People: United States Cellular Corp (USM.N)
29 Jul 2016
Mr. James Barr, III., is Independent Director of United States Cellular Corp., since 2009. James Barr III had been the President and Chief Executive Officer of TDS Telecommunications Corporation (“TDS Telecom”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TDS, which operates TDS’ Wireline, Hosted and Managed Services (HMS) and Cable segments, between 1990 when he joined TDS Telecom and his retirement from TDS Telecom in 2007. Mr. Barr stepped down as the President and Chief Executive Officer of TDS Telecom and retired as an employee in 2007. After his retirement, Mr. Barr served as aconsultant to TDS until 2009. As a result of the settlement of a proxy contest by TDS in 2009, James Barr III ceased to be a director of TDS at its 2009 annual meeting. However, because TDS believed that Mr. Barr was an outstanding director, TDS requested that the U.S. Cellular board of directors consider nominating Mr. Barr to the U.S. Cellular board in 2009 in order to permit U.S. Cellular to benefit from his experience and insights. After consideration of the background and experience of Mr. Barr, the U.S. Cellular board of directors nominated him for election as a director at the 2009 annual meeting and Mr. Barr has been a director since that annual meeting. Prior to his employment with TDS Telecom in 1990, Mr. Barr served as a Sales Vice President for American Telephone and Telegraph Company (“AT&T”), an international telecommunications company (NYSE: T), from 1985 through 1989. Mr. Barr was previously a director of former TDS subsidiaries Aerial Communications, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: AERL), which developed and operated wireless personal communications services, and American Paging, Inc. (formerly AMEX: APP), which operated wireless paging services. Mr. Barr has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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