream), TW Telecom, AT&T and Sprint. At Brightspeed, Jeff is focused on customer retention and growth while helping them transition to fiber technology and grow their businesses with our innovative product offerings.

Amy Wulfestieg

Chief Communications Officer

Amy Wulfestieg leads the communications function for Brightspeed, including internal and external communications, media relations, organizational change management, reputation management and social media strategy. Throughout her career, Amy has held senior communications roles in a variety of industries with companies including Nordstrom, Alight, and Aon Hewitt.  Amy has designed and led engagement and communications strategies as well as comprehensive communications planning for mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and a planned IPO. She is admired by peers for her ability to build and sustain open and transparent communications amid significant organizational change.


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