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Vernon Irvin

Vernon Irvin serves as president of CenturyLink’s government, education, medium and small business (GEMS) business unit.

In this role, Irvin is responsible for leading a $3.5 billion business operation with more than 2,000 national employees in 50 markets who are charged with growing profitable revenue through a deep portfolio of communication solutions, security, hosting, cloud computing, managed services and IT services.

Over the course of his career, Irvin has gained a keen understanding of how small to medium sized businesses, as well as state and local government and education institutions can utilize technology to work more efficiently and achieve their business objectives.

Before CenturyLink, Irvin led the sales and marketing teams at Charter. Prior to Charter, he oversaw SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s marketing efforts and overall strategic direction as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Irvin also served as executive vice president and general manager for VeriSign’s communications services group, as well as worked abroad for British Telecommunications where he led the company’s applications infrastructure management business as president, content hosting and media services. Irvin is also personally committed to promoting diversity and women in technology, and serves as a member of CenturyLink’s diversity steering committee. Additionally he serves on the boards of Mile High United Way (Chair), Colorado Technology Association, Denver Economic Development, National Black MBA Association and American Association of Inside Sales Professionals.