Menendez, Kutz Join Suddenlink

In June, Suddenlink hired John Menendez to fill the newly created position of Vice President, Customer Relationship Management, and Leo Kutz as Vice President, Network Engineering.

Menendez has a 20-year career as a marketing and finance executive. Most recently, he was Vice President, Customer Insights/Customer Relationship Management, with Sprint Nextel in Overland Park, Kan. Before joining Sprint, he was Senior International Accountant for Emerson Electric, headquartered in St. Louis.

At Suddenlink, Menendez will focus on customer loyalty efforts and help develop new tools to drive sales. He has an MBA from St. Louis University and holds a CPA in the state of Missouri. He is a native of Granite City, Ill.

Kutz has more than 25 years of telecommunications engineering and managerial experience with extensive work in fiber optics, wireless communications, wide area networks and NOC (network operations center) operations. Most recently he was vice president of engineering for start-up China WiMax, based in St. Louis. Earlier he was director of engineering at Xspedius Communications in St. Louis.

Kutz will be based in St. Louis and will oversee Suddenlink’s Network Operations Center, based in Tyler, Texas, which monitors Suddenlink’s platforms, backbone and other network elements. Kutz has a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from Webster University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology from Southwest Missouri State University. He is a native of St. Louis.