Broadband People: Rusty Williams Is New CEO of Utilities Technology Council

The announcement of Williams' appointment comes nearly 8 months after departure of the prior CEO.

Broadband People: Rusty Williams Is New CEO of Utilities Technology Council
Rusty William, the new CEO of UTC.

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2024 – The Utilities Technology Council on Thursday announced Jimmy R. (Rusty) Williams as its new president and CEO.

Williams, a certified professional engineer in Alabama, has had a seven-year tenure at LightRiver Technologies, where he was vice president of sales. Williams spent almost four years as director of business development at AFL Telecommunications. 

His background spans more than 25 years at Southern Company with diverse roles in telecommunications and information technology management.

“After a rigorous three-month process, which involved interviewing and evaluating dozens of applicants from across the country based on strategically aligned criteria, I’m convinced that the right person will lead UTC into its next 75 years,” said UTC Board Chair Kirt Mayson.

Williams takes over UTC’s leadership from Sheryl Osiene-Riggs, who departed the association in May. In her three years heading the organization, Osiene-Riggs focused on cybersecurity, workforce development, and financial fortification, the association said at the time.

Ron Beck served as interim president and CEO from May to December 2023.

UTC also announced Kelly Moran as the new senior director of conferences and events. Moran, with more than two decades of event planning experience, including managing UTC’s Telecom & Technology conference, joins UTC to amplify the organization’s event innovation and educational initiatives.

Other industry personnel announcements

Great Plains Communications announced the appointment of Joseph Pellegrini as its President and Chief Operating Officer. 

Pellegrini’s experience in telecommunications leadership positions includes Everstream Solutions and Crown Castle. He will be working to enhance GPC’s customer experience, operational efficiency, and digital transformation efforts.

The Broadband Communications Association of Pennsylvania announced the passing of cable pioneer Jay L. Sedwick, and acknowledged his contributions to the cable industry and his role in leading Armstrong in becoming one of the largest, family-owned cable systems in the United States. 

BCAP President Todd Eachus praised Sedwick’s engineering prowess and commitment to community service.

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