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Mr. French is President and Chief Executive Officer of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”) (NASDAQ: SHEN), a provider of diversified telecommunications services to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States. He has served as President and CEO of Shentel since 1988, and has been a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996. Prior to appointment as President, Mr. French held a variety of positions with Shentel, including Vice President Network Service and Executive Vice President.
Mr. French has held board and officer positions in both state and national telecommunications associations, including service as a director of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) and was president and director of the Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association. Mr. French is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the USTelecom Association, and serves on the Association’s Leadership Committee.
Mr. French was a member of the Board of Directors of First National Corporation (OTC: FXNC) from 1996 to 2018, and served as a member and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Mr. French holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Virginia.