HINESVILLE, Ga., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Durand Standard, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) vice president and general manager for the company's Georgia and South Carolina operations, was recently named the 2012-2013 President of the Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA).

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GTA's membership includes 30 independent telephone companies that serve more than half of Georgia. The association provides a vehicle through which member interests can be represented in legislative, regulatory and public areas. In addition, the association provides a forum for members to exchange information and to assist each other in times of disaster.

"Durand has provided key leadership to a number of GTA committees and initiatives," GTA Executive Vice President John Silk said. "His peers appreciate the experience and insight Durand, vice president of one of our largest member companies, will bring to the entire state's association."

Standard has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years. He also serves on the Liberty County Consolidated Planning Commission, First Presbyterian Christian Academy School Board, and Friends of Liberty and Southeast Georgia Board.

CenturyLink's Georgia service area includes Liberty and parts of Bryan and Long counties.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink™ Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink's customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country's largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.