Jeff Gardner is president and chief executive officer of Windstream Corporation. Gardner was appointed to the position in December 2005 and has more than 20 years experience in the telecom industry. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alltel Corp. He joined Alltel in 1998 when the company merged with 360° Communications. In 2005, CFO magazine named Gardner one of the top two chief financial officers in the wireless industry. During his tenure as Alltel's CFO, Gardner raised more than $10 billion in the capital markets as the company's wireless business more than doubled in size through organic growth and acquisitions. Gardner earned a degree in finance from Purdue University and an MBA from William and Mary. He is a certified public accountant. He serves on the board of directors of RF Micro Devices, Inc., the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., and the Darlington School in Rome, Ga.