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Dec 19, 2022 Portfolio Company News

Ritter Communications Announces Key Promotions

Company adds new leadership roles to C-Suite

JONESBORO, Ark. (December 19, 2022)

Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse announces the promotion of Heath Simpson to President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Lexanne Horton to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as part of a reorganization to better serve the company in advancing its business goals. Ritter Communications is the largest privately held telecommunications service provider serving exclusively the Mid-South.

Morse says, “The business unit management structure we adopted in 2015 has served us well and has helped position us for the successes we’ve achieved in meeting many of our key objectives. To ensure we continue to improve our operational efficiency, customer experience and competitive positioning, we’ve adopted a new functional management structure.”

Simpson joined Ritter Communications in 2020 as CFO. Since then, his purview grew to oversee essential functions of the company beyond areas of finance. As President and COO, Simpson will direct the company’s activities in finance, information technology, project management, customer experience, field operations, facilities and human resources.

“I’ve worked very closely with Heath over the past three years,” Morse said. “His wisdom, temperament and focus on the customer, the community and our employees make him the right choice for this new leadership position.”

Horton has been with the company since 2015 and served as Vice President/Controller since 2019. In her new CFO role, Horton oversees all accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury management, billing, risk management, supply chain management and purchasing activities. “Lexanne has performed exceptionally, possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in the CFO role for years to come,” Morse said.

Additional promotions include Susan Christian to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Kyle Keith to Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Christian, the longest-serving member of the company’s senior leadership team with a tenure spanning 17 years, will add public affairs to her existing responsibilities leading all marketing and communications efforts. As CRO, Keith is responsible for all market development, sales, revenue generation and customer retention across all customer types and product suites. Rounding out the company’s C-Suite team is Greg Sunderwood, who will continue in his current capacity as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), managing all network and engineering operations.

Ritter Communications is a regional telecommunications provider, headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, serving more than 115 communities in the region across four states with a full suite of innovative communications services. Learn more at

About Ritter Communications

Ritter Communications is the largest privately held telecommunications provider serving exclusively the Mid-South, offering world-class broadband fiber, telecom, video, cloud and data center services. The company has grown rapidly over the years, investing millions recently in technology infrastructure and is now serving 115 communities and more than 46,000 customers in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee. Headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Ritter Communications invests heavily in the communities it serves by deploying proven, best-in-class infrastructure and technology, while coupling it with a world-class customer-focused experience. Grain Management, LLC, a leading investor in the communications sector, is the majority owner of the company in partnership with E. Ritter and Company, which also operates Ritter Agribusiness and Ritter Investment Holdings. For more information visit


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