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Leadership Profiles



Hargray’s impressive senior management team strives to make its local presence and accessibility known to every customer. All the members of our leadership team work in the local area, and are active participants in the Lowcountry community. Their extensive experience, knowledge and education offer every customer the opportunity to receive unparalleled attention and service.

  • Michael Gottdenker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Michael Gottdenker joined Hargray in 2007 as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gottdenker is actively involved in formulating Hargray’s strategic direction and oversees all of its operating activities. Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Gottdenker served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Access Spectrum, LLC; as President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc.; in a variety of executive positions at Revlon Consumer Products Corporation; and as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance departments of Salomon Brothers Inc.

    Mr. Gottdenker is active in a number of philanthropic and professional organizations. He serves as a Trustee, on the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Endowment Committee of Wilkes University; as a member of the Board of Georgetown Day School; and on the Executive Committee of the Washington DC Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization.

    Mr. Gottdenker received a BA degree in Economics and Computer Science from Columbia University.


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    Want to say thanks for a job well done? Have a concern you’d like to address with our CEO? Here at Hargray, we take our customers seriously because we’re serious about the business of delivering customer delight. Whether you’d like to share accolades or frustrations, our CEO is personally available via email to address your needs. To contact our CEO, Michael Gottdenker, please send your comments, questions or concerns to thebuckstopshere@htc.hargray.com.

  • Peter Ley, Chief Financial Officer

    Peter Ley currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Hargray. In this role, he directs all forward-looking financial analytical functions of the company, merger and acquisition activities, and accounting and financial controls.

    Mr. Ley is an experienced CFO and Board member at leading public and private telecom and technology companies, with a focus on innovative and high-growth businesses. His career includes a broad background in strategic finance as an investment banker to the technology, communications and related sectors. Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Ley served as CFO of Connexion Technologies, a leading builder and operator of residential video, voice, and data networks for gated communities and high-rise towers. He has also held leadership positions at Bank of America and Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises.

    Mr. Ley currently serves as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Alaska Communications Systems Group, a provider of wireline and wireless services to residential, commercial, and enterprise customers in Alaska. Mr. Ley holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A from Harvard University. 

  • Chris McCorkendale, Vice President, Operations, Engineering and Strategic Sales

    Chris McCorkendale currently serves as Vice President, Operations, Engineering and Strategic Sales.  In this role, he is responsible for activities related to the company's operations, network engineering, repair service and strategic sales accounts.

    Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. McCorkendale was the area General Manager and Vice President of Field Operations for Frontier Communications in Nebraska and Iowa. In this role, he was responsible for overall company operations in the states of Nebraska and Iowa.

    Before Frontier, Mr. McCorkendale was Vice President of Operations Strategy and Development for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. in Pennsylvania. In this position, he directed business development, strategy, and operational improvement initiatives for the company. He also managed merger-related activities associated with Frontier's March 2007 acquisition of CTE. In addition to other roles with this company, Mr. McCorkendale served as Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

    Prior to entering the communications industry, Mr. McCorkendale served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He recently retired as a lieutenant colonel with more than twenty years of active and reserve service.

    Mr. McCorkendale holds an M.B.A. from Troy State University and a BA degree in Economics from Missouri State University.

  • Andrew J. Rein, Vice President, Sales & Marketing

    Andrew Rein and his family moved to the Hilton Head area in September of 2007. He currently serves as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Hargray. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s residential, business and advertising sales, marketing, customer service and community relations activities.

    Prior to assuming this position at Hargray, Mr. Rein temporarily served as Vice President of Finance while Hargray recruited its Chief Financial Officer.

    Before joining Hargray, Mr. Rein was Director, Strategy & Operations for Access Spectrum, LLC in Bethesda, MD. Access Spectrum owns and develops licensed wireless spectrum in the 700 MHz and 220 MHz bands. During his seven years at Access Spectrum, Mr. Rein directed business development, strategy and operational activities, and was instrumental in the company’s successful effort to repurpose its spectrum for 4G commercial broadband networks.

    Before joining Access Spectrum, Mr. Rein was an analyst at Dean & Company, a Washington DC-based telecommunications strategy consulting firm.

    Mr. Rein holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University where he graduated summa cum laude with Honors in 2000.

  • David Armistead, General Counsel and Secretary

    David Armistead has over 12 years experience working with telecommunications and other utility companies. Mr. Armistead joined Hargray in 2007 and currently serves as the company's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In his current position, he is responsible for the company's legal, regulatory, legislative, human resources, corporate development and real property functions.

    Mr. Armistead joined Hargray from CT Communications, Inc., a publicly traded telecommunications and broadband provider, where he held the position of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary until that company's sale to Windstream Corporation in 2007.

    Prior to CT Communications, Mr. Armistead was a partner in the law firm of Troutman Sanders, LLP. With Troutman Sanders, he concentrated his practice on representing telecommunications and utility companies on corporate, regulatory and legislative matters.

    Mr. Armistead received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1993. He earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1996, where he graduated first in his class and served as Editor in Chief of the Georgia Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Armistead clerked for then Chief Judge Boyce F. Martin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


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