Internet America, a provider of internet access services, has announced the appointment of Ross McAlpine as president and chief operating officer.
Mr McAlpine was previously president, network services group with Inter-Tel, a communications equipment provider and subsidiary of Mitel. Mr McAlpine came to Inter-Tel in 1991 when Inter-Tel acquired Telecommunications Specialists from Bell Atlantic Corporation. Since 1991, Mr McAlpine has served in a number of positions for Inter-Tel and its operating divisions serving from 1997 to 2001 as president of Inter-Tel.Net, an internet telephony service provider utilizing voice over internet protocol (VoIP).
Mr McAlpine has also held the positions of senior vice president of Inter-Tel, vice president and treasurer of Inter-Tel Communications and founder and president of Inter-Tel Leasing. Prior to 1991, Mr McAlpine was chief financial officer of Telecommunications Specialists, a Bell Atlantic company. McAlpine holds a BBA in accounting from Texas State University.
William Ladin, chairman and chief executive officer of Internet America, said: I’m very pleased to have Ross joining Internet America at this exciting time as we continue on our path to further growth in the wireless broadband Internet access arena. Ross comes to Internet America with a strong background in guiding publicly held emerging companies operating in consumer driven industries. We believe that his experience and leadership will be of significant benefit as we manage the strategic expansion of the business and it also adds a great deal of strength to our management team.