SureWest Communications has announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Bill DeMuth will be leaving SureWest as of June 30.

DeMuth joined SureWest in 1976 and has helped guide the company through many successful transformations in its history. His leadership in corporate technology initiatives was instrumental in SureWest’s deployment of an IP-based fiber-to-the-home network, offering some of the fastest Internet speeds in the country and the new Advanced Digital TV product powered by Microsoft Mediaroom. As a result of this network, in 2005, SureWest became the first service provider in the United States to offer HDTV over IP (Internet Protocol) and the first to deliver symmetrical Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps in 2006.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my 34-year career with SureWest," said DeMuth. "I am grateful for the support I have received from the rest of the management team and the Board of Directors. I look forward to watching the company as it continues to thrive and make advancements."

Ken Johnson, SureWest’s VP and GM of operations in Kansas, will assume guidance of the company’s strategic technologies team, a position he held prior to SureWest’s acquisition of Everest Broadband in 2008.

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