Corporate Governance

LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. is president and CEO. Carlson joined the company in 1974 as a vice president. He was named president in 1981 and chief executive officer in 1986. Carlson is also chairman of the board of TDS' publicly traded subsidiary, U.S. Cellular.

Prior to joining TDS, Carlson held several positions with Singer Company. Previously, he was an auditor for Arthur Andersen LLP.

Carlson is a member of the Harvard Club of Chicago and the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago.

Carlson received an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a BA from Harvard College.

Peter L. Sereda, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Peter L. Sereda is executive vice president – chief financial officer. He is responsible for financial reporting, tax compliance and strategy, legal services, capital markets, cash & short term investment management, bank relationship management, insurance risk management, pension asset management and financial planning & analysis. Sereda joined TDS in 1998 as vice president and treasurer.

Prior to joining TDS, Sereda was vice president of finance operations and vice president and treasurer for Specialty Foods Corporation. Previously, he was treasurer of Duchossois Industries, Inc. Sereda is a member of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers; Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society; Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society; and Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society serving business programs.

Sereda received an MBA in finance and statistics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BS in civil engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Daniel DeWitt, Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Dr. Daniel DeWitt became senior vice president of human resources in 2017. DeWitt is a licensed psychologist who specializes in human resources consulting and has more than 30 years of experience providing assessments and coaching to executives from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining TDS, he served as executive psychologist at Shields Meneley Partners. Prior to that, he has worked in his own consulting practice, and served as the vice president of human resources for HotSamba, a former internet startup. He has held consulting roles with The Garms Group and the Center for Executive Options.

DeWitt earned a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University, an MA in pre-clinical psychology from Ball State University, and a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in organizational psychology from Purdue University.

Joseph R. Hanley, Senior Vice President - Strategy and Corporate Development

Joseph R. Hanley is senior vice president - strategy and corporate development. In this role, he leads the corporate development and acquisition initiatives of TDS and its business units. He is also responsible for all aspects of corporate strategy, as well as strategic technology and public policy initiatives.

Hanley joined TDS in 1988 and has held a series of positions in engineering, product management and development, customer operations, technology assessment, and strategy. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honors Society) and Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honors Society). He served as First Vice Chair of ATIS, an organization responsible for communications technology standards. Hanley holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jane W. McCahon, Senior Vice President - Corporate Relations and Corporate Secretary

Jane W. McCahon is senior vice president of corporate relations and corporate secretary for TDS [NYSE: TDS], a diversified telecommunications services corporation headquartered in Chicago. McCahon oversees the investor relations, ESG and corporate governance activities of TDS and its majority-owned, publicly traded subsidiary, U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM]. She is responsible for day-to-day communications with the investment community and financial media, corporate public relations and employee communications, and the activities of the TDS and U.S. Cellular boards of directors. She is also a member of the Company’s corporate strategy group. McCahon joined TDS in 2009 as vice president of corporate relations, became corporate secretary in 2013 and was promoted to senior vice president in 2016. 

Before joining TDS, McCahon was a principal with Massachusetts-based Conway Communications, which provided investor relations consulting for a diverse range of companies. Prior to that, she was vice president of corporate relations for Eastern Enterprises and served as manager of investor relations for Waban, Inc. (now BJ's Wholesale Club). 

McCahon is a member and former chair of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). She is a co-founder and former chair of the NIRI Ethics Council and has also served on the NIRI Senior Roundtable Steering Committee. In 2011, she was named in the inaugural class as one of eleven NIRI Fellows. NIRI Fellows are recognized leaders who represent the ideals of the investor relations profession. She is also a member of the Society of Governance Professionals.

McCahon holds a BA in economics and finance from Bentley University and a JD from Suffolk University Law School.

Kurt B. Thaus, Senior Vice President, Technology Services

Kurt B. Thaus became senior vice president and CIO in 2004 and senior vice president, technology services in 2020. He is responsible for all elements of TDS’ information technology functions and the customer facing hosted and managed products and services offered by OneNeck IT Solutions.

Thaus joined TDS from T-Systems North America, Inc.,a subsidiary of T-Systems International (Deutsche Telecom), where he served most recently as senior vice president of technology services.

Prior to that, Thaus worked in the corporate and regional offices of Waste Management, Inc., where he developed corporate policy, served as primary negotiator with the U.S. government on regulations, and developed processes and information systems. He was also affiliated with Sargent and Lundy Engineers and Procon, Inc.

Thaus holds an MS in engineering management from Northwestern University and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Michelle Brukwicki, Vice President – Financial Analysis and Strategic Planning

Michelle Brukwicki became vice president of financial analysis and strategic planning in 2017. She will lead the enterprise-wide strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting process for TDS and its business units.

Brukwicki joined TDS in 2007. She most recently served as director of accounting for TDS’ subsidiary TDS Telecom. She previously held a number of management roles within the organization in accounting and financial reporting, cash accounting, accounting policy and also served as manager of financial analysis and strategic planning. Prior to joining TDS, Brukwicki worked as an accountant for The Boeing Company, and prior to that, she worked as an auditor for Deloitte and Touche LLP.

A certified public accountant, Brukwicki received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

David D. Gillman, Vice President - Tax

David D. Gillman became vice president - tax in 2014. He is responsible for all tax matters related to TDS and its business units, U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom, including advising on the tax consequences of transactions, financings, and business initiatives, and ensuring compliance with tax laws and filing requirements.

Gillman joined TDS in 1997 and became assistant controller - tax in 2006. Prior to that, he was manager of tax planning at Medtronic, Inc. for two years, and a senior manager at KPMG for nine years.

Gillman, a certified public accountant, is a member of the Tax Executives Institute (TEI). He has been a member of the board of directors of the Wisconsin chapter of TEI, and has served in each of the officer positions, including president in 2007 and 2008. Gillman also served on the board of directors at the institute level of TEI and presently as a member of the institute’s federal tax committee. Gillman received a BA from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's in business taxation from the University of Minnesota.

Kenneth M. Kotylo, Vice President - Acquisitions and Corporate Development

Kenneth M. Kotylo has been vice president of acquisitions and corporate development since 2003. His responsibilities include assessing the strategic and financial implications of new investments, developing business plans and valuations, negotiating deal terms, coordinating due diligence, and industry benchmarking.

Prior to joining TDS, Kotylo was an equity research analyst for William Blair and Company. Earlier, he served with Ameritech for nine years in various areas, including corporate strategy and development, corporate finance, financial planning, and business development. He has also held positions with Baxter International and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Kotylo is a certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst (CFA). He is a member of the CFA Institute (formerly the Association for Investment Management and Research), the CFA Society of Chicago, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society. Kotylo received an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in accounting from Michigan State University.

Anita J. Kroll, Vice President and Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Anita Kroll became vice president and controller in 2017 and Chief Accounting Officer in 2019. She will be responsible for corporate accounting, internal and external reporting, accounting policy, tax accounting, and enterprise-wide shared services. Kroll joined TDS in 2011.

Prior to that, she served as director of accounting and reporting for TDS and held a project role in accounting policy. Before joining TDS, Kroll served as vice president of finance for Spring Windows Fashions and senior vice president of accounting for Clear Channel Outdoor. Kroll also spent six years at Ernst & Young, LLP, and has held various teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and at Edgewood College.

Kroll is a certified public accountant and received a BS in accounting from University of Washington and an MBA from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Laurie A. Ruchti, Vice President and CIO

Laurie A. Ruchti leads the strategic direction of TDS' corporate IT organization, focusing on providing excellent service and support to TDS' business units, U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom, and corporate end users. She oversees all aspects of the TDS Corporate IT organization, including strategy and delivery, business services, technical services, business intelligence, and security. Laurie also leads the business applications function for OneNeck IT Solutions.

Ruchti joined TDS in 1986 and became Vice President and CIO in 2020. Prior to that she was Vice President – IT Strategy, Quality and Application Services.

Ruchti has a BS in business administration with a computer science emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and an MS in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Peter D. Taft, Vice President – Strategy

Peter D. Taft became vice president, Strategy in 2017. Taft leads the development of growth and portfolio strategies for the TDS enterprise, including identifying and evaluating new business areas and business models that complement and extend the TDS business portfolio.

Taft most recently served as vice president – Product Management and Strategy for XO Communications, which owns and operates one of the largest IP and Ethernet networks in the U.S. Prior to that, he was vice president – Strategy for Nextel International, a mobile service provider with operations in several Latin American countries.

Taft has an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University and a BA in History from Gustavus Adolphus College. He is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

John M. Toomey, Vice President and Treasurer

John M. Toomey is vice president and treasurer. He is responsible for capital markets activities, banking relationships, cash investing, enterprise risk management, and certain other corporate finance functions for TDS and its business units, U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom. He joined TDS in 2000 and became vice president and assistant treasurer in 2005, and was promoted to treasurer in 2018.

Prior to joining TDS, Toomey was a risk manager in the treasury department of Sears. Previously, he was director of risk management services for Waste Management, Inc.

Toomey is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the national mechanical engineering honor society; Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society; and Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society serving business programs.

Toomey received an MBA in finance and accounting from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in mechanical engineering from Marquette University.

Thomas S. Weber, Vice President - Internal Audit

Thomas S. Weber has been vice president of internal audit since 2016. Weber directs the company’s internal audit function and coordinates with the TDS Audit Committee in the performance of its corporate oversight role.

Weber joined TDS' subsidiary, U.S. Cellular in 1992 and has held a number of U.S. Cellular roles including vice president and controller and principal accounting officer in 2002; vice president of financial strategy in 2005; and most recently vice president of financial and real estate services in 2010. Prior to joining U.S. Cellular, Weber held various financial and accounting positions with Chrysler Corporation.

Weber, a certified public accountant earned a BS from DePaul University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Theodore E. Wiessing, Vice President – IT Operational Services and Chief Security & Privacy Officer (CSPO)

Theodore E. Wiessing is vice president and CISO. He is responsible for TDS' corporate information security program, including policy, governance and compliance, as well as day-to-day information security operations. Wiessing also coordinates TDS' enterprise-wide security initiatives, and oversees the corporate project management and project reengineering and consulting functions.

Wiessing joined TDS in 2002 as senior director of IT application development and support. Prior to joining TDS, he held senior IT consulting positions with Accenture for a broad range of clients.

Wiessing has a BS in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.