MANCHESTER, N.H. (November 1, 2011) - FairPoint Communications announced that it has named Patrick C. McHugh as New Hampshire state president. In his new role, McHugh will be responsible for regulatory matters, governmental relations and legislative affairs, public relations, and economic development for FairPoint Communications in the Granite State. He joined FairPoint in August 2010 and will continue to serve as assistant general counsel for the company in northern New England.
McHugh has spent the last 18 years in New Hampshire, and prior to joining FairPoint he worked for the law firm of Devine Millimet & Branch in Concord and Manchester, New Hampshire. McHugh, a shareholder of the firm, was a member of the Telecommunications Practice Group. There he appeared before the New Hampshire and Maine Public Utilities Commissions representing wireline-based telecommunications companies. Before that, McHugh worked as a certified public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand accounting firm (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
"We are very pleased to have Pat in this very important role for FairPoint," said Peter Nixon, president of FairPoint Communications. "In addition to his highly regarded legal expertise, Pat has extensive knowledge of state government and the regulatory environment in New Hampshire. He brings a solid understanding of business and local community organizations and will help FairPoint continue to build lasting relationships within the state as we continue to improve and expand communication services."
McHugh graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Scranton and received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. He is a member of the board of directors of the Bellwether Community Credit Union. Pat and his family reside in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable network, FairPoint delivers affordable data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art network provides an Ethernet connection that supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/myfairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).