Daniel J. McCarthy, President and CEO, Frontier Communications, was honored with The Business Council’s 2017 Walter H. Wheeler, Jr. Business Leadership Award at one of the most well attended and successful dinners in the award’s 42 year history. Through the award, named after the visionary Pitney Bowes leader, The Business Council demonstrates its commitment to volunteer leadership.
Upon announcing the selection of this year’s honoree, Rey Giallongo, Chairman & CEO, First County Bank, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Business Council of Fairfield County, commented, “Dan’s engagement and leadership in the areas of higher education and health services is an extension of Frontier Communication’s core mission to stimulate economic growth by providing access to better education and improved health care. It is that choice of service, strengthening the futures of families and sustaining the viability of our community, which led our Selection Committee to choose Dan as this year’s Walter H. Wheeler, Jr. Business Leadership Award honoree.”
Daniel J. McCarthy became President and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Communications in April 2015 and is a member of its Board of Directors. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility at the Company, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Vice President, Field Operations.
Mr. McCarthy serves as a Trustee of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and of Foundations in Education for the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Connecticut Health Network, The Board of Directors of the Business Council of Fairfield County, and a member of the Business Roundtable. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Constellation Brands, Inc.
Mr. McCarthy’s heartfelt comments reflected upon his career and challenges in parallel step with the award namesake. “For me, Walter Wheeler’s belief in the responsibility to give back to others rings true. In my own way, I have committed time and energy to improve healthcare in Fairfield County, strengthen education in Catholic schools and in higher education, and to improve the business and economic climate of our region and our state. Every day brings challenges and opportunities to broaden my perspective on our region and the key challenges we face collectively. It’s easy right now – almost fashionable — to be down about Connecticut. I don’t accept that view, and I don’t think Walter Wheeler would either. He would expect us to do something about it.”