William E. Bradley
Senior Vice President, Cyber Engineering and Technology Services
- Vice President and Chief Technical Officer – 1999
- Chief Information Officer – 2009
- Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer – 2010
- Senior Vice President, Cyber Engineering and Technology Services – 2016
- Bachelor’s Degree/Computer Science – Louisiana Tech University/Ruston, Louisiana
An industry-leading executive with more than 31 years at CenturyLink, Bill Bradley has a depth of experience in driving information technology and cyber security, transforming the company from a rural telephone provider to a global leader in advanced IP-enabled network, cloud/hosting, IT services and cyber security.
Currently Senior Vice President of Cyber Engineering and Technology Solutions, Bradley’s roles at CenturyLink have ranged from software developer to Chief Technology Officer to Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing CenturyLink’s internal cyber security and engineering function and is helping grow CenturyLink’s cyber-based technology services portfolio. He leads a global workforce to ensure the company is protected and its cyber technology services customers receive support from a trusted partner with deep technical experience.
During his tenure as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer, Bradley’s leadership was fundamental in CenturyTel’s acquisition of Embarq in 2009, creating CenturyLink, successfully integrating hundreds of applications, converting millions of customers to a single consumer billing system and tripling the scale of the IT organization. Building on this experience, he also contributed to CenturyLink’s acquisition of Qwest in 2011, doubling the scale of the IT organization to support millions of customers and more than 40,000 employees. Bradley’s focus on creating a “one company” mindset, following these acquisitions, helped set the foundation for the technological and cultural transformation at CenturyLink.
Bradley has a passion for innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, illustrated by his efforts to establish CenturyTel as an Internet Service Provider in 1997. Bradley is also recognized externally for his ability to develop collaborative relationships between industry and academic organizations. He provides his expertise to academic advisory boards at several universities, including Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University, promoting the growth of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He also serves on the board of cyber security company RiskSense. Bradley believes the foundation of a well-balanced and productive life is to follow your passion, work hard and give back to your community.