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Nex-Tech names new CEO


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

LENORA -- Nex-Tech has named Jimmy Todd as chief executive office/general manager to replace Larry Sevier upon his March 1 retirement.

Sevier, who has been with the company for 28 years, will end his career after 48 years in the industry. Todd, the current CEO at Little-River-based Mutual Telephone Co., will join the organization after Jan. 1.

He has a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Chapman University in California and a master's of business administration from the University of Portland.

Todd's career in telecommunications spans more than 25 years starting with active duty service in the Navy as a specialist in communication electronics and continuing in the Army National Guard. After military service, he worked at Pacific Bell in San Jose, Calif., and Qwest/US West in Portland, Ore., managing field and network operations. In 2004, Jimmy was named president/general manager for Malheur Bell, an independent telephone company under Qwest. In 2008, he became the president and general manager of Mutual Telephone Co.

Todd has been involved in the formation of the Kansas Fiber Network and is the KFN board chairman. He serves on the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association Trust Committee for the Retirement and Security program and is a member of the NTCA Government Affairs Committee. MTC is an owner/partner of Nex-Tech Wireless, where he has played an active role with the board.

In 2011, he was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to represent rural independent telephone companyes on the Kansas NG911 Coordinating Council, and he has lobbied at the state and federal level on behalf of independent companies and is involved with several national industry associations.