Andy Whipple | Finance

Andy has over 30 years of financial and operational experience, including nearly a decade in the telecommunications industry at Lightcore and CenturyLink. Andy was a VP of fiber operations for CenturyLink following its 2003 acquisition of Lightcore, overseeing integration, strategic planning and product development efforts at the CenturyLink fiber subsidiary. At Lightcore, Andy served as CFO where his responsibilities included all aspects of accounting, finance, tax, insurance and human resources.

Andy has also served as CFO for the publicly traded company, Zoltek, including through its acquisition by Toray Industries, a $15B publicly traded company in Japan. Andy managed the due diligence, acquisition and integration of Zoltek. Andy currently sits on the board of Zoltek and manages the global finance function across the US, Mexico, and Eastern Europe.

Andy has also held strategic auditing positions at PwC and Arthur Andersen. He received his degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and holds CPA and CGMA certifications.