Dallas, PA - January 17, 2001 - Rita M. Brown, vice president and general manager of residential markets for CTSI ("CTSI"), a business unit of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. ("CTE") [Nasdaq: CTCO, CTCOB], was recently appointed to the board of directors of CoBank, a $24 billion cooperative bank serving predominately rural businesses throughout the United States. CoBank
, which was established in 1916, specializes in providing financial solutions and leasing services to rural communications, energy and water companies, as well as cooperatives, agribusiness and farm credit associations. Ms. Brown is CoBank's first director from the telecommunications industry to serve on the bank's board.
Communications financing is the fastest growing segment of CoBank's
business and Ms. Brown's
specialized knowledge of this area will help the bank better serve its customer base.She
was first appointed to the board in September 2000, serving a four-month term until December 31, 2000.She
was then elected to a three-year term that began on January 1, 2001. Ms. Brown joined CTE in 1973 and her career with the company spans more than 27 years of service in a variety of senior management positions.Her
extensive experience includes nearly all aspects of telephony, including network operations and planning, outside plant engineering and construction, customer service, support service and administrative staff supervision.
current position as vice president and general manager, residential markets, for CTSI
, Ms. Brown
is responsible for creating a strong focus on the CTSI
residential product line and is accountable for all sales and customer service in CTSI's
residential markets.She has also served CTE as vice president and general manager of Commonwealth Communications, where she directed the day-to-day activities of the company including sales and marketing, engineering, customer service and operations.Additionally, Ms. Brown has held the position of vice president of operations for Commonwealth Telephone Company, CTE's incumbent local exchange carrier that serves rural areas in eastern Pennsylvania.