- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - A top executive at for CenturyLink Inc., a major technology company based here, is retiring.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1HJrZXp ) that Karen Puckett, CenturyLink’s president of global markets, has announced her retirement effective Aug. 31.

Puckett joined CenturyLink in 2000 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was among the executives who have overseen the company’s elevation to a Fortune 500 technology company.

Ross Garrity, CenturyLink’s senior vice president of information technology solutions, has been appointed as the interim leader of global markets.

Glen Post, the company’s president and chief executive, said Puckett played a major role in the company’s growth.

CenturyLink is the largest public company headquartered in Louisiana. It employs more than 2,000 people at its Monroe headquarters with a local annual payroll exceeding $100 million.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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